Falling for Pillows~ A Cutting Edge Stencil Review

Hi friend, how was your weekend? We had some glorious rain and cooler temps come our way, which is always a welcomed sight. I spent a little bit of time doing some more fall fluffing around here. In particular, I was making a couple of fall pillows to keep the orange theme going. We've got company coming in a couple of days, so I want everything to be fall-i-fied!
Back in July, I celebrated my first year of blogging. I had contacted a few fun companies to help me out with a giveaway to celebrate, and Cutting Edge Stencils was one of the ones that responded with a yes. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my act together before now to actually work through their incredible inventory to choose (just one) a stencil that I liked to review. Have you been to their website? Truly a sight to behold. There is a stencil for every taste and project whether it is a wall or a placemat.
Source - Cutting Edge Stencils Blog
So, there was the dilemma. What kind of a project did I want to do and then which stencil did I want to use? Those people that really know me, are nodding their heads in agreement because they all know I am terribly indecisive. It's true. In high school, I even had a handwriting "expert" at a mall kiosk tell me I was indecisive based on my signature. True science here, people.
All right, enough about my quirkiness... I finally did decide on a pattern, Turkish Tulip. It is an "all over" craft pattern, meaning it is best suited to craft projects. I chose to make a couple of Fall Pillows to add to my obsession with orange. However, all of their stencils are multi-purpose and can easily be used on walls. In fact, they sell a nifty Clip-On Stencil Level for making your experience stenciling on walls so much better. Check out their videos to see for yourself how easy it is to transform a space with paint! The stencil came rolled up neatly and packaged safely with the tools.
After making my decision and receiving the stencil in the mail, I went to Harbor Freight Tools to get my material. What? You don't go to a hardware store for material? What if I told you that you could get a 12' x 4' piece of canvas cloth for $7.50? Interested? I went there to grab a drop cloth expecting to pay about $10, but it was on sale. Score! This stuff is amazing! I still have almost 3 yards of fabric left after making my pillows.
After cutting the drop cloth to the size I needed (19"x 48"), I taped it down to our craft table using painter's tape.

Ideally, you would want to put something underneath your fabric to catch the paint that bleeds through. (I skipped that step, and the washing-your-fabric-before-you-use-it step.)

So, the pillowcases were made from drop cloth and painted with a mixture of acrylic paint and a fabric medium. I used Canyon Orange Americana paint with Anita's Textile Medium.  For this particular project (2 pillows), I went through 1 (2 oz.) bottle of the fabric medium and 3 1/4 (2 oz.) bottles of the paint.

Here's what to do next:

You'll want to decide which way you want the pattern to go on the fabric, then lay the stencil down carefully, lining it up where you want it. Tape the stencil down to the fabric or the surface around it. Mix up the paint with the fabric medium (2 parts paint to 1 part medium). Using a stenciling brush, begin painting the fabric taking care to cover the open areas of the stencil evenly.
Continue all over the pattern. Allow to dry a little, then lift off and reposition to cover entire surface.
I loved lifting off the stencil to reveal the perfect pattern underneath. This was so much fun!
After letting the paint dry completely, I measured out the fabric to the size I needed to for the pillows.
Fortunately, I had some old Pottery Barn Pillows in my stash, so I didn't need to buy any.

Once the painting was complete, these pillows took just a few minutes to sew up.
I chose to do an easy removable Envelope style cover for the pillows so I can change out the designs for the seasons.
I absolutely love how they turned out. They are the perfect complement to my fall decor, existing pillows and even go well with the Orange Sweater Lumbar Pillow I made last week.
Source ~ Cutting Edge Stencils
I really would like to do an accent wall somewhere, but can't decide which one. No surprise, right? Now that I know how easy it is, I will definitely be doing more stenciling. I've got my eye on a few more patterns at Cutting Edge Stencils that I would like to try like this Zinnia Grande Flower Stencil.

With their gorgeous stencils and quality tools and accessories, Cutting Edge Stencils really take guesswork out of transforming your projects, big and small, into beautiful works of art. They have galleries of projects on their website as well as how-to videos and step by step instructions. Even more inspiration can be found on their blog.

Have you ever used Cutting Edge Stencils? Would you like to try your hand at stenciling? I recently passed a goal of 1000 Facebook fans and would love to celebrate by giving away one of these gorgeous stencils! Be sure to come back on Wednesday night at 8pm Central to link up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop and to enter to win your own Cutting Edge Stencil (valued at up to $50).

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  1. Your pillow turned out amazing. I've had great experiences with Cutting Edge Stencils. I found your link up next to mine at Skip To My Lou this morning. :)

  2. Your pillow turned out great! I'll have to try their stencils!

  3. I love your stenciled pillow! What a fun project. :-)
    <3 Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  4. Your pillow looks great....I bet you had fun stenciling the fabric!

  5. Wow, these turned out so well!! I am just speechless. I may have to have my MIL help me replicate these pillows! Wonderful tutorial!


  6. Very awesome Nici! Love the stencil, love the canvas tips, and love the envelope style pillow cover! It's all brilliant! Thanks so much!

  7. Fabulous! That is a great stencil!

  8. Holy cow that pillow is amazing! Stenciling??? Wow is all I have to say.. So awesome! Come link up to the Style Sisters party and share this post with us. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/10/centerpiece-wednesday-95.html

  9. It came out so cute! I just used drop cloth to making dining room curtains. I love that material and look of it:)

    Nicole @ HoldtheOffice.com

  10. Nici, what a fabulous idea! The pillows are limitless! Thanks for sharing your great pillows at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  11. Nici, I've been having fun painting fabric and making pillows this summer! I love this one you made! The orange is just perfect for fall. I too love that zinia stencil on the wall! My girls would love that in their room! Pink and purple, of course, would be there choice of colors. :)
    Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner

  12. I love this pillow! I've never heard of this company but I'm definitely going to check them out. I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what I'm DIYing for Christmas presents this year, and I think I've found it!

  13. These turned out great! I've never heard of this company, but I'm definitely going to go look around. I've been trying to find a good DIY Christmas present project. I'm thinking this might be it!

    ~Visiting from The Weekend re-Treat~

  14. Those turned out great! Excellent color choice for fall!

  15. Looks absolutely amazing!!!
    I wanted to invite you to the {Handmade Café} Link Party, the new and very unique linky! I hope you'll join us and link up. You will meet many exceptional international crafters/bloggers!

    The party goes on till Oct. 14th.

    Oksana @ Oksana Plus Hobbies

  16. Thank you for sharing this! I shared on my FB page too...I LOVE painter's dropcloth projects. I will keep this in mind, it caught my eye because today I am stenciling too for a stencil review. Your blog is absolutely lovely :) Jeanette @ Snazzylittlethings.com

  17. I have been thinking about making some pillow covers so I can change out my pillows seasonally. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  18. This is gorgeous! I can't believe it was drop cloth fabric and a stencil!

  19. What a great project. I love that you used a drop cloth.

  20. You did such an excellent job on the stenciling LOVE your design and colors, thanks so much for sharing the how-to!

  21. Congratulations…this post has been featured on Create It Thursday #23! Thanks for sharing such a great idea last week!

  22. A drop cloth??? Amazing. Turned out beautifully!

  23. LOVE how amazing this project came out! Fabulous! I've heard that you can use stencils on fabric, but I've never seen it done, until now. Fabulous!

  24. I absolutely LOVE how your pillow turned out! I've heard that stencils could be used on fabrics, but I've never seen it done until now. Awesome job!

  25. I see you like to make things out of drop cloths also. I love the fabric, it's so easy to work with. I've made a few table runners and pillow covers with it. I'm hoping to buy two good sized cloths so I can make bedroom curtains and stencil them. Just have to decide what stencil I want to use. I've stenciled sheers before, didn't use textile medium either don't think. I'll have to get more textile medium and enough bottles of paint to stencil the curtains. We live out a ways from store I'd buy the paint from so need to be sure I have enuf. Wouldn't be too happy to get in middle of project to run out of paint, ugh.
    I love your pillow and all the projects I've seen on your blog. They're all so well done and great tutorials. Happy days


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