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Turn inexpensive fabric into a monogrammed pillow that matches any room color. Download our free stencils or make one in your favorite font.
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Spread a washed and ironed canvas drop cloth -- or the unwashed fabric of your choice -- on a flat surface and tape it down at the edges. Use a measuring tape, straightedge, and pencil to mark a rectangle on the canvas that is 1 inch larger than the pillow form for the front and 1 inch wider and 4 inches longer than the pillow form for the back (with 1/2-inch seam allowances).
Cut the back into two equal pieces along its width. Where each piece was cut, double-fold and sew 1/4-inch hems. Then sew overlapping back pieces to the front with the back hems facing out near the center.
Turn the assembled pillow cover inside out and insert a piece of scrap cardboard to stretch the fabric and keep paint from bleeding through the front to the back.
Tape off the center of the pillow to leave a space about 2 to 3 inches wide on all sides. Paint the border the color of your choice (La Fonda Deep Blue shown). Remove the tape and let dry.
Download the Script Alphabet Stencils and print the letter of your choice. You can use a photocopier to increase or decrease the stencil size to suit your pillow.
If you have a computer with word-processing software that includes different fonts, you can print a stencil in the font of your choice.
Use spray adhesive to fasten the stencil to the top surface of a piece of shelf liner. On a flat cutting surface, use a crafts knife to cut through most of the stencil. Leave small links in place to hold the stencil together, such as triangle within the top of a letter “A” or center of a letter “O.”
Peel off the adhesive back of the shelf liner and center the stencil on the pillow. Use the crafts knife to finish trimming the stencil, but avoid cutting into the fabric.
Lightly dab paint on the stencil. Take care to avoid pressing hard enough to force paint beneath the edges of the stencil. After the paint dries, remove the stencil.
Remove the protective cardboard and slip the cover over the pillow form.