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Stenciled Pillow

Make a quick-and-easy faux-bois (false wood) pillow cover with a stencil and a drop cloth. All you need are basic sewing skills and about $30.

Stenciled Pillow

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Pillow form
  • Crafts knife


  • 4-ft x 15-ft canvas drop cloth (#126319)
  • Whizz cabinet and door foam roller (#165861)
  • Spray adhesive (#275900)
  • Valspar Signature paint, Sunday Times (#ar915)

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Project Resources


Step 1

Wash and press the drop cloth, then cut the front of the cover 1 inch larger than your pillow and the back 1 inch wider and 4 inches longer than the pillow.

Step 2

Cut the back into two equal pieces along its width. Where each piece was cut, double-fold and sew 1/4-in hems.

Step 3

Download the stencil and print out at the desired size. Have it soft-laminated at a print shop.

Step 4

Cut out the design with a crafts knife, leaving "bridges" for sturdiness. Lightly spray the stencil with spray adhesive.

Step 5

Roll the foam roller, saturated with paint, over the stencil until the desired effect is achieved.

Step 6

Let dry, then place two small pieces of tape on the sides of each "bridge" area; stencil that area with the edge of the roller or with a small foam brush.

Step 7

When dry, lay the two back pieces on the front piece with the hems, facing out, near the center. Sew together using 1/2-in seams. Turn the cover inside out to hide seams; insert pillow.

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