I adore accent pillows! They are a great way to refresh a room without breaking the bank. If you don’t like to sew (zippers, eek!) then you know how pricey store bought trendy accent pillows can be. You’re in luck, because these new, on trend iron-on appliques from Darice make decorative pillow making a breeze. I used some fabric paint with my pillow covers to create these new DIY throw pillows that I just love!
These handmade pillows look like they’re store bought and they’re half the cost!
- Darice Throw Pillow Covers (One each in white, gray and black.)
- Darice Iron On Pillow Transfers
- Tumble Dye Silver Glitter Fabric Paint
- Vinyl or Stencil
- Stencil Tape
Step 1. To begin making your DIY throw pillows, cut a large heart from the vinyl to create two stencils. Keep both the positive and negative images.
Step 2. Place paper inside the pillow covers to keep the paint from seeping to the other side.
Step 3. Place the vinyl heart on top of the white pillow. Press the edges down firmly. Pour the glitter paint in a bowl, and use a pouncer to dab the paint around the edges of the vinyl heart. Remove the vinyl heart and let the paint dry.
Step 4. Place the negative heart image from the vinyl stencil on the black pillow cover. Use a pouncer to dab the silver glitter paint onto the inside of the heart shape. Remove the vinyl and let the paint dry.
Step 5. Use stencil tape to mark two square spaces on the gray pillow case. Use the pouncer to add the silver glitter paint to the two opposite squares (diagonally). Remove the tape and let the project dry.
Step 6. Next you will be adding the iron on transfers to your DIY throw pillows. Place the heat set transfers on each painted pillow as desired. Follow the package instructions to iron on the text and/or images. Make sure your iron is hot enough (use the cotton setting), and wait until the iron on is cool before peeling off the plastic cover sheet carefully. Be sure to iron the glitter paint, too, to permanently set the paint.
All that’s left to do is fill your DIY throw pillows! I reused two old accent pillows for two of them, but for the white pillow I used Poly-Fil, which is light and fluffy and helps maintain the white color of the pillow case.
While you’re working on perfecting your iron on transfer skills, try out making this neat DIY beach bag tote with a fun “Adventure Awaits” iron on detail.
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Morena from MorenasCorner.com is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than get a manicure. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she enjoys creating colorful, bold pieces of home decor. The Italian-American daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children.