DIY Polka Dotted Pillow Cover

Happy Wednesday, y’all! I did a guest post last week for Courtney at A Diamond in the Stuff. I thought I’d repost here in case you missed it. Have a great day! 

One of my favorite finds as of late is the wall o’ pillow covers at Hobby Lobby. I did a little happy dance when I stumbled upon this glorious section of the store. I have a slight obsession with throw pillows, and I like to change them up with the season {or my mood}; but this can get to be a bit pricey. Most of the Hob Lob pillow covers range from $4.99-$6.99 {a steal!} and there is a great variety for any style. You can use the cases for your existing throw pillows or new inserts. I get my down pillow inserts from Ikea for only $6.99 a pop!

Earlier in the year I bought the blue/grey chevron pillows for the living room, and we’re still loving them!

Like a Saturday - Chevron pillow covers from Hobby LobbyThe last time I was checking out the selection of pillow covers, I saw these canvas covers and thought they would be perfect for a quick DIY project. The fabric of these particular covers are very similar to the drop cloth material. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, you could easily sew similar pillows by using drop cloths as your fabric.

DIY Polka Dotted Pillow Cover - Like a SaturdayMy pattern of choice these days has been good old-fashioned polka dots. I’ve been finding any excuse to stick them on anything, like my bathroom trash cans, and now….a pillow!

DIY Polka Dotted Pillow Cover - Like a Saturday

First things first, you’ll want to wash and iron your pillow covers. If you’re a lazy crafter like me, you’ll be tempted to skip this step….but it is oh so important! You will also need to slide in a piece of cardboard or thick newspaper so the paint doesn’t bleed through to the other side.

My game plan was to stencil on the polka dots with white craft paint. You can turn any acrylic paint into fabric paint by adding textile medium. You’ll mix 1 part medium to 2 parts paint. This ensures that you can wash painted fabric without losing any of your hard work.

DIY Polka Dotted Pillow Cover - Like a SaturdayI didn’t find a stencil at the craft store that was the size/spacing that I wanted, so I cut a template for myself with the Cricut machine and a stencil sheet. I simply used my template to help me create a {mostly} round dot in the right size. You could also use a paper punch or Exacto knife to create your own design. I started stenciling at the center of the fabric and then worked outward from there, repeating the pattern. I didn’t want or need my pattern to be perfect, so I mostly just eyeballed it. If you’re looking for a more precise pattern, you should use a full stencil sheet instead of an individual template.

DIY Polka Dotted Pillow Cover - Like a SaturdayWhen stenciling, start from the outer edge and paint towards the center to prevent too much bleeding. Again, I wasn’t going for perfection here, so I allowed for a little bit of wonkiness {that is a technical term ;) }. In this case, I think it adds to the whimsy of the polka dots.

DIY Polka Dotted Pillow Cover - Like a SaturdayIt didn’t take long at all to cover the entire pillow with white spots. Let it sit for a while until the paint is completely dry {see the directions on your paint bottle for exact dry times}.

DIY Polka Dotted Pillow Cover - Like a SaturdayNow, you’re ready to pop that puppy onto a pillow {say that 5 times fast!} and find her new home.

DIY Polka Dotted Pillow Cover - Like a Saturday

DIY Polka Dotted Pillow Cover - Like a SaturdayThis polka dotted cutie found her way to our guest bed. We have a lot of color and pattern happening in this room, so the new pillow fits right in. Don’t be afraid to mix colors, patterns, and textures! It will help make your space come alive!

DIY Polka Dotted Pillow Cover - Like a Saturday