How To Make a DIY Striped Pillow Quick!

Can’t find (or afford) the perfect accent pillow for your space? Learn how to make a DIY striped throw pillow cover in less than 15 minutes with this quick DIY painted pillow technique.

I’ve been looking for the perfect yellow throw pillows for months now.

When I recently spiffed up my living room for Spring, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own.

(Desperate times call for desperate measures, right?!;))

I discovered a super simple and fun way to turn plain Ikea throw pillow covers into large striped nautical ones in less than 15 minutes.

Let me show you how!

DIY Striped Pillow using Paint

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Supplies Needed for this Striped Pillow Craft:

Step 1: Fold the pillow in half to determine the center line. Place one piece of frog tape above the center line and one piece directly below it.

Continue taping the entire pillow cover front.

Step 2: Remove the tape where you want the stripes to be.

Although it might feel strange to tape up the whole thing and then remove part of it – it’s a slick way to do stripes! It makes perfect dimensions – no measuring required!!

Step 3: Put some scrap paper – like a grocery bag – between the layers of fabric to prevent bleed through.

The paint might seep a bit through the fabric and you don’t want it to bleed through to the back of the throw pillow.

Step 4: Mix the color of your choice with textile medium.

Textile medium is a liquid that can be added to paint to make it appropriate for fabric. Since stenciling doesn’t require a lot of paint, I used only about 1 teaspoon of yellow paint. Then I added about the same amount of textile medium and stirred it together.

Step 5: Use a stencil brush to apply the paint onto the pillow.

The secret to a successful stenciling project is to start with just a little bit of paint! You can always add more, but you can’t take it away!

Dip the stencil brush into the paint and wipe off all the excess on the sides of the container or on a paper towel.

Start at the top of the pillow and work your way down to the bottom stripe.

Rub the paint away from the tape lines and build up the paint til it looks the way you like it. This method creates a watercolor effect on the pillow cover.

Follow the instructions on the textile medium bottle to set the paint.

This particular textile medium recommends heat setting the paint stripes with an iron to prevent it from fading when it is washed.

These happy throw pillows are a great  Spring decor idea. And, they’re even holding a secret…

The other side of them is the planted pots pillows with iron on transfers I made last year!!

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  1. So fun and so cute! I am so ready for Spring and this looks like a top-notch way to make it happen!
    Great to hop with you!

  2. So cheerful; you hit the mark on this! I love that this is two sided so you can switch up the look any time you want a different accent. I’ve never used textile medium but I’m excited to try after seeing this 🙂

  3. I know how it is when you really have something in your mind you want and cannot find it! What a great idea! I had no idea about the textile medium. There is always something new to learn, isn’t there? I am thinking the latest update to our guest house might need some of these! Thanks so much for hopping with us!

  4. What a cute idea – and the yellow is so cheerful! I haven’t tried painting on fabric before but this looks like fun! Great to hop with you!
    Sorry if this ends up being a duplicate comment. I left one with my blog address and it looks like it didn’t take. I’ve been having these problems lately.
    Calypso in the Country blog

  5. I like it. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ve been wanting to try stripes on fabric for a curtain. Have you ever tried it without taping the entire front?

  6. Wow, your pillow came out great Rita Joy! I especially like how one side is stripes and the other has the pretty stencil image. A nice home decor project.

  7. I learned something new, Textile medium and I want some! I love the bright cheery colors of the yellow and white stripes for summer! It’s pretty cool that you can turn the pillow over for a completely different look too. You are so clever!

  8. Great project!! Love your choice of color ~ yellow is sun here a happy color. I use Gel Art Ink from A Makers’ Studio. It’s made for fabrics and the results are awesome. Thanks for the reference to the IKEA pillow covers.

  9. Rita, I didn’t know about fabric medium either. Thanks for introducing us to something new! I just love your new yellow striped pillows. They’re perfect for spring. You’ve inspired me to make some pillows with my leftover drop cloth!

  10. I have painted pillows before–it requires some patience, but the results are worth it. Your striped version is so pretty for spring! It is a pleasure to join you for the hop. Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  11. This is such a great project, Rita! I never used textile medium, but now will be on the hunt for it!! I love the yellow you chose. It is so bright and cheery for spring. It’s always so much fun to hop with you. Pinned!

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