Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DIY Polka Dot Pillow Cover

Hello Everyone,

I've always had a thing for polka dots, and when I saw some cute polka dot pillow covers on the Pottery Barn website, I decided to try to make a pillow cover that was similar to theirs. I've been trying to incorporate touches of blue into my family room, and I bought some light blue pillows after Christmas. However, I've been wanting to add some dark blue shades too.

A few years ago, I bought some plain pillow covers on clearance, and I held onto them until I had a place to use them. Does anyone else ever shop like this? Personally, I've learned that it's usually better to take advantage of a great deal when I find one. Anyway, After seeing a lot of indigo being used lately, I decided it was time to act.


blue and white polka dot pillow, paint

I started out with this plain blue pillow cover. If you sew, you can easily make your own cover out of any fabric. I pretty much run from sewing machines, but this is still a nice way to jazz up a cheap pillow cover! The fabric is still slightly creased, but I know it will smooth out over time. Some people would probably recommend using an iron first, but I tend to run from irons, as well.  


blue pillow cover

Some of you may remember the stamped heart pillow I made for Valentine's Day and how I used a wine cork to stamp some paint onto the pillow cover. I thought about using this same technique again, but I wanted smaller polka dots. So this time, I used the tip of a regular pencil eraser as a stamp. I used the same basic craft paint as before, and it works very well with the fabric. There's no need to buy a special kind of paint.


white craft paint stamp

I dabbed some paint onto the eraser and stamped polka dots in a random pattern all over the cover. It ended up resembling a striped pattern, although if you turn the pillow around, the pattern changes slightly. Everything tends to look different in person! Some of the white dots are darker than others, but this makes the pillow have sort of a shimmery effect.


blue and white polka dot pillow, paint

This was so easy and took hardly any time at all to complete. The kids were watching TV, and other than being told not to bounce on the sofa during the photo session, they had no idea what I was doing. This is why I love doing quick and easy crafts! The new polka dot pillow even goes with the other blue pillows I have, which is always a good thing!

                           blue and white polka dot pillow, paint
 Why spend a ton of money on accessories, when you can easily make your own? So, the next time you come across plain pillow covers, grab them, and make your own custom pillow!

Is anyone else decorating with shades of blue this year? If you are, I would love to hear about it!

Thanks for the visit, and have a great day!

Dee :)

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15 comments:

  1. Very pretty! I love the eraser technique, but I have never used on fabric. Great idea- I'm pinning! And I totally get it...iron? I don't think so! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Kim. I'm one of those people who only buys wrinkle-free clothes so that my family looks presentable! :)

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  2. Lovely! I like this idea, never imagined! Thank you so much for sharing! I also adore wash and wear stuff and luckily there's a lot of cloths with the right fabric to work this way. Thanks a ton for your visit and sweet wishes. I am your newest follower...hope you'd like to follow back too!
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  3. Sorry, I have followed you in the past...great!!!
    Fabby

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    1. That's so cute, Fabby! I'm following you on G+ now, so that part is new. :) Have a great weekend!

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  4. What a pretty pillow! I really love that color of blue and I love polka dots. I'm always searching the clearance aisles for good buys... looks like you found a great one!

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    1. Thanks, Elise! I always head to the clearance section before checking out the rest of the store! :)

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  5. fun! I can see my kids wanting to help with this. Although then the rows of dots would not be so cute and straight ;o) I love this... A few in different colors would be adorable!

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    1. I almost did alternating colors, but I decided to stick with the white to be safe. My kids are the same way, Emily--If I didn't do this while my kids were watching TV, the outcome would have been very different! ;)

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  6. This is adorable! I've been loving polka dots lately :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I know--lately polka dots are everywhere! :)

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  7. What a fun idea! Thank you for sharing this at DIY Showcase on VMG206. I'm featuring your post tomorrow in my DIY Pillow Round Up!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  8. That blue is so pretty. Love how simple this project is, looks great. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. My daughter is a polka dot fan. I will have to make her a copy cat version of your sweet pillow. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

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