PB Knockoff Pillows – Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

August 23, 2010
Note:  This is a repost of a project I did last November.   I was pretty new to blogging back then, so I don’t think many of you have seen this.   It may seem a bit early to start working on those Christmas decorations, but this freezer paper stencil technique works with any kind of graphic design you like!   The osnaburg fabric I used is so cheap you could make pillow covers for every occasion.  With a cutting machine like a Silhouette or Cricut (that I still don’t have, BTW!)  this project would be a snap!

"Pottery Barn" Pillows
I just finished up these sweet holiday pillow covers. If they look familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen these in the latest Pottery Barn Catalog:
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I thought they were cute, but not cute enough to fork over $29 each plus tax and shipping. Since I made covers for pillows I already own, these only cost me about $5.00 total, or the cost of two yards of Wal-Mart osnaburg fabric. When the holiday season has passed, I’ll just remove the covers and pack them away with my decorations for next year.

These pillows were already on my to do list for the holidays when I wandered over to Creative Little Daisy. Autum has put together a great pillow cover tutorial. If you’re not a seamstress, this is definitely a page to bookmark. Go ahead and check it out, I’ll wait.

Pottery Barn’s pillows were embroidered. Since I don’t have a sewing machine that does embroidery, I decided I’d try to stencil them using freezer paper. Here’s how to stencil:
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First, find a font you like and print out a design for your project.
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Then, find some freezer paper. It is NOT the same thing as waxed paper. It has a matte side and a shiny side. When ironed shiny side down, the paper will stick to the fabric. When you’re done with your stencil, it can be easily peeled off.
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With the shiny side down, place a piece of freezer paper over your design and trace. The freezer paper is easy to see through.
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Then, using an exacto knife or a small pair of scissors, cut out your design, being careful to save any of the small interior pieces of the letters.
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I stenciled onto a smaller piece of fabric, and then attached it to my pillow cover using a decorative stitch. I cut a piece of fabric approximately 1” larger all around than my desired patch size. Place your new stencil shiny side down on your fabric and press, being careful to adhere all of the edges. Don’t forget to iron on the interior pieces of the letters.pbpillows 023
These “Spouncer” brushes work great for applying your favorite craft paint. I bought mine at Wal-Mart.
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I used two coats of red paint, and then allowed it to dry for a couple of hours before peeling the freezer paper off. pbpillows 026
I turned under the edges 1/2” on each side and pressed. Then I placed the stenciled piece on my pillow cover front and attached it using a decorative machine stitch.
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Stitch the front and back of the cover together and you’re done! Don’t forget to check out Autum’s tutorial if you need help making the pillow enclosure.
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  1. I'm glad you reposted this Carolyn! I'd really like to try these this year. I'd also like to get that fabric you mention. I had a really nice linen remnant I had gotten at Joann's that was wonderful for projects and would be great for the pillows. {Target's linen drapery panels are very similar feeling}.

  2. Thanks for reposting. These turned out great! And we always appreciate tutorials!

  3. Ok, your version is so much prettier than the originals. You did a great job and I want to try this too.

  4. Very pretty! Thanks for reposting!

  5. The pillows are wonderful! I've been having so much fun making pillows, might have to try this! Thank you for your visit and kind words, so great to meet you!
    Take care

  6. Those turned out SO cute! They look just like the originals! WOW - I love them!

    Thank you for linking them up too!


  7. These pillows are gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial. I haven't used freezer paper yet, but I want to!

  8. Thanks for sharing this wonderful "how to". I remember seeing these last year and thinking how nice it would be to make them to go on rich purple for Advent. Of course I had totally forgotten. Hooray that you not only jogged my memory but also showed how it is done. Kudos et merci!

  9. these are adorable! and they would make uch geat gifts, too, like for your bloggy friends, like me! ;)

  10. Simply gorgeous!!! I LOVE them!!!
    Hugs!! Bela.

  11. OMG! These are genius! Thank you so much for reposting- I'm bookmarking this to do later!

  12. Very cute! Thanks for the great tutorial, I think I will make some for myself. Thanks for sharing.

  13. stopping by from CSI... I loved these the first time around, they are soo pretty

  14. Your pillows are beautiful!! I love freezer paper.


  15. Having the project makes the pillows even more interesting. You can add embellishments as well.

  16. These tutorials are wonderful and easy to follow. These pillows are also perfect for Kids Beds . Kids would need a comfortable pillows to have a good sleep.

  17. Great tutorial. You really made adorable pillows. I'd love to try decorating pillows too. orange county furniture stores

  18. I am going to try this next week, will post my pictures here soon!


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