Ampersand Pillow and Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

I saw a pillow just like this one at Crate and Barrel right before Christmas, and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind.  Since then, I’ve seen them all over the blogosphere, but had no idea how to make my own.  Last night, I decided I was going to figure it out.  If I had known it were this easy, I would have made mine much sooner!!!  All you need is freezer paper!  What?  Yup, freezer paper!  Here is how I made mine…

I used my Cricut machine to cut out my ampersand, but you can totally trace something and cut it out with an x-acto knife!  If you use your Cricut or Silhouette, you need to place the freezer paper shiny side down on your mat.
Pick out your shape and cut with your machine or by hand.
Once your shape is cut out, take the outer part off of your mat to use as your stencil.
Lay it on your fabric, and iron on…shiny side down.
Make sure all of the inner edges are ironed down well.
Use a stenciling brush and tap your paint onto your fabric.  Make sure you don’t use too much paint, and work from the edges inward.
Let dry for at least 2 hours, then pull the stencil up.
That’s it!  You can sew your pillow together now…but can you imagine all of the other things you can do?  I can see lots of cute, one of kind tees and bags in our future!

~Jessica

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Jessica
I’m Jessica, a mom on a mission to show other women that you can live well without breaking the bank. I like to share the thrifty, creative ways that I make changes in my home in the hopes that it will spark the creativity in someone else! I love to share DIY projects, crafts, simple recipes and cleaning tips too!
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  1. 1

    says

    Look at you girl! You know I love this, the stencil queen that I be:) Very cute pillow.

  2. 3

    says

    Well, this is certainly timely! Maybe if I had used your method, I wouldn’t have posted what I did to MY blog today! That is too easy! Found you through Karah in Curacao – don’t you love her???

    Thanks for sharing. I’m returning my stencil making tool tomorrow!

  3. 4

    Anonymous says

    K. You make this look too easy. Like… Waaa-laa that’s it!?! I had no idea that freezer paper could create a stencil..you are good! Like..GOOD! Cute Pillow!

  4. 6

    says

    Jessica,
    I just love this! How cute is that?
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring me.
    Meeg~

  5. 8

    says

    I love this tutorial…I’m like…”why haven’t I thought of this before? Definitely going to remember this and try it out. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    Erin

  6. 9

    says

    Hi, saw this on Serenity Now…clicked and sure enough…it’s from you. :) I need to try this!! Just adding it to my list of things to do…in my spare time. He, He…

  7. 16

    says

    Such an adorable pillow. I’m a sucker for the ampersand, so I just had to click through. Thanks for the tutorial. Lovely!

  8. 20

    says

    ah i love this so much.. i will try to create one at home :D
    thanks for sharing..

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