Puppy Love Pillow (Freezer Paper Stencil & Open Ended Pillow Tutorials)

  Maybe you’ve already seen this post…because I shared it at Tatertots and Jello a couple of weeks ago.  I am so thrilled to be one of Jen’s new contributor, it’s a dream come true!

But, just in case you missed it, I wanted to share it with you, because it is truly simple, and you can make one of these cute pillows with any design you like, and if you really wanted to, you could stencil something different on the back and make it a 2 for 1 :) 

Today I want to show you how to make a pillow using a freezer paper stencil.  This is one of the easiest ways to make your own custom pillows for very little money.  You’ll need a roll of freezer paper (you can find it at the grocery store near the foil and plastic wrap), some duck cotton fabric or dropcloth fabric, and paint.  Cut two pieces of fabric the exact same size.  I wanted my pillow to be rectangular, so I cut two pieces 16 X 20 inches.

 I used my Cricut cutting machine to cut out my image, but you can cut out absolutely any shape, letter, or  image you like.  I decided to go with a puppy and this little puppy love saying for Valentine’s Day.  The great thing about this pillow, is that my daughter can use it in her bedroom after Valentine’s Day as well.  

 If you are using a cutting machine, place the shiny side of your freezer paper down on the cutting mat.  Smooth out the freezer paper really well before cutting.

 Once your image has been cut out, take the outer part of the freezer paper and place it shiny side down on one your fabric panels.  Run a hot iron over the stencil making sure that it sticks to your fabric.  You want to make sure it is fully sealed.


 Once your stencil is firmly in place, take your fabric panel to a table or flat surface.  I put a board under my fabric to protect the table.  Place your paint (I used acrylic) in a container, and grab your stenciling brush.  Get a little paint on your brush and start dabbing paint starting at the edges and working your way in.    Once you have painted the entire inside of the stenciled area, allow the paint to dry, then pull the freezer paper up.

 I went back in and painted the white spots pink to match the pink Puppy Love saying.

 Instead of going with the traditional throw pillow that is sewn all the way around, I decided to leave one end open.  I sewed two pieces of ribbon to each panel so you can tie it shut.  Make sure to space them the same width apart on each panel.  Once you have sewn your ribbons to the side that is going to be left open, place the panels wrong sides together and sew the other three sides together.  Turn your pillow case right side out, fill with a pillow form, and tie the ends together.

 Trust me, once you have made one of these, you won’t be able to stop yourself…you’ll be making pillows for every room in your home!


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  1. says

    What a sweet sweet pillow! I need to make an XXL one of these for our Dalmatian!

  2. Sheila says

    Love your blog! Have you seen the youtube video Sh%t Southern Women Say? I think you’d find it funny :)

  3. says

    I love coming to your site because it makes me want to use my Cricut more! This pillow is adorable and I love the side ribbon closure!

  4. says

    Love the puppy pillow…this will be a perfect valentines gifts…Hope that my Boy Friend will give me one of these…just hoping… :)

  5. says

    I’ve always wanted a Cricut cutting machine . I love how
    you did this and the pillow is so cute..
    thanks for sharing

  6. says

    This is absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  7. says

    That is just so cute! I’m definitely going to try this technique–thanks for the inspiration!

  8. says

    I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing!

    I would like to invite you to link up to my linky party, Thrifty Thursday!
    You would fit right in and we would love to have you!

    Hope to see you there!



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