Striped Throw Pillow for Dolls

Today's tutorial will show you how to turn plain, ordinary fabric into this super cute little pillow!

You'll need two pieces of fabric (mine are about 4 1/2" square), as well as some blue masking tape and some fabric paint.

Start by prepping your work surface: cover a hard surface with waxed paper, and make sure you're working in a place that can get a little dirty. :D 

Mask off the square in your desired pattern -- to keep it simple, I'm doing stripes that are the full width of the tape. Once you have the tape placed, squish it down along the edges to give yourself a good clean line. 

And....paint! A couple of thin coats work better than one or two thick coats; thin coats are also less likely to bleed underneath the masked lines.

Let the paint dry, then, if the manufacturer recommends it, heat-set the paint. You can usually do this by running it through the dryer for about 30 minutes, or use an iron and a press cloth. 

Now let's turn your painted panel into a pillow! Lay the back piece over the front piece, pin along all four edges, and stitch around the outside. You can do this by hand or by machine. Just be sure to leave about 2" unsewn in the middle of one side.

Trim off the extra fabric at the corners, then turn the pillow right side out through the opening you left.

And fill it with stuffing! You can use a chopstick to help get the stuffing into the corners.

Finally, hand-sew the opening closed.

And there you have it -- a fun little throw pillow! 

What kinds of patterns do you want to paint on your throw pillow?  :D 

For Pixie Faire,

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