Our office sofa was already bright red, but I figured it could use some more color on a new pillow. So with a little bit of work and some fabric paint, this chevron pillow was born. Add to that a color fade with 5 shades. Why not?
Step 1: Start the Pillow Case
These pillows are made the same way as the Drop Cloth Pillows I also made. Start with a washed and ironed drop cloth and cut out a 19" x 37" rectangle. Be careful to make sure it's an even rectangle. I'm not super familiar with cutting fabric and this stuff just moves all over the place.
Step 2: Shelf Liner
Cut out and apply a large piece of shelf liner that can cover the fabric. Or at least most of it like here.
Step 3: Chevron Stencil
I made a wide chevron pattern and printed it across two pieces of paper. I trimmed the joining edges and taped them together to get the full size.
After that I cut one negative of the stencil, making sure to save three legs on the bottom. These help with aligning all of the successive chevrons.
Step 4: Mark the Lines
Here you can see the stencil in action. I drew the outline of the stencil once, then moved it up so that the legs were on the previous lines. Mark, move, repeat.
Step 5: Paint!
The darkest shade on the pillow is the regular burgundy fabric paint color. The other 4 colors were creating with different mixes of the burgundy along with white fabric paint.
Step 6: Sew It Up
After letting the paint dry, fold the fabric in half with the paint on the inside and sew up the edges with a sewing machine. You can sew the open side from each edge a little bit as well.
With that done, flip it inside out and stuff the pillow insert inside it.
Step 7: Sewing, Pt. 2
I finished the pillow up with a simple whipstitch. Nothing fancy.
Step 8: Enjoy!
Toss the pillow on the couch. I find it's helpful to lean on it with a pencil and a pad of paper to start sketching out the next idea.