Striped Gradient Pillow




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I bought this basic pillowcase and pillow insert from Ikea. While it's nice and big at 26" across it's also boring to have a plain white pillow. So with some painter's tape and fabric paint I made this striped circular gradient effect.

Step 1: Prep Pillowcase

To get the pillowcase ready, I put down several pieces of painter's tape across it like in the picture here. I also put a piece of cardboard inside for a better painting surface and to prevent paint from bleeding through to the other side.

Step 2: Paint!

There wasn't too much planning here. I poured out some black and white fabric paint on cardboard and mixed it up to get a few different hues. I then kept painting onto the pillowcase for a circular gradient effect.

Once the paint is on, let it at least dry to the touch before removing the tape.

Step 3: Stuff It Up

Once the paint has completely dried you can stuff the pillow insert inside and prop it up in a nice place to sit. For better long-term use, and the ability to wash the pillowcase, iron the pillowcase to heat set the fabric paint.



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    6 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I love it! Thanks for the instructable...I paint on pillowcases and pillows too!


    6 years ago on Step 3

    Great idea. Makes it seem transparant...