A little Americana for your front porch swing

The quickest way to spruce up the front porch swing for summer is with new pillows.

And if your a little bit handy and have a sewing machine why not try making a few of your own.

When it comes to sewing I’m very simple and it doesn’t get much easier than this.

A simple stenciled and stitched pillow.

Deco Arts has so many 12″ stencils in a variety of patterns, you’re sure to find one you’d love.

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DecoArts® Products Used:                           (*affiliate link)

  • ADS16 American Tribute Stencil*
  • Americana® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics: Dark Scarlet, Cotton Ball, Night Sky
  • Splendid Gold Dazzling Metallics® Acrylic Paint

Additional Products:

Directions:

  1. Lay paper under muslin fabric before stenciling.
  2. Center and tape stencil onto muslin with removable painter’s tape so that the stencil won’t move.
  3. Work one color at a time and mask off with painter’s tape the areas that won’t be painted.
  4. Remove the “star section” of the flag using a craft knife and set aside.
  5. Stenciling is a “dry” brush technique. Using a stencil brush, dip just the tip of your brush into the paint. Tap off excess paint before applying to prevent the paint from seeping under the edges of the stencil.
  6. Apply paint with stencil brush in a straight up and down motion called stippling.
  7. Once you’ve added the red, blue and gold colors. Replace the star section of the flag back onto the stencil and stencil the stars with white paint.
  8. Create a simple pillow by sewing the muslin onto the red and cream ticking fabric.
  9. Stuff pillow with Poly-fil®.

God Bless America Pillow 572 2

This project was sponsored by DecoArts.

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Holiday Joy

I love using the word “JOY” in my holiday decorating.
It’s one of my favorite words.  Who doesn’t need a little more “JOY” in their life.
The Joy Frame is a Quick and Easy Holiday Home Décor Project.

 

Supplies Needed:                                           (*affiliate link)

Directions:

  1. Remove the backing and glass from an old frame and spray paint it black.  My frame holds an 8 1/2 x 11 picture.
  2. Cut the scrapbook paper to size and add to frame.
  3. Paint the chipboard letters red.
  4. Stencil Snowflake design onto the red letters with cream paint.
  5. Apply a light coat of red paint over the snowflakes.
  6. Antique the letters with Vintage Photo ink and ink applicator.
  7. Glue inside of frame.
  8. Embellish frame with some greenery and a red and cream gingham bow.
Craft Confession:
My original plan was to have cream snowflakes on red letters.  After I got through with the stenciling, I thought the snowflakes looked too bright so I decided to re-paint the letters.   As soon as I put on the first thin layer of paint, I loved the tone on tone result.  Happy Accident!
This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.

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a little Holiday Stenciling

Stenciled Linen Bag

One of my new found obsessions this Holiday Season is stenciling on Linen.

This stenciled linen bag is one of the projects that we made in my Holiday Workshop.

We used Clear Scraps 6″ Word Xmas Tree stencil, acrylic paint and a stencil brush.

Tip:  I like to use removable tape to keep the stencil from moving and to mask off

any areas where I may go over the stencil with my paint.

The linen bag measures 6″ x 10″ and is available through Nashville Wraps.

Clear Scraps Stenciled Holiday Pillow

I loved using this stencil so much that I also bought the 12″ Word Xmas Tree.

These are Quick and easy Holiday projects to make.

They would also make a great Christmas gifts.

Tip:  I stenciled on a 13″ x 13″ piece of linen.  The next pillow I make would be a little larger so that the entire image shows.  My pillow measures 12″ x 12″.

This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.