DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

DIY Pattern Throw Pillows

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & clothDIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

photos by Jared Smith

If you all follow along on Instagram, then you got a sneak peek at today’s project whilst I was trying to show off my party nail (priorities, you guys, priorities), but I’m super pumped about how these DIY pattern throw pillows turned out! Mostly I’m using them to cover up the ridiculous amounts of crap that this white couch insists on collecting, so let this be a lesson to you to never buy a white cotton couch. You will hate (lounging) life.

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Since I couldn’t find exactly the pattern or color scheme I was looking for in pillows, I snagged some plain white pillow covers to give myself a blank slate to work with lots of crazy colors, and though the color choices may be a bit much for an average home, the small doses of them make it easier to add to a space. Of course, you can always tone down the the color palette to your room decor, too…

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DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

Paint brushes

Fabric paints in various colors (I used DecoArt SoSoft paints because they dry soft instead of a weird, stiff texture)

Plain white throw pillow cover

Newspaper or cardboard to insert between the cover sides

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

Side note: this is totally a blooper moment because I only have one nail painted in this picture (which I had done for a quick photo for a shoot before this)! I totally didn’t realize I left it painted for the rest of the day in regular photos, too, my bad… now you know my one-nail painting secrets for styling!

Back to the project– first up, place some paper in between the cover so the paint doesn’t bleed through.

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

Next, you can create whatever patterns you’d like for this, but the trick is letting the colors dry in between each layer so they don’t bleed. I also used just a small about of paint for each small stroke and made sure to make every stroke in the same direction to make it look like natural watercolors.

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

You’ll use this same technique for each pattern you create, and then lay them out to dry for 24 hours before using them.

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

I started getting a little wild and crazy with patterns after the first few, but I think this one ended up being my favorite!–

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & clothDIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & clothDIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

For those of you wondering where the neon sign is from, I actually had it custom made from The Neon Gallery here locally. The couple that runs it is SO awesome, I wanted to just hang out there all day!

So what do you guys think, are these DIY pattern pillows something you’d make for your own space? It’s pretty inexpensive so you could definitely cater them towards seasons to mix and match your space throughout the year! Or you could just go buck wild on some crazy outdoor ones!

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

DIY Pattern Throw Pillows

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & clothDIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

photos by Jared Smith

If you all follow along on Instagram, then you got a sneak peek at today’s project whilst I was trying to show off my party nail (priorities, you guys, priorities), but I’m super pumped about how these DIY pattern throw pillows turned out! Mostly I’m using them to cover up the ridiculous amounts of crap that this white couch insists on collecting, so let this be a lesson to you to never buy a white cotton couch. You will hate (lounging) life.

MY LATEST VIDEOS

Since I couldn’t find exactly the pattern or color scheme I was looking for in pillows, I snagged some plain white pillow covers to give myself a blank slate to work with lots of crazy colors, and though the color choices may be a bit much for an average home, the small doses of them make it easier to add to a space. Of course, you can always tone down the the color palette to your room decor, too…

MY LATEST VIDEOS

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

Paint brushes

Fabric paints in various colors (I used DecoArt SoSoft paints because they dry soft instead of a weird, stiff texture)

Plain white throw pillow cover

Newspaper or cardboard to insert between the cover sides

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

Side note: this is totally a blooper moment because I only have one nail painted in this picture (which I had done for a quick photo for a shoot before this)! I totally didn’t realize I left it painted for the rest of the day in regular photos, too, my bad… now you know my one-nail painting secrets for styling!

Back to the project– first up, place some paper in between the cover so the paint doesn’t bleed through.

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

Next, you can create whatever patterns you’d like for this, but the trick is letting the colors dry in between each layer so they don’t bleed. I also used just a small about of paint for each small stroke and made sure to make every stroke in the same direction to make it look like natural watercolors.

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

You’ll use this same technique for each pattern you create, and then lay them out to dry for 24 hours before using them.

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

I started getting a little wild and crazy with patterns after the first few, but I think this one ended up being my favorite!–

DIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & clothDIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & clothDIY pattern throw pillows | sugar & cloth

For those of you wondering where the neon sign is from, I actually had it custom made from The Neon Gallery here locally. The couple that runs it is SO awesome, I wanted to just hang out there all day!

So what do you guys think, are these DIY pattern pillows something you’d make for your own space? It’s pretty inexpensive so you could definitely cater them towards seasons to mix and match your space throughout the year! Or you could just go buck wild on some crazy outdoor ones!

Comments

  • These are so much fun, I love them! And your neon sign is absolutely fantastic!!

  • Carrie

    06.16.15

    SO cute Ashley! You better believe I would try this out in our home in a hot second…Bravo!

  • jewel7013

    06.16.15

    How can a brush stroke end up so beautiful?…gorgeous

  • Aileen

    06.16.15

    Ashley! These turned out SO GREAT. Like, really really beautiful. I’ve never been so inspired to DIY a pillow!

  • sue

    06.16.15

    These are really, really fun.

  • Elsa

    06.17.15

    I love the colors you used for this!

  • Skay

    06.17.15

    This is such a cute and fun project!Thanks for sharing
    xx Skay

  • Brianna Wise

    06.23.15

    Oh my dear, these are amazing! I will definitely make a few paint pillow designs for my place. I adore the colour scheme you’ve achieved.
    Bravo! <3

  • Jane Gordon

    06.24.15

    Absolutely love this! Nice little pop of color to a white sofa or a white room! Very cute! :)

  • layla

    08.20.15

    wooow wonderful!!
    is itit washable??am thinking seriously of buying these paints from amazon !!

  • Justin

    08.31.15

    I have tons of pillows on my bed, but only use one. It’s be great find another brand that will foster a good night rest.

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