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DIY Pillow Ideas – Painted Fall Pillow

I love the new DIY Pillow that I made with paint and Free Motion Embroidery! I Combined Two Of My Favorite Passions, Art And Sewing. Now I have a new Painted Fall Pillow.

Fall Pillow DIY

I had a  lot of big deadlines due last week. As soon as I was done I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to be creative and make something. So I made a DIY pillow. 

DIY Pillow Ideas

I made my pillow using a pillow cover, acrylic paint, and my sewing machine. I used free-motion stitch embroidery to sew in the details.

What is Free Motion Stitch Embroidery?

Free motion machine embroidery is very different from regular sewing. By using a special quilting foot and lowering the feed dogs, you feed the fabric wherever you want to stitch. It’s so much fun because you can move the material in any direction while sewing it on your machine.

A  lot of free-motion embroidery is done slowly and perfectly. I love it when it is more free and outside of the lines. Can I  just say how much fun this was to make?

Fall Pillow DIY

Check out the video of how to make my painted fall pillow.

What You Need to Make a Painted Fall DIY Pillow

Pillow Cover – I used the IKEA Gurli pillow cover

Sulky Brown Embroidery Thread (Dark Brown)

Free motion quilting foot for your machine (varies by sewing machine brand)

Mark B Gone Washable Pen

Acrylic Paint – I used Alizarin Crimson, Cad Yellow Medium,  Brown, Light Green, Dark Green, and White.

Leaf  Pattern (right-click on Leaf Pattern and choose the “Save Link as…” option to download the file.) 

Materials for DIY Pillow

You can tell that I use my paints frequently. 

Paint for DIY Pillow

How to Make a Painted Fall DIY Pillow

I  left a link to the photo of these leaves above. Just right-click on Leaf Pattern and choose the “Save Link as…” option to download the file. I resized the leaves and made them larger to about  5″. Once you have done that, print the leaves.

Leaf Patterns

Cut out the leaves individually and arrange them out on the pillow cover.

Fall Leaf Pattern

Place the leaves inside the pillow cover and arrange them in the order you want them. Using a Mark B Gone water-soluble pen, trace the outside of the leaf patterns onto the fabric. The pen is washable. In fact, if you just tap it with a wet cloth, the color will remove immediately.

Tracing for DIY Pillow

When you are done, your pillow should look like this.

Pillow Tracing

Place some heavy plastic (I used recycling material) inside the pillow cover. You need this because when you paint on the topside, you don’t want the paint to leak through to the backside.

Fall Painted Pillow
I love the new DIY Pillow that I made with paint and Free Motion Embroidery! I Combined Two Of My Favorite Passions, Art And Sewing, Now I have a new Painted Fall Pillow.

Mix your paints to get the colors you want and loosely paint around the traced lines. I like it when it isn’t perfect. Messy is good.

Painted Pillow

This is what my pillow looked like after I painted it. Don’t panic, just remember how good this looked when the pillow is done, (I posted another photo since you might have forgotten.)

Painting the Pillow Case

See, it looks much better with the stitched embroidery.

DIY Pillow for Fall

Once the pillow is dry you need to add the machine stitch embroidery. This is what the sewing machine pressure foot looks like. To stitch the flowers, place your printed leaf nearby and stick the veins of the leaf as seen in the photo, The good thing is that this does not have to be perfect. I like ti better if it’s not perfect.

Free Motion Stitch Embroidery

Can you believe the difference between the painted only leaves and the stitched leaves?

Painted and Stitched Fall Pillow DIY

Here is a closeup. See what I mean about it is messy? I wasn’t kidding.

Free Stitch Embroidery Pillow

This is what the pillow looked like after stitching. Iron the pillow afterwards to flatten out the pillow cover.

Painted and Stitched Pillow

This is our dining room. You can see that I got my inspiration from all of the florals I got from Amazon Home.

DIY Pillow

I love this pillow so much! And it was not hard to make.

Fall Pillow DIY

Here are two other pillows I made with paint and free motion stitch embroidery.

DIY Pillow Ideas

Pin the image below to your Craft or fall decor boards on Pinterest (just click the Pin button in the top left corner). You can also follow along with me on Pinterest!

Copy of DIY Fall Pillow

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6 Responses

  1. I love the pillows, and the way they are embroidered. My question, is this machine foot on a regular sewing machine or do you use an embroidery machine? If regular machine, where can I get the foot?

  2. Hi, I really like this project, but do you stitch the front and back of the pillow together or do you take the pillow apart first and resew it afterwards?

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