Custom Throw Pillows with Cari Fennell

Creating your own home decor accessories can be a lot of fun. Plus, you can choose your colors, designs and style that match your home without having to run around all over town to try and find what you need and settling on something that is just OK. 

Creating your own home decor accessories can be a lot of fun. Plus, you can choose your colors, designs and style that match your home without having to run around all over town to try and find what you need and settling on something that is just OK. 

Gather up your tools and supplies! Here is what I used: Fleur Home Decor Stamp Set, Roller, Home Decor Ink (20 Years Port), Acrylic Block (optional-you can stamp freehand too), Pillow Cover from Hobby Lobby (4.99) and the filler for the pillow. 

Gather up your tools and supplies! Here is what I used:

Fleur Home Decor Stamp Set, Roller, Home Decor Ink (20 Years Port), Acrylic Block (optional-you can stamp freehand too), Pillow Cover from Hobby Lobby (4.99) and the filler for the pillow. 

Before you start, you will want to add some protection to your work surface. I used a trash bag to cover my table. And you may want to use gloves if you don't want your fingers stained.  Pour some ink to the acrylic plate (it comes with the roller applicator) and get your roller nice and juicy. Add the stamp you wish to use to the block. I centered it and made sure it was straight to help with the spacing, etc.. You may also want to add some cardboard to the inside of the pillowcase so that you have a flat surface when stamping. My pillowcase has a zipper on the back, so to avoid the lines showing through, add that extra layer of protection. 

Before you start, you will want to add some protection to your work surface. I used a trash bag to cover my table. And you may want to use gloves if you don't want your fingers stained. 

Pour some ink to the acrylic plate (it comes with the roller applicator) and get your roller nice and juicy. Add the stamp you wish to use to the block. I centered it and made sure it was straight to help with the spacing, etc..

You may also want to add some cardboard to the inside of the pillowcase so that you have a flat surface when stamping. My pillowcase has a zipper on the back, so to avoid the lines showing through, add that extra layer of protection. 

Roll the ink onto the stamp evenly. Take care not to get a lot on the sides otherwise you will end up with lines in your pattern from the outer edge of the stamp. I use a dry paper towel to remove excess ink on the edges before stamping. 

Roll the ink onto the stamp evenly. Take care not to get a lot on the sides otherwise you will end up with lines in your pattern from the outer edge of the stamp. I use a dry paper towel to remove excess ink on the edges before stamping. 

Depending on the stamp you use, you want to position it in the center and work your way outward. This worked great for me. And because the block is see through-you can eye the spaces between the stamp image. If it's not perfect-don't worry! The pillow is curved and it won't show the unevenness too much.  

Depending on the stamp you use, you want to position it in the center and work your way outward. This worked great for me. And because the block is see through-you can eye the spaces between the stamp image. If it's not perfect-don't worry! The pillow is curved and it won't show the unevenness too much.  

Here is what it looks like all stamped. The ink is still wet so it looks very dark but it will lighten as it dries, making the color soften. After it dries completely, heat set it in the dryer or with an iron. You will also notice the image is not solid or crisp and that's because the case I am using is made of a weaved fabric. Ikea has fabulous covers that are smoother and inexpensive. That might be a good choice if stamping a delicate image. I happen to like the imperfections here.

Here is what it looks like all stamped. The ink is still wet so it looks very dark but it will lighten as it dries, making the color soften. After it dries completely, heat set it in the dryer or with an iron. You will also notice the image is not solid or crisp and that's because the case I am using is made of a weaved fabric. Ikea has fabulous covers that are smoother and inexpensive. That might be a good choice if stamping a delicate image. I happen to like the imperfections here.

I added the filling and voila! All set for decorating your sitting areas. You can also use chalk paints and other suitable mediums to stamp with if you are interested in trying something else. I would recommend practicing on scrap fabric before diving into the project to test colors and get comfortable with stamping on this type of surface. Have fun and please share your creations with us on Instagram and Facebook-we wanna see!

I added the filling and voila! All set for decorating your sitting areas. You can also use chalk paints and other suitable mediums to stamp with if you are interested in trying something else. I would recommend practicing on scrap fabric before diving into the project to test colors and get comfortable with stamping on this type of surface. Have fun and please share your creations with us on Instagram and Facebook-we wanna see!

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