A couple weeks ago Kim and I got together for a little home decor play date – stamped pillows. We used my newest foam stamps, some fabric ink pads, and white cotton pillow cases (we already had inserts). This was a pretty quick and easy way to refresh the living room.
Take the time to iron your pillow cases first. The stamping will look better if you’re working on a smooth fabric.
Slip something sturdy and smooth into the case before you stamp to prevent the ink from bleeding through to the other side. We used some styrofoam pieces I had laying around.
I made my own stencil out of transparency sheets for a sponged background. It’s hard to see in this photo, but it is a shape that is sort of classic mid century.
I filled in the shape with yellow ink, slowly building up the density of the color on the pillow case.
Then I went back in with gray ink and my Jazzed foam stamp. If you don’t want the edges of the foam stamp to print, press more lightly on the stamp. I like the added visual texture here and the authentic block print look.
I also stamped with my Groovy foam stamp – it connects really well with the Jazzed one to make a longer, continuous design.
I filled in some of the other areas with additional yellow shapes.
Kim stamped a subtle background pattern using a pale green ink and my Signals foam stamp.
Here’s the complete background.
Then she came back and stamped my Jazzed stamp over it using gray ink.
I began a second case using blue ink and the same hand made stencil.
I sponged in the abstract shapes.
And then I added the Far Out, Jazzed and Groovy stamps over the shapes.
Kim’s second case began with a background using my Mid Century Squared stamp.
She finished her second pillow with my Gnarly stamp again in gray. After the cases dry, follow your ink manufacturer’s instructions for setting the ink, end enjoy your new home decor!
Stamped pillow cases are a very quick way to spruce up your sofa.
My cases look great on our teal sofa.
I love how the yellow one compliments some of the books in the background.
And the blue one is definitely my favorite – I might make a second one in this color.
I planned it so they also work with some of my existing pillows.
I hope you try this project – just another way to use foam stamps and fabric inks. Here are the supplies we used: