When making decorating decisions in our new house, I’m trying to be extra thoughtful about what I pick. I really love the idea of a whole house feeling like one cohesive unit with slightly different takes on that vibe in each room. One thing I’ve been trying to mix into the house is a quirky vintage vibe, and I’ve been loving all the abstract eyes, lips and faces that have been dominating decor and wearable items lately. They feel like they belong on a giant canvas in an awesome Palm Springs ranch, and that’s totally my jam. Anyway, I thought that I would make a few face pillows that capture that vibe for our living room (which I promise I will show you all of soon!!). I had a lot of fun sketching a bunch of crazy looking faces until I came up with one that I really liked. In case you just broke into a cold sweat thinking about having to create your own artistic masterpiece for this project, I’ll let you know that I included the face as a download so you can use it as a template, and you can do this on a plain white throw pillow cover if you don’t want to sew your own cover from scratch. Easy peasy!
First, print your face template as large as you want it to be on your pillow. My pillow was 18″ x 18″, so I had to print it onto two pieces of paper and tape them together for the face to be big enough.
Position your freezer paper stencil onto your pre-made pillow cover or fabric square. I made my pillow cover, so I cut a 19″ x 19″ square for the front of my pillow knowing I would use a 1/2″ seam allowance and it would end up being 18″ x 18″ when finished. Iron the freezer paper (shiny side down) onto the fabric. I usually go over the fabric for about 20-30 seconds so I know it’s secure. Let the paper and fabric cool completely.
Use a paint dauber and fabric paint to fill in the exposed areas of fabric with paint. Remember, the less paint you use, the less likely you are to have leaks. So layer small amounts of paint until it’s filled in rather than starting with globs of paint.
Once the paint is dry, you can peel off the freezer paper and expose your face underneath! Since I needed to add a back side to my pillow, I finished the pillow in an envelope style (the easiest and fastest way to make a pillow in my opinion), added my insert, and I was done!
I LOVE this pillow! It’s just what I was looking for. It’s got a modern twist but is still so vintage quirky that fits in with the rest of our mid-century inspired elements like our sleek Joybird sleeper sofa (BTW, did you guys catch our ultimate mid-century couch guide?). I’m always trying to find fun design elements to mix into a foundation of classic pieces and shapes, and unique pillows are a quick way to add some personality. This freezer paper method is a really easy way to add a design to fabric. You can do it, I swear. And once you do make this cutie pillow, you know what to tell all those who doubted you, right? IN YOUR FACE!! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.