Since decorating is kinda my thing, I wanted to live up to my reputation and get super cute Christmas gifts this year. I had my heart set on monogram pillows for my sister Beth and her boyfriend but after a few internet searches I realized they were out of my budget.
Solution? Make them myself, of course, for about $20 a pillow!
First stop: Ikea
I bought two GURLI cushion covers and in white for $4.99 each (they come in a few colours).
I got my pillow inserts at Pottery Barn with a discount but you can get them at Ikea for $8.00 each.
My fabric paint is called Tulip from Michaels (they almost always have 40% off coupons so check out their site before you go). The cost was around $7.00 with the coupon.
Before starting, I gave the cushion covers a quick iron and put cardboard inside. This prevents the paint from bleeding through and provides a smooth painting surface.
I searched “monogram stencil” in google for inspiration and then free-handed my stencil. I traced a plate to start and sketched out the initials until I was happy with how they looked.
I cut out each letter with my X-Acto knife and traced the outline in pencil onto my cushion covers. Pay attention to where the cushion zipper is, it’s best at the bottom.
I filled in each letter with fabric paint, staring with an outline. I did two coats, letting it dry in between.
Warning: lots of patients / touch ups may be required! It’s difficult to get a straight edge along the outline and there is always a risk of smudging! Slow and steady wins this race!
I let it dry overnight, then erased any visible pencil marks wth a clean eraser.
This is the super cute gift I was looking for – at a super affordable price!!!
Let me know your thoughts!