No Sew Painter’s Tape Stenciled Pillows {ScotchBlue Painting Party & Giveaway}

No Sew Painter’s Tape Stenciled Pillows {ScotchBlue Painting Party & Giveaway}

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far! Today I not only have a useful weekly giveaway for you, but I’m thrilled to be sharing a project created for the ScotchBlue™ Painting Party.

ScotchBlue™ has rounded up a selected group of bloggers to showcase some creative projects using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector. These five bloggers, including myself, are sharing our ideas today for you to gather some inspiration – along with a chance to win your own roll of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape in the process.

We all know the power of using an exceptional brand of painter’s tape – effortless super sharp paint lines just like the pros. I not only count on ScotchBlue™ for my walls and trim but always have some on hand as I consider it one of my crafting essentials.

Each season I like to add a few decorative pillows to my porch. I decided to revisit the cabana striped pillows I made last summer and update the idea with a little seasonal flare. These no sew pillows are incredibly easy to put together, can be made to suit a variety of different styles and most of all, an inexpensive way to update your decor for the changing seasons. The versatility of painter’s tape allows you to create your own stenciled designs for this project as well, without the need of any special cutters or expensive vinyl.

No Sew Painter’s Tape Stenciled Pillows
Materials Needed:
Cotton Fabric
Stitch Witchery
ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
Wax Paper
Americana Fabric Painting Medium
Americana Acrylic Paints

additional materials:
Tape Measure

Begin by creating the pillow cover. Any light colored cotton fabric can be used – I used inexpensive muslin for mine.

Keeping the fabric folded in half, as it is on the bolt, cut a perfect square – using the folded edge as your top seam, so you have a double layer. The pillows can be made any size you prefer – for this tutorial, I cut mine to 21 inches.

The covers could certainly be sewn with a machine using a straight stitch, however I decided to go the quick and easy route and use Stitch Witchery. This can be found in the sewing section of your local craft store and runs around $2 a roll. The Stitch Witchery is fusible web that permanently bonds fabric together simply using the heat from your iron.

Using the diagram {above} apply the Stitch Witchery to the two open sides, lining it up with the edge of the fabric. Follow the package directions for applying, as each brand may be a little different. In general, place the Stitch Witchery between fabric layers and cover with damp press cloth. Set the iron to the “wool” setting and press for 10 seconds.

Once you have sealed the side edges, turn the fabric right side out.

Now that the cover is ready to go, it is time to make the stencils. This same process can be used for a multitude of designs – as I chose a simple chevron pattern for the pillow today.

Tear off a piece of wax paper, making sure it is long enough to cover the width of the cover, and lay it on a flat surface. Cover with strips of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape, overlapping each layer just a bit.

Trace your desired deign directly onto the painter’s tape. I used a chevron design I printed from my computer as a guide.

Carefully cut out the design using scissors.

Arrange the cut stencils on the pillow cover until you achieve a desired look. {at this point the painter’s tape should still have the wax paper backing, making it easier to move around and create your layout}

Working one piece at a time, carefully remove the wax paper backing from the painter’s tape and stick into place, firmly rubbing the edges to the fabric.

Once all of the painter’s tape stencils are in place, you are ready to paint. Fabric Painting Medium by DecoArt is a clear liquid that can mixed with any color of acrylics to produce a washable, permanent paint for fabrics. Just mix two parts acrylic paint to one part of the medium and you are ready to go. For best coverage, apply with a foam applicator by dabbing the paint on.

Once the negative areas are completely filled in with paint, remove the painter’s tape by slowing pulling away, at an angle. The Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector works amazingly well on fabric leaving clean crisp lines.

Let the covers dry for 24 hours then place a paper towel over dry painted areas and iron {heat set} each section for 20 seconds – this sets the paint and makes it permanent.

To ‘fill’ the pillow, finish off rough edges of the open side by using more Stitch Witchery to create a hem {as shown above}. Now the pillow is ready to be stuffed. You can use pillow inserts, batting, or recycle the stuffing of previously used pillows.

To ‘seal’, place another strip of Stitch Witchery between the two hems and iron shut. I use this method for temporary pillows, such as this. Alternatively you can sew the open end or add a zipper for a more permanent, reusable closure.

For the second pillow I used the painter’s tape to create a border and a monogram for the center. The letter was simply printed from the computer, cut out then outlined using the painters tape. This is definitely a ‘homemade’ way to do this, but it works perfectly and you don’t have to worry about actually cutting a stencil.

For this weeks Giveaway
is generously offering Three Lucky Readers
a chance to win their own roll of
ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector!

To Enter This Giveaway:
{1} Simply Leave a Comment Below telling us how you would use ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape in your own project
{one entry ~ please leave a comment to enter}

For additional Entries You can:

{2} Tweet “@scotchbluebrand I want #supersharppaintlines for my next project!”
{leave a separate comment below – one entry}

{3} Post a message on the ScotchBlue™ Brand Facebook wall – letting them know you’re visiting from Under the Table and Dreaming {here}
{leave a separate comment below – one entry}
{Giveaway entry valid for readers of Under the Table and Dreaming only}

This giveaway will end on September 29, 2011.

For more inspiration from the blogs participating in today’s ScotchBlue™ Painting Party, visit {1} Gail from My Repurposed Life {2} Lakeitha from Home to Three Duncan Boys {3} Kindra from At Home With K and {4} Courtney from A Thoughtful Place

ScotchBlue Brand reached out to me to participate in the ScotchBlue Painting Party to celebrate the launch of their new ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector. My post represents my honest experience with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape. This post complies with the full disclosure statement listed below.


  1. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for this tutorial. I cannot sew and I’ve been wanting to cover some of my pillows. LIFESAVER!!!

  2. Your pillows are beautiful! I “can” sew, but I sure don’t like to!

  3. I need to complete the painting of my downstairs and this tape with help me tremendously.

  4. Great pillows! I really want to paint a frame around a wall in my piano room. I would love to win this!

  5. Love your idea! Those pillows came out great! (never thought to use the tape on fabric!) I love using Scotch Blue on my spray paint projects, makes super clean lines! Thanks for the idea!
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  6. Great idea!

  7. I need to finish the house painting project! I’m just waiting for it to cool down so I can get it done!

  8. I tweeted

  9. Your pillows are simply darling!

  10. What a wonderful tutorial and a giveaway too!! Whoop, Whoop, count me in. I think I’d use the tape to try this wonderful project out. Hugs

  11. Fantastic! I was especially excited by the words “no sew”.

    I have a chest of drawers that is desperate for a fun paint job.

  12. P.S> grabbed you button for my blog love page 🙂

  13. great tutorial, thank you! I do love the idea of using scotchblue to make your own stencils. Buying them each time you need a new look gets way too expensive!

  14. i posted a comment about your great blog on the scotch bluepainter tape!!

  15. WOW!!! Great job! Now my tape project is looking a little lame compared to everyone else;)

  16. Love that black and white pillow!

    I’m getting married in April and we just bought our first house. We need LOADS of tape!

  17. Holy buckets, you have such wonderful ideas! I’m currenty designing a craft room and this will be so useful!! I love sharing this to my friends and now they will follow you too! I’d LOVE more tape :))

  18. oh my, i love this….i just want to say thank you for posting this!!! i have to make a pillow like this ASAP 🙂

  19. great tutorial. would have never thought to use painters tape for such a project – especially chevron stripes!!
    fabulous!! must give this a go.
    cheryl xox.

  20. The instructions you give are right on. I Thank you for that. Now…where’s the painters tape isle?
    Have a great week

  21. okay, this is wild! I would love to try using this tape to make pillows!
    Thanks 🙂

  22. OMG, you make me sick, you’re so talented 😉
    I need to get my butt into gear and do a few of these.
    So cool! Thanks for the idea!

  23. These look AMAZING, I love them!

  24. I definitely need to use that tutorial! Thanks, and I woudl love to use that product to create some very trendy pillows that I can not afford.

  25. I left a message on their facebook page.

  26. I can use some tape as I do need to paint the entire house! 🙂

  27. What a great tutorial for using the tape to make stencils! I have a project that needed just this idea to create a border. Thank you!

  28. left a msg on their FB page 🙂

  29. I’m stenciling a guest bedroom and could surely use more tape!

  30. Your pillows are beautiful! I’d love it if you would share on my 1st Link Party that began yesterday!

  31. Well I am not very original, but I want to use it to make some faux grain sacks that everyone is using now a days.

  32. Love your pillow tutorial! Now I need some scotch blue just so I can update my porch pillows. It sure beats buying new ones every year.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Love the pillows…I would love to make a monogram pillow and you made it look so easy…count me in, thanks!

  34. I would use Scotch blue to etch wine glasses for gifts. Love the pillow idea as well!

  35. I would love to have some seasonal pillows- thanks for the tute!
    – Kelly (khaybe at gmail dot com)

  36. This is such a great idea, I’ve never seen the wax paper/tape technique for stencils. I think the possibilities are endless, and you don’t risk messing up your project with trial and error. Can’t wait to try this. Bring on the Scotch Blue…please:)…MB

  37. I love this post! As a non sewer this is wonderful!

  38. I absolutely love the pillows–my mom does too. I’m not sure if I would do that or make some kind of fabric picture for my walls!
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  39. I would try a pillow–probably a chevron one for our living room since we’re trying to update it!

  40. We have a guest room to paint, but I’d also love trying out your stencil idea!

  41. I need to paint my girls’ bathroom and some great tape would make the job much easier. ALthough, those pillows are fabulous!

  42. Love this idea!!! Where in the world did you get muslin for .50 cents?? hehe


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