Nature Damask Accent Pillow
Damask usually refers to ornamental patterns designed into the warp and weft of silk and linen fabric through many tedious steps. The process dates back to the twelfth century and is named for Damascus, the textiles center of the day. This pillow project is a more modern version of the technique, a far more simple and immediate design airbrushed onto cotton fabric with the help of a stencil and acrylic paint. Red cord is sewn into the seams to create a frame for the intricate damask pattern. An invisible zipper secures the pillow opening. There’s more to this stencil - a butterfly which you’ll see below. A horizontal design was required for the pillow I had in mind and unfortunately the butterfly wouldn’t fit in my design space. If you’re making a square pillow be sure to include the lovely butterfly in your project.
Note: Allow paint to dry thoroughly between all steps.
Use 5/8” seam allowances.
step 2 - Apply iron-on interfacing to the wrong side of the fabrics. The facing will give the pillow a crisper finish.
step 4 - Mix a little green paint with the red to achieve a deep red color.
step 5 - Apply adhesive to the backside of the stencil.
step 9 - Apply adhesive to the smaller oval and center it over the painted design leaving a .25” opening between the two (see step 7 photo). Airbrush the opening with red paint. Remove the card stock stencils.
step 14 - Sew the front and back fabrics with right sides together. Again, use the zipper foot to get close to the cord on all four edges. Before sewing the fourth edge, open the zipper which will allow you to turn the fabric right side out when you’re done sewing.
step 15 - Trim seam allowances and turn the pillow right side out.
step 16 - After 24 hours, set the paint with a warm iron (no steam). Cover the paint with a cloth and iron for one or two minutes.
step 17 - Stuff the pillow form into the fabric and zip it shut.
- 20” x 14” pillow form
- 12” x 12” Nature Damask Stencil
- Aztek Airbrush
- Aztek 9446 red, and 9451 green Acrylic paint
- 1/2 yard 45” wide cotton fabric
- iron-on interfacing
- 12” invisible zipper
- 2 yards braided cord trim
- sewing notions
- card stock
- painters tape
- Scotch Spray Mount Repositionable Adhesive