Nature Damask Accent Pillow

Pillow Measures20” x 14”

Pillow Measures20” x 14”

 

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.

Directions

step 1 - Cut two pieces of fabric to measure 20" x 14".

step 1 - Cut two pieces of fabric to measure 20" x 14".

step 2 - Apply iron-on interfacing to the wrong side of the fabrics.  The facing will give the pillow a crisper finish.

step 3 - Use painters tape to mask the bottom butterfly portion of the stencil shown in blue.

step 3 - Use painters tape to mask the bottom butterfly portion of the stencil shown in blue.

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 6 - Match the center of the fabric and the center of the stencil.  When you’re sure the alignment is straight, adhere the stencil to the fabric and airbrush it with the red paint.  Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry for an hour before handling.

step 6 - Match the center of the fabric and the center of the stencil.  When you’re sure the alignment is straight, adhere the stencil to the fabric and airbrush it with the red paint.  Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry for an hour before handling.

step 7 - Cut a 11” X 8.50” oval out of card stock using a craft knife.  Cut away one-quarter inch from the edge of the inner oval creating a .25” space between both pieces. 

step 7 - Cut a 11” X 8.50” oval out of card stock using a craft knife.  Cut away one-quarter inch from the edge of the inner oval creating a .25” space between both pieces. 

step 8 - Apply adhesive to the large oval and center it on the fabric. 

step 8 - Apply adhesive to the large oval and center it on the fabric. 

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 10 - Pin the cord trim to the painted fabric with the trim's raw edge matched to the raw edge of the fabric.  Overlap the trim at the center bottom.  Slash the trim at the corners so it will lay flat.

step 10 - Pin the cord trim to the painted fabric with the trim's raw edge matched to the raw edge of the fabric.  Overlap the trim at the center bottom.  Slash the trim at the corners so it will lay flat.

step 11 - Using a zipper foot, sew close to the cord on all four edges of the fabric.

step 11 - Using a zipper foot, sew close to the cord on all four edges of the fabric.

step 12 - Pin one side of the zipper to the bottom cord.  Follow the zipper package instructions for installing an invisible zipper.

step 12 - Pin one side of the zipper to the bottom cord.  Follow the zipper package instructions for installing an invisible zipper.

step 13 - Sew the remainder of the zipper to the fabric back.

step 13 - Sew the remainder of the zipper to the fabric back.

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.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • 20” x 14” pillow form
  • 12” x 12” Nature Damask Stencil

At Testors

  • Aztek Airbrush
  • Aztek 9446 red, and 9451 green Acrylic paint

At JoAnns

  • 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

 


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