Thanks so much for stopping by! Today I am sharing with you a painted horse toss pillow project that I made for the RV. If you haven’t heard about our new exciting adventure check out my post on it here.
I think it turned out adorable, and it is the perfect addition to our traveling home to remind me of these big loves that are still back in CO.
When I came up with this project idea I was a little concerned about the painting portion of it. While I love to paint, I am not the most precise painter when it comes to really intricate details. However, I was actually pleasantly surprised at how simple this was to make and paint. It took me about 2 hours total over the course of 4 days. . . why is it I can’t sit down and do one project from beginning to end at one time??? Does anyone else have this problem? Normally when I’m working on a furniture project I have the excuse that I need to let each coat of paint dry, but I did’t really have this excuse with this project because the paint dried really quickly.
Anyhoo, here are the steps for this rustic farmhouse horse pillow.
- Fabric of your choice (I chose a heavier duty striped canvas type cloth. . . yes I still have an addiction to canvas, will it ever end?)
- Sewing Machine and Sewing Materials (thread, fabric scissors, pins, etc)
- Printer and Paper
- Carbon Paper
- Paint (I used a water base acrylic paint because that’s what I had however, if you want your pillow be washable then you should choose a washable fabric paint)
Quick Note: I chose to do the silhouette painting after I sewed the pillow together because I wanted to be sure I placed it in the right spot on the pillow. You can definitely skip down to step four and do the painting portion first and then come back to the sewing portion.
Step One: Cut out and pin your fabric (pretty side facing in) the size you would like your pillow to be with about 1/4″ extra on each side. My pillow is 20″ Long by 14″ Tall, so I cut 20.5″ x 14.5″.
Step Two: Sew around the edges of your pillow leaving an opening to flip your pillow right side out. In the picture above I have the opening showing on the side (the square box), but I would recommend doing the opening on the bottom so that it’s not as noticeable when you close the opening.
Step Three: Flip your pillow right side out through the opening that you left on the bottom.
Print your horse silhouette out, and lay it on the fabric with the carbon paper underneath. I found the horse silhouette here. I had to resize it and cut it in half so that I could print it on normal size paper and still have it be the size I wanted for my pillow. Here is the size I used – Large Horse.
Step Five: Trace (hard) around the silhouette of the horse making sure that the carbon paper is marking on your fabric. I went over each piece a couple times to get the carbon to show up well enough.
Step Six: Once you have the outline of your horse transferred on the fabric then you can paint it in. My fabric was really thick so it wasn’t necessary for me to place paper between my two pieces of fabric, but if you have a lighter piece of fabric it would probably be best to place paper between the two layers. Just roll up the paper so it fits through your stuffing opening and then unroll it inside the pillow while your painting. I used a tiny paintbrush to paint the edges and then a larger one to fill in. Then I went back over with a different color shade to give the color a little more depth.
Step Seven: Once the paint is dry then you can stuff your toss pillow and sew up the opening.
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!
I mentioned a couple posts ago that I have been really thinking about my issues with my perception of perfection. In this I mean that I struggle with posting on the blog when I’m doing larger projects (ie. . . large room re-dos at the ranch or a full re-do of the RV) because I continue to tell myself that I will post that project once A,B, & C are complete. Well, this just gives me a reason to procrastinate and then I don’t get projects posted up here. I’ve made it a goal to not worry so much about things being completely finished and/or perfect and to just keep posting as I go. . . I can always update as things get more complete right?!? In the spirit of this, below is a picture sneak peak at the newly completed and installed curtains that separate the cab of the RV from the rest of the living space. This was a big project goal for me to get done because 1. it gives us privacy from people seeing in through the windshield 2. it helps with efficiency because we don’t have to heat/cool that extra space and 3. since we use the upper bed for storage we can close that off and not see all of our storage. The biggest goal with the RV re-do was to lighten and brighten everything up, so you can see that this fabric choice really helps to brighten things up. I have some other fabric that ties the toss pillows together with some of my other selections so you will be seeing those things start to piece together. I’m currently in selection process to change out the backsplash in the little vanity space and kitchen, so be sure to check out those updates when I get them completed in the next couple weeks.
Let me know what you think of this project, and as always I would love to see your painted horse toss pillows!
Until Next Time,