Drop Cloth Farmhouse Pillows Tutorial

When I made pillow covers for my daughter’s bed a few years ago, I ordered quite a few pillow forms because I got a great deal on them. That big box sat around in my sunroom for a very long time, waiting for me to make some throw pillows for our living room. I tend to drag things out. Fluctuating on what kind of pillows to make, being picky about drop cloths, ironing, deciding what to paint on them,… I stretched this out for months! I was finally making progress on this project last summer and then my sunroom, where I do all of my painting, was flooded. When the mold started, I couldn’t be out there because I have allergies. So everything got tucked away in my bedroom on piles. I do enough procrastinating on my own. I really didn’t need any help!

As I was decluttering my bedroom, I decided that I had had enough. I got a table set up in the kitchen and had them all painted in one evening. I really need to stop procrastinating so much! The pillows turned out GREAT! My son even asked where I bought them.

For most of them I used stencils from Stencil Revolution. I just love how neat and crisp they look!

Farmhouse pillows made with drop cloth and stencils!
How to make a farmhouse pillow cover from drop cloth and stencils

I snapped some pics as I was making them so that I could put together a little tutorial.

You will need:

canvas drop cloth (size depends on how many pillows you are making)
sewing machine
painter’s tape
pillow forms

Drop Cloth Pillow Cover Tutorial

First, you will need to wash, dry, and iron your canvas drop cloth. Cut your front panel 1” bigger than your pillow form. I used a 16“ pillow form so I cut mine at 17” x 17”. The back panels need to overlap a few inches. I cut mine at 17” x 13”.

Hem one long side of the back panels by turning it under 1/2” and again 1/2”, then stitching in place.

How to make pillow covers from drop cloth

Set those aside and prepare the front. I just used regular acrylic paint. Yes, it does get a little stiff. These are decorative pillows, so I don’t care. You can also use fabric paint or add a fabric medium to your acrylic paint.

I tried making these pillows a few different ways. I taped the stencils to the center of each panel and used a foam brush. I also painted stripes on a few using painter’s tape to make them look like vintage grain sacks. Finally, I hand painted some with a brush. That was a pain and took forever. Stencils are much easier.

How to paint drop cloth pillow covers

Now it is time to sew. Place the lower back panel right side up with the hemmed edge towards the top.

How to Sew a Simple Throw Pillow Cover

Place the upper back panel on top so that they form a square the same size as the front panel (17” for mine.) The hemmed edge should be on the bottom and the right side facing up.

Easy Pillow Cover Tutorial

Place the front panel over the back panels with the right side down. Pin on all four sides.

Easy Farmhouse Pillow Cover Tutorial

Sew all the way around using a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish the seams using an overlock machine or zig zag stitch. Drop cloth does fray quite a bit.

How to Sew Drop Cloth Pillow Covers

Turn the pillow cover right side out, making sure to poke the corners out well. Insert the pillow form into the pillow cover and you are finished!

Farmhouse Stencil Pillow Cover Tutorial
Stencil Drop Cloth Pillow Cover Tutorial
Farmhouse Stencil Pillows

The pillows made with stencils were the best and easiest. The stripes and freehand pillows are OK, too. I made some solid navy pillow covers with linen fabric as well.

Farmhouse pillows made from painter's drop cloth
Farmhouse Painted Pillow Cover

Thank you to Stencil Revolution for sending me the stencils to use in this project!

Drop Cloth Stencil Pillow Covers

Here are the links to the stencils that I used for this project:

How Sweet Home Stencil

Farmer’s Market Stencil

Milk & Cream Stencil

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