A DIY Upcycle: Mud Cloth Pillows 

Hey Everyone!

So as many of you already know, I am a huge DIY’er. I just can’t help myself! If I think I can do something, I’ll give it a shot and either love or hate the result, but in either case I always learn something new.

A few weeks ago I was at Value Village when I spotted a set of linen fabric napkins in great shape. We already use fabric napkins and I thought they would be a great back-up set. On my way through the check out the cashier handed me this brochure.

Value Village DIY contest

A DIY  challenge?! Why yes please! That evening I was cruising around on Pinterest  (my nightly routine-repeatedly showing Steve projects I want to do that he does not haha the man is a saint!) And I came across these awesome Mud Cloth Pillows  from Loom and Good.

Mud Cloth Pillows from Loom and Good

So, I thought to myself, that’s perfect! I have linen squares the same size as my pillows (16″X16″)! I can do this! Except I don’t know how to sew, never mind  a pillow case and I’ve never painted fabric before… so what could possibly go wrong ?! Haha…

So I started cruising around on Pinterest for a pattern or formula to follow. I opted for an envelope style rather than a zipper simply because I didn’t want to learn how to install one on my very first project. I saw this one from So Much Better with Age. I modified the pattern to match my 16×16 pillows.

Value Village DIY contest

I busted out my second hand sewing machine, spent 30 minutes trying to load the bobbin and thread it, and finally got down to work. It was actually really easy… trim fabric to size, pin, sew. I didn’t even need to make the first hems because the fabric was already finished on the ends. Flipped them right side out and celebrated the fact that I had pillow cases and all my fingers!

Next was the fun part! Painting! I again crusied online for simple boho inspired patterns to mimic. I also found a great tutorial on how to make your own fabric paint from acrylic paint from Udemy Blog. But basically it was a 1:5 ratio of glycerine and water as a thinner, then another 1:5 ratio of thinner to paint. 

Value Village DIY contest

To prevent the paint from running through the fabric, I used parchment paper to create a barrier. Otherwise I suggest that you paint prior to sewing. Also I should note that be sure to heat set the paint after it has dried 24 hours by either ironing it or putting it in the dryer. 

Value Village DIY contest

I used a block of wood and yarn to create a stamp for one pillow and a ruler and blunt paint brush to make the other. It really wasn’t about being accurate in the process, but the more irregular the better for an authentic feel.

Value Village DIY contest

I stuff the cases with inserts I had from the pillows I wanted to replace, which was just in time apparently because the cases ripped as I removed the inserts!

Mud Cloth pillow

Mud Cloth pillow

Mud Cloth pillow

Mud Cloth pillow

What do you think? I don’t think they turned out too badly! I think I’ll keep them on the light coloured sofa with the yellow throw to give it a little boost.

 What are your favorite up-cycle projects? Show me some of your DIY wins or fails in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

Heather

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