Since Halloween is over and Thanksgiving will be here in just a few weeks, there’s not much time for Thanksgiving crafts.  So, I figured it was time to get started.  I wanted to create the look of a stitched applique pillow with paint and I think it turned out pretty good.

 Here’s what you need:
Mod-Podge (optional)
Vinyl Stencil
Here’s what you do.
First, you need to lay out your vinyl to make stencils.  You can use this tutorial to see how I use arrows and registration marks for multi-color designs.  The registration marks are really important for this project. Here is a screen shot of my design. Before you cut, you might want to do a test cut to make sure the stitch marks are big enough to cut cleanly with your machine (I sized my whole design to be 10″ tall).
 Since this is a stencil, you need to peel out the part you want to paint.  So, for the first step, remove just the pumpkin.  The registration marks should be cut but don’t remove them.  Use application tape to pick up the vinyl and apply it to your fabric.
If you fabric is textured or you are just worried about the paint leaking under the vinyl, apply a layer of Mod-Podge wherever you will be painting.  After it dries, then you can paint the pumpkin orange.
When the orange paint has dried, you can remove the vinyl, but make sure you leave the registration marks.
On most designs, on the next layer, you will want to weed out the negative space, including
the registration marks and then apply transfer tape. But, because of the design of this project, you should be able to pull the vinyl off the backing.  You shouldn’t need to weed or use transfer tape.  All the stitch marks and the registration marks should stay on the backing.
Then, carefully align the empty spot where the registration mark was removed with the one that was left on the fabric.  Apply another coat of Mod-Podge wherever you will be painting.
After that dries, you can paint the next color.
When the paint has dried, you can remove the vinyl, but make sure you leave the registration marks.
Repeat the steps again with the third layer, making sure to align the registration marks.
  Apply Mod-Podge, paint and remove the vinyl. Now, you can remove the registration marks.

Then, you can turn your cute design into a pillow.  I followed this tutorial. As I said above, the stitch marks and registration marks should stay on the backing and you will be left with something that looks like this.  You can apply application tape to this design and create a different project!

So, what do you think?
Would you have guessed this was painted?

3 Comments on Faux Stitched Give Thanks Pillow

  1. when you say you put Mod-Podge so the paint doesn't leak, are you putting it on the backside of the fabric or painting over the dried Mod-Podge? This is a fun project 🙂

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