French Grain Sack Pillow Using Ikea Towels

by - October 28, 2013

Ikea is one of my favorite stores.  Every time I go there, I stock up on these pretty red-striped grain sack-ish dish towels.  I've been wanting to use them for a pillow for quite some time, and this weekend I finally took the plunge.

After measuring and sizing for my pillow insert (20"), I started by sewing three of the four sides together.  I then turned it right-side out and broke out some black fabric paint.
I just purchased this pretty French stencil from Etsy and it was the perfect size for my pillow.  It features a wreath design too but I was feeling a little lazy and just stenciled the wording and fleur de lis.
It took about a half hour to stencil and then I had to let the paint dry.  I made one little oopsie on the S in Paris.  You might not be able to see it, but it's there.  Once the paint was dry, I closed it up.
This is the first time I've made such a large pillow and used a pillow insert.  I really love the look and hope to make a few more this winter.

Linking to: Between Naps on the Porch: Met Monday and A Stroll Through Life.


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  1. Your pillow is super cute! I'm going to Ikea in a few weeks and may just have to stock up on those towels. I like that you only used part of the stencil. Have a wonderful day! ~ Jamie

  2. Love this idea and your pillow looks amazing. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will be live today at 2:30 PT. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  3. Hi Jeanine,
    I love your pillow. I have never been able to do stencils and get them the way I want them, so my hats off to you! Great job.


  4. I love those Ikea towels. We make a special trip once a year to the Ikea that is 1 and 1/2 hours away just to get the towels. I love that you made one into a pillow! Thanks for signing up to be a follower! I am signing up to follow you too.

  5. Gorgeous pillow! I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post to my party which is live now! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

  6. Your pillow came out very nice. I love going to Ikea too, but we don't have one very close by, so I only get there once every year or two. And then when I do go, I get so overwhelmed with it all, that I can't think. Maybe it's best that it's far away since I really don't need anything anyways.
    Very nice to meet you and definitely following back.


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