Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Throw Pillow Cover- Toilet Paper Roll Stamping on Fabric

I am not a fan of Vday. Maybe it's that inner fat kid from elementary school who never got cards, candy, flowers etc. Or maybe because it consists of a bunch of crap; dumb stuffed animals that will just be tossed out, chocolates filled with a bunch of junk, and flowers that die. Or maybe I just think it's stupid to celebrate love only one day of the year. Why not celebrate everyday

I love my husband. I love him every single day. Even when I don't like him, I love him to pieces! haha

Coincidentally I wanted to make this throw pillow cover for our bed and since finishing our pin tucked duvet cover, I am motivated to create the other things for our room that I have been dreaming up... and it just happens to be Vday. 
So, honey, here is your gift. Something to remind you every single day that I love you. Well, until I decide to make another pillow cover ;)

I have been collecting toilet paper rolls. 
Weird huh?! 
I have seen all sorts of fun kid crafting projects with them and even fun things floating around Pinterest where the tubes have been turned in to wall art and photo albums! 

I know that repetitive and geometric patterns have been in style, so I figured I'd give it a whirl with my tp tube! I grabbed my turquoise Tulip Brand fabric paint:

and a paper plate:

I cut two pieces of fabric from some old curtains that I had in my stash to the size of the pillow and as I was measuring (18"), I decided to add 2" (20" total) to the back piece to make an envelope enclosure.

I ironed my fabric and got going on it!

I simply dipped the rim of my tube into the paint and stamped it onto the fabric. 
I love the hand crafted look and I was not going for perfect here or I would have measured it out and taped off areas to stamp with in, so if you are going for a cleaner look, that would be my suggestion.

I think it looks pretty cool!
Once I got this far, I decided I wanted to add words.

I got out my trusty stamps, swiped my finger in the paint and dabbed it onto each letter before pressing it onto the fabric. One. Letter. At. A. Time. This can be tricky. Again I wasn't getting all OCD on this project, but I have a ton of practice using these font stamps. My suggestion is to play with them on some test fabric if you have never used them before to try out pressure, amount of paint, and a method that works for you to line up the letters.

Once your fabric paint is dry, heat set it with an iron and a scrap piece of fabric between the paint and iron. 
Once everything is stitched wait about a day and throw it in the dryer to further set the fabric paint.

I cut the longer back piece of fabric in 1/2, then I realized that I cut it in the wrong direction. Rats! Oh well! I folded the edges under and pressed them:

Then zipped them through my machine.

Since I cut the wrong side, my envelope enclosure gapes a little, so I'll likely stitch a little velcro to it, or maybe some snaps...
This looks like kind of a dramatic gap, but it actually isn't bad at all and pulls together very easily!

All in all I feel successful with this project and I think it'll look great with our new duvet cover! I have some plans for other throw pillow covers. They are fun and easy to pull off during nap time, or even with Mr. P sitting in my lap while I stitch!

I'd love to see what you come up with! If you have any questions, ask me. I also sell these kinds of things if you want one but don't want to invest in all of the supplies!

Have you done any thing creative with your toilet paper rolls?

Lauren D.



  1. I LOVE it...happy valentine's day to ME!!!

    Great blog - I really enjoyed reading this one!

    1. You know what they say... Happy wife = Happy hubby lol ;)
      So grateful for your support/help/love!

  2. It looks lovely, but the letter stamping must have been tricky... Congratulations :)

    1. Thanks so much! I'm so happy you visited my blog :) Have an incredible weekend!

  3. i just love how this turned out--so pretty, and such a creative use of the tp roll:)

    1. Thanks, Lynn! I really wanted to go crazy on a wall in our house, but...
      a. I couldn't decided which one and b. our walls are textured so I'm not so certain it would look as nice as it does on fabric.
      If you decide to experiment with this technique, I'd love to see what you come up with!

  4. I love seeing people get creative with unusual items. The pillow looks great and will be so pretty on your bed. Wonderful job!

  5. Your pillow turned out fabulous, well done!

    1. Thank you! Such a silly idea that turned out pretty cool. My brain is scrambling now..."what should I try next?!"

  6. LOVE IT!!! Nice job using the tp rolls!!!

    @ Creatively Living

  7. Okay so I used the same technique to stencil my pantry but I never thought to use it on a pillow, very clever. And it looks marvelous!

  8. Are you kidding me?! TP rolls?! This looks great. Thank you so much for sharing this on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. Please do come back again next Friday.

    Warmly, Michelle