Learn how to use your cutting machine to create a stencil and create this fall leaf throw pillow! An easy way to update throw pillows for each season!

Stenciled Fall Leaf Throw Pillow

Learn how to use your cutting machine to create a stencil and create this fall leaf throw pillow! An easy way to update throw pillows for each season!

Fall is almost here, ya’ll! As I’m typing this, there are a few yellow leaves popping up in our backyard, and they gave me the idea for today’s project – a stenciled fall leaf throw pillow. I’ve been itching to change up some of our throw pillow covers, and the shifting of the seasons is a great excuse (or reason) to do so. It was also the perfect opportunity to pull out my sewing machine and Silhouette Cameo and craft up this handmade pillow cover.

Today is also our Fall Silhouette Challenge, so be sure to stick around to the end of this tutorial to check out all of my blogger pal’s fall-inspired projects and to get your name entered in our special giveaway!

I knew I wanted to create my own stencil for my throw pillow cover, but I wasn’t sure exactly what kind of design I wanted. After browsing through the Silhouette Design Store, I settled on a set of three leaf designs from Sophie Gallo. I like using elements of nature in my decor, especially during the fall season.

Let me show you how I created my stenciled fall leaf throw pillow:

Materials

  • pillow insert
  • throw pillow cover (buy plain or sew your own using this tutorial)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette stencil material
  • metallic craft paint
  • fabric medium
  • foam spouncer
  • matte Mod Podge

Instructions

I selected one of the three leaf designs and sized it to fit in the bottom corner of my throw pillow cover. The pillow cover is about 16″ x 16″ finished. I sized my leaf design to 6.75″ x 5.82″.

fall leaf stencil design silhouette cameo

I wanted to be sure the size was right for my pillow, so I first cut the leaf design out of card stock so I could play around with the placement on my pillow cover. This is a good way to ensure everything is sized properly before you waste valuable stencil material!

Test a stencil by cutting it first using card stock

I trimmed a square of Silhouette stencil material, stuck it to my cutting mat, adjusted the cut settings for stencils, and sent my design through my Cameo. I know you can send the stencil material through without a mat, but since I only needed a smaller piece of stencil material, I opted to use my mat. Anyone else just feel safer using the cutting mat?? Just me? Oh well!

cutting a stencil using my Silhouette Cameo

I weeded out the elements of the leaf that I wouldn’t need, i.e. the portion that I would be painting in. For whatever reason, my brain really struggled with this part—another good reason to do a test on card stock first!

It’s been a while since I busted out my sewing machine, and I’ll admit, I had to call my mom—not once but twice—before I even got the machine threaded! But once I was reassured that I was measuring and cutting my fabric correctly, my handmade pillow cover came together like a dream. I made an envelope-style pillow cover using my own tutorial in this post.

I actually decided to stencil the leaf design before I sewed the pillow cover together because I thought it would be easier to work with the cover in pieces. (I will always do it this way in the future!) Just be sure to account for seam allowance when placing your stencil on the fabric.

Have you guys heard about the Mod Podge trick with stencils? I tried it here and it works on fabric too! Here’s what you do – after applying your stencil to the fabric, brush on a coat of matte Mod Podge around all of the stencil edges. The Mod Podge seals them so paint won’t bleed under them! (Be sure to use the matte finish so you don’t have glossy spots in your finished design!)

Neat trick - apply Mod Podge to a stencil to seal the edge - no paint bleed!

For the leaf design, I chose a bronze-y metallic paint and mixed it with a fabric medium per the bottle instructions. Fabric medium helps the paint adhere better and withstand use and washing. Once the Mod Podge was dry, I used a foam spouncer to apply my paint mixture in an up-and-down motion.

Learn how to use your cutting machine to create a stencil and create this fall leaf throw pillow! An easy way to update throw pillows for each season!

Once the paint was dry, I carefully peeled away the stencil…

Learn how to use your cutting machine to create a stencil and create this fall leaf throw pillow! An easy way to update throw pillows for each season!

 

Then I sewed my envelope pillow cover together and voila—my cute fall leaf throw pillow is done!

Learn how to use your cutting machine to create a stencil and create this fall leaf throw pillow! An easy way to update throw pillows for each season!

Learn how to use your cutting machine to create a stencil and create this fall leaf throw pillow! An easy way to update throw pillows for each season!

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Learn how to use your cutting machine to create a stencil and create this fall leaf throw pillow! An easy way to update throw pillows for each season!

 

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing fall-inspired projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

DIY Grateful Shirt Perfect For Thanksgiving DIY Back to School Sign & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Stenciled Fall Leaf Throw Pillow "Happy Fall Y'all" Watercolor Art: Cameo 3 Tutorial Cutest Pumpkin In The Patch Onesies Conquering my Fears How to Build and Paint a Wood Sign Reversible Fall Block {tutorial} + Fall Blog Hop & Giveaway Spooktacular Monogram Onesie for Baby's First Halloween + GIVEAWAY! Double Sided Fall and Christmas Pillow Tutorial Pumpkin Pillow Covers Make Fun Canvas Pencil Cases Silhouette Fall Challenge: Fall Planter Box w/ Vinyl Pumpkins "Happy Fall Y'all" Cotton Wreath

1. Small Stuff Counts // 2. My Favorite Finds // 3. Two Purple Couches // 4. The Thinking Closet // 5. Practically Functional // 6. GiveMeAPaintbrush // 7. Creative Ramblings // 8. Ginger Snap Crafts // 9. Where The Smiles Have Been // 10. Sisters, What! // 11. Create & Babble // 12. HaberdasheryFun // 13. Curly Crafty Mom // 14. unOriginal Mom

22 thoughts on “Stenciled Fall Leaf Throw Pillow

  1. Christine | Where The Smiles Have Been

    What a cute pillow for fall! I’m so jealous to hear that your leaves are already changing colors. Down here in AL we usually don’t get much changing at all….they all just fall off and “gift” us with bare trees till spring! Oh, and I’m also one who ALWAYS uses my mat when cutting materials on my Silhouette….a lot less stressful! 🙂 Great project, and thanks for the inspiration!
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  2. Bev Ritch

    Such an adorable project for the fall season! Wish I knew how to sew. I bet these would sell very well this time of year too! Great job!

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  3. Linda S

    Beautiful! My new Silhouette Cameo (purchased using my gift card – THANK YOU!) just arrived and I’m having fun learning all the ins and outs of how it works. Getting ready to try a stencil – thank you for the mod podge tip!

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