How to Turn Your Plain Cushions Into Crazy Colourful Puffs of Delight

2 Materials
$3
1 Hour
Easy

I love experimenting with ways to bring more colour into the home for a cheery and uplifting vibe. I decided to try on cotton fabric cushion cover a vibrant design using some unicorn spit gel stain.

Plain cotton cushion cover
Plain cotton cushion cover

First I use masking tape to position flat on table the plastic bag that the cushion cover came in.

then I decide which vibrant colours to use in my circle design.

Unicorn spit gel stain in centre
Unicorn spit gel stain in centre

I create more circles of colour .

Circles of unicorn spit gel stain
Circles of unicorn spit gel stain

And more circles!

Unicorn spit gel stain onto plastic bag
Unicorn spit gel stain onto plastic bag

And even more! When finished, I spray the paint all over with water.

Spray with water
Spray with water

spray with more water to spread the paint evenly .

Spray with more water
Spray with more water

Then I cover with cotton cushion cover and once in position spray over the top with water to help design soak through.

Place cushion cover over paint
Place cushion cover over paint

I begin spreading the paint gently from centre to outer edges to create the desired effect.

how to turn your plain cushions into crazy colourful puffs of delight, Spreading paint outwards

Spreading paint outwards

how to turn your plain cushions into crazy colourful puffs of delight, Peel away the cover from the uni orb spit gel

Peel away the cover from the uni orb spit gel. Revealing a beautiful design to hang out to dry before covering with protective fixing spray.


so delighted with the colourful cushion cover makeover.

Unicorn spit gel stain cushion cover  makeove
Unicorn spit gel stain cushion cover makeove

The vibrancy is gorgeous.

Unicorn spit gel stain cushion cover makeover
Unicorn spit gel stain cushion cover makeover

Really is cheery!

Unicorn spit gel stain cushion cover makeover
Unicorn spit gel stain cushion cover makeover

I am so happy with the end result!

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3 of 4 questions
  • Sunny
    on Sep 2, 2019

    What is protective fixing spray? Really love this! Thanks!

    • Susan Goode
      on Sep 2, 2019

      There are quite a few on the market and I hesitate to recommend a particular one. I’m experimenting with a few and happy to have anyone who’s got more experience with these products to suggest

  • Dean Murdaugh
    on Sep 2, 2019

    Would this application work on out door fabric, ie: the back and seat cushions for my patio set?

    • Robyn Garner
      on Sep 7, 2019

      I'd think it depends on the fabric and finish of your outdoor fabric. Some of them are nylon or polyester that feels like plastic. Many of them, especially the pricier ones, have waterproofing sealers on them also.


      I'm not confident it would work on those. Perhaps take a clip from the inside of a seam from yours and test it. 😎

  • Robyn Garner
    on Sep 7, 2019

    Using your technique on this type fabric, does the design "paint" both sides (is the back of the pillow tie dyed also)? Your technique is terrific! 😎

    • Susan Goode
      on Sep 7, 2019

      Hi , yes it soaks through to other side although slightly different and maybe paler but still beautiful.

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  • Susan
    7 days ago

    Absolutely stunning, vibrant and so much easier than tie-dyeing, thank you for sharing.

  • Susan Goode
    7 days ago

    Yes is a fab method and great for kids to try too!

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