I love the look of Anthropologie textiles but unless they are giving them away, they’re not in my budget. So as usual I created my own dupe!!
Anthro Inspired Painted Pillow Case
Now before everyone starts commenting that I should use fabric paint or add something to my acrylic paint to make it a “fabric paint” I like using regular paint because of the fading effect after it’s washed. It doesn’t wash away it only fades and looks more authentic to me.
I started by making a pillow cover from drop cloth.
This is a super easy way to make a pillow cover. Simply place your pillow on your fabric, leave two inches of fabric across the top and bottom. And make sure your width is long enough so that you can fold the fabric over and make an envelope like opening.
Pine along the top and bottom, then sew. Turn inside out and your pillow should pop in that folded opening easily. This is how I make most of my pillow covers. No zippers, buttons or snaps.
I then drew my design on paper.
I cut my design out placed it on my fabric and traced it on with a washable marker.
I continued this all over my pillow case until my pattern was complete.
I painted the design.
Load your brush because the fabric soaks the paint in.
Now it’s time to paint the background. This took a little time but I didn’t mind.
Once the whole pillow case was painted and dried well. I tossed it in the washing machine and used plenty of fabric softener.
The end result is a muted and faded pillow cover that looks vintage to me😊
PS. I have washed it a couple more times since and it hasn’t faded any more.
Karen Loftus on Jun 26, 2021
Laura | mobilehome_cottage - this is REALLY lovely and I like the concept of it weathering over time too! Great idea!
Lisa Bergner on Jul 24, 2021
I painted two pillows exactly as you did and mine did NOT fade whatsoever! Did you wash them immediately after painting?