How to Make a Farmhouse Stenciled Pillow Cover

I love throw pillows.  To the point that my children say “walk away mom” when I'm near a stack of pillows at a store!  My motto is you can always have one more pillow!  In all seriousness, there is a reason I have a love affair with pillows.  I believe that throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to change your home decor without spending a lot of money.  Especially if you use pillow inserts, then the covers can be changed seasonally or when your decor preference changes.

For today' s project, I decided to show you a quick and easy way to create a Farmhouse style pillow cover using a stencil.

Farmhouse Number Pillow



Pillow Cover:

22×22 Material

Sewing machine

Needle and thread

20 Inch Pillow Insert


Black Matte Fabric Paint

Stencil of your choice

Stencil Brush


1. Using fabric paint and a stencil brush, line stencil up in the middle of the fabric.

Supplies for a Painted Farmhouse Pillow Cover by

2. Adhere stencil to fabric with tape so that it doesn't move around on you.  Load brush with paint and dab it to make sure it isn't to heavy.

Stencil brush and fabric paint by Stencil for a Farmhouse Pillow Cover by

3. Gentle dab brush to cover stencil completely.

No. 5 Stencil on a Farmhouse Pillow Cover Project by

4. Once stencil is dry, lay both pieces of your 22×22 fabric with the stencil face down to the opposite piece.  Secure edges with straight pins.

Material to be sewn into a Farmhouse Pillow Cover by

5. Using your sewing machine, sew each seam and leave an opening for inserting the pillow insert.  Turn inside out and insert the pillow.

Sewing a pillow cover by

6. I back stitched the opening so that it doesn't pull the stitches away when you insert the pillow insert.

Leave a small opening for inserting your pillow by

7. Hand stitch the opening closed.

Finished Number Pillow Using a Stencil and Black Fabric Paint by Finished Number Pillow Using a Stencil and Black Fabric Paint by Stencil Painted Farmhouse Pillow Cover by

Stencils are perfect for creating any type of design you choose on your pillows. I chose the number 5 because of the 5 people in my family.

Want to see some other great farmhouse projects? I have teamed up with some blogging buddies that love farmhouse decor like I do!

Click below to visit their farmhouse projects.


Angie @ Knick of Time
Susan @ Love of Home
Julie @ Love My Simple Home
Laurie @ Vin'yet, Et.
Paula @ Sweat Pea
Tammy @ One More Time Events
Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage
Kim@ Hunt and Host

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  3. Colleen says:

    Love the pillows! My question – where in Sam hill do you get the stencils? Ha!
    Thanks! Colleen

  4. […] I just love how cozy Amy’s dining room turned out! Love that No. 5 pillow? She has a tutorialΒ for a farmhouse stenciled pillow. […]

  5. I have a ton of pillows i’ve been hoarding that I want to make pillow covers for! Love this one. Thanks for linking to this month’s #ReadySetCraftChallenge!

  6. Kelly says:

    Love the simplicity of these! Thanks so much for linking up with us!

  7. I love the pillow you made, I too love making pillows, they are pretty easy. I have not stenciled a pillow yet. I think I will
    doing one for my few projects coming up. Great photos.

  8. As I mentioned on Facebook, I am a little jealous of your banquette area, and all of that pillow potential, I adore your little no5, she’s perfect! Thanks for such a great tutorial! πŸ™‚

  9. Kim Jones says:

    Pillows are absolutely my favorite too!! Love how they can just add and change everything in your room! Love the stencil you’ve done, just tried this idea myself and what fun!


    • Amy says:

      Thank you Kim! I can see more pillows in my future. I enjoyed this hop and look forward to more farmhouse ideas! πŸ™‚

  10. I also have a bit of a throw pillow addiction, but this pillow cover is so cute and easy so I might have to try to make one!

  11. Susan Duane says:

    I love your little pillow, so cute! And you eating area is darling!!

  12. Tricia says:

    Your stenciled pillow is such a perfect fit for your little nook. It is darling!

  13. I love your pillow! It goes perfect with your black and white window bench.
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

  14. Your pillow turned out wonderful, and it looks perfect grouped with all the other pillows – I love this whole room!!

  15. I also love pillows! They add so much to your decor with little cost. The one that you made is perfect for a farmhouse theme. Once I’m out of school (12 more days!) I intend to make some new pillows for my home.

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