Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How to Make Your Own Chevron Stencil {Freezer Paper on Fabric}

I've been needing to re-do my couch throw-pillows for a while now, but couldn't decide on exactly what I wanted to do.
So, when I came across a picture of this pillow on Pinterest, it got me to thinking...


I had already made a felt flower pillow, that I loved, but the white fabric I used as a background had been ruined my our 18 month old (blue marker and a bloody lip). So, I started brainstorming ways to reuse the flower and decided to carefully cut around the flower and restitch it on to another pillow. It worked! But I didn't want to use another plain, light-colored fabric again so I was really excited when I came across an idea on Pinterest about how to create your own Chevron stencil on a wall. It inspired me to try to put in on fabric-- that way I could get the exact color I wanted.

I made a grid on a large sheet of butcher paper and connected the corners to make the chevron pattern. Once I had a couple of lines done, I laid a piece of freezer paper over the top and began tracing, moving it up and overlaying the pattern as I went.
Once I had the whole pattern done, I used an X-acto knife to cut the pattern out, leaving the outer edge uncut so that it all remained in one piece.
After ironing the majority of it town, I trimmed the edges and re-ironed the outside edge to make sure it was on there securely.
Then I was ready to paint. (I mixed a few colors I had on hand to get the shade of yellow I wanted. I used an extra baby food jar to keep the leftover paint in for future projects.
Once it was dry, I peeled away the stencil and had a great piece of fabric that was ready to sew my flower onto. (Forgot to snap a picture of the plain material after it dried-dang it.)
I'm really happy with how it turned out. I really like how sometimes a small change, like a pillow, can make the room feel so different. (Butterfly pillow soon to come).


  1. This is great. I love yellow chevron. Thanks for sharing your how-to.
    Greetings from Germany

  2. That looks amazing! I love this idea. Designer fabric for a fraction of the price. I haven't used my freezer paper in awhile, but may have to pull it out again...soon!

  3. Awesome!! I don't know why I never thought about using freezer paper. So smart and cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. This pillow is amazing! Thank you for sharing the freezer paper idea. I have seen it on Pinterest but have been a little too afraid to try it out! Your tutorial looks easy enough for me to try- Thank You for inspiring me!
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  5. So so cute. Thanks for the tutorial, it turned out GREAT!!!

  6. thank you!! been wanting to do chevron on the top of my desk...found you through google/pinterest.

  7. I really like this, your pillow looks great, I think I have to try this!