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3 Easy Ways to Decorate with Stencilled Fabric

Hello Friends,

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had this problem.

Fabric is needed for a home decor project, but the right size, shape, or color simply can’t be found. Or even worse, the right fabric is finally found and the price is way out of budget. 

Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard this headache.

But today is a new day and there’s a new way to deal —starting with a $50 giveaway!

Let me explain.

3 Ways to Decorate with Stencilled Fabric

1. Custom Artwork

Can you believe that this rather large piece of artwork was made from upcycled items and leftover latex paint? The pattern was easily stencilled by shadow painting a Moroccan-style stencil. We love that the entire piece (including the frame) was able to be custom-sized and custom-colored to fit the space. Click here to learn how you can easily make this artwork to fit your space.

Custom artwork created by stencilling on upcycled drapery liner | #spon Cutting Edge Stencils | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

This post is sponsored by Cutting Edge Stencils, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.

2. Custom Window Treatment

Although my laundry room faces West and gets a boatload of natural light, I really didn’t want a heavy fabric topping the blinds and blocking any of this glorious light. My vision for the space was a very light and airy fabric with just a simple pop of color. 

Light and airy window treatment created with a stencil | #spon Cutting Edge Stencils | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The problem was, I could not find the right fabric anywhere. But what I did finally find was a fabric with colors that I simply adored. From here, my vision for the space was easily created.

Inspiration fabric and colors | #spon Cutting Edge Stencils | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

How to Make This Stencilled Fabric


For this particular project, I bought four colors of plain old craft paint (about $0.79 each) and mixed them together to get the colors I really wanted. 

Create painted fabric with simple craft paint | #spon Cutting Edge Stencils | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Fabric Medium

And no, I did not add a fabric medium because I wasn’t concerned about stiffness in the fabric created by the paint. In fact, I wanted the stiffness. If the fabric needed to be softer, say if it was touching the skin, then a fabric medium would have been mixed in.


For this project, I used a #6 stencil brush to pounce the paint. A foam brush would also work. The key is to make sure that the brush holds a very, very light amount of paint that can be applied by gently pouncing, not stroking. A small foam roller would also work.


The fabric choice was, like the artwork (above), an upcycled drapery liner. It is a thick, high-quality liner that is upcycled, but perfectly clean, thus making the choice a no-brainer.

Plastic from a roll (located in the paint section of the home improvement store) was taped to the floor and the drapery liner (slick side up) was then secured to the plastic.

But notice all of the wrinkles on the liner?

Upcycled drapery liner makes a perfect canvas for painted fabric | #spon Cutting Edge Stencils | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

In order to make the fabric lay flat, I clipped the selvage about every inch on both sides of the liner. This released the pressure so that the wrinkles relaxed.

Note, too, that the selvage could also be trimmed away in order to get the fabric to lay flat. Doing this would easily work for this fabric since there is little concern for raveling.

To release pulling in the fabric, clip the selvages along both sides. Then the fabric will lie flat | #spon Cutting Edge Stencils | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com


Once the fabric is lying flat and secured to the plastic, it’s time to stencil the pattern. The stencil used for this project is called Entwined. Click here to see this stencil on the Cutting Edge website.

And if a bit of paint leaks, just let the paint dry and then touch it with an artist’s brush in the appropriate color. In this case, I used the green paint to cover a red leak.

Ooooopsie. 🙂

Create a custom fabric with stencils | #spon Cutting Edge Stencils | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Repeat this pattern over and over until the entire piece of fabric has been stencilled.

For more detailed information about the stencilling process, please click here to visit the “How To” section on the Cutting Edge Stencil website.

When the paint is dry, stitch up all four sides of the fabric using a simple straight-stitch seam and hang on a rod with clip rings.

Simple window treatment made with painted fabric using a stencil | #spon Cutting Edge Stencils | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And then stand back and let the sun. shine. in.

A little pop of color in a window treatment is easy with stencilled fabric | #spon Cutting Edge Stencils | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

3. Custom Cushion and Pillow Covers

Luckily, I was able to use the leftover fabric to cover a cushion for a chair in the sunroom. And to be honest, I like it so much, I plan to make more fabric to cover the rest of the cushions.

Cushion covers are made by painting upcycled drapery liner using a stencil | #spon Cutting Edge Stencils | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And I probably won’t use any fabric medium on the rest of the cushions either. I compared the stiffness of the fabric to some outdoor fabric that I had and the outdoor fabric was much stiffer. So I think I will give it a try with just the craft paint.

Cushion covers in custom colors and prints are easily created with stencils | #spon Cutting Edge Stencils | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Pillow Cover Kits

But just in case painting yardage isn’t your gig, pre-sewn pillow cover kits are also available in custom colors. 

As an example, my bloggy friend, Sue at Housekaboodle, just wrote a post about how to use one of these kits to make a custom blue and gray pillow cover. It features birds circling a bird cage. Click here to see the complete post.

Another bloggy friend, Micki from Our Crafty Mom, just posted her pillow project, too. She also used blue and gray to create a damask cover.  Click here to see the complete post.

You can also have a look at all of the kits made by Cutting Edge Stencils here.

But for now, two things.

First, if you’d like to save these ideas…

3 Ways to Decorate with Stencilled Fabric | #spon Cutting Edge Stencil | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And two — enter the $50 Product Giveaway.  Here’s how:

(1) Enter your email on the entry form below so that the winner can be notified. No spam. I pinky promise.

(2) A box inside the form will open asking you to name your favorite stencil and leave a thought. 

(3) When 1 and 2 are completed, hit the submit button. All done.

Good luck!


  • Reply Carolann January 24, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Love it Susie! The pattern is beautiful. What a fun project. I’m going to have to give stenciling linen a whirl next.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 24, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Thanks Carolann. It’s super fun!

  • Reply JILL NELSON January 24, 2017 at 8:54 am

    WILD BERRY DAMASK DIY ACCENT PILLOW STENCIL KIT. I like this one but truly there are too many to choose from that I like!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks Jill! I know exactly what you mean. I would like to try every single one!

  • Reply Michelle James January 24, 2017 at 9:07 am

    These curtains turned out so lovely!! Great job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks Micki! They added just the right amount of pop! 🙂

  • Reply Heather Northington January 24, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Love how you customized the fabric to match your decor. This pattern is great. One of my favorite stencils is the Indian Inlay set. There are so many great ones to choose from.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks Heather! I totally agree. I would like one of each, please. 🙂

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul January 24, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I love that stencil and the colors work beautifully. I would not have been able to combine them myself, no courage, but they are perfect!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks Toni! You are one of the bravest and smartest women I know! I totally believe in you!

  • Reply Cynthia Chilson Finger January 24, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Such a clever idea, Susie. Just checked out Cutting Edge’s site, and the Otomi craft stencil is very similar to some over priced fabric I’ve been eyeing for my daughter. And I also loved the Sarah Trellis Allover stencil, which would be perfect for our guest bedroom, which is lacking a headboard 😀 Oh gosh … now I’m obesessing about it … thanks??! Seriously, take care, Cynthia

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 24, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks Cynthia! I am so curious, I’m hopping over to the CE website to see which ones you chose. I might need to try them, too. Good luck!

  • Reply Nicole January 24, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Wonderful idea! Outdoor fabric is so expensive, and our Florida sun fades it so fast. This opens up so many options for out door furniture. Thank you for sharing

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks so much! And yes, I’m right now in my sunroom planning out the Spring and Summer colors. Since it is so inexpensive, I may be able to make new covers every year.

  • Reply Sue January 24, 2017 at 11:02 am

    You inspire me to the max how you stenciled the linens and did it 3 ways. You always go beyond the expected. The pattern is so fun and the colors you picked out look perfect.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 24, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Thanks Sue! Your encouraging words are always such a lift to my little creative spirit.

  • Reply ARod January 24, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for a great giveaway and the awesome tips for how to on fabric. I’m now craving anna damask all over stencil so my fingers are crossed.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 24, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks Anj! Good luck! That damask sounds devine!

  • Reply Michelle January 24, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Susie this turned out so pretty. I love the light and airy feel you have created with the fabric and the sencil. All three projects are perfect!!!

  • Reply Sally January 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    everything looks so bright and fresh! I love the Anna Damask stencil. Your work is gorgeous, love the colors.

  • Reply Marie from The Interior Frugalista January 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Oooh, I really like the stencil and colors you used – so pretty! They look great in all three applications and I like how the pattern pairs so well with many others.

  • Reply Cristina@remodelandolacasa February 8, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Susie, this is such a pretty project! I love the stencil and the colors you used. I gotta give stenciling a new try. <3

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 8, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks Christina! I am convinced that stencils are one of the most under utilized DIY home decor tools. I have ideas for more projects. Fingers-crossed they come out as planned. I’ll surely let yo know.

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