Stenciled Orange And Brown Checkered Fall Pillows

Do you change your throw pillows for the seasons? I do and at one point I had three large bags of them taking up valuable space in our small storage room. Until I tried a genius budget-friendly space-saving solution and now they all fit in ONE drawer. Instead, I purchased a set of IKEA 20-inch Fjadrar inner cushions for $8 each and several cotton GURLI covers in neutral colors. Now I just change the seasonal pillow covers and I had fun customizing them like this set of stenciled orange and brown checkered Fall pillows.

Stenciled Checkered Fall Pillows



Stenciled Orange And Brown Checkered Fall Pillows


The orange IKEA Gurli cushion covers cost me $4.99 each and I made them my own with a couple of stencils from Stencil Revolution. They were so easy to make and I'm excited to show you how.

Orange And Brown Checkered Fall Pillows

While I was at it I bought some white and red GURLI covers and made these Stenciled Christmas Ornament Pillows.  The possibilities are endless for how to decorate the pillow covers for the seasons.

Checkered Fall Throw Pillow

The wreath hanging on the metal art in the photo above is another DIY project shared here in my Fall Wreath With Mini Banner post.

Checkered Fall Pillow Supplies

These are some of the supplies used to make the Fall Checkered Pillows. I've included a materials list further down in the post so you can see what products I used or recommend to make them.

Checkered Fall Pillow Supplies

I also used fabric medium and burnt umber acrylic craft paint to stencil the pillow covers. The fabric medium helps to both soften the paint once it's dry and provides even distribution when stenciling on a textured fabric. You mix 1 part fabric medium to two parts of acrylic craft paint.

Checkered Fall Pillow Stencil Fabric Paint

In the supply photo, I show a foam roller but I ended up not using it. I found it challenging to roll the paint on the heavy cotton textured fabric because I either had to put too much pressure on the roller or put too much paint on the brush - both of which caused the paint to bleed.

I switched to a stencil brush (pictured below) and while it took more time, I had zero paint bleed.

Checkered Fall Pillow Stencil Supplies

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Instructions for stenciling the fall pillows


Spray the back of the stencil with stencil adhesive but be sure to wait about a minute for the adhesive to set before laying it on the fabric. I also wrapped the perimeter of the stencil with painter's tape to eliminate any accidents with my brush going over the edge of the stencil.

Stencil Tip

Keep a container of baby wipes on hand to wipe any seeping paint on the back of the stencil before moving to the next pattern repeat.

Checkered Fall Pillows Stencil Prep

Insert a piece of cardboard inside the pillow cover to prevent the paint from seeping through to the back.

Dip the stencil brush into the brown paint and dab onto a paper towel to remove the excess paint. You want the paint to be almost dry with very little paint on the brush.

With an up and down motion dab or swirl the brush to stencil on the fabric.

I swore I took several photos of the stencil process but must have accidentally deleted them. You can get a good idea of how the checkered stencil turned out in the photo below.

Checkered Fall Pillows Stencil Overlay

Once the checkers were dry I centered a Hello Fall stencil on each pillow cover. It was stenciled much the same way as the checks except using multi-surface craft paint in the color vintage white. No need for fabric medium with this paint!

I used this stencil again when making a DIY Aged Mirror For Fall for my Fall mantel vignette.

That's it, super easy to make these custom and unique pillows for Fall in traditional autumn orange and brown colors.

Checkered Fall Pillow Cover

The gourds and pumpkins in the photo above are plastic Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins.

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DIY Orange Checkered Fall PIllows

DIY Checkered Fall Pillows


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