How to Make a Stencilled Beaded Pillow

Two Parts:Making the pillowAdding the beads to the pillow

Beading can make an attractive decorative addition to many household items. Beads can be glued on, stitched on or added as a fringe. If you want to add beading to a pillow, or cushion, this article describes one method of doing so. This tutorial will explain how to make a beaded pillow with fabric glue and stencils.

Part 1
Making the pillow

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    Cut two pieces of heavy cotton fabric for making the pillow from. Cut them to the size of 19" x 19".
    • Use strong fabric that can withstand constant use and leaning on.
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    Using 1/2" seam allowance, sew the two pieces of 19" x 19" heavy cotton fabric together. When sewing it, leave a 5" long hole for the stuffing. Clip the corners, turn right-side out and press
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    Lay the pillow cover flat on a sheet of butcher's paper (or similar non-printed paper) in readiness for adding the beads in the next part. (The paper should not be printed, so as to avoid transferring any ink to the pillow fabric.)

Part 2
Adding the beads to the pillow

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    Select a suitable stencil for the pillow. Bear in mind that the beads will be forming the stencil picture, so it must be a stencil capable of containing the bead size you've chosen. This shouldn't be a problem for small seed beads, which may even fit very detailed stencil designs.
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    Align the stencil exactly where you want the image on the pillow cover. Spray the stencil with adhesive to stick it to the pillow cover. Fill the stencil with glue, then remove the stencil from the fabric, leaving only the glue outline and infill of the stencil image.
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    Sprinkle the loose seed beads on the glued area of the pillow cover. The beads should stick to the glued area but fall off from the unglued area of the pillow cover, so be sure to have paper underneath to catch these beads and reuse them. Be generous with the beads, adding more as needed. Allow to dry.
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    Seal the the bead design with a clear acrylic to protect the design from wear and tear. Let dry overnight.
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    Fill the pillow with stuffing. Stitch closed. The pillow is now ready for use.


  • Hand wash only; do not wash in the washing machine. Be aware that some or all of the beads might fall off the pillow the first time you wash it. This will depend on the strength of the glue and clear acrylic you've used. You could consider re-gluing beads lost in this manner. On the other hand, if the pillow cover needs frequent washing, you'll need to consider stitching the beads on, a considerably longer project.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy cotton fabric
  • Fabric glue
  • 1/3 cup seed beads
  • Spray adhesive
  • A stencil
  • A paintbrush
  • Clear acrylic sealant suitable for fabric

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Categories: Beading