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We’re back with another round of #knockoutknockoffs, and this week our DIY inspiration came from the shop, CB2.

In case you’re new here, I teamed up with some awesome DIY bloggers to bring you a fun summer series, where we share a knock off inspired DIY project from May-August. You can view all of the previous #knockoutknockoff projects HERE.

Are you looking to update a few pillows? See how easy it is to make your own stencil to create this Kilim Inspired Painted Pillow! MountainModernLife.com

Have you seen the commercial with the woman who has a pillow obsession and they are stashed in all areas of her home and falling out of closets when she opens the doors? It’s for the ziplock space vacuum storage bags and I’m pretty sure I need some because I am definitely a pillow hoarder.

No Seriously. Every time I walk into HomeGoods it takes all I have not to walk out with a new pillow, and when I’m in Target I always have to check out their placemats because they make for the easiest DIY pillows. Please tell me I’m not alone!

Yes, I love me some pillows and last month while browsing the aisles of Hobby Lobby I saw that their pillow covers were all 50% off. So naturally, I grabbed a bunch, because apparently I’m obsessed with pillow covers too. Ha. I had never purchased their pillow covers before, but how could I pass up $2.50 for some sunny orange pillow covers? I’ve been wanting to paint some pillows for a while now {I sometimes have difficulty finding the patterns I want at a price I’m willing to part with}, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.

Decorative Pillow Cover to be used for Kilim inspired painted pillow. MountainModernLife.com

I knew I wanted some sort of kilim style pattern and then while browsing the CB2 website I was instantly inspired by their Tecca pillow!

Pillow from CB2 that helped create inspiration for DIY painted pillow. MountainModernLIfe.com


I love how graphic this pillow is and it seemed like the type of pattern I could attempt to paint onto one of my new pillow covers. I especially like how the pattern matches that on my painted rug and thought I may even use the same template I created for that project.

DIY Painted rug in dinning room. MountainModernLife.com

However, I then remembered that I had some stencil material for my Silhouette Machine that I’ve been wanting to play with and decided this was the perfect project to do so.

16 x 16 Pillow Cover

16 x 16 Pillow Insert

Textile Medium


Foam Brush

Container for paint and stir stick

Detailed Craft Brush

Parchment or Wax Paper


Stencil/Design Template {this can even be made out of cardboard}

Optional – Silhouette Machine/Stencil Blank/Illustrator {for designing my own stencil}


Kilim Inspired Painted Pillow

The first thing I did was wash my pillow cover and then iron it out. Then I opened up the design I had previously created for my rug and tweaked it just ever so slightly. I created a 16 x 16 template {the size of my pillow cover} and then added my design onto it in the pattern I wanted. I’m a very visual person so this helped me see how my stencil would work and how the pillow would {hopefully} turn out once I was finished.

kilim inspired painted pillow pattern graphic. MountainModernLife.com

I then saved my stencil design in illustrator to a .svg file so that I could open it with my Silhouette machine. From there I traced the design and then had it cut from some of my stencil material.

using silhouette machine to create stencil for painted pillow. MountainModernLife.com

Silhouette stencil material for painted pillow. MountainModernLife.com

By the way, you can generally find {non-Silhouette} Stencil blanks at craft stores for about $4 for a 3 pack, and if you use a coupon they will be even less 🙂

Then I sat back and watched the magic happen. It feels like Christmas every time I use my Silhouette and it always makes me wonder afterward “Why don’t I use this more often?!”.

Silhouette in action cutting stencil. MountainModernLife.com

Stencil after Silhouette machine has done it's work. MountainModernLife.com

And here is what the stencil looked like once I peeled off the adhesive backing. How awesome is that? Sorry, but I may be a little giddy about just how easy it was to create my very own stencil. #lovemysilhouette

Oh and just so you know there are tons of patterns and shapes in the Silhouette store so you don’t have to create your own design if you don’t want to. You could also make one from an image you find online.

kilim inspired painted pillow using diy silhouette stencil before paint. MountainModernLife.com

Rather than use fabric paint, I mixed some textile medium with some sample white paint I had on hand. The textile medium will basically transform any paint into fabric paint, and you can also wash it afterward too. It’s the same stuff I used on my painted rug. Just make sure you pre-wash the fabric before painting.

Supplies used for Kilim inspired painted pillow including paint, empty container, textile medium, stir stick, and measuring spoon. MountainModernLife.com

For this pillow, I wound up using 1 tablespoon of textile medium and 2 tablespoons of white paint.

After I mixed the paint I lined the inside of the pillowcase with some parchment paper so that the paint wouldn’t bleed through. You could also use wax paper or some cardboard.

Foil and backside of pillow sleeve. MountainModernLife.com

I then made sure my stencil was placed where I wanted it {in the center of the pillow case} and used a foam brush to add the paint in a dabbing motion. The back of the stencil is sticky so it stayed in place on the fabric which is nice.

Stencil with paint on pillow sleeve. MountainModernLife.com

After 1 coat I let the paint dry a bit and then added another coat of paint. I then carefully removed the stencil while the paint was still wet, and cleaned off any wet paint left on the stencil with a paper towel. I then set the stencil back down onto the next area and repeated the process.

Stencil moved to continue pattern further along pillow. MountainModernLife.com

Stencil moved to continue pattern further along pillow. MountainModernLife.com

Stencil moved to continue pattern further along pillow. MountainModernLife.com

Yay, here is my Kilim inspired painted pillow all finished! As you can see I sorta messed up the pattern at the bottom and they don’t match up completely. Woops. I actually did go over the pattern with a small detail brush afterward in an attempt to straighten out any lines and fill the color out better. Painting white on top of orange required a few extra coats of paint.

Kilim inspired painted pillow case after being painted. MountainModernLife.com

Once the paint was dry I added a pillow insert into the cover and voila, I now have a kilim inspired painted pillow that cost me about $5 to make! Here are a couple of close ups:

Close up of Kilim inspired painted pillow completed. MountainModernLife.com

Close up of Kilim inspired painted pillow completed. MountainModernLife.com

I love the added punch of color it brings to our entryway. This is also Duckie’s favorite sleeping hideaway.

Are you looking to update a few pillows? See how easy it is to make your own stencil to create this Kilim Inspired Painted Pillow! MountainModernLife.com

 So what do you think Kilim inspired painted pillow?

I know that the quality of my pillow isn’t nearly as nice as the one sold at CB2, but this is an inexpensive and fun way to add some personality to your home. And if you want to add some painted pillows to your outdoor space,  all you would have to do is spray on some water sealant and that would make them weatherproof.

Kilim inspired painted pillow resting on bench in foyer. MountainModernLife.com

Have you painted pillows before and if so what’s your favorite technique? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Update: I’ve had this Kilim inspired painted pillow for about a month now and can say I probably should have added more fabric textile medium. It looks cute but isn’t exactly the softest thing, ha. It’s okay for looks but I guess not in a place where you want to lounge on it.


Don’t forget to check out the other fantastical DIY projects created by my friends!

Knock Out Knock Offs 2015 diy projects inspired by stores

Inspired DIYs By CB2

 CB2 Inspired Projects:

Earbud Holder from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body

DIY Metal Flower Wall Hanging from The Gathered Home

DIY Mid-Century Bed from Bigger than the Three of Us

Cacti Wall Decor from Delineate Your Dwelling