Stencil A Unique Buffalo Checked Canadian Flag Pillow

A blue and black Buffalo Checked Canadian Flag pillow in a teen's room, including a black wall with wood shelving toy storage. Pillow layered with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, Muddaritaville Studio and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Today was one of those days where I desired to do something, just not a lot. (I had a bike ride to partake in after all…) I mulled over weeding a flowerbed, but once I paced around my son’s room, I quickly changed gears.

There is a blue love seat in his room we were debating on getting rid of. After mulling it over some, I decided if his closet doors near his bed were blue, it could work.

So I painted the doors.

All I can say is WOW! What a difference. I’ll share the doors in another post as soon as they are 100% complete.

While the doors were drying, I decided the bed needed a small shot of blue too. With nothing in my fabric cupboard to work with, it was time to pull out a couple of stencils and some paint to make something myself!

Never challenge a DIYer, bare bones linen cupboard…

Plain white pillow case about to be stenciled
Then again, it did house a plain white pillow case. Perfect!

Buffalo Check stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Canadian Flag by Muddaritaville Studio layered to make a Buffalo Checked Canadian Flag pillow | funkyjunkinteriors.net
What you’ll need:

Plain white pillow case

Stencil brush

Paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Homestead Blue and Coal Black HERE

Buffalo Check stencil – from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils HERE

Canadian Flag stencil – from Muddaritaville Studio HERE


A little back story…

My buddy Joanne, who runs Muddaritaville Studio (an online stencil store) is also the manufacturer of my own stencils. Same great 10 mil heavy weight great quality you are already addicted to!

When Buffalo Check first came out, she had a brainstorm, teaming it up with her quirky Canadian flag stencil.

Oh my word… it was gorgeous! So I asked (begged?) her to get that flag to me so I could use it in my own bedroom.

I just LOVED that quirky falling maple leaf! But was also mad about teaming up the two stencils.

So first up, I’ll show you the method using blue and black thanks to my son’s needs. The more traditional take will come… soon.

A blue and black Buffalo Checked Canadian Flag pillow in a teen's room. Pillow layered with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, Muddaritaville Studio and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Find Canadian Flag stencil HERE
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1. Iron the pillow case, then place something inside to alleviate paint bleed through to the other side when stenciling.

I used a board. Plastic wrap would work too.

2. Tape the Canadian Flag stencil into place.

A blue and black Buffalo Checked Canadian Flag pillow in a teen's room. Pillow layered with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, Muddaritaville Studio and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net

A plain white pillow case gets stenciled with Muddaritaville Studio's Canadian Flag and Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Buffalo Check, using Fusion Mineral Paint's Homestead Blue and Coal Black | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Find Fusion Mineral Paint HERE (I used Homestead Blue and Coal Black)
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3. Load brush with paint, then offload most of it off, so you end up with a very dry to the touch brush.

4. Stencil in a stippling motion. Give it a 2nd coat if you desire more of a solid look.

(two thin coats are better than one thick one!)
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Learn more about HOW TO STENCIL HERE

A plain white pillow case gets stenciled with Muddaritaville Studio's Canadian Flag and Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Buffalo Check, using Fusion Mineral Paint's Homestead Blue and Coal Black | funkyjunkinteriors.net
A plain white pillow case gets stenciled with Muddaritaville Studio's Canadian Flag and Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Buffalo Check, using Fusion Mineral Paint's Homestead Blue and Coal Black | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Find Buffalo Check stencil HERE
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5. After the blue paint is dry to the touch, place Buffalo Check into desired position over top of the Maple Leaf stencil.

Tip: Make sure you map out how you wish for the checks to look inside your design.

I aligned the Buffalo Check to one of the rectangles on the flag. Then I continued on, stenciling through the maple leaf. Once I reached the other side of the flag, the stencil was repositioned before continuing. It fit so well, as if they were made for each other!

6. Stencil the black on top of the blue.

A blue and black Buffalo Checked Canadian Flag pillow in a teen's room. Layered with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, Muddaritaville Studio and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
GAH! It worked! It actually worked!

A blue and black Buffalo Checked Canadian Flag pillow in a teen's room. Layered with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, Muddaritaville Studios and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
See what I mean about fit? The Buffalo Check worked out perfectly with both sides of the Canadian Flag.

GORGEOUS.

Think of ALL the possibilities… layer Buffalo Check over top of ANY design!

Front door painted in Homestead Blue by Fusion Mineral Paint with deep chocolate trim | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Homestead Blue is a beautiful muted tone. I also used it on my front door here. The pillow looks more aqua than the door does though. I’d say the door is the truer tone, however it does indeed showcase brighter outdoors and deeper indoors. It changes on you, which is kinda cool!

A blue and black Buffalo Checked Canadian Flag pillow in a teen's room. Layered with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, Muddaritaville Studio and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
So I threw a pillow inside that cute thang, and did up the bed for the shoot.

A blue and black Buffalo Checked Canadian Flag pillow in a teen's room, including a black wall with wood shelving toy storage. Pillow layered with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, Muddaritaville Studio and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
A blue and black Buffalo Checked Canadian Flag pillow in a teen's room, including a black wall with wood shelving toy storage. Pillow layered with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, Muddaritaville Studio and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
It’s a subtle touch, but it really brings out the blues in the room. You’ll know what I mean when you see this with the doors and sofa.

A blue and black Buffalo Checked Canadian Flag pillow in a teen's room, including a black wall with wood shelving toy storage. Pillow layered with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, Muddaritaville Studio and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net

And now MY bedroom is officially jealous. 

A red and black version is coming soon… you can bet on it!

How to stencil a cozy buffalo check design inside a unique Canadian flag design (or use this method inside any design!) using stencils! Buffalo Check is by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and flag is from Muddaritaville Studio. Tutorial on funkyjunkinteriors.net

Shop Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils HERE

Find all Old Sign Stencil projects HERE

Find more boy’s bedroom updates HERE

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post, however Muddaritaville Studio and Fusion Mineral Paint supplied the stencil and paint. This post contains some Amazon affiliate links.

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    • Haha, thanks Carol! They would be cute mass produced, especially in traditional colours! However I can’t let go of the fact that stencils encourage others to create. There’s something so satisfying in making something yourself! Your comment does make me consider it for some things I have made though, so thanks for the gentle push!

  1. Loving the blue touch! Not wanting the blue love seat? I thought boysan loved the idea of the love seat! You are such an inspiration I just want this kitchen remodel done,and you continue to work on past projects. So I tell myself…it’s ok,keep tweaking! I Love the blue on white! 🤗

  2. hi donna,
    I’m pretty much a fiend for buffalo check so of course i love what you created. great color combo and looks awesome with the gray blanket. Can you share where the blanket came from?

    • Hi Maureen! Thanks, I’m really loving it myself!

      I believe I found the blanket in a discount bin at Homesense in Canada. (same as HomeGoods)

      It’s really just a chunk of felt with pretty cut scallops along 2 edges. I’d bet you could make one in minutes from cut felt fabric!

  3. Awesome project! I’ve never used this kind of paint on fabric. How does it feel afterwards (stiff, soft etc.) and does it wash well?

    • Hey Charlotte! Unwashed it feels like canvas. I will definitely report back on how it does washed though! I have heard others say it turns out as soft as it if wasn’t paint! Interesting!