Black and white DIY Christmas sweater pillows with stencils
I’m personally a big fan of Christmas sweater patterns! A good Nordic sweater pattern has such a cozy look that lends well into winter decorating as well, not just for Christmas!
And imagine the potential if you could put that Nordic Christmas sweater pattern on anything you wish in any color you wish…
Sounds right up my repurposed lifestyle kinda reclaimed wood alley!
So I decided this was the year to finally bring a Christmas Sweater stencil pattern to life so anyone can sweater-up anything desired quickly and easily!
View Christmas Sweater stencil HERE
About this stencil
The Christmas Sweater stencil is a repeating stencil pattern designed in a square shape that accomplishes fast surface coverage! Designed with a row of stately evergreen trees, homespun straight and cross stitches, 2 flying reindeer and a centerstage snowflake.
While I’m soooo tempted to sweater-up everything in sight now, (I still may!) the first thing I desired were some new neutral Christmas and winter throw pillows.
And within minutes, I had my new cozy pillows complete! This is one FAST project.
I loved the outcome so much, I created both a black and white pillow with it!
So, here’s how the stencil works on any surface, then I’ll share the two pillows I made with it.
And be sure to catch the short video at the end of this post for a helpful visual!
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DIY Christmas Sweater pillows with stencils
Supplies I used:
Christmas Sweater stencil from HERE
Paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black and Picket Fence HERE
(locate a local Fusion Mineral Paint merchant HERE)
Stencil brushes – I prefer dome-tipped like THESE
Plain pillow cover – I used Ikea’s 20″ Gurli in White HERE and Black HERE
How to stencil
1. Center and secure stencil in the middle of a plain pillow cover.
It’s a good idea to slip something waterproof inside the pillow cover so the paint doesn’t bleed to the other side. I used a plastic bag.
2. Load stencil brush with white paint, then off-load some paint to create more of a dry-to-the-touch stencil brush.
A drier brush ensures sharper images.
3. Stencil images by tapping or swirling the brush over the stencil surface, taking care to not get paint underneath the stencil images.
One of my fav stencil techniques is to start on the stencil sheet first, then slowly glide the brush towards the stencil cut-outs. It offers a little more of an even transition.
If you do swirl, I find it easier using a dome-tipped stencil brush like THESE HERE which are my favs.
How to extend pattern to the edges
4. Stencil entire image, including the little triangles along the bottom of the stencil.
These are tree-top registration marks you’ll need to extend the pattern when working down.
5. To extend upper and lower pattern:
- Align the stencil tree tops to the little triangle registration marks.
- Continue stenciling.
6. To extend side pattern:
- Position stencil in the middle of the pillow.
- Then slide stencil over to one side, overlapping the edge row of graphics with edge painted graphics.
- Continue stenciling.
- Repeat in all four directions and corners until project is complete.
Isn’t the outcome amazing?! It’s looking cozy already! But let’s add a smooshy feather pillow insert to that pillow cover to pretty this DIY Christmas Sweater pillow up!
The finished pillow in black!
Adding an Ikea 20″ feather insert, this cozy DIY Christmas sweater pillow is complete!
I think it’s beautiful in white on black, perfectly suited for a neutral Christmas modern farmhouse look! And suitable all winter long too!
I just love the fact that you can choose your colours!
Visualize the Christmas Sweater stencil pattern in shades of powdery blue and white for a true winter decorating vibe, or red and white for a traditional Christmas decorating look!
That makes decorating just the way you desire so easy!
And as much as I adored this black pillow, I also created a white pillow version too!
The finished pillow in white!
Doesn’t it look so lovely in white as well? I think it looks even more wintery resembling snow!
The white pillow was stenciled with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black HERE using all the same methods as with the previous pillow.
View the video below sharing the white pillow!
Click above to watch a short video on the stenciling process using this stencil!
Music: Photo Album by Bensound.com
All I know is, I’m one step closer to getting my home decorated for Christmas in just the style I designed in my head! Aren’t custom choices just the greatest?!
Stay tuned, as these DIY Christmas sweater pillows will show up in my Christmas home tour in December! With loads of new things yet to come!
Are you making any DIY Christmas pillows this year? What theme are you going with?
View Christmas Sweater stencil HERE
Find all Christmas stencils HERE
Other Christmas pillow designs you may enjoy:
Grain sack striped Reindeer Feed pillows – two ways!
Cozy Argyle pillow in neutrals and frosty winter blues
Merry Christmas and Plaid pillows, perfect for Christmas!
Easy Christmas and winter snowflake pillow
Visit many more other DIY pillow projects HERE
View all my unique Christmas decorating projects HERE
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5 thoughts on “DIY Christmas Sweater pillows with stencils”
Great idea for this stencil! They look great on your chair!
Thanks Susan! My sofas are looking mighty festive right about now! Can’t wait to share more in my Christmas home tour!
You’re looking pretty Nordic there in your sweater pillows. So true confession time…. on my first project I couldn’t decide if the bottom marks on the stencil were part of it. I thought they might be little trees, so I included them on my wood stocking. Guess I decorate with registration marks.
Haha! The stencil is designed so even if the registration marks are stenciled in, it takes on part of the design. So you are good! Your stockings are adorable so don’t change a thing!
I love your pillows so much! They would pair perfectly with my nordic Christmas village that I have on display.