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Seahorse Pillow

By: Jackie Wynia

Add personality to your throw pillows with this easy-to-make seahorse stencil idea. This project is an simple way to add detail and style to your couch.

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At a Glance:

Project #14894 Skill Level: Advanced Time:
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supplies

Martha Stewart® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Pond - 32015

Number Needed: 1 $0.00
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Martha Stewart® Stencil Brush Set - 3pc - 32802

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Martha Stewart ® Brush Sets - Detailing Brush Set - 5pc - 32247

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Martha Stewart® Stencil Tape - 32292

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FolkArt ® Stencil Value Packs - Sea Life, 12" x 12" - 31559E

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instructions

Other Supplies

  • Poster Board – 16” x 16”
  • DMC floss #958 Ecru
  • #20 Chenille Embroidery needle
  • Cream-colored linen throw pillow cover – 18”x18”
  • 18” x 18” Pillow form
  • Scissors
  • Paper towel, Water basin, Palette or Styrofoam plate
  • Optional: 8” embroidery hoop

Instructions

Download the pattern below for more information about the stitches referenced in these instructions.

  1. Place poster board under fabric to protect surface and to stabilize the fabric.
  2. Secure stencils to front of pillow cover with stencil tape.
  3. Stencil the seahorses and starfish (refer to photo for color placement), graduating from each color to the next and gradually blending from one color to the other. Lightly stencil motifs, letting some of the background fabric show through. Begin with Pond, clean brush, and add Beach Glass. Repeat for Sandcastle. Let dry.
  4. Embellish the starfish with embroidery using the painted area as a guide. Create star in center with 3 strands of DMC floss #958 using a Straight stitch. Randomly scatter French Knots, also using 3 strands of DMC floss #958. Outline the entire starfish shape with a Stem stitch using 2 strands of DMC floss #958, placed approximately ¼” from the edge of the starfish.
  5. To embroider the seahorse, refer to photo for placement, and follow the instructions below, using 2 strands for all embroidery stitches:
    1. Use the Stem stitch and DMC floss #958 to create the details for the gills on the head and two central lines along the body to the tail. Use this stitch to also embroider along the fin on the back of the large seahorse.
    2. Eyes are created with a Satin Stitch with DMC floss #958.
    3. The classic truck rings on the body of the seahorse are created with Straight stitches.
    4. Details on the back fin are created with Straight stitches, French knots, and DMC floss #958.
  6. Outline each seahorse embroidering with 2 strands of DMC floss #958 using the Stem stitch. The outline is loosely placed approximately ⅜” from the stenciled edge of the seahorses.

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Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.

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