Cricut® Stencil Vinyl is my new favorite product to use to make a stencil. Here’s why:
- it’s affordable
- readily available
- grid lines
- adheres to wood, canvas, plastic, paper, and more
How and Why to Use Cricut® Stencil Vinyl
Cricut® Stencil Vinyl
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you How and Why to Use Cricut® Stencil Vinyl and how easy it is to make a custom pillow cover. Whether you have a Cricut® or a Silhouette® machine, you can use the Cricut® Stencil Vinyl in either machine. I used my Cricut Explore Air2 for this project.
Choose or make a design for your stencil. I chose to use a design that I found in the Cricut library. I clicked on the image to choose the file and clicked on “customize” so that I could enlarge it. Once it was the size I wanted, I clicked on “Make it”.
Change the dial to “custom” and choose Stencil Vinyl under Vinyl
Place the stencil vinyl on the cutting mat, grid side up. Insert mat and cut!
After the Cricut® is finished cutting, remove the mat then remove the stencil vinyl from the mat. Now you are going to weed in reverse. Instead of removing the vinyl around the letters, you’ll be removing the vinyl letters themselves.
Carefully apply Cricut® Transfer Tape over the stencil using the grid lines to help you keep everything straight.
Pull up transfer tape making sure that the “insides” of the letter loops transfer to the tape too. Take your time with this step.
Place stencil on a plain pre-made pillow cover or fabric that you’re using to sew your own pillow cover. That’s what I did. I have so many pillow forms so I cut two squares of white duck cloth fabric slightly larger than my pillow form. I applied the stencil to one of those squares.
It’s time to paint!
So grab your favorite paint and get stencilin’. I love the Dazzling Metallics paint by DecoArt. I love the gold shimmer of this Champagne Gold color.
Since the stencil vinyl is adhesive, there is less chance of the paint seeping under the stencil but it’s still a good idea to apply a few light coats of paint in a straight up and down daubing motion.
Carefully remove the stencil while the paint is still wet.
Once the paint is dry, go over lightly with an iron to set the paint and then insert pillow form into pre-made pillow cover OR sew your pillow cover together and then insert your pillow form.
Stand back and admire your new pillow!