DIY Little Pillows and a Painted Rug

We love when creativity leaves the art table or the book shelf and becomes a part of every day living.  Netra shows us a fun way to make simple and easy pillows that are so fun and so personal.  You can create custom pillows in just a few easy steps that are the perfect finishing touch to your child’s bed, the front porch or the family room.  Start with a blank canvas or burlap pillow and let the creativity begin.  The natural blank pillows are made with 100% 10 oz. cotton fabric.  This weight is perfect for any creating discipline you choose.  The pillows are available in round, square and rectangle in a wide range of sizes.  If canvas is not what you are looking for, Canvas Corp has a full offering of burlap pillow covers in the same shapes and sizes.

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Netra chose to work with the round canvas pillows and our canvas rugs to create her amazing little pillows and to update the cutest little girls room.  The natural canvas makes it so easy to work with and virtually any paints will work.  While you may want to choose a fabric paint or add a fabric paint medium to your paint, it is not required.  We only suggest this when you plan to wash your decorative pillows.  You can use Glimmer Mist, High Impact, your favorite acrylic paint, dye, ink, stain and more.  You can also use your favorite stencils to add a background or design element.  When adding embellishments of any kind, you can sew or glue them into place. When gluing, we recommend Beacon’s Fabri-tac or 3 in 1 or your favorite glue gun for the best results.  There is no need to wash your pillow before you decorate, unless you want to create a very soft, vintage feel.  

Enjoy this creative project and we hope it inspires you to bring your pillow visions to life.

I love everything that has to do with creating and designing. Paper crafts is my first love and then Interior Decor is a close second. Canvas Corp Brands fuels both of those passions. A few weeks back I sketched some sweet little faces on paper. I shared via Instagram. I was going to color with them and add to frames. But after browsing the CCB store, I came across these round pillow cases. And, the faces were transformed into little people as these pillows were created. Of course a matching canvas rug would complete the look so I added one of those to my cart.  The canvas rugs are made from a heavy duty canvas (14 ounces) so they are perfect for actually using in a room and you can design your own rug anyway you want.  These simple yet fun elements were the completion to my room decor for my daughters and so I am so thankful to CCB for having awesome products. They love their new decor pieces and so do I.


Tools Used: paint brushes , glue gun, clear tape, pencil, copy paper

The Pillows

Step 1 – Sketch a face design on paper first, then on the canvas pillow with a pencil.  You can design your pillow to look like your little ones or you can create a fun character.  Keep them simple so they are easy to paint and have a fun whimsy look about them.  No need to sketch your headband on, you will make that separately later, just know where you will place it.
 Step 2 – With the Black High Impact start painting the hair.  You can make the hair color to match with brown, yellow or red.  You can also go really trendy with pastel hair or even hot pink.
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Step 3 – Now let it dry. Add hair accessories. I painted some easy shapes on the Canvas fringe then added some paper feathers and rope.
The Rug
To finish the room off, a custom rug is a great touch – So simple to do and the colors and design will match perfectly.
Step 1 – For the rug, sketch a design. I used triangles for ease. Use Tape for clean lines.  You can also use stencils to help create you design vision.
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Step 2 – Leave the tape on the rug and paint in the shapes with your High Impact Paints. After the rug is completely dry, remove the tape.
Note:  After you are done painting, the rug will curl a little. Don’t worry. Just iron the back and it will lay flat.
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 Now you are ready to make your bed even more cozy and cute than it already is!


Or create the perfect little hangout nook!


Wow – that is all we can say! These honestly could not get any cuter. Netra, will you make us some?!

Check out Netra’s blog here!

Happy creating!


Canvas Corp Brands is the home of Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics). We are a manufacturer of surfaces, paint and vintage reproductions coming to you from Springdale, Arkansas.

This blog is a compilation of inspiration from the Canvas Corp Brands family including Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels and 7Gypsies.