Farmhouse Mini Pillows for Your Tiered Tray – Free SVG Stencils

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Square feature image of four finished mini pillows - USA popsicles, 5-cent carrots, Hot Cocoa and U-Pick Orchard.

Make these adorable DIY Farmhouse Mini Pillows to use as a bowl filler, to decorate your tiered tray, or to give as gifts!

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These little pillows are easy to make and measure about 4-inches (finished pillow size). There are four designs to celebrate each season!

In this DIY, I stenciled the art onto my pillows to give them that perfectly imperfect, rustic feel. Check out the how-to’s and follow along with the video below to make them.

Horizontal photo of four mini pillows you can make with a seasonal theme, carrots, USA popsicles, U-Pick Orchard and Hot Cocoa.
Four easy-to-make mini pillows.

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How To Make DIY Farmhouse Mini Pillows – Video

YouTube video

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Supplies

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Cutting the Stencil Art

First, download the stencil designs from the supplies list. There are two file types included in this free download, a PDF for color reference and an SVG File to upload to your cutting machine. I’m using a Cricut Maker but any cutting machine will work.

Cut one mini pillow stencil at a time or use a full 12″ x 12″ sheet of vinyl to cut all four designs as I did here.

Screen shot of four farmhouse mini pillow stencils wit seasonal designs set up Cricut Design Space to cut on stencil vinyl.
Stencil set 4-up.

Secure your vinyl to a StandardGrip mat using a brayer then upload the SVG file art you choose to Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio. I’m using stencil vinyl and a Cricut Maker so I selected the Stencil Vinyl setting in Cricut Design Space. Use the best settings for your machine and material.

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Applying Acrylic Paint

Cut a square of fabric about 7-inch for the front and back of your pillow. Next, apply your stencil to the center of the front piece of fabric.

Use a stencil brush and dab downward to apply acrylic paint to your stencil. Let the paint dry completely before going to the next step. In the download is a PDF for reference if you would like color recommendations.

Tip: I recommend using a separate stencil brush for each color. If you don’t have separate brushes and need to wash a brush, make sure to dry it really well. I made the mistake of not drying my foam applicator well and the excess water made the paint seep and run under my stencil.

Vinyl stencil applied to white fabric and painted with acrylic paint to make a fall DIY Farmhouse Mini Pillow.
Apply acrylic paint to the fabric with a foam stencil brush.

Stop!!! Don’t remove the stencil just yet!

Before removing the stencil from your fabric, line up your second piece of fabric behind it and cut around the square border. This will give you a 5.5-inch square (pillow front and back) and your art will be perfectly centered onto the fabric. See the video for more detail.

Before removing the vinyl stencil, cut around the edge of the stencil vinyl to get a perfect 5.5-inch pillow with the graphic centered.
Before removing the stencil, cut around the edge to make a perfect 5.5″ pillow with the graphic perfectly centered.

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Helpful Tip

Save your stencils onto the original backing to use again later!

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Photo of the finished pillow fabric cut to 5.5-inch size with stencil removed.
Stenciled mini pillow ready to be sewn.

Sewing and Finishing

Sew wrong sides together at the top, sides, and part of the bottom of the pillow leaving enough of an opening to flip inside out. Sew in a ribbon at the top corners if you’d like to hang them up!

Flip the pillow inside out and use a pointed pair of scissors or a pencil to poke and define the corner points. Add poly-fil stuffing and sew the bottom opening closed either by hand or with a sewing machine.

Note: Sew your pillows by hand or with a sewing machine. If you’re looking for a no-sew option, try Peel and Stick Fabric Fuse Tape.

Love this DIY? Pin the image below to your Pinterest Home Decor or DIY boards to come back to later!

Vertical Pinterest Pin to pin to your DIY boards featuring a DIY U-PIck Mini Pillow and a smaller inset photo of all four designs.

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