DIY Stenciled Lyric Pillow

Yay! I’m finally back with a new project to share with you all! The Spring Break adventure I took my boys on gave me a little break from blogging, but I’m back and ready to share all kinds of creative goodness with you!! Did you miss me while I was gone? 
The boys and I visited my sister’s new house over Spring Break, and I was so excited to see how she is decorating it! She mentioned that she had a bunch of old throw pillows that needed re-covered, so I thought I’d help her out and make some new pillow covers for her as a house-warming present. She had lots of pictures on Pinterest to give me some inspiration, but one pillow she specifically asked for was a Lyric Pillow like the one I made for my sons. I made a few modifications to my Lullaby Lyric Pillow tutorial to give the lyrics a bolder, cleaner look and came up with this super cute DIY Stenciled Lyric Pillow!
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To start this project, I picked up some cream cotton fabric from the store and brought it home to wash, dry, and iron it. Then I cut three pieces of fabric to create an envelope pillow cover. My pillow measured 17″ x 17″ so I cut the fabric to these dimensions:
one – 17″ x 17″
two – 17″ x 13″ 
You can read my Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial for full instructions.
DIY Stenciled Lyric Pillow Tutorial #diy #tutorial #pillow
Before I sewed the pillow together, I took the 17″ x 17″ piece of fabric and stenciled my lyrics onto the front of the fabric. I chose the lyrics to “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers… I just love that song! I was able to find these letter stencils and a black fabric marker from Hobby Lobby for just a few dollars each. First I traced the inside of the stencil for each letter with my fabric maker and when I was all done went back to fill in the letter outlines. The hardest part of the stenciling was figuring out the letter spacing, and I spent quite a bit of time with a pencil, paper, calculator, and ruler trying to map out where each letter should go. But in the end, I just started in the middle of the pillow and stenciled each letter out from there. Sometimes it’s best just to eyeball these kind of things! I would just recommend doing these things first before you start stenciling:
– Write your lyrics down on paper first (check for spelling and accuracy!)
– Decide how many lines of lyrics will fit on your pillow (allow room to sew the pillow together)
– Decide which words will fit on each line
I used four lines of lyrics on my pillow with about 13-14 characters per line (including spaces). 

DIY Stenciled Lyric Pillow Tutorial #diy #tutorial #pillow
When I was finished with the stenciling, I assembled my three fabric pieces and sewed them together. You can read the full instructions on how to sew an Envelope Pillow Cover here
And this is the finished Stenciled Lyric Pillow I gave my sister!
DIY Stenciled Lyric Pillow Tutorial #diy #tutorial #pillow
I love the big, bold stenciled letters!
DIY Stenciled Lyric Pillow Tutorial #diy #tutorial #pillow
And since I used neutral cream fabric with black lettering, she will be able to use this in her decor for years to come. It will fit in with any color scheme she chooses!
DIY Stenciled Lyric Pillow Tutorial #diy #tutorial #pillow
I bet you’re singing this song in your head now… Aren’t you? Jam with me! 
DIY Stenciled Lyric Pillow Tutorial #diy #tutorial #pillow

TELL ME! What’s your favorite song right now? What lyrics would you choose for a lyric pillow? 
Check out more DIY pillow projects:
Deer Head Burlap Pillow #diy #pillow #burlap #deer
Sweater Pillow Tutorial #pillow #diy #sweater
Lullaby Lyric Pillow #pillow #diy #baby
Felt Flower Pillow #diy #pillow #tutorial

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  1. I have no idea what lyrics I would choose, but I love yours! Fun project!

  2. Very cute! Love how it turned out.

  3. Stopping over from mop it up mondays! This pillow is too cute! Love the lyrics, too!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

  4. This is so pretty!! Pinned it too 🙂

    xo, Tanya

  5. Thank you. You just gave me the PERFECT idea for a gift.

  6. OOOh your pillows are awesome. I love the lyric one! 😉

  7. Love this idea. I’m pinning and will making one. I’ll be using the lyrics from Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan. Thanks so much for sharing this. I’m visiting from Mop It Up Monday Linky party and am now following you.

  8. I couldn’t help but sing the song as I was reading the pillow! Adorable 🙂

    Mandy@ The Hankful House

  9. I love that song. I have an off white placemat that I’ve been thinking of transforming into a pillow for our master bedroom and wasn’t sure what to put on it. I was thinking of our last initial or “Mr. & Mrs.”, but I like your idea of these song lyrics even better. So you just used a Sharpie marker to color in the letters?
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. I really love this project. Will add this to my must do list.

  11. Super cute… love the stencil idea and how easy it sounds. I also love that song, good choice in lyrics. 🙂

  12. So adorable! Great job, Liz! I popped over from Knock Our Socks Off–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  13. I love your pillow that is such a cute idea to stencil lyrics. All your pillows are so cute. You are a great sister. 😉 Thanks for sharing the how toos as well. Have a great week!

  14. Love that song! Great pillow design!

  15. I LOVE this song and I LOVE your tutorial! Thanks!

  16. This is such a fun pillow! My 3 year-old son and I sing this song to each other every day. 🙂

    We’d love for you to share this with our link party, Much Ado About Monday, if you have a chance. 🙂


  17. Love this song! Love this pillow!

  18. Love this!

  19. I love this! Love the pillow and look! Nicole from southerncharm

  20. I love this! I can’t wait to try it out! Would love for you to check out my blog, DIY crafts, recipes and home decor and improvement projects.


  21. You are the queen of pillow projects! I love the stenciled lyrics – that would make such a great wedding gift. I am loving your blog too – I’d be thrilled if you linked up this and any other frugal projects with us at Living Well Spending Less!

  22. I love this pillow! The lyric is one of my favorites!

  23. Great project idea!! I would love for you to share at my Tasty Thursdays linky party and GIVEAWAY. Going on until Sunday. Hope to see you there. Thanks, Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch

  24. I love this! I think song lyrics are such a nice personal touch in a home. I would love it if you dropped by and linked this up at Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life

  25. CUTE! Love this song and it words great on the pillow 🙂

  26. Such a sweet and thoughtful gift — love the lyrics! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

  27. So pretty! I wonder if the Lumineers knew their song lyric would be so popular in the craft world? So cute! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  28. Love it Liz!!! I love all the pillows you have been creating!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to seeing your next creation tomorrow evening!

  29. Love! That song and specifically that line is one of my favorites!

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