Tribal Style Pillow


Tribal Style Pillow

If you're looking for some bright pillows to add vibrant color to your home decor, check out this Tribal Style Pillow from I Love to Create.  This authentic ethnic look is a great way to brighten up dull or solid colored areas of your home.

 Tribal Style Pillow


  • Tulip® One-Step Dye™ in (Lime)
  • Tulip Soft® Fabric Paint (Crimson Red and Ebony)
  • Blue pencil
  • Paintbrush(s) #6 round, ¾” flat
  • Paper towels
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pillow form, 16” x 16”
  • Yardstick
  • Small plastic tub
  • Painter’s tape
  • Thick cardstock, approximately 8” x 10”
  • White 100% cotton fabric, approximately 1-1½ yards
  • Pattern


  1. Prewash fabric in cold water without fabric softener. Do not dry.
  2. Mix Lime dye as directed. Wearing gloves, place damp fabric in plastic tub and squirt dye on top making sure fabric is evenly coated. Let soak 6-8 hours.
  3. Rinse thoroughly in warm running water untilrunoff is clear, then wash separately in a large load of hottest water suitablefor fabric and a small amount of laundry soap. Dry separately then iron smooth.
  4. Measure and cut out two 18” squares from fabric.
  5. Trace both diamond shape patterns onto cardstock. Cut out.
  6. Find center of fabric by placing yardstick corner to corner diagonally and drawing dots using blue pencil.
  7. Center larger cardstock diamond shape onto fabric and lightly trace around with blue pencil. Continue tracing large diamond shape over the fabric. Refer to photo.
  8. Center the smaller diamond cardstock shape inside the larger ones on fabric and lightly trace on fabric with blue pencil.
  9. Place circle template in center of diamonds and trace around with blue pencil.
  10. Tape fabric on piece of cardboard.
  11. Paint Crimson Red inside small diamonds leaving circles open in center. Let dry.
  12. Pour puddle of Ebony on palette. Using smaller brush paint Ebony around diamond borders and center circles. Let dry.
  13. With iron, press second square fabric piece and also lightly press over the backside of the painted piece.
  14. Line up both sides with painted design side facing in. Using sewing machine, stitch a one-inch seam on three sides.
  15. Turn right side out and fold under the raw edges on the unsewn side and pin.
  16. Insert pillow form into case. Use needle and thread to hand stitch the open end.

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