Java Coffee Pillow

By  Cheryl Nuccio 

size: 11"x11"


  • Fabric, 13”x13”: muslin, colored fabric of choice
  • Fiberfill stuffing or pillow form, 11”x11”


  • Paintbrushes: DecoArt Traditions Flat #4, 8, Liner 3/0; wash brush, 1”; stencil brush
  • Stencils: Laurie Speltz Coffee Words BCS147, circle of choice
  • DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints: Cotton Ball, Vanilla Shake, Dark Scarlet, Black Tie, Brown Sugar; SoSoft Tiger Orange Fine Glitter Fabric Paint; Americana Gloss Enamels Metallics Rich Espresso
  • Sewing machine with coordinating threads
  • Black fabric marker

Basic Supplies

  • plastic bag, poster board, straight pins, iron and pressing cloth with pressing surface, painter’s tape, spray bottle of water, transfer paper, newspaper (to cover work surface) sewing needle

Pattern - Java Coffee Pillow

  • 1. Cover poster board with plastic; tape to secure and keep smooth. Wash fabrics to remove sizing; dry iron. Print out pattern. Transfer pattern lightly onto muslin.
  • 2. Position muslin on board; spray lightly with water. Working quickly, paint muslin Brown Sugar and Vanilla using wash.
  • 3. Drybrush outside areas of heart on coffee cup Dark Scarlet and inside areas of heart Vanilla Shake. Paint handle Black Tie using flat. Basecoat cup Tiger Orange and inside of cup Rich Expresso using #8 flat.
  • 4. Using photo as guide, stencil circles Rich Espresso randomly across pillow.
  • 5. Drybrush stencil some lettering sections heavily (and some lighter) Dark Scarlet. Go over top of some areas Cottonball. Add Cottonball polka dots and stripes as desired using liner.
  • 6. Double outline letters and coffee cup Black Tie using liner. Add swirls to brown circles and steam spirals.
  • 7. Highlight handle Cottonball using liner. Remove fabric from board; let dry completely.
  • 8. Pin fabric squares with right sides together. Machine-sew around edges using 1" seam allowance, leaving opening for turning along one edge. Turn right side out. Stuff with fiberfill or insert pillow form. Hand-sew opening closed.
  • Tip
  • 1. For an added whimsical touch, highlight areas by spraying lightly with glitter spray paint.