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Is it just me or are guys difficult to buy Christmas presents for?

Samantha is super easy to buy for. Clothes, shoes, cute home decorations and she is done. When it comes to my son and future son-in-law, I struggle. Yes, they have a list, but like most parents, we like to keep the gift amount even between the three kids. After checking off every thing from the guys lists, I still need some little extras.

This past week, I have sold several of these pillow covers from my Etsy shop.

All of the names they were shipped to were traditional male names. And that got me thinking that maybe other people are filling out their last-minute Christmas purchases with some little extras also?

As I was making these covers today to get those orders into the mail, I thought, why not share with you this easy stenciled BINGO pillow.

I learned the hard way that I need to put down a double layer of craft paper to avoid paint leakage onto my cutting board. (I bought this huge roll from Home Depot.)

From here I cut a 17 square inch of fabric. (I sell a white twill or burlap fabric for these covers.) The BINGO stencil is from Funky Junk Interiors and comes in two different sizes. Mine is the 14 inch square with a finished size of 17 square.

Now the fun part, the actual stenciling. I mixed about two tablespoons of black acrylic paint with one tablespoon of fabric medium. Don’t forget the fabric medium, it keeps the paint from flaking off.

Using a stencil brush, a simple tamping motion is enough to apply the paint to the fabric. The more paint on your brush and the harder you press, the darker the finished product.

A little something for those hard to buy for guys in your life.  🙂