This pillowcase idea is something that’s been rolling around in my head for quite some time. I am so glad I can officially share this craft with you! Ever since one of our favorite Instagram accounts @get.creative.with challenged us to get creative with fabric, we’ve had a special place in our hearts for crafts involving fabric.
For Try It Tuesday this week, I’d like to invite you to try decorating your own pillowcase with scraps of fabric and felt. Your child will love having their own special pillowcase, and if you are worried about them getting the pillowcase dirty, then you can just turn it into a decorative pillow. I’ve prepared myself for the fact that my toddler will most likely love this pillowcase to death. The look on her face when she cuddles this pillow makes it all worth it. If you’d like to decorate your own pillowcase, we’ve included a full step by step tutorial.
- One standard pillowcase
- Large green fabric scrap
- Assorted fabric scraps (We used cotton for the tree and felt for everything else)
- Fabric scissors (you want to make sure your scissors are sharp enough to cleanly cut through your fabric)
- Heat bond
- Clothing Iron
- Templates (optional)
- Puffy fabric paint
- Silver ric rac trim (optional)
- Hot glue gun (for your ric rac)
- Gather your materials.
- Print out all of the templates you think you will need. Our favorite template website is www.firstpalette.com and that’s where we got the templates we used for this pillowcase. You may need to copy and resize some of your templates after you print them out. I had to make the tree larger, and the ornaments smaller.
- Plug your iron in to get it warmed up. If your kids are around for this part of the preparation just make sure to put it where they can’t pull it down. My daughter Is pretty good at listening to my warnings when I tell her something is hot.
- Place your templates under your heat bond and trace your designs onto the paper side of the heat bond.
- Iron your designs onto your fabric scraps paper side up.
- After ironing your heat bond designs onto your fabric, your fabric should be stiff enough to easily cut out your designs. Using a sharp pair of fabric scissors will makes this step even easier. I like using small fabric scissors for projects such as this with small details.
- Peel the paper off of all of your designs. My daughter peeled all the paper off as I cut out the rest of the designs. This step was a great way to involve my nearly three-year-old since her tracing and cutting skills aren’t advanced enough for the previous steps.
- Arrange your designs onto your pillowcase to see how you want them to look before you iron anything down. When you iron everything down, make sure you go slowly over each piece and hold the iron in place for eight seconds at a time. I would recommend doing this in sections. Make sure you are placing your pieces of fabric adhesive side down onto your pillowcase. You will be able to clearly tell which side has adhesive/heat bond since it will be glossy.
- First I ironed down the tree by placing it adhesive side down, and then I let my daughter decorate the tree by placing the ornaments and bows wherever she wanted them to go. Once we were satisfied with where the ornaments were placed, I ironed them down as well. You could also hot glue the ornaments to the tree.
- Next, I ironed our “snow” to the bottom of the pillowcase. I made the snow by ironing a large section of heat bond onto white flannel fabric scraps and roughly cutting the white fabric into little hills/mounds of snow. I didn’t have a template for this step, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. This was the result of my imperfect snow mounds.
- Now it’s time to “build” your snowman. (Cue Frozen music. “Do you want to build a snowman?”) This is another fun step for your children to be involved in. Here is the template we used for our snowman. Don’t forget to leave a few pieces for your gingerbread men, and women to hold on to so it looks like they are decorating the snowman. Make sure you have your pieces where you want them to be, then iron them down. Hold your iron on top of each section for eight seconds at a time to bond the fabric together.
- Place previously cut, and heat bonded felt squares and rectangles under your tree to represent presents. Iron the presents into place, then cut your silver ric rac into t shapes and hot glue them on.
- The last and final step is to decorate your gingerbread man and woman. We did this using puffy fabric paint. All color choices and designs were chosen by my toddler after she scrolled through dozens of gingerbread man clip art images on google images.
- Let your puffy paint dry, and then you are ready to place your pillowcase on your pillow!
I love the joy on my daughter’s face when she looks at this pillow. She loves running her finger over all the designs and relaxing on top of the pillow. It’s safe to say we will be doing another pillowcase in the future. I think a pillowcase decorated with multi-colored fabric butterflies would be beautiful right around spring time! If you love this idea, be sure to pin it for later, and help us spread our love for getting creative with fabric. Little C and I love trying out new ideas, so be sure to check back next week to see what else we have in store.