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DIY: Picture Pillows

By Oliva Harlow

Looking for a fun craft to do this Sunday? On the hunt for a perfect gift to give your friends and family? Well, look no further. This do-it-yourself project is creative, fun, and personalized.

Whether you want to make an anniversary gift with cute song lyrics written around the border, or a comedic graphic for a best friend, here’s a way to express your thoughtfulness for someone special.


Tools Needed

  • An old pillowcase
  • Photographs of your choice — one, or multiple
  • Scissors
  • Printer
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Optional: fabric paint


How-to Steps

Step 1

Upload or scan your photos into a computer. Resize them to your size of choice — depending on how much space you want the photo to take up on your pillowcase — and edit them to the color of your liking.

(For example, maybe you want to add a blue tint to the picture(s).) Then, print the photo(s) on iron-transfer paper. You can even add a text box, if you like.

Step 2

Be sure to treat your pillowcase fabrics, so the ink stays put.

Step 3

Then, put the pillowcase around an ironing board, so inks don’t bleed through.

Step 4

Arrange the printed photo(s) to your liking on the pillow, and iron it/them. Wait for the print to cool, before peeling it away. Do this slowly.

Note: If you prefer to make a custom-sized pillow, you can use an old T-shirt or cut the pillowcase to the size of your choice. Then, you’d use a sewing machine, or a needle and thread, to stitch three sides of the pillow closed.


Step 5

Then, stuff the pillow with cotton, feathers or materials of your choice, and sew the final side closed.

If you’d like, you can use fabric paint to write or draw around the borders of your pillow.


    So there you have it. Now that you know the perfect gift for family and friends, you can lay your head to rest tonight. And when you’re rested and ready to craft, you can give those you love a place to lay their heads as well.

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