Design Your Own Pillowcase

This school holidays, I planned for the kids to decorate their own pillowcases as an activity. They loved it, and the children were all so proud of their final product.

Materials 

Pillow case

Fabric markers

Paper

Instructions

1. It’s a good idea to do a bit of practice on paper before beginning the design on the pillowcase.

Design Ideas

  • Name
  • Favourite things
  • An entire scene
  • A quote or words

2. Once the kids are ready to go, insert a piece of paper (baking paper could be cut to size) inside the pillowcase. This will ensure the pen ink doesn’t go right through to the other side. Tip: If using a regular piece of paper, just move it around as you draw on the case.

3. Use fabric pen to draw on the design. These are easy to work with and you can find them at craft, supermarket and some discount stores.

4. Once the design is finished, iron on cotton setting (or as per pen brand instructions) for about 5 minutes to set the colour. Wash (separately on cold) and it’s ready for use!

A fun activity for kids - design your own pillow case!

Some of the children’s designs

A fun activity for kids - design your own pillow case!

A fun activity for kids - design your own pillow case!

A fun activity for kids - design your own pillow case!

A fun activity for kids - design your own pillow case!

A fun activity for kids - design your own pillow case!

A fun activity for kids - design your own pillow case!

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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Comments

  1. Rachel says

    Hi there! Such a cute idea! I’m planning on doing this for my daughter’s birthday party this week! I have one question: You said to iron and then wash? Do you iron straight over the designed pillowcase? The marker won’t run or get on the iron?

    Thanks!
    Rachel

    • says

      Such a fun idea for a birthday party. It really depends what brand of pens you use. Each brand will have a set of instructions on the packet. I ironed the back side of the design (you can add a piece of baking paper on the board if you’re worried but I didn’t have any leakage problems with leakage). Then wash separately.

  2. Wendy says

    Hi! I love this idea and would love to know where you found your white pillowcases? I need 11 for my daughter’s 8th b-day party this Friday night.

    Thanks!

  3. Leigh Ann Taylor says

    After you paint the pillowcase and set with iron…are they crunchy and uncomfortable to sleep on?
    Thank you
    Leigh Ann

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