Here’s my latest project for my daughter’s new room. If you’re following this blog, YES, I’m still working on it, and I’m still completing all of the projects for less than $250. I’ve posted three other projects that I’ve completed so far–Word Art, clip frames, and 2 lamps. I still have a few more to do, but I’m getting there (and under budget, I might add!) I’ll post pictures of the entire room when it’s completed, and let you know how I fared money-wise.
- 2 plain pillowcases
- iron-on transfer paper
- one swatch of printed fabric (at least 8 1/2 x 11 in size) or a piece of scrapbook paper you like
- color printer/scanner
- card stock
- Draw your design on card stock. I drew the flower motif freehand, but you could certainly blow something up on your computer, print it out and trace it. Use any design you want, or even words or a monogram. (I contemplated putting “Sweet” on one pillow and “Dreams” on the other.)
- Cut out the design to use as a template for both pillows.
- Scan the swatch of printed fabric or scrapbook paper and print it out onto the iron-on transfer paper.
- Trace your design template onto the transfer paper and cut out.
- Position the design on the pillowcase and iron it on following the instructions on the paper’s packaging. This usually requires a flat surface (not an ironing board) and an iron that has been emptied of water.
- Repeat steps 3-5 for the second pillowcase.
*Word to the wise: I used a piece of printed fabric that matched the curtains in the room. It had a white background, and I was ironing it onto a purple pillowcase. Because the transfer paper was white, I expected that the design would transfer exactly, but in fact, the white spaces actually came out clear, allowing the purple to show through. I still think it looks OK, but if I ever use this process for another project in the future, I’ll keep that in mind. Have fun!