How to Decorate Pillow Cases


Embellish plain pillow cases with a variety of simple techniques. These can include stamping with fabric paints or sewing on lace, ribbons or ruffles. They make lovely gifts for a baby's room or something special for the bride and groom. They can also enhance a teenager's bedroom or appeal to a lover of Victorian style romantic linens. Customized and personalized pillow cases can become favorite items of nearly anyone.

Things You'll Need

  • Pillow case, solid and light color
  • Cardboard
  • Rubber stamps
  • Fabric paint
  • Permanent marker
  • Paper plate
  • Brushes
  • Paper towel
  • Letter stencil
  • Lay pillow case flat on a clean work table. Smooth out any wrinkles.

  • Insert cardboard piece to protect the pillow case fabric beneath.

  • Choose rubber stamps to use for decorating the pillow case. For example, if making a pillow case for someone who loves gardening or flowers, use stamps such as flower petals, leaves and pots.

  • Pour a tablespoon or two of different fabric paints onto a paper plate.

  • Use a brush to apply a fairly light, even amount of fabric paint onto the rubber stamp design.

  • Starting at the center of the wide pillow case border, press the rubber stamp on the case. Lift and remove. Repeat the process again along the border. If stamping a flower, print the largest image first, and add other details such as leaves, stems and flower pots in another color.

  • Use permanent markers to add other details such as the center of the flowers, veins of the leaves and accents to flower pots. To personalize, use a letter stencil with a permanent marker.

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