Ages ago, I ran across this monogrammed pillow on Pinterest, and loved the idea. It’s sat there for weeks and weeks on my home decorating board until a few weeks ago I recently ran across it again and realized it would make a fun personal touch for the nursery. One pillow for each boy’s bed!
I started out with a plain white pillow case that I made (just like this one except without the piping — and because there was no piping to worry about it took all of about 10 minutes to throw together), and then did the following:
[note: because I thought I was way more awesome than I actually am, I tried free-handing the letter onto the pillowcase and planned to paint in the letter by hand. Don’t do that. The letter was in the completely wrong spot, way too big, and lopsided. And guaranteed my hand painted letter would have looked really bad too. Learn from my mistake and do it the right way first].
- white pillow case (tutorial here)
- freezer paper, pencil & ruler (optional)
- fabric paint (I used black) and foam brush
Cut the letter out. If your letter has an opening in the middle, like my “b,” just cut it out and then iron it on as a separate piece.
Step 2. Before you iron the freezer paper on, put your pillow form under your pillowcase and decide on the placement of your letter. I wanted mine in the bottom right corner, but not so far in the corner that the letter would be partially blocked when the pillow is upright and sitting on the bed.
Remove the pillow form from underneath and iron the freezer paper in place using your hot iron.
Step 3. Once your stencil is securely attached to your fabric, use a foam brush to dab paint onto the letter. Wait for the paint to dry completely, and then carefully remove the freezer paper.
Heat-seal the paint with steam from your hot iron and/or a quick run in the dryer, and you’re done!