Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Don't Throw Your Old Pillow Cases Away! Another Easy Pillow Project.

We recently bought a new bed that was a different size than our old one.  I was getting all of the old sheets together to give away when I found a set in the back of the linen closet that was made of cotton and cream colored.  Hmmm, I am always on the lookout for fabrics to make pillows with and love that a pillow case has a tight weave to take an iron on transfer really well.

I started by ironing the end of the pillow case really well.  (yes, the picture above is before I ironed it!)  :)  I then put a board inside of the pillow case so both sides weren't touching.

I printed off this cute bike graphic that I purchased for $1 from Graphique on etsy.com.


**** Please note that if you are trying to transfer a graphic with writing on it, be sure to FLIP the image in Picnik or other program before copying it.  (In Picnik, it's in the ROTATE tab).

I used my trusty Jolee's Easy Image Transfer sheets (purchased at Michael's)  and my inkjet printer. 

I cut pretty close to the image so there wasn't a lot of white edging showing.  I ironed it on and let it cool completely before peeling off the backing.


I used an Ikea pillow insert (the long, skinny one that's about 20"x14") that I had on hand.  I think the inserts are about $6 at Ikea.

I cut the open edge of the pillowcase to the size of the pillow insert and only had to sew one side.  

And here's the finished project:

This was such an easy project and cost me almost nothing!

I am excited to use the other pillow cases and the fabric from the sheets to make some more things.

Thanks so much for coming by!


 I am linking up to the following parties:

 French Country Cottage's Feathered Nest Friday
Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday
You Are Talking Too Much's First Link Party
My Romantic Home's Show & Tell Friday
Unexpected Elegance's Transfer Link Party



  1. The best projects are always cheap, and easy. I love the image you chose. I want one now:) I have been making faux grain sack pillow today. Yours is just lovely!

  2. Love the bicycle image. I'm working on transforming pillow cases. Great minds......

  3. Great job Pam!! I love the bicycle image you chose!! Martina

  4. LOVE this graphic and your pillow! Can't beat the price, right!?

  5. Great image choice, I love your new pillow. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Such a cute idea and great way to repurpose old linens. Thanks for joining WOW.

  7. I love it!!! You are so smart to cute close to the graphic I always forget and then have that big square around it


  8. Pam, What a great tutorial! YOu are a clever one to think to use something you have to make a darling pillow! I am bookmarking your tutorial. Thanks!

  9. I love it when you do these projects with the pillow prints!

    Take care,

  10. Love the bicycle. Great idea!!

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  11. This is excellent! I've been trying to figure out how in the world I could transfer great vintage images onto fabric! I also loveee bikes and wanted to make some! I'm excited thanks for showing me how! I'm your newest follower :)

    Meaghan @ thismessybusiness.com

  12. Great idea and I love the picture of the bike. I just pinned it! I need to put more pillows in our guest room and now I think this is the perfect inexpensive way to have cute pillows!

  13. Love it Pam. I am going to see if I can find a few "bike" only transfers and make a few pillows (with my mom's help) for our living room!

  14. Pam that is an amazing project. What a great way to recycle...
    Hugs Rosemary...

  15. How perfect is that and you made it look so easy! You posted right in front of me with My favorite things.

  16. I love it! :) I want to do one of these! :)


  17. Hi Pam, this is an adorable graphic. I think I'm the only person in blogdom who hasn't done a transfer, maybe cause my printer is dead, I'll blame it on that. te he! thanks for linking up with VIF!
    xo Debra

  18. I love your pillow. I love the graphic of the bike.
    Thanks for sharing.

  19. I love your pillow. I still havn't done any of the transfers, I need to get my act in gear. The bicycle is perfect and what a super use of a pillowcase. Fantastic idea. Hugs, Marty

  20. Love the image you used it looks like a really expensive pillow what a great idea may have to give this a go

  21. Such a sweet pillow and I love the graphic you used...so nice Pam!


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