I really think Olaf was onto something when he said, “winter’s a good time to stay in and cuddle!” Although that next part of the song is kind of sad for a snowman, I hope this project will bring a cheerful smile to your face.
I have been creating my own custom pillow covers for some time now. I had so much fun last year creating some festive Christmas pillows that you can read about if you want to here.
The main reason I do this is because it’s a heckuva lot cheaper to swap out your pillow cover vs. purchasing a brand new pillow every time you want to change-up the look of your home. Most of the cotton canvas pillow covers I purchase are between $3-6 a piece, and you can basically choose from any color you desire.
I started with a simple white pillow cover from H&M for $4. These go on sale quite frequently, so when they do, I am fast to snatch up a few for future projects.
Again, my inspiration for creating this pillow came from an item I saw on Etsy. However, at $36, I knew I could create something much less expensive on my own and still get the same desired look.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you know I’m a huge fan of using the transfer method on these types of projects. I’ve used this method to create canvas art, as well as a custom growth chart.
At the risk of sounding monotonous, I won’t go into the step by step details on how I created this pillow cover. All you need to know is once again, I used this go-to transfer method to create it.
I designed the saying I wanted in PicMonkey using the Bromello font. Then saved it to my computer and uploaded the image to match the size of my 20 x 20 pillow cover.
Then printed it off in tiled sheets and after piecing it together, began the transfer process.
This time instead of filling in my outline with paint like in previous projects, I used fabric markers. Here’s a Crayola set like the one I used.
I simply filled in the outline of the lettering using a black fabric marker, then went back over it a second time to darken up the letters a bit.
The instructions on the box of markers tell you in order to “set” the ink, you need to run a warm iron along the back of the fabric you colored on for about 4 minutes. I was a bad blogger and didn’t capture a picture of doing this part, but you get the gist.
Once that was done, it was ready to have a pillow popped inside and thrown onto the chair! I really love the way it turned out and I especially love the fact that I saved some mucho dollars in the process of making it myself.
It’s perfect for some cuddle moments on the couch this time of year, when the weather makes you want to do just that! But promise you won’t turn into a puddle like Olaf? ‘Cause that’d be so “uncool”… :p