One of my favorite things to do in life is to come up with craft ideas that are so simple, anyone can make them. This week, I have for you some patriotic DIY pillow covers that are quick and easy to make. These Americana-inspired pillows have a sweet, primitive feel and take about 10 minutes each to put together. They are so easy to make, I got my 2 year-old son in on the crafting!
Patriotic DIY Pillow Covers Project Supplies:
- Pillow Case (A natural color works best for this project)
- Freezer Paper (From the grocery store)
- Darice Star-Shaped Picture Punch
- Darice Permanent Fabric Markers
- Darice Scissors
- Iron & Ironing Board
The freezer paper and star paper punch are the secret supplies that make these DIY pillow covers such a simple craft. Freezer paper is available at your local grocery store in the food wrap section, and is a special paper that is waxed on one side, and plain paper on the other. When you place it face down on fabric, you can iron it on and create removable stencils for fabric. It’s a fabulous tool for fabric crafting!
Trim the edge of strip so the stars are roughly centered between the edges of the strip. Save the punched-out stars for later. We are going to use the strips of punched freezer paper for one pillow cover, and the stars for another pillow cover.
Step 2. Arrange the strips onto a pillow cover so they are evenly distributed. The waxed side needs to be facing downward, toward the fabric. You will iron on the paper side of the freezer paper, using a medium setting on your iron. The freezer paper will adhere to the fabric, but will be easily removable later.
Step 3. Let your assistant scribble on the star-covered pillow cover with a blue marker. My son is just two, so he doesn’t have the attention span to color an entire pillow cover, but an older child might enjoy it.
Step 4. Scribble around each freezer paper star. Make sure you scribble across each point and trough of each star, to ensure a crisp-looking star when you remove the freezer paper.
Fill in the scribbles with concentric scribbles around each star until the entire pillow cover is filled.
For the Stars & Stripes pillow cover, color inside each star with blue fabric marker. Again, pay close attention to each point and trough of each star, to create a sharp-looking graphic. Then scribble against the edge of each strip with a red fabric marker to create the stripes.
Step 5. Remove the freezer paper simply by peeling it back off of the DIY pillow covers.
Step 6. If your child helped you with the DIY pillow covers, don’t forget to write the name, age, and date on the back of the cover with a fabric marker.
Use your new DIY Patriotic Pillow Covers to temporarily cover your throw pillows for summer, or stuff them with leftover plastic bags to make cute cushions for your patio chairs. If you loved the ease of using these pre-made pillow covers, check out Darice’s selection of iron-on transfers that turn these pillow covers into instant stylish decor!
If you enjoyed this project, you might also enjoy this stenciled and colored summer boredom busters tote bag project.
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Heather Mann is the mother of four boys and designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts. She’s also fascinated by the unsuccessful (yet humorous) side of crafting, and explores it at her site CraftFail, and in her new book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.