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Make this: Painted Heart Pillows

January 25, 2013




We like white linens. Well, I like white linens – I don’t think Evan pays any mind to what color sheets he’s sleeping on. But since I like white, it tends to fill our linen closet. I was feeling crafty earlier this week and since white fabric makes such a perfect canvas, I decided to show a little “love” to a couple of our pillow cases. Want to make some too?



  • fabric paint (or acrylic paint + a fabric medium, which is what I used)
  • brushes
  • 2 standard pillow cases
  • pencil
  • jars for paint or water (if needed)
  • Large card stock or sheet of paper (for making a stencil)



1. MAKE A STENCIL! Make sure your card stock is large enough to create a stencil that will fit your pillow cases. Fold your card stock in half and draw half of a heart at your desired size. Cut the shape out and unfold your heart (just like you did in grade school!). You may need to balance it out a bit to get the perfect heart shape. This step can also be achieved freehand, if you dare!

2. Outline your stencil with a pencil directly onto your pillow cases.

3. If you’re using fabric paint, paint away! Fill your heart in completely. Follow drying and washing instructions for your specific paint.

4. If you’re using acrylic paint and a fabric medium, follow the mixing directions on your fabric medium for ratios and finishing processes. (With my medium, I had to set the paint by ironing over it for 3-5 minutes on high.)

6. Once your paint is dry, wash your pillow cases alone. The paint should not run or anything, but just in case, I wouldn’t want you to sacrifice any of your important garments on this first wash. After the first wash, you’re new pillow cases should be just fine washed with other articles but do not bleach.



14 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2013 12:21 pm

    Such an awesome idea for valentines!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      February 10, 2013 8:40 pm

      Thank you! I loved them so much that I think I’ll try keeping them around longer :)

  2. January 25, 2013 2:49 pm

    Oh wow! That is really cute! It looks as if your dog (Diamond, right?) is enjoying them. Funny how they tak over our beds. :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      February 10, 2013 8:43 pm

      I can’t say for sure if Diamond loves the pillows, but she sure does love cuddling on the people beds :)

  3. Mert Parsons permalink
    January 26, 2013 12:08 am

    Love the love!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      February 10, 2013 8:41 pm

      Thank you Mert! xoxo!

  4. January 26, 2013 7:25 pm

    Incredibly cute, clever, and crafty! Love this!!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      February 10, 2013 8:43 pm

      Thank you so much Kelly!

  5. January 28, 2013 8:26 pm


  6. February 9, 2013 12:25 am

    So cute I had a pillowcase similar as a kid and have always wanted to find another and haven’t seen it yet. Thanks for the tip.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      February 10, 2013 8:44 pm

      Anne, that’s so awesome! I hope these live up to your childhood memories!

  7. May 20, 2013 11:25 am

    This is beautiful :)


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