DIY text pillows (Big Spoon, Little Spoon)
9th October 2014
Way back in July I added a set of pillow cases to my monthly wish list. As much as I wanted them, the price tag put me off (£25 for the set). I questioned “How hard can they be to make?”. Today I discovered that they’re actually super easy to make.
They might not look quite as good as the ones from Not On The Highstreet, but they cost me less than £5 to make!! Swings and roundabouts really.
To make your own, you will need:
- Iron on printer paper (I got mine from eBay)
- Pillow cases
- An iron
- A printer
Firstly I created my text in Photoshop. I used a font that kind of looks like my handwriting; the same one I use in the empfire header (Throw My Hands Up In The Air). If you have a drawing tablet available to use you could always use your own handwriting.
Because it’s a transfer you will need to flip the text so that it is printed the correct way when you iron it on. To do this in Photoshop go to Image > Image Roation > Flip Canvas Horizontal.
Next, print your image on to the iron on printer paper, following the instructions that come with the paper.
Allow your transfers to dry for around 10 minutes before cutting them out. I left quite a larger border on mine just to be on the safe side, but if I were doing this again I’d be brave and leave a border of just 1 or 2 cm around the text.
Again, follow the instructions on your printer paper to find out how to iron on your text. It’s best to use your iron on a high temperature and iron onto a flat surface. I placed a thick piece of card on my ironing board and ironed on to that.
Make sure you have ironed your pillow cases before applying the paper to ensure that there are no wrinkles in the text when it’s transferred.
Ensure that you iron the edges just as well as the rest of the text for a successful transfer.
And there you have it. This is such a simple and fun DIY to do.
So, are you the big spoon or the little spoon?!
What text would you like to put on a pillow?