I could come up with many titles for this article :
1. I printed my cat on a pillow
2. Look at this amazing pillow I made!
3. I’m going insane
The thing is, I printed Travolta (the cat, not John)’s face on a pillow. Quite a few times.
The backstory :
In my notebook I have written down a lot of ideas for crafts that I would like to do at some point. Since the summer, I have noted that I want to print on my own fabric at home. So, recently, I brought a printer. I also, got a special iron-on print paper. That was when I started experimenting. I was pumped, I could finally create my own prints on any fabric imaginable! How cool is that?! This also gave me a lot of ideas for my next constructions! I can print on t-shirts, socks, pillowcases and whatever else I can think of!
After various attempts, the first idea I want to share with you is this: How to create a pattern from a person or an object of your choice! It can be your favorite animal, a fruit or even a building! I chose Travolta…just for the hell of it!
You will need :
- A computer or mobile phone
- A printer
- Iron-on transfer paper for fabric (I used this)
- A pair of scissors
- An iron
- A piece of parchment paper
- A pillowcase
* In case you don’t have a printer at home, you just can buy the iron-on paper, go to a photocopier and ask to have it printed there. And if you don’t have a computer, you can choose the image you want to print on your mobile phone!
- I chose to print Travolta
- I cropped it on Photoshop, so that I could only print the head. If you don’t have access to Photoshop you can print any photo you want and cut the desired figure with scissors. I did this to use less ink.
- I printed the image 6 times in a size of about 12 x 17 cm.
- With the scissors, I cut off Travolta’s head as seen in the picture above (that’s not what it sounds like!).
- I placed the figures I cut in the pillowcase to estimate where I want to print them.
- To print the figure, you need to turn the paper upside down so that the printed side rests on the fabric.
- Carefully iron the piece of paper. Iron it well to feel the paper softening.
- After ironing the paper, it’s ready to peel off.
- Make sure to do it while it’s still hot.
- Peel the paper carefully. Your print is almost ready!
- Following the same process, iron the other figures in your desired spot.
- Once you have printed all the figures, take the piece of parchment paper and put it on top of the printed figures.
- Iron well over the paper.
Your pillow is ready!
WASHING INSTRUCTIONS :
After you’re done with the pillowcase, it’s best if you let it “rest” for 24 hours. Once the time has passed, you can wash it! But how? Turn the pillowcase inside out and wash it gently in the washing machine with lukewarm to cold water, or by hand. NEVER iron directly on the prints! Always put a cloth on top or iron it upside down.
I do not know about you, but I really loved this little craft! Not only because it was so easy, but also because it gave me ideas for many more! I’m thinking of printing pillowcases with millions of avocados (!). Maybe it’s even the perfect idea for a gift! Just think about it…
So want do you think? Will you try it? Do not hesitate to ask me anything you want! 😉
Important Note: The cats in the photos are Ginger, Mitsi and Felis. I would like to express my gratitude towards them, since they made it super easy for me to photograph the pillow with their non-stop photobombing. True star quality!
See you soon,