Love Pillow Case Tutorial

If you liked Big Bow Pillow Case tutorial from earlier this week you’re going to really like my easy Love Pillowcase Tutorial.Love this! Super easy DIY Valentine's Day pillow case tutorial. Perfect easy home decor sewing project

Today I want to share how to make this fun Love pillow case. I based it off of trusty 10 minute pillow case tutorial and the extra details only takes maybe 5-10 minutes still a pretty quick and cheap project.

Valentine's Day Pillow case tutorial. Easy 30 minute home decor sewing project

Fun right? Oh and if you like, you can see my Big Bow Pillow Case tutorial here.

easy DIY Valentine's Day pillow case tutorial. Great fast home decor project

What You Need

  • Pillow case fabric (for a 17″ pillow half a yard will work)
  • Scraps for design and to make lettering (a fat quarter of each will be more than enough)
  • Ultra Hold Heat Bond (to make iron on lettering) or store bought iron on letters.

What to Do

  1. I used 17″ square pillow cases so my measurements are based off of that. If you have different size pillows check out my basic pillow case tutorial for info about how to get the measurements for different sizes and add 11 inches to whatever you need.
  2. For a 17″ pillow you’ll need  a piece of fabric 17×38 inches long.
  3. Finish the short edges of the pillow case piece.  I did this with a serger or you can just fold the fabric under twice and sew.
  4. Find your pillow width in the middle of the fabric (for me 17″) and fold the edges in. That means I had two 10.5″ flaps. (You might want to read through my basic pillow case tutorial it has way more step by step pictures that might help if you’re having a hard time picturing this part). Iron down the fold.
  5. Cut your scraps into little pieces. Open up the pillow case fabric and arrange the middle part of the pillow case fabric (you want it to be inside the ironed lines). Pin them down and sew around each one.
  6. Make your “Love” iron on by ironing the Ultra bond to a piece of black (or whatever color your like) fabric. Then you can cut the letters out. I did this on my cricut but you can trace any font and cut it by hand (make sure you do it reverse if you’re tracing on the back side of the iron-on paper) I have a tutorial for making iron-ons too with more pictures and slower directions if I’ve lost you.
  7. Peel the paper back off of the iron on position on your pillow case over the scrap pieces and iron down.
  8. Fold the flaps down so that they overlap (the back of the pillow case) the pretty part should be inside under the flaps. Remember that the first flap down will be the one that is showing so you want that to look nice. The other will be hidden.
  9. Sew across the top and bottom.
  10. Now flip it right side out and shove a pillow in there.
  11. Admire your beautiful creation. Easy right? Feel free to leave a comment on my blog if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.

I hope you like it. As always I’d love to see pictures if you try it out. I first shared this tutorial on Ruby Jean.

Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.


Show and Tell: Wonder Woman Costume

My exercise buddy Tricia was running in a race last year where they were encouraged to wear costumes so she asked me to help her out. It was so much fun and as I was going through my pictures I realized I’d never shared the pictures.

I ironed on some stabilizer and then cut out the Wonder Woman emblem. She didn’t want to make her running shirt unusable so we just tacked the emblem on in a few places. I  used the same gold and stabilizer to make basic arm cuffs and a crown and just cut some white stars on my cricut using my iron on technique and added it to a simple elastic waist skirt we made. It was actually a lot of fun.

She looked so cute. It was insanely cold if I remember right. I think she wore some running tights and had a cape. She was such a sport when she came to pick everything up the girls were over trying on their bull costumes so they had some fun running.

Tutorial: Pennant, Page and Word Banners

With T’s birthday party prep we’ve been making a lot of banners. They are one of the cheapest ways to make a party or theme pop. I’ve been meaning to write up a tutorial for the word banners that I had made for Christmas, ummm yeah months ago. So, to make up for the delay I’m going to give you a three-for-one. I’ll show you how to make three different styles of banners: pennant, page and word.

The pennant or flag style banner is like the one I made for Harry Potter’s Birthday party pictured above and for T’s upcoming butterfly party pictured below. The page kind is probably the easiest and quickest but it still can look adorable. We used this for L’s last birthday party and I think it was darling (yeah I know I still need to write a post for that, it was SO cute). Finally the word style is the most time consuming but it’s still pretty cute. I made some of these for Christmas and will hopefully finish a generic birthday one that I can reuse for different people before T’s party this Sunday.

What you need

Pennant Style Banner

  • Paper 
  • Paper Cutter or scissors and a sturdy hand
  • Hole punch (I prefer the smaller sized ones as opposed to the school style ones)
  • Ribbon or String
  • Tape (optional)

 Page Style Banner

  • Paper with letters printed on them (you can find fun fonts at
  • Paper Cutter if you want to do half page sizes (that’s what I did in the banner above)
  • Hole punch (I prefer the smaller sized ones as opposed to the school style ones)
  • Ribbon or String
  • Tape (optional)

Word Style Banner

  • Paper (or precut letters)
  • Cutting machine (like a cricut or silhouette) OR a font you like and patience to trace it and cut it out by hand
  • Hole punch (I prefer the smaller sized ones as opposed to the school style ones)
  • Ribbon or String
  • Tape (optional)

 What to do

  • Prepare your shapes. For the pennants cut your paper into triangles, print your letters for the page style and for word style banners cut out your letters. If you don’t have a cutting machine and don’t mind taking the time you can either print out a font you like and trace the letters or if your cheap and don’t want to waste paper and ink I’ve held the paper straight to the computer screen to trace letters before. This is the most time consuming part.
  • Punch two holes on the top of each shape. Make sure they are far enough from the edge so they won’t rip easily when you work with them
  • Next you want to lay out  your pattern. Lay your pages, pennants or letters out how you want them to hang.
  • Thread the ribbon through the holes. Decide ahead of time whether you want a stripe of ribbon to go in front or behind  your shape. Take your time you don’t want to rip it after all that work.
  • If you want tape the ribbon to the back of your shapes this will minimize the twisting and make it easier to untangle the banner (yes it’ll get tangled when you try to hang it just expect it so it doesn’t annoy you too much).
  • Hang your banner and enjoy.

And if you’ve made a pennant one you probably have little scraps left from your flags. tape them onto skewers throw them in a glass or short vase and you’ve got yourself some super cute little flags. See em in action here.

    How to Make Your Own Iron-Ons

    I know you guys enjoyed the shirt tutorial that Becky from Crafting Chicks‘ shared while I was on vacation. Well today I’m guest blogging over there. I’m sharing a tutorial on how to make your own Iron-On’s out of pretty much any fabric you want. And I’m giving away one of each of these new bunny baby gift sets (they are also in the shop if you want to buy one). To enter the giveaway and to check out the tutorial go here.

    If you’re visiting from Crafting Chicks welcome. I hope you stay and peek around. If this is your first time here let me point you to a few of my favorite posts.

    UPDATE: tutorial reposted below

    What You’ll Need

    • Ultra Hold Heat Bond (you can find this in the notions section in packs or by the interfacing on the bold of your local fabric store)
    • Design or Pattern
    • Scraps of fabric
    • Something to put the iron-on onto (I’m using onesies today but totes, napkin, and other clothing would be great too the options are endless)
    • Iron

    What to Do

    First find or create a design to use. I like to google ideas and I use the word “shape”, “silhouette”, or “outline” since basic designs are the ones that work the best. You want something that you know what it is just from the outline. Then I trace or print the image onto thicker paper and cut it out (you can even use a cutting machine like a cricut or silhouette to do this).

    Read the directions on the heat bond if you’ve never used it before. Cut out a piece of heat bond the size of your design.

    Put your fabric scrap pretty side down then iron the head bond to the WRONG SIDE of your fabric. You’ll be ironing on the paper side of the heat bond. And trace your design onto the paper part of the the heat bond. Don’t do this if you’re tired, I’ve ummm ironed it on to the right side too many times late at night!
    Next cut out your design. Peel off the paper and position it on your item.

    Press the iron to the iron on and hold for a few sections. Lift and repeat shifting the position of the iron. It’s best not go go back and forth but rather to press lift and press.

    This stuff holds really well and is washable so you can just be finished here or if you like top stitch for decoration add beads, ribbons, etc. for embellishments. These two designs are in my shop here I’d love to see what you make though so let me know if you use the tute.


    Tutorial: Boo Headband (easy and fast)

    Need a last minute costume, or bit of Halloween flair? I made this to wear to Gardner Village’s Witches Night Out (where hundreds of women dress up like witches). It was awesome but I think the headband would be great for the costume-less or for those of you who may have been focusing all your energy on others’ costumes and just need some Halloween Spirit for yourself.

    It’s so easy and as with everything I make my default is to sew because that is what I know, it’s easier for me than glue but really all of this can be done with glue.

    What You’ll Need

    • thick felt
    • headband (I love the elastic style ones)
    • small pieces of fabric (I used purple and orange)
    • sequence
    • heat bond (ultra heavy) but you could probably just use glue
    • glue

    The Steps

    • If you’re going to use heat bond iron heat bond the letter fabric(orange) and the background fabric (purple)
    • Cut out the letters (I used my Cricut but you could free hand it or trace them off of the computer screen)
    • Cut out the background shape out of the background fabric I just did an abstract squiggle.
    • Place the background shape on the felt and the felt so you can see an edge.
    • Sew (or glue the felt onto the headband
    • Iron (or glue) the background shape onto the felt making sure to leave a little room around the edges 
    • Position the letters and iron (or glue)
    • Glue on the sequence
    • Wear and feel Fancy.

    If you make any I’d love to see them. Hope you like it.

    Show and Tell: Baby Shower Part I

    (click on the picture to enlarge)

    I have the great pleasure of co-hosting a shower for my good friend Heidi. I just wanted to share the little invites we came up with for the shower. It’s my first Cricut project. I woke up at the crack of dawn on Black Friday because I just needed it, but I’ve been so busy that I’ve mostly cut out paper dolls with the naughties on it so it was fun to put it to use.

    Heidi isn’t finding out if she’s having a boy or girl so we’re having fun with that. We’re asking guests to wear yellow if they think she’s having a girl and green if we think she’s having a boy.

    I’m super excited that we’ll be having it at our new home, I’ve been practicing my cupcake decorating skills for the event, as you can see I need a bit more practice. Hopefully I’ll have some fun pics to share after next weekend.