How to Decorate Pillowcases for Kids

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Things You'll Need

  • Sketch paper
  • Pencil
  • Pillowcase
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric markers
  • Embellishments
  • Fabric or hot glue
  • Iron

Using an ordinary pillowcase and a few supplies from a store, children can create a custom-made pillowcase. You can do this easy craft with children of any age, and it's designed to suit any child's interests. Children will love going to bed with their personalized pillowcase and will take pride in their handiwork every night.

Instruct children to sketch their ideas on a sheet of paper before beginning their design on the pillowcase. Planning their design will ensure that they know exactly what they want on their pillowcase and will prevent errors such as misspelled words. It will also give them a chance to decide what colors to use as well as whether they want to include embellishments such as fringe, pompom balls or sequins.

Give each child a pillowcase, sheet of cardboard and fabric markers. Depending on the age of the child, other supplies such as stencils, iron-on transfers and embellishments could be used as well.

Place the cardboard inside the pillowcase. This will prevent ink from bleeding through to the other side of the fabric. Lay the pillowcase on a flat surface.

Draw or write with a pencil first and then trace over the lines with fabric markers. Remind the children to use their sketch as a guide for their pillowcase design.

Add embellishments with fabric or hot glue, or use an iron to attach any iron-on transfers. Allow the pillowcase to dry for 24 hours before using.


  • Use alphabet stencils to make lettering neat. Cookie cutters make excellent stencils and can be found in a variety of shapes. Fabric paint can be used in place of markers, but be sure to have paintbrushes available and allow for extra drying time. Decorate pillowcases as a craft for a sleepover birthday party. Have the guests take turns signing each other’s pillowcase for a special keepsake.


  • Hot glue and irons are hot and need to be used by an adult or with adult supervision, depending on the age of the child.