How to Paint Pillowcases

Pillowcases are an important part of a bedroom’s decor and decorating your own can add a personal touch to your theme. Try exotic colors or prints to jazz up an otherwise plain room, or inscribe a meaningful scripture or phrase on a pillow to inspire you. Painted pillows make great gifts, especially as a memento for a friend who is going away. They can also be a different sort of craft to do at birthday or slumber parties.

Things You'll Need

  • Clothespin
  • Fabric Paint
  • Clothes Iron
  • Fabric Markers
  • Pillowcase
  • Large Piece Of Cardboard
  • Stencil

Place the cardboard inside the pillowcase and pull it taut. Pin the edges with the clothespins to keep it tight.

Choose a design then paint it on the pillowcase using the fabric paint. Use the fabric marker to outline your design if necessary. Stencils are a help for letters or for designs you don't want to or can't do freehand.


Let the paint dry, then iron over it to set the paint.



  • Painting on fabric is different from painting on canvas or paper, so practice on a T-shirt before starting on your pillow. Fabric paint, markers and blank pillow cases can be purchased at major craft stores.