How to Paint Pillowcases

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric paint
  • Fabric markers
  • Pillowcase
  • Large piece of cardboard
  • Clothespin
  • Stencil
  • Clothes iron

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.

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.