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Project

Picture Pillow How-To

Introduction

Our 15 3/4-inch square washable pillowcase features 12 photographs. A store-bought solution makes printing photos on fabric possible.

Materials

  • 15 3/4-inch square washable pillowcase
  • 12 photographs
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Photo fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Pillow insert

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Upload or scan 12 photographs into a computer; resize to 4 by 6 inches, and adjust color to blue (for the 4-photo pillow shown here, you'll need 8 1/2-inch square images).

  2. Step 2

    Treat fabric with solution, and cut into 8 1/2-by-11-inch pieces. Print 2 photos per piece, leaving a 1/4-inch space between them.

  3. Step 3

    Arrange your photos into 4 rows of 3 photos each. Trim butting edges of photo pieces, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Glue together, overlapping the borders as shown.

  4. Step 4

    Machine-sew 3/8-inch twill tape over borders. Trim photo grid to 16 3/4-inch square, centering and cropping photos. 

  5. Step 5

    For pillowcase back, cut two 13-by-16 3/4-inch rectangles of fabric. Hem one long side of each. Lay photo fabric right side up. Then lay plain pieces, wrong sides up, on the printed fabric so that hemmed ends overlap. Machine-sew perimeter with 1/2-inch seam allowance.

  6. Step 6

    Turn right side out, and slip over a 16-inch square pillow insert, available at home stores.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2006

Reviews (29)

  • EclecticBet 3 Oct, 2013

    Love the idea of the photo pillow but the tutorial is a disappointment. Why aren't there photos with each step? I'm by no means a crafting moron but visual steps do help when trying to convey instructions. Will be grabbing a tutorial for a photo pillow from another craft site.

  • pipeman1 16 Feb, 2013

    I think Martha Stewart's DIY's are so disappointing! For such a talented lady and an inspirational and crafty company, all the DIY instructions are too simplistic- lacking complete instructions, photos and necessary lists. I rarely even click on Martha Stewart when I do a Google search of DIY. I know I'll get a whole lot of nothing.

  • slecker 16 Jan, 2012

    Is the "solution" something that makes it possible to print on the actual fabric? If so, I TOTALLY need to get ahold of some of that stuff for t-shirts. T-shirt transfers don't last worth a hoot, so printing directly on the fabric would be SWEET! Can someone clear this up for me? Martha? Better directions would be awesome!

  • jvancoutren 16 Jan, 2012

    Normally one prints photos on "printer friendly" iron-on transfer paper. This is extremely easy to do with ones photos then iron on to your chosen pillow fabric. Make sure the transfer paper you choose states it is either for light colored or dark colored fabric and is specifically made for your printer type . You can find additional instructions for this on the internet.

  • nywvblue 15 Jan, 2012

    "Directions are much too vague."

    Marybeth43, I completely agree.

    These craft bulletins may not be worth the frustration to read.

  • Marybeth43 15 Jan, 2012

    Directions are much too vague.

  • SewandSew05 15 Jan, 2012

    I believe they are talking about Bubble Jet Set 2000.
    Here is the link for it: Http://www.cjenkinscompany.com I am not affiliated with this company,but have ordered lots of times from them. You soak your fabric in this, allow to dry, (do not wring out, allow to drip dry! Then iron fabric to smooth side of freezer paper(cut size to fit your printer). Print it out on BEST quality and allow to sit for 30 minutes.Then hand wash with their Bubble Jet Rinse to prevent fading. Great Stuff!

  • AviMari 15 Jan, 2012

    I know that first you have to wash any cloth (to get rid of any starches) and dry without fabric softener.
    WHAT SOLUTION? What am I missing? Martha!!! Your staff is asleep at the wheel! I'm surprised that, this time, I was able to post anything.

  • intocrafts 15 Jan, 2012

    I was excited about this project, but i agree, lack of information is dissapointing :(

  • jsimone87 15 Jan, 2012

    Lack of instructions...I kept looking for more info.

  • OldhaMedia 15 Jan, 2012

    What a shame that these instructions are so incomplete, it's not as though you are using expensive consumables to describe the process, Martha.

    A little searching online will give better instruction on this craft, directing people away from your website.

  • This2That 15 Jan, 2012

    Love this idea, thanks!

  • pixievixen22 22 Dec, 2010

    I just bought the colorfast sheets, but have never used them before and I am new at sewing. Any tips?

  • pporce 4 Sep, 2010

    Joanns sells Colorfast sew-in inkjet fabric sheets. A little pricey and you get 10 sheets. Much much easier to do

  • Espressso 4 Jun, 2010

    Zolaso I went to the site you had listed and its an HP site CAn you tell me where I Can find the instructions Janice@oliveandmadi.com. Thank you so much GREAT Christmas Presents! I want to start practicing NOW!

  • Zolaso 9 Mar, 2010

    I found these instructions on the HP website, they're more complete.
    http://h20331.www2.hp.com/hho/cache/313-0-0-39-121.html
    It involves treating the fabric with ink fixative, then ironing it to freezer paper to make it rigid enough to pass through the printer. The paper peels off after printing.

  • Zolaso 9 Mar, 2010

    I found these instructions on the HP website, they're more complete.
    http://h20331.www2.hp.com/hho/cache/313-0-0-39-121.html
    It involves treating the fabric with ink fixative, then ironing it to freezer paper to make it rigid enough to pass through the printer. The paper peels off after printing.

  • roodles 26 Feb, 2010

    It says that the pillow cases are machine washable. I was wondering if anyone has tried this. Did the photos fade a little? a lot? not at all?

  • roodles 26 Feb, 2010

    It says that the pillow cases are machine washable. I was wondering if anyone has tried this. Did the photos fade a little? a lot? not at all?

  • SoniS 8 Nov, 2009

    I don't understand how to get the pictures transferred over to the fabric. I can't find the last 5 comments on my computer. Only 1-4.

  • kandaceg 4 Nov, 2009

    There is a solution called bubble jet set

  • oikawa 1 Dec, 2008

    i just came to this page and i was glad until i saw the 'store-bought solution'.
    i understand you can buy it at photo supply shop.. happy me i am a photo supply shop in Israel. but we don't know what this thing is?! i don't want it for the business i want it for crafting at home .. pls. could you help me to figure this out?!

  • fernl 7 Sep, 2008

    Store bought solutions can be purchased at photo supply stores

  • Parrplus 4 Sep, 2008

    I, too, do not understand what the "Store-Bought" solution is. I have checked with Michael's crafts and they did not know what I was talking about. Has anyone found the product? If so, plese let me know.
    RC

  • jenzee 21 Aug, 2008

    Actually, I just bought a package of paper-backed fabric sheets that you can run through an inkjet printer. It's called PhotoFabric and I bought it at A.C. Moore. I've not yet tried it but it might be an easier way to print the photos for this project. They make 100% cotton twill, canvas, and poplin. Good luck!

  • dottyspots 17 Aug, 2008

    This is a fabulous idea and just what I needed to see as we've recently redecorated our living room and I need to look at some different cushions. My printer is rather useless, but I'm sure there are companies that will print out photos for you onto fabric.

  • bljames 30 Jan, 2008

    I have seen the liquid that I am thinking must be the salution that you spread on fabric and then lay your in jet printed picture on it and iron it on. Michaels might have it. I got it t a yard sale but haven't tried it yet. It is called Picture This Transfer Medium fot Fabric. I haven't tried it yet but want to make a memory quilt.

  • KarenaVigliotti 27 Jan, 2008

    I do not know what the "solution" they refer to is. A product called Printed Treasures however will help you achieve the same results. Printed Treasures is fabric paper that can be printed on a ordinary inkjet printer much in the same way traditional printer paper is. Good luck!

  • amiiwrob 27 Jan, 2008

    I don't understand what the "Store-Bought" solution is to be...can anyone elaborate on what it might be?