confetti pillowcases are my fave

January 10, 2013

Today’s post is from Joy of Frock Files. At the start of every new year she purchases a new pair of sheets (what a great tradition!). This year she customized them a bit and she’s sharing the how-to today. 

In my life, the new year means new sheets. I’ve been obsessed with all those typographic pillowcases that have been popping up but none of them seemed quite right, so I decided to make my own. And why not combine the typography with some gold polka dots? The combination is a recipe for festive dreams.

– 2 pillow cases
– 1” hole punch
– freezer paper
– gold fabric paint
– sponge brush
– iron transfer paper
– iron


Start by punching holes in your freezer paper. Since real confetti is never perfect, the trick here is to make random patterns. Since my hand held hole punch can only punch at the edges, I cut my freezer paper into small rectangles that were no bigger than three inches on each side. If you have trouble punching into the delicate freezer paper, use a sheet of printer paper behind it to make the punch cleaner.


Iron the shiny side of the freezer paper to the pillowcases, making sure your polka dots are laid out in a fun, scattered pattern. Remember that you’ll want the open sides of the pillowcases to be on opposite ends as you plan your design.


Paint a thin layer of gold over the polka dot holes. Using thick layers can cause the paint to seep, so it’s a good idea to use a light touch. Wait an hour or two and go back for a second (equally thin) layer.


Design your words and then flip them horizontally (I used Photoshop for this step. You can use any image creation program or download my design right here). Since the transfer paper goes face down, you’re creating the mirror image of what you want to see. Print the design according to your transfer paper’s instructions, then use scissors to cut as close to the design as possible.


Check your transfer paper’s instructions and iron as instructed.

Voila! Customized pillowcases. I love the idea of giving these to friends who are getting married (Mr./Mrs) and to those who have just moved in together. These are so simple to make, you may wind up crafting some for everyone you know — after all, everyone needs a place to rest their head.



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  • On January 10, 2013 , Stephania said:

    Love this idea! What a cute idea as a wedding gift! Thanks for sharing

  • On January 10, 2013 , Mandy Pellegrin // Fabric Paper Glue said:

    These are amazing! And what a relatively simple process. Thanks for sharing!

  • On January 10, 2013 , Anum Khan said:

    This is super cute – I’ve always wanted to learn how to do something like this, you make it look so easy, hehe. 🙂

  • On January 10, 2013 , anna - Today I Like Blog said:

    I like this “new year new sheets” tradition 🙂 In the end you spend a lot of your time in bed so it makes sense 🙂 The pillows look gorgeous!

  • On January 10, 2013 , Kris said:

    These are fabulous! So fun!

  • On January 10, 2013 , Monsterscircus said:

    Wow that’s the most awsome customized pillowcases I have ever seen! Love dots and totally adore yours, thank you for sharing!

  • On January 10, 2013 , christine said:

    ohhh! great idea! love polka dots – love this idea!! 🙂

  • On January 10, 2013 , Lena said:

    Lurve these!

  • On January 10, 2013 , LARY@ Inspiration Nook said:

    This is lovely! Might have to give it a try.

  • On January 10, 2013 , Janssen said:

    What a great idea! I think I might try this with a shirt. . .

  • On January 10, 2013 , Theresa said:

    So, so clever and easy enough to accomplish. These pillow cases would certainly add a special touch to any bed. Good job, Joy!

  • On January 10, 2013 , Tan said:

    These are so very precious! And that is a fabulous tradition Joy

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    SO PRESH!! I really want to try this!

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    I want to know more about the quilt the cat is laying on. I have been trying to decide on new bedding and that blanket is what I want!

  • On January 28, 2013 , Joy said:

    Megan, the quilt is from the Thomas O’Brien collection at Target. We got it years ago and I don’t see any similar ones on the website, but they do have similar ones at West Elm.

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    Love these. Was just revisiting some pins from early jan & realized this was a guest post by Joy on You Are my Fave. I had the pleasure of meeting you both at Alt and you are both as lovely as your blogs suggest.

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