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customized gifts for kids DIY Monogram Pillow Tutorial {no sewing required!} pillow covers farmhouse

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customized gifts for kids DIY Monogram Pillow Tutorial {no sewing required!} pillow covers farmhouse
Views: 114 Updated: :2020-01-17

I have been wanting to share this monogram pillow/personalized sham tutorial with you for a while, because it's SO cute and SO easy. I have always had a weakness for monogram pillows and personalized shams. But, they usually cost a small fortune and the custom options are somewhat limited. You know what that meant for me? A challenge. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

I was determined to make personalized pillow shams for my twin girls myself. If you have seen my twin girls' “;big girl”; room reveal already, you may have noticed the sweet pillow shams that I made for my girls, featuring their first names. Read on to learn how to make one for yourself or your kiddos!

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Materials Needed:


1) Use your computer's word processing program to type out your name or monogram {I used my girls' full first names, instead of their monograms, but monograms are probably a more popular choice, hence the name of my post}and select whatever color you want to use. This requires a bit of guesswork. I picked the pink color that I thought would work and printed it on plain white paper BEFORE printing it on the far more expensive iron on transfer paper. I got lucky and the color was just right on my first try. You may also have to play around with your font size. Againcustomized gifts for kids, just tweak it until you get it just right.

2) Follow the directions for your iron on transfer paper to learn how to feed it through your printer. DON'T FORGET TO FLIP THE IMAGE/USE THE REVERSE IMAGE PRINT SETTINGS! This will make it look wonky and backwards when you print it off, but when you iron it on, it will be correct, I promise!

3) Iron your pillowcase or sham.

4) Decide on the placement of your name or monogram. I opted to place their names in the top third portion of the shams BECAUSE I knew I wanted to place a smaller pillow in front of them and I did not want their names to be covered. But, of course, you may prefer to center your name or monogram. Once you decide on your placement, get ready to iron it on. Bear in mind, once you iron it on, there's no going back, so be confident about your placement first!

4) Again, follow the specific instructions for your iron on transfer paper with regard to the heat of the iron and directions on how long to iron, when to peel the paper off, etc.

5) Once your name or monogram is ironed on, if you want to add a bit more embellishment, you can place ric rac trim {or ribbon, etc.} around the edges of your sham or pillowcase like I did. This is my favorite touch! Now, if you have read my blog before, you have learned that I REALLY DISLIKE sewing. I'm not proud of that, but it's true. So, I avoided sewing the ric rac trim on by using this most genius thing ever…;LIQUID STICH! How had I never heard of this before?!?!?!? You use it just like glue {even I can do that, I mean I DID complete Kindergarten}. Apply the glue to the ric rac trim and press it on to the fabric. Yep, it's that easy.

5) Allow the liquid stitch to dry and your customized sham or monogram pillow is ready to admire and use. You have a totally personalized pillow in very little time and for a small fraction of the cost of a comparable one from Pottery Barn Kids or a similar store, like this one, which retails for $33.50 {not including shipping!}. My sham cost $15.00 and the other materials cost around $4.00 per pillow, so I saved a good bit of money making them myself. Plus, I think mine are way cuter!

SOURCE: Pottery Barn Kids

You may also enjoy my tutorial on how to make the bold striped pillow out of Ikea dish towels {sorry, that one does require some sewing}.

Will you give this project a try? Do you prefer using a monogram or a full name?

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out some of my other sewing and no-sewing projects! [go_portfolio id=”;diy_sewing”;]

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