Buy or DIY: 5 Fun Pillowcase Projects

Buy or DIY: 5 Fun Pillowcase Projects

Alison Gerber
Aug 26, 2013

What's wrong with me? I'm always drooling over some pillowcase that's $80 for my kids' room, which I know is only going to be, well, drooled over (and worse). Here's my plan: forget spending $85, and make the thing myself. Here are five awesome pillowcases that cost a little too much for my budget, and a simple approach to making something just like it, for a whole lot less.

1. Castle and Things' Fluro Pink Spot pillowcase, $44.10 for one.

OR Take a plain, white pillowcase, and stamp! You can even stamp using the eraser end of a pencil, like Michelle did to her shorts at Say Yes To Hoboken.

2. Anthropologie's Lindi Fringe Shams, $88.00 for two.

OR Take one plain, white pillowcase. Add rainbow tassels like these ones from Midget Gems on Etsy (currently on vacation, but you can be notified when they return), or these from Rose Mercantile Supply, also on Etsy ($12.11 for 10).

3. Fine Little Day's Gran Black pillow (I know, it's not a sham, but imagine if it was!), $46.75 for one.

OR Take one plain, white pillowcase. Use the freezer paper method, as described here, and cut out tree shapes using a stencil. Alternatively, stamp the trees, using these instructions from those awesome DIY girls at A Beautiful Mess.

4. Marimekko's Bo Boo pillowcase, $39.95 for one.

OR Take a vintage Bo Boo sheet (like this one from Etsy, $20.00) and sew your own! Here are instructions on how to sew a pillowcase. With an entire sheet's worth of fabric, you could easily make two. If in doubt, save the sheet for only the pillow fronts, and make the backs from something else.

5. Land of Nod Bed's Best Friend pillowcase, $14.00 for one.

OR Take a plain white pillowcase and draw! Fabric markers will work fine for the job, you...oh, who am I kidding. I bought these ones! They were just $14.00. I couldn't help myself!

Have you DIY'ed a pillowcase or two in your time? Share below!

(Images: as linked above)

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