In an effort to add some Springtime cheer to our home decor, I decided to make some decorative pillows in the shape of Easter eggs. For those who don’t know me…I’m not exactly what you would call a master seamstress. In fact, the exact opposite is true so trust me when I tell you that this craft is definitely beginner friendly. To add a little Disney flare, I made some printable iron-on transfers of some of my favorite Disney-inspired designs that my husband recreated for this project. The result was an adorably squishable pillow that would make a perfect addition for any Easter basket.
What you’ll need:
- Pillow Stuffing
- Print Out (you will need your own iron-on transfers to print them)
- Parchment Paper
- Fabric Paint/paintbrushes
- Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread (or if you prefer not to sew, strong fabric glue)
- Push Pins
What to do:
- First off, you should know that these pillows are super customizable. You can follow the steps that I took as much or as little as you’d like and still end up with amazing pillows. Start by deciding how big you want the pillow to be and cut a large rectangle out of of fabric to about that size. Draw your egg shape on the top layer of fabric using a fabric pencil or color pencil (Don’t be afraid of messing up, because the markings will end up on the inside of the pillow and not be seen. So feel free to sketch it out). When you are happy with the egg shape, place push pins around the perimeter of the egg to secure the fabric (about 1/2 inch outside the line). Then cut along the outside of the pins. Next, sew along the line that you drew, but be sure to leave a gap about 3-4 inches wide. Use the hole you left to flip the sewn fabric inside out. Iron flat.
- Using your iron-on transfer paper, print out the design(s) of your choice. Please note that different iron-on transfers will require different steps to be taken. Make sure you are mindful of this before you begin and follow the instructions accordingly. Once printed, cut out the images you want to use.
Now comes the fun part. Get creative and arrange the images on to the fabric however you like. I enlisted my 5-year-old daughter’s help for this part and not only did she have fun, it was a great opportunity to practice making patterns as well as using fine motor skills.
Once arranged, cover the entire thing with a large sheet of parchment paper and iron according to the instructions on your individual transfer paper. In my case, the images needed to be applied face down and then peeled off. But I have used some (usually for darker fabrics) in which you have to peel the back first and then apply the image face up. So again, be sure to know which kind you have.
3. (This is another fun part for the kids) Use fabric paint to add any additional designs or patterns you would like to your Easter egg. Initially, I had only planned on using the iron-on transfers but I felt like they were still missing something. Once we added the paint, they truly felt like colorful Easter eggs.
When the paint is dry, it is finally time to stuff your pillow. How much or how little will determine how squishy your pillow is (think Build-A-Bear Workshop) and that is entirely up to you. My biggest piece of advice when doing this is to take your time and spread the stuffing as evenly as possible to avoid lumps. Many bags of stuffing will come with a stick to help facilitate this step, but if yours does not, anything long and firm like chopstick, or even a pencil will do the trick.
Lastly, sew up the open hole in your pillow with a needle and thread (or use fabric glue) and voila! Festive spring pillows for Easter!
If you’ll be making Easter Egg pillows of your own this season, I’d love to see them! Be sure to tag me @erikaenchanted_ and use #castlecravings when posting to social media to be featured!!!