Sue Eldred
Sue Eldred
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  • Washington, IL

Creating a Happiness Pillow

7 Materials
2 Hours

Simple DIY project using a plain canvas pillow, acrylic paint and iron-on letters and applique. A project you might even want to try with older kids.
creating a happiness pillow
My Happiness Pillow...was created by painting the background of a plain canvas pillow blank with acrylic paint mixed with a fabric medium for added softness. I also decided to paint the plain white iron on letters in a variety of rainbow colors with acrylic paint. The letters are then iron-on the canvas pillow along with a floral applique for a simple DIY Home Décor Pillow project.
creating a happiness pillow
When it comes to using Joy Iron-on letters…
I’ve dyed them, inked them and even misted the letters, I never thought
about painting them.

Joy White Embroidered Iron On Letters are great for creating any color you can imagine.

They even work great with acrylic paint.
creating a happiness pillow
To Make the Happiness Pillow you’ll need…                       (*affiliate link)
  • DecoArt Acrylic Paint…. Cinnamon Drop, Pink Chiffon, Orange Twist,  Primary Yellow, Sea Aqua, Foliage Green, Blue Haven, Purple Cow, Titanium White and True Blue
creating a happiness pillow
  • Paint each letter to create a rainbow of H-A-P-P-I-N-E-S-S.
  • Allow letters to fully dry.
creating a happiness pillow
  • Insert cardboard into pillow blank.
  • Add Fabric Medium to acrylic paint white and light blue paint.
  • Paint directly onto the canvas pillow.
  • Allow paint to fully dry.
  • Set Iron to cotton setting, approx. 350 degrees, or follow garment care label.
  • Position letters with shiny side down onto pillow
  • Cover letters with a fine cloth.  With a firm pressure, iron cloth over letters for 30 seconds.
  • Turn pillow over and iron the back for another 30 seconds.
  • Position Embroidered Floral Applique and iron onto pillow the same as the letters.
  • Allow to cool for 1 minute before handling.
  • Insert pillow form or add Polyfil.

For more inspiration and creative projects...Look for Sue's Creative Workshop on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Or follow my blog, see link below.

Resources for this project:

14" canvas pillow blank
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