Did I ever tell you that my mom worked for Dole Pineapple on O'ahu back in the day? No? Am I straying off topic again? Well it all ties in somehow to this pineapple pillow cover I made this weekend because making it helped ease the longing I'm having for Hawaii, see?...Okay, not really, but it did brighten up an otherwise gray and rainy weekend, so let me show you how this fun pillow craft project came to be.
Earlier this year when I saw this photo below from Australia's Life Instyle, I was instantly drawn to the whimsical pineapple pillow from Australian-based Ourlieu:
This pineapple pillow cover retails for $70 not including shipping costs from Australia, which would probably be another $20 at least. Boo. I just don't want to spend that much on a pillow cover no matter how cute. So I put it out of my head and went on with life, and that was that.
But then about a month or so ago, Debbie from Refresh Restyle posted this adorable DIY crab pillow. Doesn't this look like something you'd see in a little beach side boutique? I love everything about it including the pillow cover with the braided jute trim:
Then BAM! That pineapple pillow from Australia entered my head again and I realized I could make my own pineapple pillow using Debbie's tutorial. YES! So that's what I did.
In my mind, I knew I wanted to keep it black and white, but I could also envision it with a water color-ish effect, so I did a quick photo editing to show you what it could look like with color (okay, so maybe pineapples don't have pink in them in real life, but apparently this one does). I can't decide which one I like better after seeing them, I love them both! How about you?
This pillow project took maybe 1/2 hour at most and cost less than $11. I'm not going to write out the directions since Refresh Restyle's tutorial explains it all, so please head on over there for detailed instructions on how to make your own graphic pillow. Thank you so much, Debbie! I'll just share a few of my own notes here about making this pillow:
- Pillow cover - you can use whatever you like, but I really liked the pillow cover Debbie used with the jute trim. Just so you know, it's not white, it's more of an off-white/cream color which was fine by me. At Hobby Lobby, this 18" pillow cover is $9.99 and I used their 40% off coupon to bring it down to $5.99.
- I had a pillow insert already from another pillow I was getting rid of, so I just recycled it into this new pillow cover.
- I downloaded the pineapple graphic from Graphique on Etsy for $1. There are several pineapple graphics online and you may be able to find one for free that you like. I couldn't find a pineapple on one of my favorite graphics site Graphics Fairy, but she has thousands of graphics over there if you want something else. I liked this pineapple so I was okay paying a buck.
- I wanted a BIG pineapple so I enlarged the graphic, cropped it in two in my photo editor, then printed each half on two pieces of 8.5"x11" transfer paper to get a bigger graphic. It just takes a little care to get them to line up when transferring onto your pillow cover, but it can be done.
- Debbie recommends Leslie Riley's TAP paper so that's what I used. I have to say, it was really easy and great to work with. I have a few pieces still left over and I'm wandering around my house trying to figure out what else I can transfer! It's about $1.59 a piece.
- Anything you transfer will be in reverse so if you want something in a specific direction or any writing on there, you'll have to reverse your print before adding to the transfer paper.
- If the graphic you choose doesn't have color and you want it, you can have it! You can add color to a digital graphic through photo editing like I did above, then print it in color if you have a color printer, or you can add color right to the transfer paper with fabric or regular coloring pens before ironing it on to your fabric and it will transfer the color right over. Amazing!