DIY Sharpie Pillow

IndiePillowMainHere’s an easy way to update a white pillow case. All you need is a sharpie, rubbing alcohol, ruler, medicine dropper or q-tip. I made my pillow case with two pieces of old fabric because my pillow was not your standard size. Of course, you can also do this with a t-shirt, cloth napkin, table cloth, etc.

IndiepillowI used a black sharpie. I like the indigo/purple/black color you get using a black sharpie. Indiepillow16I drew several lines. The thicker the lines, the better you’ll see the circles.

Indiepillow15More drops of alcohol mean larger circles. I did one or two drops for each circle.

Indiepillow12Isn’t this pretty? It reminds me of water coloring in 3rd grade.

Indiepillow10The color reminds me a bit of my dark blue Nail Polish Marbling.IndiePillow4Since alcohol and heat don’t mix well, I waited a few hours before I ironed the sharpie pillow case to seal the color. This keeps the sharpie from “bleeding” in the wash.

Have you made anything using a sharpie and rubbing alcohol? I’d love to hear from you.



31 thoughts on “DIY Sharpie Pillow

  1. Hi Sabine

    I only just found your blog and was blown away by this cool idea, but I’m left wondering whether ‘Sharpie’ pens are alcohol ink, and if so, would this work with other alcohol pens like Copics? I’m just wondering, so as to save myself going out to buy a load of Sharpies when I already have Copics as I can’t wait to try this idea out, love the idea of doing it on summer T’s.

    Judi in the UK

    1. Hi Judi, I am not familiar with Copics at all. Try it on some scrap fabric and see if it works. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by.

  2. Have you tried doing this on different fabrics? My daughter was so inspired by Sharpie ideas on Pinterest that we rushed out and bought pillowcases…but I grabbed microfiber ones instead of cotton/poly, and before going ahead and experimenting, I thought I’d ask you whether you think your technique would work on synthetic fabrics? Cheers from NZ!

    1. Hi Kristin. So far I’ve only tried it on cotton pillowcases. My guess is that since you aren’t dying the fabric only staining, it should work just fine. But I can’t guarantee it. I’d love to know how it turns out.

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