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DIY Sharpie Pillow

  • March 19, 2015
  • By Sabine


Here’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.


I used a black sharpie. I like the indigo/purple/black color you get using a black sharpie.


I drew several lines. The thicker the lines, the better you’ll see the circles.


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


Isn’t this pretty? The sharpie pillow reminds me of water coloring in 3rd grade.


The color reminds me a bit of my dark blue Nail Polish Marbling.


Since 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.

By Sabine, March 19, 2015
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  • Valerie@Occasionally Crafty
    March 20, 2015

    This is so neat! I love it!

  • Nancy
    March 20, 2015

    I would try this to embelish plain white towels at the border in a coordinating bathroom color.

  • Amanda @ The Refurbished Home
    March 20, 2015

    This is great! what a fun and unique idea!

  • Cynthia Nye
    March 21, 2015

    Other color markets on white sheer panels would be pretty too. Great idea

    • sabines
      March 21, 2015

      Thanks, Cynthia. I agree and I can’t wait to try other colors.

  • Pamela Smith
    March 21, 2015

    This is such a great idea! I would have never thought of this. Usually I am trying to keep sharpie OFF of fabric! I am visiting from Funky Junks today.

  • Christy
    March 22, 2015

    I just did it on a tank top and it turned out awesome!

  • freda
    March 23, 2015

    love! thanks

  • Vicki
    March 23, 2015

    So can you later machine wash this without it running?

    • sabines
      March 23, 2015

      Vicki, I haven’t washed it yet but if you iron it or stick it in the dryer it’ll seal the ink.

  • Faye
    March 23, 2015

    …. keep us posted re: more great Sharpie ideas, Sabines!
    N.S. Canada here 🙂

  • Creative Mama Renee
    March 24, 2015

    Love this idea! I’m going to keep this in mind when re-doing my teenage daughter’s room!

    • sabines
      March 24, 2015

      Hi Renee. You are right, teenage girls love that kind of stuff. I have two.

  • nudejude
    March 24, 2015

    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

    • sabines
      March 24, 2015

      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.

  • angela stevens
    March 27, 2015

    Love this pillow cover. Did you apply it on both sides of the cover or one?

    • sabines
      March 27, 2015

      Thanks, Angela. I only applied it to one side, but you could do both.

  • melodys100
    April 1, 2015

    That looks SO cool!!! So easy too, doesn’t require any precise measuring.

    • sabines
      April 1, 2015

      You can do this on a shirt. Could be a new trend at music festivals?!?

  • Kristin Lush
    July 9, 2016

    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!

    • sabines
      July 9, 2016

      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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