DIY Photo Pillow

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Make Your Own Photo Pillow From Your Home Printer!

I am absolutely in LOVE with this DIY craft project! Take your family photos, your wedding pictures – whatever you want and make it into a customized pillow! It was so much easier than I would have ever thought and the tutorial is right here!

Photo Pillow Pinterest Pic

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This is by FAR one of my favorite projects I have ever attempted! These pillows turned out SO cute and it really wasn’t too tricky! I enjoyed making my pillows so much that I even made another pillow for my mom for a gift! With how easy these DIY photo pillows were – I am sure that I will be making lots more in the future for gifts! 
So are you ready to learn to make your own? Here is how you do it . . . 
Materials Needed: 
DIY Photo Pillow materials needed

  1. Muslin Fabric
  2. Freezer Paper
  3. Iron
  4. Fabric for pillow backing

How to Make Your Own Photo Pillow 

To start your photo pillow, cut your muslin fabric and your Freezer Paper to an exact 8.5 x 11″. You can purchase freezer paper online (just click on the word & it will link to Amazon) OR you can also find it in your local grocery store.

DIY Photo Pillow how to adherePlace the muslin fabric and the Freezer Paper on a hard surface {I used a cutting board} and iron the pieces together. When placing the muslin fabric and freezer paper together, make sure the shiny side of the freezer paper faces the fabric. When ironing the pieces together use a HOT iron and pay particular attention to the edges. Those are the most important parts that need to stick!

How to make a DIY Photo Pillow

Once the muslin fabric and the freezer paper are molded together place the paper into your printer so that it will print on the fabric NOT the freezer paper!

DIY Photo Pillow screen shot

 Now, the hardest part – deciding WHICH picture to use! Using Microsoft Word on the computer I uploaded a picture from our wedding day and stretched it to fit the entire page. I created a text box to put the word LOVE above and that was it! Easy!

DIY Photo Pillow photo collage with pic monkey

 For the wedding day collage pillow I got a little fancier with the editing skills and I used an amazing site called    to create a collage of pictures. This website is free and is SUPER easy to make collages with! I definitely recommend it!

DIY Photo Pillow from your home printer

Once you have your picture edited and ready to go you are almost ready to print! To get the best results change your print settings to “photo paper” and the quality to “maximum dpi” You will want your printer to put out its best work for this project! After you have adjusted those settings – hit PRINT!

DIY Photo Pillow wedding day collage

It should come out of your printer looking something like this! So cool right? Here are my two photo pillow projects right out of the printer:

DIY Photo Pillow out of the printer comparisons

Now that you have these printed, peel away the freezer paper and you now have the front fabric for your pillow!

You can now put this piece together with the backing fabric of your choice and sew them together to create a pillow. If you are new to sewing a pillow, THIS site has a great step by step tutorial to walk you through it OR you could ask your nice neighbor to help you {thanks Marlys!}

DIY Photo Pillow both photo pillows finished

Not too hard right? And SO cool! I had no idea my printer was capable of doing this! These pillows are so cute and they make GREAT gifts! I had so much fun making these (and had so much fabric and freezer paper to spare!) that I made one for my mom as a thank you gift.

DIY Photo Pillow Family picture

Think of the possibilities for your kid’s rooms, your home, gifts and more! There are SO many things that you can do with these pillows and they turned out so cute!

DIY Photo Pillow finished product

If you love making personalized gifts and projects from your pictures you will want to check out this darling DIY heart-shaped poster.

Good luck creating your own! Please share with us your final projects – we would love to see them!


I met my husband, in a beginning ballroom dance class at the age of 15. He was my first crush, my first date, and twelve years (to the day) later we married. Together we enjoy traveling the world, and, of course, going on creative dates! I am a former theatre teacher who now stays at home with a spunky little boy. I love dancing, hosting parties, photography, organizing & chocolate!

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    1. Those are great questions!The reason that I chose to use muslin fabric was simply because it is fairly inexpensive, light in color and a very thin material. If you do try another material you will definitely want to have something very thin. I haven’t tried other materials, but if you do – let us know how it works for you!
      For ironing the the fabric to the freezer paper, I just ironed until the freezer paper adhered to the fabric. The purpose of this is to make the fabric stiff enough to go through a printer.

  1. When making the photo pillows do you have to use Muslin? With a house full of kids Muslin is no picnic to keep clean. I’ve even tried using scotchguard. But even if they don’t play with it, the’ll throw it out of the way because their not supposed to touch it and it still becomes out of shape or dirty.. Any suggestions?

    1. That is a great questions! The reason that I chose to use muslin fabric was simply because it is fairly inexpensive, light in color and a very thin material. If you do try another material you will definitely want to have something thin. Let us know how it works for you!

  2. Hi i would love to do personlised pillowcases one of my husband who died in feb of this year. Can you still do them without having a printer or a laser printer can you let me no. Thankyou teresa x

  3. Just wanted to share that the site is free for 7 day trial then there’s a monthly fee.

    1. Thank you for sharing that. Picmonkey has updated their site since this post was created. If that site doesn’t work for you there are lots of other free collage makers you can utilize. There is a simple one I use on my phone called Frametastic that would work great!

    1. That is a great question! The printer I used was a very basic one and the paper was just the typical 8.5 x 11. I hope that helps!

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