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Work Hard and Play Nice Pillows

These Work Hard and Play Nice Pillows from I Love to Create are great for a living room or craft room.  Decorative pillows with sayings also make great gifts for everyone on your list.  Use this tutorial to make the pillows say whatever you'd like!

Work hard and play nice pillows


  • Assorted scrap fabric pieces
  • Scissors
  • 2 packages of Aleene's® Fabric Fusion® Peel and Stick Sheets™
  • Tulip® Beads in a Bottle™ Paint
  • Fiberfill stuffing



  1. Open one package of the sticky sheets and cut them in half. You can scan fonts from a computer program, but I just cut out my letters freehand. FLIP the sheet over so your letter is cut from the back, this is very important, I found out. My mom helped me figure this part out, it has to do with the way the sticky sheets come off.

     work hard and play nice pillows

    work hard and play nice pillows
  2. Draw and cut out your letters for your words.
  3. Here are the words for my first pillow!

     work hard and play nice pillows
  4. Peel off the top protective sheet from one letter at a time and place the fabric, flat on top, design side up. The tape is really sticky, so try not to touch it! Once all your letters are covered with fabric, set them aside.

     work hard and play nice pillows
  5. Fold the pillowcase in half, widthwise, and cut up the side.

    work hard and play nice pillows
  6. This will give you two casings for pillows!
  7. Peel off the protective backs from each letter and place them on the pillow fronts. Peel and stick, so simple and not messy at all!

    work hard and play nice pillows 
  8. Use the Beads in a Bottle to add dots all around the edges of each letter. This will pull the design together and seal down any raw edges of your letters. I like the gold glitter best! You can also use Tulip 3D paint or fabric paint. Let dry for an hour!

    work hard and play nice pillows
  9. I ironed a hem on the inside seams and cut more strips of the sticky sheets and pressed them in place. Fill the pillows with the fiberfill, remove the backing and press in place to seal. They are now permanent and washable!

    work hard and play nice pillows  
  10. And here is the finished result!

    work hard and play nice pillows

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The directions don't say anything about cutting the fabric for the letters. I assume you need to do that. Wouldn't it be better to put the material on the sticky sheet before you cut out the letters?

Hi bobbylonardo--good suggestion. As is the case with most DIY projects, you have the ability to make it however you like! The directions provided are from the designer, but if you find it easier to do it a different way, you're more than welcome to do so. :)


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