Deer Pillow DIY

Deer Pillow DIYHello, Hi and welcome to my first decor DIY! One of the main things you should know about me is I love to craft, diy, collect old things and re-purpose the things other people toss! This weeks project? A Deer Head Pillow! I’ve seen this deer head on a bunch of different sites and thought “Why not try in myself? For this DIY project I am using:

  • old scraps of fabric from a store in St.Jacobs that closed down
  • A white sheet from a thrift store
  • A pillow insert my sister no-longer uses
  • Sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors and a measuring tape

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Step 1: Measure Your Pillow and Fabric

In order to make sure you have enough fabric for your pillow, you must measure the width of your pillow! The piece of your fabric for the case should be that measurement in height, and double that measurement in width.

Width of Pillow = A
Width of Fabric = A x 2
Height of Fabric – A

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Step 2: Cut Your Fabric, Fold over the short ends and Sew!

In order to make sure there are clean edges, fold over the short ends of the fabric on each side ( underside to underside) and sew a small section for a clean edge!

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Before you begin sewing my best advice would be to cut a scrap piece of the fabric you’re not using and do a test-run ! If you are like me and haven’t cracked out the machine in a while you may need to adjust the tension and/or stitch length! You want to avoid having an abundance of thread tangled under the piece of fabric.

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Step 3: Fold and Pin

After you have made the edges neat and clean, fold the right side over a little past the middle. Pull the left side over until the width from side to side is the original width you measured (A). Put a pin as a marker on the crease at each end.


 Step 4: Make your Decal Stencil

Now, if you want you could print a stencil. It may be easier and save you time but for my purposes and being a university student without a printer; I decided to take the more creative route and free hand my stencil.

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Step 5: Transfer your Stencil on to Decal Fabric

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Step 6: Pin Decal to Pillow Case

Mark the center of your pillow case on the front side , right side of the fabric (The outer layer of the fabric that isn’t folded). This is when those pins come in handy. Between those two pins, you have the center of the pillow!

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Step 7: Sew Around the Outer Edges of the Decal

Attach the decal to the pillow case by putting the wrong side of the deer to the right side of the pillow fabric and following around the edges about a half a centimeter to a centimeter away from the edge of the decal!


Step 8: Sew Top/Bottom of PillowCase

Fold your pillow case inside-out and sew the top and bottom together leaving the center finished seams open.

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Step 9: Square the Corners

To prevent the corners of your pillow from poking out you can sew across them in a diagonal line and cut of the excess fabric!

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Hope you liked this DIY! What type of decal would you put on a pillow? If you decide to make a version shoot me a message! I’d love to put a few readers’ examples on the blog 🙂



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