The night after we moved my Granddad into his new place, we were talking about what was left to do to make it really feel like home for him.  Since he got all new bedding for both his room and the guest room, Mom asked if I could make him a little decorative pillow to add some interest to the brown comforter.

I’ll totally admit that this is one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done, and contemplated not even posting about it, but it’s for Granddad, so of course I would!  I’m not sure he even reads this, but if he does then he’ll get a kick out of it.

Hand Painted Monogram Pillow

What you’ll need:

  • Pillow case
  • Fabric paint
  • Paint brush

Originally we talked about painting on a burlap pillow, similar to one I’ve done before, but while I was at Hobby Lobby one afternoon I checked out their pillow cases and found one I thought would be perfect.  I got the pillowcase, some navy blue fabric paint, and was ready to go.

First, I figured out what I wanted the P to look like.  I decided to base it on the capital P in Lobster font (which kinda looks like the Pinterest P in hindsight), and I drew it on the pillow case in pencil.

gdad01Then I used the navy blue fabric paint to paint the P.  Since I’m a perfectionist, this took a little longer than it should have, and I ended up doing 2 coats to get even coloring.


Once it dried, the pillowcase was done!  The rule of thumb with fabric paint is to let it totally dry for at last 24 hours, and not to wash it for 72 hours.


gdad05Now I just need to mail the pillow case to Pegs so she can bring it up to Granddad — I should also mail Lauren’s frame too, oops.  I can’t wait to see a picture of it in his new apartment!

Another project down, and I completed this in only 2 hours on a Sunday night.  I loved making something for Granddad’s new place, and it was cool making it for him on the table from their old house that I refinished!

Update: Mom sent me a (blurry) picture of the pillow on Granddad’s bed.  So happy he loves it, and has been telling everyone about it!


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