Personalized pillows using Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium

Make personalized pillows with Mod Podge photo transfer mediumI may have a problem with Instagram, in that I’ve used it to take TONS of pictures of my pets. So if you are are following my stream and think “this lady is crazy,”, I’m sorry. Guilty as charged! The only problem I have with all of these Instagrams is that they just sit on my phone, and I never (rarely?) do anything with them. This projects applies to those Instagrams (or any smartphone photos, really). I also love those old Polaroids that my parents have that just sit in the drawer, so here’s a chance to pull those out too. And what do you use to make them? Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium. It’s an awesome product, seriously. And here’s how you do it.

Gather These Supplies

  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
  • Computer with a dry toner printer or copies made on regular paper (not photo paper)
  • Photos of your choice
  • Fabric – I used white cotton for the front of the pillows and patterned scraps for the back
  • Pillow fill
  • Sewing machine with thread
  • Needle and thread
  • Foam brush
  • Mod Podge silicone mat
  • Sponge and water

IMG_7071Print out your favorite photos – in the size that you want for your pillow. I scanned in some old Polaroids and enlarged them . . . and I also created a photo mosaic using some Instagrams.

Print out the images on a dry toner printer or get copies made. I recommend testing all inkjet printers before doing your photo transfer. Wash and dry your fabric and iron it. I used white cotton fabric for the photo transfer because I wanted the photo sto show up vibrantly.

IMG_7072Apply a medium layer of Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium to the front of the image that you would like to transfer. You need to apply enough so that you cannot see the image. I used a cereal box part to cover my surface, but I recommend a silicone mat instead.

IMG_7073Quickly put the covered image face down onto the white fabric and smooth. Wipe away any photo transfer medium that squeezes out the sides. Repeat for remaining photos. Let dry for at least 24 hours (this is really important!).

When the 24 hours is over, wet the paper slightly with water and rub the paper off of the photo transfer. Repeat until all of the paper is rubbed off of the transfer and then let dry. Make sure to read the package instructions.

IMG_7074Place the photo transfer face down onto the right side of the fabric that you are going to use for the pillow and sew, leaving a small hole so that you can pull it inside out.

IMG_7075Turn the pillow inside out so that the photo transfer is now on the outside of the pillow. Stuff the pillow with the fill until you are satisfied with the size. Make sure to stuff into the corners. Fold the edges of the hole over and use the needle and thread to close (you can use a sewing machine as well).

Make personalized pillows with Mod Podge photo transfer mediumDisplay your pillows or give them as gifts. Be a weird dog (or cat) lady like me and make tons with your animals on them. They are so fun to create!


    • says

      Hi Lorimae! You can – just follow the washing instructions on the bottle (which I don’t have here to look at for you).

  1. jAKE says

    I am really wanting to try something like this on a canvas shoe! Would it work even though its slightly curved?

  2. May says


    I would like to know where I can buy Mod Podge in Thailand (Bangkok area).
    Or online.
    Big thanks!


  3. mahree says

    many years back Dulux paints had a product called Hodge Podge where you could transfer pics to walls and other hard surfaces, I assume this product is an extension of that idea? So where does one buy it in Australia? I have soooo many cute cat pics to use lol

  4. Pearl says

    I have tried this process with liquitex, but it leaves my fabric quite stiff, is it the same result with MP? Any tips on not losing the softness of fabrics in the process?

    • says

      Hi Pearl! My pillows are very flexible with the photo transfer medium. I mean, it’s not completely soft, but soft enough and I don’t feel like they are stiff at all!

  5. Sharon says

    I just tried the photo transfer onto white fabric. I waited 24 hours to start removing the paper. On all 3 photos, parts of the photo are coming off. I am not rubbing hard. Am I doing something wrong??

    • says

      Hi Sharon! The fabric should probably be washed and dried to remove sizing (that could be an issue). Also using enough photo transfer medium. Do you feel like these two things might contribute?

      • Sharon says

        I dont think so.. I used a cotton pillow case that I have had for some time. It was washed, dried and ironed prior to application. i could not see the image after I applied the medium so I feel that i did use enough. Perhaps I should have waited longer than 24 hrs??