I 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. These photo pillows apply 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 these photo pillows? Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium. It's an awesome product, seriously. And here's how you do it.
Photo Pillows with Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
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
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 photos to show up vibrantly.
Apply 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.
Quickly 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.
Turn 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).
If you love these photo pillows, check out these other projects using Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium: