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Beach Pillow Cover

Beach Pillow Cover made easy!

It’s almost time to break out the bikini’s – NOT!

But it is time to start thinking about  the summer pillow covers. I know that’s been weighing heavy on your mind.
While several of you are waiting for the snow to melt, we’ve been having 80° days and that can only mean one thing,  there’s a new pillow in town and I just had to show you.

It was so easy to make, it made me feel invincible. I mean how many times have you had success with an iron-on…me never!

I  may be a little obsessed with thoughts of what am I going to put on the next pillow?

Beach Inspired - Lantern

Beach Pillow - Crab

I thought about a shell, an octopus but settled on a crab.  Honestly, I may make all of those!

Beach Inspired Pillow Cover

Beach Inspired - Pillow Crab

I am a member of FPHS (Feather Pillow Hoarding Society). As a firm believer of having way too many pillows, I had to come up with a way to refresh what I already had.  After several hours of research I found a way to satisfy my love for the sea and another way to cover one of the few thousand feather pillows that I own.

Here’s what I used:

Crab Graphic from Graphic’s Fairy

Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Paper 18-Sheet Pack: 18 Iron-on Image Transfer Sheets 8.5 x 11 ($1.59 per sheet- this is an affiliate link)

Pillow Cover from Hobby Lobby ($4.99 at half off)


What I did:

1. Downloaded the crab graphic to my computer. (I can get lost at The Graphics Fairy, so many graphics to choose from.)

2. Load the TAP transfer paper according to the directions in my inkjet printer.

3. Print and trim

4. Iron on…

The directions are easy to follow and the transfer looks amazing!  I have used iron on transfers before and never liked the way they looked. I can say that I love this transfer paper and have several projects in mind for it!

Beach Inspired - Crab Pillow

My confidence level was so high,

there’s was nothing slowing me down…

I created another beach inspired  graphic with words on it.  I printed and trimmed with great precision, heated up the iron and ruined a perfect burlap pillow cover…I should have mirrored the design.  All the words were backwards, but that dang transfer paper was perfect!  I may just use it anyway and act like I meant to do it!

Beachy Pillow Cover #diy Sharing: Tatertots and Jello


  1. Love your pillow! and I would like to try the paper too. I have tried other iron on papers but my graphic had intricate detail and could not trim the background away. Do you think this one would work without showing where it was not trimmed?

    • Inka, I can only vouch for my experience. You should read the reviews on Amazon or where ever and see what everyone has to say.
      Have a great weekend,

      • Hi Debbie,

        From the previous question, it sounds like you trimmed the crab precisely? I had the same type of question and saw your reply where you stated, “from my experience”. So I guess I am just wondering how exact you were, the crab looks like it might be hard to trim perfectly (at least for me) :).

  2. LOVE! Can’t wait to try my hand at this 😉

  3. Debbie, I just love this! You have the best pillows, I’m still thinking about the turtle ones you had too. 🙂

    • Thanks Sharon! Have a great weekend!

      • Hi Debbie, I made a pillow of my own this weekend and posted it to my blog today and I just love it! Thank you so much for the inspiration and for sharing how you made this, I am linking over to this blog post for people to get instructions to make their own.

        Thanks again, Sharon

  4. Hi Debbie, The pillow turned out wonderful and I love the crab!

  5. Will have to try this. Seems much easier to use than other messy techniques .

  6. This is SO cute Debbie!! I almost bought that pillow cover to add a design as well. I haven’t tried the transfer, sounds easy enough!

  7. I have used that paper and it is awesome! (although my last project I used it on was a fail but I think it’s because the paper was old)
    I LOVE, LOVE your crab!! And boo on the reverse image! Sounds like something I would do too, for sure!! 😉


  8. you should , you skimpy bikini southern woman! I love this pillow. I have never done this process before, I always think it is more difficult then it probably is.

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