Birth Announcement Pillow

Today I thought I would show you a personalized project that you can make for a new mom.   It is an adorable birth announcement pillow that I found at Uncommon Goods. With the Silhouette Cameo machine this project is so simple to make.   It is like subway art on a pillow.  If you don’t have a  digital  cutting machine you can order the iron on vinyl here, or the stencil here from Say it on the Wall.

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Silhouette Cameo


Vinyl transfer

fabric ink

paint brush

sewing machine with coordinating thread


fabric (I chose canvas)

12” x 12” pillow insert


1.   I started out in my Silhouette studio program designing the words for the pillow.   I used Arial and Arial Black for my font.

Silhouette Studio Screenshot

2.   Next I cut out the vinyl with my Silhouette studio program and used the hook to remove all the letters from the backing.   Then with fabric transfer tape I transferred the vinyl onto a 13” x 13” piece of fabric and burnished (rubbed and pressed hard) it down so I wouldn’t have any paint leakage.

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3.   Then I painted the fabric ink onto the letters.   You can also use fabric medium mixed with acrylic paint.   I let it dry for about 5 minutes and then put another coat on.   When using light ink on darker fabric I always do two coats.

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4.   When it was dry I pulled all the vinyl off of the fabric.   Then using a press cloth I ironed it to set the ink.

5.   I cut two more pieces of my fabric to 9” x 13”.   I pressed under the long edge 1/4” and then 1/2” and then sewed it down.   I did that to both pieces.

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6.   Then I laid my painted fabric face up and laid the two other pieces overlapping on top of that (right side facing the painted fabric).   Then I pinned it all in place.

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7.   Then I sewed all the way around the edge using a 3/8” seam.   I clipped the corners and turned it right side out.   Then I slipped a 12” x 12” pillow form inside.

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Wouldn’t any mom of a new baby love to receive a personalized birth announcement pillow in the color scheme of the baby’s room?

If you would like to make one yourself you can order a custom vinyl or stencil here from Say it on the Wall.

I need to highlight more of Lori Blom’s pillows.   She has a ton more than what is sold at Uncommon Goods.   She has a truckload of awesome personalized pillows and even a pet line.   Go check out her amazing designs at Uptown Artwork.weddingringlg1



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