Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Personalized finger-printed envelope star pillows are an easy and fun gift item to make. My boys and I enjoyed making these pillows for their home room teachers. We got the idea from Cristina’s beautiful seaside themed thumb print pillows.

Materials:

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

  • Fabric (I used bleached and washed leftover drop cloths)
  • Pillow insert
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Freezer Paper
  • Fabric Paint
  • X-acto knife
  • Small Flat Brush
  • Permanent Marker
  • Scissors
  • Piping (here’s the tutorial to make your own piping)

Instructions:

Cut your front fabric with 1 inch excess around the pillow form. Cut the two back pieces of fabric with a 1 inch excess on all sides, plus allow for a 3″ overlap in the center.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

 

Fingerprinted Star Tutorial:

Here’s a great way to customize your pillow for the recipient. Let your little ones finger-print inside the star.

Materials:

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Instructions:

Print out this Star Template. Lay freezer paper on top of the star print out and cut around the star with the x-acto knife and metal ruler.

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Center the freezer paper star on the pillow front.

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Iron the freezer paper to the fabric using a medium heat setting. The paper will lightly adhere to the fabric, but will be able to be removed easily.

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Pour some fabric paint into a plate or tray. Let your kids dip their fingers in the paint and fill in the star shape with paint.

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After the paint has dried, gently peel off the freezer paper.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Outline your star with a darker color and the flat brush.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

 

Sewing an Envelope Pillow:

Fold over one side of the two back pillow pieces. Fold again and iron.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Stitch along the folded edge of the two back flaps for a finished edge.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Lay your pillow front right side up on a flat surface. Line the raw edge of the piping against the top edge of the pillow front.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Sandwich the piping by laying the back panels (right sides down) on top of the piping and pillow front.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Snip the raw edge of the piping at the corners to help the piping turn easier.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Pin the pillow “sandwich” together.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Use a zipper foot on your sewing machine and stitch along the outside edge of the pillow snug up against the piping.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

You will most likely have to hand stitch where the piping beginning and ends overlap because it will be too bulky to fit under the sewing machine foot.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Trim off any excess raw edge.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Turn the pillow right side out.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Sign the back of the pillow with a Sharpie Stained (or permanent marker.)

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Insert the pillow form and the pillow is done! This is a great gift item. Grandparents, teachers or even your child would love to have a personalized finger-printed pillow.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Want more sewing gift ideas? This gallery is full of easy sewing projects.

Or choose one of these 21 Sew Easy Gift Ideas!

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9 replies
  1. Scott Williams
    Scott Williams says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. Tried it with the kids but unfortunately ending up finishing it on my own because they got restless and wanted to go play on their IPAD’s. Ahh miss the good ole days lol… Anyways please share more of these. It was great 🙂

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