The second half of the school year is usually the hardest for my kids, going back to school after break can be hard. They’re really excited at the beginning of the school year and are really good about doing homework and getting chores done that are related to school, but that seems to change the second half of the year. I decided it would be fun to Decorate a Pillow Using Fabric Markers to remind them of their school related chores and give them a little fun motivation. The reminders are right in their face since it’s on the pillowcase, so hopefully no more excuses.

Decorate a Pillow Using Fabric Markers

I was so excited when I found these Stained by Sharpie Brush Tip Fabric Markers at Staples. Wow, that’s a mouth full. I just wanted to let you know the full name in case you wanted to pick some up on your next trip out. They really are fun to create with.

Here are just a few items you’ll need to make the pillow cases:

Stained by Sharpie Brush Tip Fabric Markers
Pillowcases (wash before creating)
Poster Board (to prevent bleed thru)

Checklist Pillowcase with Stained by Sharpie

Let’s get started! Cut the poster board a fraction of a size smaller than the pillowcase then slide it into the pillowcase to prevent the markers from bleeding through to the other side. I used the same poster board for all 3 pillow cases.

Checklist Pillowcase prep

I started by making a morning and night schedule on one side of the pillowcase. Most of the list was the same for all the kids but there were a few differences. Some of the things I included were: make lunch, check homework, prepare backpack, lay out clothes, shower, comb hair, brush teeth, eat breakfast. Of course, you would make the checklist for your child’s needs.

Checklist Pillowcase back

I let the kids pick the colors they wanted for their pillowcase and I just free-handed the lettering. You could use stencils or vinyl as a guide if you wanted to be more precise. Since the markers have a brush tip you can hold the markers one way for a thin line and the other way for a thick line.

Checklist Pillowcase writing

I made a clock on 2 of the pillowcases to represent what time they had to get up in the morning (just a little friendly reminder).

Checklist Pillowcase clock

Here are the pillowcases. Each one has a saying or something on the front and a checklist on the back. I wish there were some way they could actually check the boxes and erase them every day. Bummer!

Checklist Pillowcases front and back

I am so pleased with how bright the markers are. I was worried the design wouldn’t show up well, but they turned out great.

Checklist Pillowcases

I made the pillowcases to reflect their personalities. Ammon’s says, Hey You Sleepy Head Wake Up Wake Up Get Out of Bed, since he’s always the last one up.

Checklist Pillowcase Ammon

Emilee’s says, Wake Up and Live Your Dreams. She chose the colors pink and black to match her room.

Checklist Pillowcase Emilee

Zach’s says, Early to Bed, Early to Rise (he has the easiest time getting up in the morning). The pillowcases are easy to care for. Wash on delicate or hand wash cycle and line dry to keep their vibrate colors.

Checklist Pillowcase for Zach

I think I’m ready to try the Stained by Sharpie Markers on more projects now. Are you ready to try them? You can save 35% off all regularly priced Sharpie products at Staples the entire week of January 24th. While Supplies Last! A lot of teachers are in need of more supplies after the kids head back to school after break. This week is the perfect time to purchase those supplies while they’re on sale.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa January 25, 2016 at 5:09 am

Really cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

Anna January 25, 2016 at 3:10 pm

So cute! Love this idea!


Holly January 25, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Super great idea Leanne! Love Sharpie markers!

Meegan January 25, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Your pillows cases are darling. The markers look so easy to work with. Thanks for sharing. I will be heading to Staples soon.

Stacy Risenmay January 25, 2016 at 7:53 pm

Such a cute idea!
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Laura January 25, 2016 at 8:27 pm

Such a neat idea and I am blown away by how nice your printing is!!
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Julie January 26, 2016 at 10:15 am

What a lovely idea and the vibrancy of the pens looks great.
Could your lad stick stickers to “check” the boxes or add little tiny bits of velcro so he could add felt ticks? Or would that actually slow him down too much of a morning and defeat the object!
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kaysi January 26, 2016 at 11:45 am

these are so great and I love your handwriting, it’s so pretty!
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Steph @ Crafting in the Rain January 27, 2016 at 7:28 pm

Fabulous! I love all the sayings you put on them, and those look like the coolest markers :)
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