diy mudcloth pillow

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i have been wanting to make little updates to our apartment ever since the wedding ended and we decided we’d hold off a tiny bit for house hunting — and i’ve been searching for new throw pillows everywhere. i’ve wanted a mudcloth pillow for a few years now, but have never taken the plunge to just get one. so natch, i decided to make my own.

there are no process shots for this DIY, because it’s pretty self explanatory. you draw on a pillow for crying out loud.

a light colored pillowcase + a permanent fabric marker

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 lay out your pillowcase on a piece of thick foamcore or cardboard. tape down the edges, and stick some cardboard in the pillowcase to prevent bleeding through to the other side.
02. choose your design and practice. (i bought two pillowcases in case, and i blew it on the first one in about 2 minutes because i didn’t practice. my marker was too thick and i was working too low to see if i was drawing straight.)
03. decide how much width you want for each row. tape off every few inches (or whatever width you’d like each row) and draw within the guides. this is something i also learned after i messed up the first pillow.

mine still looks wonky and i messed up the pattern a few times, but i love the look of it.

diy mudcloth pillows | almost makes perfect

this pillow on the left is the other side of the first pillow. the marker was clearly much thicker and made it hard to do intricate patterns. so use a thinner marker, you guys.

also, if you’re watching a good tv show or movie while you do it, try not to pay attention to it even if it’s super good, because you have to focus on the pattern OK?! i learned that the hard way.

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  1. Molly, you’re amazing, and this is the best DIY I’ve ever seen! : )

    1. thank you susan! i think YOU are amazing! x

  2. you are one hilarious chick and i wish we were friends. friends that could make bad ass pillows together. I have always wanted a mud cloth pillow too but I am wishing for a black one. did you use linen?? do you think this could work in black?? keep these crafts coming! between the moon phases and this you have already saved me big bucks. many thanks!!

    1. let’s be friends! i actually tried black years ago with a bleach pen, but it looked pretty wonky. 🙁

    2. I loved the black kind myself and instead of messing with markers I used really thick string to embroider on my design and it looks awesome!

  3. I’m kinda in love with your blog template. so clean, so perfect.

    1. thank you!! i sell blog themes at (we’re about to relaunch a new site!)

      1. I know! I went to the website and saw you were making some changes. I’ll keep a look on it!

  4. Been wanting to try this! Where did you get your pillow cases?

    1. they’re $7 from ikea!

  5. This turned out beautiful! I totally thought it was real mudcloth until I read the post and saw you drew the pattern yourself. So cool!

  6. gabriele pieper says:

    I´m gabriele from vienna. I love the pillows and I love the thing on the wall….can I buy it or is it self-made?
    love from vienna gabriele

      1. gabriele pieper says:

        Thank you! I love your DIY Ideas, so beautiful.

  7. Hey! I’m so going to try this, thanks!- and where did you get that white-rope dreamcatcher? I seriously NEED one.

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