South African Inspired Pillowcase Craft Project

South African inspired handprinted pillowcase craft project | Kids Stuff World Batik Inspired printing for kids Someone has been pretty excited around here lately. We’ve had a slew of arts and crafts projects on the books, and this little art lover has been in pure heaven!

This south african inspired, batik handprinted pillowcase craft project was no exception, she had such a great time creating this.

We started with a $2 white pillowcase from Wal-Mart. We still had some airbrush paint cans left over from her zebra fashionista birthday party last month (more info on this coming soon!). I also found this at Wal-Mart, in the tie dye aisle. It took one whole can ($5) to paint the pillow purple. (Note: I didn’t let her do this step, it’s a lot like spray paint. I did this outside, in the grass)

Next came the hard part, finding objects around the house to create our designs with. We tested dozens of toys, even fruits and vegetables before settling on our printing pieces – a flower punched mason jar lid, a skewer, some old paint daubers we love from the dollar store or Target dollar bin (I can’t remember), a wine cork,  left over plastic Easter eggs, and some “found things” from our treasure walks. Not pictured was our favorite piece, a found thing, shaped like a flower petal that made the biggest impact on our print.

We began using only fabric paint, but got bored quickly with our limited color palette. I mixed some craft paints with our fabric paint … time will tell how it stands up to washing.

We worked in layers, pressing our tools into the paint being careful not to use too much at a time, then pressing our shapes and tools on the fabric. When one round dried, we’d come back take another look, then and add some more colors, patterns, and shapes until we were happy with our results.

I think she’s already plotting our next project …. still covered in paint from the last one — oh how I love this girl!

This project was created especially for Tea Collection for Destination: South Africa, their amazing line for Spring/Summer 2013. We were thrilled to work with them on this, and hope you enjoyed it too.


Stacy is seeing the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of her children. She writes about the little things, the big things and all the “stuff” in between at Kids Stuff World.

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  1. says

    Thanks Carla, we had so much fun working on this together! I think these last few weeks have convinced me we need MUCH more mommy/daughter craft time.

  2. says

    This looked like so much fun. I remember making pillow cases with my Mom when I was little so I bet your daughter will too! And I have to add that the photos look great! I’m proud of you!

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