How to Make a Photo Pillow Craft

Turn a beloved photo into a sweet and simple decorative pillow using just a few craft supplies.

make a pillow out of a photo


  • Computer printer or color copier
  • Photo
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Needle and Thread


Step 1: Using your computer and printer or a color copier, copy or enlarge photo so it is roughly 7" high. Print photo onto transfer paper. Cut out the portion of the image you want to feature on the pillow. 

Step 2: Iron transfer onto a square or rectangular piece of fabric, following manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure you have at least 2" of extra fabric around the image. 

Step 3: Stack printed fabric, image up, on top of another piece of fabric; pin together. Cut around image, leaving a 1½" seam allowance. 

Step 4: Re-pin fabric together, image facing in. Stitch pieces together, leaving a 2" opening at bottom. Turn right side out. Fill with beans, then stitch closed.