Quote Pillow DIY

Tennessee is known for three main things: Jack Daniels, Moon Pies & Country Music. Yeehaw, y’all. Even though I live just a bit outside of Nashville, it’s the closest main city – and because no one in their right mind would ever want to come to my tiny little town, when folks ask I always say I live in Nashville. It’s our main city, so it feels like home to me. I never feel like a tourist, and we rarely, if ever, do touristy things when in the ‘Ville. Any time I fly, as soon as we hit the tarmack at BNA, I always feel like I’m home.

So when Beckie at Infarrantly Creative asked me to join in her State Pride Tour, I knew exactly how I’d represent one of the friendliest states in the nation: by giving props to a country music icon. Hank Williams is one of the grandaddies of country music, and every honky tonk in Nashville is filled with hopeful stars singing his music, trying to make their way to the top. If you’re stopping by from my Kentucky neighbor Beneath My Heart, welcome! If you haven’t seen her post, be sure to stop over and say “Hey!”

state inspired quote pillow


Hey! That’s a good lookin’ pillow! Wanna make it?


silhouette pillow project


You will need:

Flock Iron On (but you could totally use the FREE sheet of iron on vinyl from my friends at Happy Crafters)

Silhouette or other craft cutter machine

Hook Tool

And a Pillow Cover (either buy one or make one yourself with my easy pillow cover tutorial.)

Time Needed: Under an hour

silhouette cameo project


First, load up your machine with the heat transfer project (I used about 1/2 a sheet).

state pillow with silhouette

Then, inside your Silhouette software, lay out your words to the size you need. Be sure to invert them so it will give a reverse print. Then cut out the pattern with the machine.

quote pillow tutorial

After it’s cut, then use the hook tool to help peel away the negative material, so you get a clean cut.

quote pillow project

The flocking takes a little work to get it all out, but work patiently, it’ll all come off the backing material.

quote pillow project tutorial

After you have the image the way you want, put it face down onto the pillow cover and iron right over the backing material. Don’t worry, it won’t melt it! It does take a lot longer than you think, though – so keep ironing for a few minutes. If you check and it still peels up the wording, just put it back down and keep on ironing with good pressure.

easy pillow idea

When it’s ready, the clear sheet will peel right off, leaving your letters in place.

hey! that's a good lookin pillow

Then, put your insert in and it’s finished! Super simple, huh? Love me a good quote pillow DIY!

State Pride Week

Want more state inspired projects? There’s a whole plethora of them waiting for you to check them all out and be amazed at the state love creativityincluding the next stop: the always awesome Just A Girl.

*Thanks to Happy Crafters for partnering with me on this post. As always, all ideas and opinions are 100% my own.*

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. LOVE this :-). Now I need to find a deal, sale etc on a silhouette!! Finally ready to buy one!! Yay!!

  2. Love your project Gina, very fitting! 🙂 Have you been to Antique Archeology’s shop out there? Would love to be able to see that 🙂

  3. That is so cute Gina! I also live in Tennessee about 5 hours from Nashville – 2 hours from Knoxville. Have a great day!

  4. I have the original silhouette and have never tried the fabric cutting. I may have to give this flocking a try. I’m thinking of all the pillows etc. I could make now.

  5. I LOVE THIS! I absolutely adore anything with words (I was an English teacher for years – go figure). I’d always wondered how to put them on pillows. Granted, I don’t have the right equipment, but it’s good to know that it can be done. Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a ” good lookin’ ” pillow Gina !!!
    Way up here in Montreal – believe it or not – I was raised on Country music lol


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