Craft: Easy to make personalized pillow covers.

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This sweet project makes a perfect gift for anyone in your family or circle of friends. You can quickly stitch any word onto as many or as few pillows as you like — and you can use either throw pillows for the couch or bed pillows.

Gather:

• Solid-colored pillowcases

• Mix-and-match fabrics

• Scissors

• Embroidery floss

• Needle

• Pins

• Ruler

• Pencil or fabric marker

Create:

I found my two pillowcases at the flea market. I like them because they have a light touch of multicolored embroidery at the edges, which coordinates with the fabric I will use for the letters.

Measure the height and width of your pillowcases. You want your letters to fit about 2 inches in from the edges.

Lay out your coordinating fabrics right side up. Sketch your letters a little larger than you would like, and cut right inside your pencil line. My letters are about 2 inches thick, but you can choose any style you like, as long as the shape is not too narrow.

Cut out your letters and arrange them on the pillowcases. Be sure there will be even spacing between the letters when the pillows are put on the bed. Pin them in place.

Thread your needle in a fun, coordinating color of embroidery floss. Using a simple running stitch, hand-sew around each letter about a quarter-inch from the raw edge.

Take out the pins and test out your new pillowcases.

Make these simple pillowcases, and slip them on your loved one’s bed pillows on your anniversary for a delightful surprise. They will also look nice on your child’s bed. Spell something different, and give one to a friend.

You can make these pillows as simple or as complex as you like, and if the letters are a bit misshapen and imperfect, well, they’re handmade, for sure!

Take your project a step further by adding embroidery — appliqué flowers, hearts or animals. These pillows are fun to make and even more fun to receive.

Dena Fishbein is the designer and artist behind many home, gift and paper products found at your favorite stores. To ask her how to embellish anything, visit her blog at denadesigns.com.