Design Half-Drop Repeat Patterns (Using Your Own Brush Strokes) to Print on Pillow Covers

Annette B., Pattern Design + Lettering + DIY Projects

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12 Videos (36m)
    • 1 Introduction

    • 2 Supplies + ThePrintful

    • 3 Painting Brushstrokes

    • 4 Digitizing Brushstrokes

    • 5 Color Considerations

    • 6 Pillow Template + Art Board Prep

    • 7 Tidy Up Brushstrokes + Create Motif

    • 7b Creating the Pattern - Method 1

    • 7c Creating the Pattern Method 2 Pattern Tool

    • 8 Mockup Overview

    • 8b Saving the File

    • 9 Thank You + Your Project


About This Class


According to WGSN trend reports, more and more people are creating and commissioning their own products, especially ones for their homes.


And one of the design trends for spring/summer 2017 is a small-scale repeat pattern in subdued hues, mostly muted pastels. Geometric blocked compositions are another trend this year.


I thought we’d combine these trends to create half-drop repeat pattern pillow covers using our own brushstrokes. We’ll use the transform options within Adobe Illustrator to create a motif from our brushstrokes. And I’ll show you two methods for creating the half-drop pattern where objects are placed halfway down vertically in relation to one another.


There are a number of options for having your pillow cover printed, and I’ll refer you to a company that can print and sew your pillow cover for you at a reasonable price.


This class was designed for individuals who have a basic understanding of how to create brushstrokes and some familiarity with Adobe Illustrator.


For your class project, I ask that you share an image of your original brushstrokes, your final motif, and one repeat pattern created using your unique motif.


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Alternatives to

These companies will print and sew pillow covers for you as well. Please know that they might require different file specifications. I believe these two companies only print on one side of the pillow.

7 of 7 students recommendSee All

Annette not only knows illustrator she's a wonderful designer. I highly recommend this class.
Linda Smith

I love art.

Love this very creative process. Got me thinking about some ideas with brush strokes. This class was informative and loaded with easy instructions. Thank you.
Renee Robinson

"Don't just survive or thrive, Flourish."





Annette B.

Pattern Design + Lettering + DIY Projects