**Not feeling particularly crafty today? By popular demand, I am now selling these pillowcases in my Etsy shop!**
I came up with this idea a few months back, and had already purchased two inexpensive white pillow cases at Target. Being snowed in today, and knowing that this was a more in-depth project than some of the others I’ve done for Thing-a-Day so far, I thought it was a good chance to work on it.
I’ve used this technique many times before, on t-shirts, sweatshirts, onesies, etc. It works best on smooth fabric (I once tried it on fleece, and the paint bled quite a bit).
The first step is to pick your image and tape it to a surface you can cut on. The more simple the image, the better. In this case, I’m using retro eyeglasses images.
Next, cut a piece of freezer paper a bit bigger on all sides than your image. Tape it shiny side down over your image.
Using an x-acto knife, cut around your image, beginning with the interior cuts. Be sure to keep any interior pieces that you cut out. Remember that the image itself (the black parts) are what you will be throwing away. Anything that is white in your original image will be used to recreate that image later.
After your cuts are complete, place the negative image on your fabric. Using a hot iron with no steam, carefully iron over the stencil, focusing on the edges. Once the outer image is secure, place and iron in the interior pieces.
Now, usually I would use fabric paint for a project like this, but unfortunately, it wasn’t until this point in the process that I thought to check and see if I had and black left. And I didn’t. Luckily, I did have some cheap black craft paint, and it seems to have worked fine. Using a sponge or stippling brush, fill in your stencil. Depending on the color of your fabric and the color of your paint, it may take several coats. In this case, it only took one.
Once the paint is completely dry, carefully peel off the stencil. You can use the x-acto knife to get under the interior pieces.
I love how these look in my new bedroom!
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