It’s Lauren from Blooming Leopold, here with my first sewing DIY post on Drifter & the Gypsy!
Today I’m skipping the sewing in favor of a fabric paint DIY. Neil and I just bought a new couch and needed some new pillows for it, so I bought a white cotton cushion cover from Ikea and set about painting it with a geometric pattern. This tutorial will also work on a tea towel or even a blouse, so feel free to be creative with it.
What you need for this project – fabric paint (I used Speedball black and Pebeo gold), painters or masking tape, paint brush, an iron, and your cushion cover or tea towel. Use this project on a natural fabric like linen or cotton for best results.
This project has only 3 steps!
1. Start taping your fabric. To create a geometric pattern, simply layer long strips of tape in straight lines from different angles, overlapping one another and creating shapes in the process… triangles, rectangles, hexagons, etc. I also outlined the cover in tape at the stitching so the edges wouldn’t have any paint on them.
2. Paint! If you’re painting a cover, line the inside with cardboard or kraft paper to make sure the paint doesn’t leak through to the other side. Allow to dry for at least an hour. Once dry, pull off the tape.
3. Speedball and Pebeo are both heat-set paints, so they require an iron to make the paint permanent – the instructions say to iron the wrong side of the fabric once the project is dry, but I like to iron over a scrap bit of fabric (muslin) on the right side instead. Either way works. Make sure to let the iron sit on every inch of the cover for a few seconds.
And it’s done! Hope this helps you out with an afternoon project, and feel free to post questions or comments below. See you guys next month! – Lauren
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