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These diy pillow covers are easily made with a bit of paint and alcohol. Yes, alcohol. It gives the project this cool watercolor effect that you just have to try!

Posted by Motte from Berlin, Berlin, Germany • Published See Motte's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a painted cushion. Watercolor Pillow Cover - Step 1
    Step 1

    Before getting started, place a thick sheet of cardboard in between the two layers of the pillow case to keep the colors from bleeding through to the back of the pillow.

    Then, draw simple geometric shapes onto a plain white pillow case with colored markers. Make sure the pillow case has been ironed and the markers are not permanent.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Watercolor Pillow Cover - Step 2
    Step 2

    Afterwards, simply add a few drops of rubbing alcohol.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Watercolor Pillow Cover - Step 3
    Step 3

    Watch the colors blend into one another and spread across the fabric creating a watercolor effect.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Watercolor Pillow Cover - Step 4
    Step 4

    Once you have finished, let dry completely and iron to set the color.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Watercolor Pillow Cover - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use a black fabric pen to draw on the outlines of yout motif.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Watercolor Pillow Cover - Step 6
    Step 6

    It helps to place a drawing of the motif underneath the top layer of the pillow case. This also makes it easier to figure out the placing of the motif. However, I find it looks best if you try not to ovethink it and the two layers don't line up perfectly.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Watercolor Pillow Cover - Step 7
    Step 7

    Lastly, iron once more to set all the colors.

    Have a seat and make yourself at home!

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wendy h.
wendy h.
How would you wash something like this?
Motte
Motte · Berlin, Berlin, DE · 8 projects
If you use fabric pens it should be washable anyway - just make sure to read the label.
In any case, make sure to iron well, it sets the color. And to be extra careful, I'd go for the "handwash" program on your mashine!
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