I’ve found myself smiling like crazy over the simplest of pleasures this week: the first chewy molasses cookie of the season, the cool breeze wafting through the Rumpus Room windows, an afternoon crafting fall decorations, my favorite coffee cup…
Since simple pleasures are my favorite kind of pleasures, why not devote an entire blog series to simple things guaranteed to deliver a smile? That sounds simply divine if you ask me. 🙂
To start us off, here is my new favorite fabric trick: giving old, blah textiles a Sharpie fabric makeover…
Sharpie Fabric Makeover
Three years ago, I snagged this duvet cover from the bargain bin at IKEA for just $6!
Three years later, unfortunately, I was still trying to find a place for it.
In need of pillows for the newly painted couches in our Rumpus Room, I began rummaging through my fabric stash when suddenly (!) I remembered the duvet. Unfortunately, the dull print looked washed out against the gray couches.
“This fabric looks like a coloring book,” I said out loud.
And then I had an idea!
Two Sharpies and four pillow cases later (I only colored the front part), I had just the pop of color I wanted.
And if I need to wash these suckers, no problem, because the ink is fade and water resistant.
Want to give some blah fabric your own sharpie makeover?
All you need is:
- Sharpie felt-tip permanent markers
- a large square of cardboard
- some plain fabric
Before coloring, drape your fabric over the sheet of cardboard so the ink doesn’t bleed through. Once you’ve colored to your heart’s content, allow the ink to dry for several minutes before using however you want.
If you wish, click here for my equally simple pillow case tutorial.
Cleaning instructions: Handwash fabric in cold water with a mild detergent.
I’d originally had my eye on this gorgeous Mediterranean tile pillow from Pier 1, but I wasn’t willing to cough up $20 for it.
Instead, I spent less than $10 for four pillows, and I’m equally pleased with the results of this quick Sharpie fabric makeover. (Did I ever mention that saving money by using what I already have also makes me smile?)