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DIY: Ikat-Inspired Throw Pillow

A couple of weeks ago, I bought Bryce a box of pastel colors. When I saw him doodling earlier, I suddenly missed my coloring book days. It would probably be too silly if I bought one for myself (pretending that it’s for Bryce) but I remember buying this fabric crayons in National Bookstore months ago out of curiosity.

It looks like pastel colors but can be applied on fabric, then ironed on to make it permanent. I tried it already on black fabric thinking it might work despite the instruction saying “use on white or light colored fabric.” Before ironing, the colors looked ok, but after, uhhh… I should have followed the instruction instead. Anyway, it’s a perfect tool for satisfying my coloring book craving. I have a couple of spare plain pillowcases which is a bit worn out as you can see, but that would do for now. Consider this a practice.

  1. Lightly draw your pattern on the pillow. You can print out a pattern and trace it or if you’re lazy like me, just draw it freehand.
  2. Fill your pattern with lines. Be sure they are not too close together. We’ll be working on layers here. The edges don’t have to  line up too since we’re going after ikat’s jagged edges.
  3.  Fill your next color.
  4. Then your third (or fourth, fifth, etc.)
  5. Your lines should look like this.
  6. When you’re done with your first layer of colors. Repeat steps 1-4 but this time, making your strokes harder to make the colors vibrant. I wasn’t able to take a picture of this, but after you’re done with the second layer, draw short strokes (like when you’re drawing rain back in grade school) using the darker shade of the color you used. This creates extra depth.
  7. After you’re done, follow the instruction at the back of your crayon box.

If you noticed,  there are unsightly horizontal lines due to the zipper. I inserted a book during the coloring process, but forgot to do it again when I ironed the pillowcase.

1 Comment on DIY: Ikat-Inspired Throw Pillow

  1. avatar
    March 12, 2013 at 6:09 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks you have inspired me to get out my crayons


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