Sabine Schmidt
Sabine Schmidt
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  • Hendersonville, TN

DIY Sharpie Pillow


Here's an easy and inexpensive way to update a pillow, table cloth, t-shirt, etc. You need a sharpie and rubbing alcohol.
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For my pillow case, I used a black sharpie. I love the indigo/purple/black color.
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Gather your supplies: Rubbing alcohol, sharpie, medicine dropper or Q-tip.
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For my design, I drew several lines.
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I squeezed one or two drops of alcohol for each circle. More drops equal larger circles.
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Let it dry completely. I ironed my pillow case to seal in the color.
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It reminds me of water coloring.
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This is such a quick and easy project. You can crank out several pillow cases in one day. Give it a try!
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  • Iam5241811
    on Sep 29, 2016

    Will this work with 'colored' sharpies? Like the aqua blue, fuchsia, or orange?

    • Jan
      on Apr 2, 2017

      I had the kids scribble/draw all over white t-shirts with the colored Sharpies. Then added the alcohol. It took a lot of the alcohol to make the colors really run, but they turned out great!

  • Iam5241811
    on Sep 29, 2016

    also, do you need to wash the fabric first? or does it matter?

    • Shannon W
      on Oct 16, 2016

      It is always best to wash and dry the fabric as it comes from the manufacturer with a chemical wash to keep it from wrinkling... Also, it will allow any shrinkage to happen before you put your design on :) Plus the marker ink will not absorb into the fabric as well with that chemical wash on it. Have fun!

  • Suzanne Clark
    on Apr 3, 2017

    Can you wash it? Or seal it so it can be washed?

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