Friday, February 13, 2009

Hand Painted Bedsheet

I had some baby pink coloured soft cotton fabric in my closet for around five years till I finally figured out what to do with it. I decided to make a bedsheet with matching pillow covers. This is the close up of the hand painted bedsheet with matching pillow covers.

I bought this design from a store and they did the tracing on to the fabric too. He even taught me how to transfer the design to the fabric. ( Carbon copying the design often leaves black/blue marks here and there on the fabric and it looks ugly. Also I was using transparent dyes, so the carbon paper marks would show through the design). Another advantage was, since this was a repetitive design, just imagine carbon copying the entire would have taken ages. Through this method you copy the design just once.
To transfer design to fabric:
Things needed were cotton wool, kerosene, solid boot polish ( or even blue powder, the powder used to whiten white clothes). I used boot polish.
- First the design is traced on to butter paper.
- Place the butter paper on a piece of foam or cushion and using a needle/pin poke holes throught the design, even this lines and curves.
- Place the slotted butter paper design over the fabric where you want the design.
-Dip cotton wool in kerosene and squeeze well. Touch this lighlty over boot polish.
- Rub this over the slotted butter paper.
- Now when you remove the butter paper you can see the design on the fabric as grey dots.
- Keep the the same butter paper wherever you want and repeat the procedure, for transferring the design again.

Different color combinations were tried and I finally stuck to this. After painting, I let it dry for 24 hours and then ironed on the reverse to let it set.
I have yet to get the edgings done for the sheet and the pillow cases and I hope it won't end up as another 5 year plan...;) !


  1. Looks awesome on picture. Your tricks with tracing are becoming real handy these days!! Reminds me of the days when you wanted your pictures at art school to look better than mine.... he haw haw haw

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