These Sharpie “custom” fabric curtains received a lot of comments when I showed you all Levi’s room redo of awesome! And rightfully so…they are fantastic!! So, I figured I would dedicate an entire post to these babies.
The WHAT WHAT:
fabric dropcloth (found at any home improvement store)
Sharpies (I used the Stained by Sharpie Brush Tip Fabric Markers, 4 Colored Markers (1779004)
…I’ll explain why. But, you can use the regular ones too)
The HOW HOW:
Draw on the dropcloth.
Yes, it really is that easy. But, there are a few things I want to mention…
#1) The markers. I haven’t figured out how to stop the traditional Sharpies from bleeding just a bit when they are washed. Not that I will be washing these curtains often (or at all, let’s be honest) but I thought I should cover my bases and use the fabric paint Sharpies. They cost $6.00 a pack and never dried up. Well worth it.
#2) Wrinkles. I tried to iron the fabric a bit, near impossible. But, using an iron or fabric release spray to get the worst of the wrinkles out is a good idea.
#3) Keepsake quality. When Levi tires of these, or thinks he’s too old for them I have plans. Pillows, blankets, slipcovers…you name it! He’ll be a grown man and see traces of these curtains in my home. I am not parting with them anytime soon!
#4) Sewing. No, didn’t. I just cut and hung. Did you notice? No, I don’t think you did. So, why bother? The ruffle top? First, it is NOT called a ruffle…it is ??? overhang???…yes, overhang! I folded the top forward and clipped the curtains on the fold. It creates a cute little “overhang”.
#5) Doodling. There is no wrong or right way to doodle. If you think there is, or you want these a certain way…do them yourself! Don’t ask your kid for help. That being said, they take time…there was several hours of doodling on these. I had him do these over the course of a few days so that he wouldn’t get bored and try to go too fast. He had a blast! Each “monster” he drew has a story and a reason for looking the way it does. So, don’t rush it…take the time!
Okay, I’m done doing the whole teacher/student thing. It’s weird. Let me know if you try this and how it turns out!!