So I finally buckled down last week and spent some time solely focused on the kids room. First, I found them a new bedside table, which I got for a steal at $15 at the thrift store (dovetail joinery, midcentury stamp and all.) Bad news is that it needs a fresh coat of love so it's not quite ready to move in:
So while I waited for color inspiration to strike, I came across these fun Urban Outfitters pillowcases that I thought would be a great addition to the kids' beds:
I was about to add them to my shopping cart when I had a familiar thought: was there a way to DIY these at home and avoid the wait time and shipping costs? I thought about embroidery, but my sewing machine isn't equipped. I thought about silk screening, but I don't know how (although I hope to teach myself soon.) Then I remembered the iron on transfer paper that I had used to make a t-shirt design once. That could work. I played around in Microsoft Word with some fonts and some shapes, and came up with something like this:
Not exactly the same, I know, but considering my lack of graphic design ability and the fact that I made it in MS Word, I don't think it's too bad. I decided that the transfer paper was my best course of action for a professional looking product, so I set off to Staples to pick up the paper, and then to Target for a new set of white pillowcases. Only $16 later I had both in my posession and was ready to go. While the pillowcases washed and dried I printed the letters out (be sure to create a mirror image of the letters first so they won't be backwards when you lay them facedown on the fabric and iron them on.)
Then I cut each letter out with a small pair of scissors - I won't lie, this part was time consuming, but listening to a familiar movie in the background (in my case yesterday, Tootsie) helps pass the time.
Then I ironed the pillowcases and got the letters ready for ironing. Be sure to follow the instructions included with the transfers for this part - extra hot iron, no steam, solid surface, etc. I slowly, carefully and completely ironed each letter down and then set the pillowcases aside to cool.
After about five minutes I started to peel the backing off and was so relieved to see the result - bright, clean-edged letters securely affixed to the fabric.
I popped the pillows into the cases and admired my handiwork. The kids love them too, and although they asked to sleep on them, I think it's best to use them more for decoration since I'm not sure how they'll hold up to preschool drool.
This was such a fun little project! I'm ready to do some more iron-ons - anyone have any good ideas? Oh, and I decided on a color for the bedside table and made some great progress on them. Check back soon for the after.