This project, along with so many others, came about because I aquired random supplies years ago. I like to collect things that may become a project someday. That is why if you drive by my garage on any given day it is FULL of “supplies”. Well this one started with six 18″X18″Pottery Barn denim pillow shams. A stencil design I found online would be the graphic design I would apply with a bleach spray.
First I searched for a stencil design. I found one at Royal Design Studio, but being the antsy person that I am, I couldn’t wait for a stencil in the mail, so I made my own. I blew up the image on my computer and printed it out on 5 sheets of very heavy card stock with a shinny finish (if I was to do this again, I would buy the stencil plastic at a craft store since this barely lasted through the 6 pillows). I taped them together and cut off the overlapping paper.
I accidentally cut too much paper between the sheets of paper, but no worries, the tape covered it. Then I used and Xacto knife to cut out the white part of the design (be sure to lay the stencil on thick newspaper so that you do not cut your work surface). Continue cutting, flip design over and cut through the back side.
A 17″X17″ piece of cardboard was inserted into the pillow sham to prevent bleed through and provide a stable surface for the stencil. Lay the stencil upside down on newsprint and spray with a stencil adhesive spray. I used Delta and it worked great, I only re-applied two times for 6 pillows. Iron out any wrinkles in the sham.
Center the stencil on the fabric. Lay the sham with stencil on a white towel to protect your work surface. Pour regular bleach into a spray bottle with a fine mist (I used an empty Windex bottle).
Open any windows and put a mask on, this stuff burns your nose hairs, trust me! Spray the bleach in an even pattern walking around each side of the sham. Start with the outside border of the stencil and work your way to the center. Blot any excess bleach then wait and watch. The fabric will slowly lighten and may show some irregularity and uneven bleaching. A few more sprays of bleach may be necessary depending on the look you are going for.
Blow dry each of the next few steps. First with the stencil on, then inside the sham and also once the stencil is removed.
Carefully remove the stencil making sure no drips of bleach are still on it.
I like these pillow shams so much I made 6! Two for me, two for sale (at a future date), and two for you! Yep, like Burlap & Denim on facebook below and I’ll let you know about our upcoming GIVE-A-WAY!
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