Painting Bed Linens

Start at the store -- then go one step further by adding your own artful trims and designs to bedding, pillows, and curtains.
Add your own artwork to a plain comforter.

A painted rose garland softens the edges of this plain duvet cover.

See instructions and tips below.

What You Need:

  • Self-adhesive vinyl
  • Plastic stencil
  • Spray adhesive
  • Fabric paint or acrylic crafts paint
  • Fabric-friendly conditioning medium
  • Paintbrush


1. To make a stencil for fabric, cut a motif from self-adhesive vinyl (used for shelf liners), or spritz the back of a plastic stencil with spray adhesive.

2. Then fill in the design using either fabric paint or acrylic crafts paint mixed with a fabric-friendly conditioning medium (all available at crafts stores). Preserve the design by following the paint manufacturer's heat-treating directions.

Tack tassels to the corners for a formal finish.

A trio of plain pillows calls for personal touches.

To create the top pillow on the stack cut a bucolic scene from toile fabric and position it in the center of a removable pillow cover. Use gimp -- zigzag stitched in place -- to frame it.

See instructions and tips below.

Buttons, napkins, and stitching create a dynamic look.

Give a pillow vintage charm using pearly buttons and a linen cocktail napkin (picked to fit the size of the pillow). Stitch buttonholes in the corners of the napkin to slip over shank-style buttons sewn to the front of the pillow. Other quick-change options include crocheted doilies, printed tea towels, monogrammed napkins, or hemmed fabric remnants.

Pick your favorite flowers, and hot- glue them to your pillow "field."

Beautify a pillow with a field of flowers and a dreamy, filmy slipcover. Pick your favorite silk posies and hot-glue them randomly on the pillow. Then, sew a sheer fabric, such as organdy, into a slip-on case with a graceful 3-inch flange.

Punch up simple curtains by using an array of silvery grommets.

Designed to mimic old-fashioned eyelet fabric, the metal O's create a modern look with no-sew ease.

Lay the plain curtains on a hard surface and arrange grommets into a pleasing random pattern. Cluster trios of small grommets together and leave larger ones floating singly. Mark the centers of the grommets on the curtain.

Following the manufacturer's directions, cut small holes on the marks and insert the grommet pieces. Snap them together with a grommet tool.

Available in all sizes and several metals, grommets -- also called eyelets -- can be found in crafts, hardware, and fabric stores.


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