Hi guys! I’ve been swooning over Mud Cloth fabrics lately, and I know I’m not the only one. While we invested quite a lot in the indigo dyed pillows in our cinema room, I wasn’t quite sure this love affair would last long enough to really invest in, so I went ahead and made a DIY alternative for our living room.
Real Mudcloth is originally made in Mali and gets its name from the fact that it’s actually dyed in a very long process with mud by skilled artisans. So I am definitely sure my quick DIY is not nearly as durable as the real deal, but it costs you around €5 instead of €60, which is a difference that’s hard to ignore, especially with a kitty that likes to put his claws in expensive fabrics!
I’m really pleased with how the pillow cases have turned out. All you need is a little bit of patience and some time to get this DIY going!
What you need:
- Black & White pillow cases in a natural fabric (I used GURLI pillow cases from IKEA)
- Black & White fabric paint. Mine was Maribu (Available at AVA)
- small brushes that allow you to be precise
- pencil (and ruler)
What you do:
1. Start by looking up Mud Cloth Patterns you like. This will give you the direction you’re going in.
2. Lightly draw your preferred pattern on the pillow case with pencil. This gives you margin for error as it is still easy to erase.
3. Paint over your drawn lines (black on white/ white on black, obvs). The key is to start out carefully and don’t put too much paint on your brush so you can make the lines as clean as possible. If your fabric is thin or just in case you want to be sure, insert a piece of cardboard in the pillowcase so it doesn’t smudge on the other side. I went over them a couple of times to avoid smudges. That being said, don’t be too harsh on yourself if the lines aren’t perfect, that’s the look we’re going for!
4. Let the paint dry and erase the pencil marks that are still visible. Annnnd you’re done!
I found it easier to start with the black pillow case because I could fix the tiny mistakes I made with the black paint (in my case the white paint was more visible on the white pillow case than the black paint on the black pillow case). If you’re afraid to get started you can always do a try out on a similar fabric.
That’s it! A fun weekend project for the home! Make sure you tag me if you make your own, I’d be curious to see your creations!