I made fitted sheets for Roman’s cot (tutorial here) from an old bed sheet, but decided they’re a bit plain and boring. To jazz them up (jazz is a dorky word isn’t it?) I stamped a design onto them. This project was fun and easy and I’m so pleased with the result.
Because it’s a bed/cot sheet, I went with a sleepy theme, using ZZZ as my outline and filling it with the word ‘dream’ stamped many, many times. I think it would also look cool with initials for the outline and first name stamped inside.
I printed out a large ‘Z’ on some card and then cut it out to make my stencil. I pinned the stencil to the sheet and then got stamping. I have a set of clear alphabet stamps that I put onto an acrylic block for the ‘dream’ and then inked it up with a VersaCraft ink pad. I bought mine on eBay and this is what they look like. I bought little 1 inch square ones and they last really well.
These ink pads are great and by ironing the stamping it sets permanent. You need to cover the stamping with another piece of fabric and I find that you do get a bit of transfer, so use a scrap. I actually did the stamping about 6 months ago and it hasn’t faded at all after lots of runs through the washing machine. They apparently work on wood and leather too, though I haven’t tried it out.
Stamping is a fun, cheap hobby and I like that the supplies don’t take up much room. I first got into stamping when we were living in London and I needed a new hobby. I kept my supplies in a shoe box.
And as you can see, I don’t believe in ironing bed sheets.