Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Pimp my Sheet - Stamped Bed Sheets

Stamped Sheet

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.

Stamped Sheet Stamped Sheet

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.

I also used the VersaCraft ink on Roman's Oliver + S Bucker Hat and on my Cutlery Storage Rolls.

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.

Stamped Sheet

9 comments:

  1. I love this idea. They look wonderful x thanks for sharing such brillant boy ideas!

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  2. I just found your blog and I LOVE this idea, not to mention how easily it could be made 'girly'.
    I see a new obsession developing.
    And the reusable tea bag is a great idea too.

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  3. Honestly, who irons bedsheets? :) I love how simple this is and how much of a difference it makes! I'm gonna have to start stamping things now...

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  4. Great idea...I have too many plain old sheets that could use a little embellishing of sorts. And you're not alone...you couldn't pay me enough to iron my bedsheets. There are way too many other projects to do besides that! Great blog, so glad I found you.

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  5. Thanks everyone! Glad to hear I'm not the only one who thinks ironing sheets is crazy! I was reading a homekeeping book in the library the other day and the author suggested bringing the sheets in just before they're dry to iron them. That's even more work! So I also need to get them off the line at the right moment? Haha!

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  6. Looks great! I love really graphic designs for kids stuff rather than the stereotypical designs. And I agree not only about the sheet ironing but also the fact that a hobby that doesn't take up much room is a good one!

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  7. I agree...NO ironing sheets! TFS this FUN idea...love it. My teen is going to try it. :)

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  8. I love this idea, it looks so cute. I've got to order some of those ink pads. I don't iron bed sheets either.

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  9. Fantastic idea and it looks great......so many things you could do with stamps and stencils.

    I need permanent inkpad so thanks for the link..

    Ironing sheets, ha.....my mum used to fold the double bed sheets lay them on the ironing board and then do the regular ironing on top. So the sheets were ironed somewhat but hey, life's too short to iron sheets, I'd rather stamp them, hehe....

    CLaire :}

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