don't ask me why, but i have a love of linens. specifically, vintage linens. more specifically, pillowcases. i find it relaxing to browse thrift stores for bright floral or delicate embroidered pillowcases. i figure it's a cheap habit, and one that is actually practical. two kids who are prone to bloody noses and a bald husband leave me washing pillowcases a lot. (i bet you never even thought about how bald heads get pillowcases dirtier.) (i also bet you are a little grossed out now.) (sorry, chris.) (bald is beautiful.) (i'd love you even if you were a woman.)
but i do love me some pillowcases. i wanted some that were personalized, and i have been seeing the "his and hers" pillowcases all around. so i thought to myself, "self, this is something even you can do!" and i did it.
and so can you. here's what you need:
~ iron/ironing board
~ fabric marker
~ exacto knife
~ cardboard for stencils and for putting between the pillowcase
~ printout of "hers" and "his" in whatever font you prefer
it's a pretty easy diy, but also a lot more time consuming than i thought. cutting out stencils is a lot of work, especially when you are using a curvey font. (for "his" i used the stencil font, and for "hers" i used harlow solid italic.) normally, i would take many breaks while cutting, but i waited until the last minute to do this diy, so i had to suck it up and just do it. if you hate doing stuff like this as much as i do, you can 1. go to michaels and buy actual letter stencils, or 2. borrow the stencils that i made. i will not be throwing those babies away after all the hard work i put into them.
after you get the stencils made, you want to iron the pillowcases to give yourself a nice smooth canvas to work with.
i actually measured to get these stencils in the right position. i am not a measurer. (i am really making myself out to sound like the laziest person in the world.) (really, i just like to eyeball things to see where they go.) (i am a very good eyeballer.) i made sure they were relatively centered, and then taped the stencils onto the pillowcases to keep them steady while i colored them in. (note – make sure you have the cardboard in between the case. if you don't, the marker will bleed through to the other side.)
then i moved on to the hers portion. i always forget about letters with circles in them. i had to improvise with the "e" here. i don't love how it turned out, but i don't hate it, either.
as soon as i started coloring in the "hers" pillowcase, i knew it would bleed. make sure you buy a pillowcase that isn't too soft and vintage. it needs to be a more crisp sheet in order for the marker to not bleed. but it didn't stop me from trying.
the good news is that i am a pillowcase hoarder (as i mentioned before). the bad news is i am not a black fabric marker hoarder. the other bad news is that i have no patience for crafts that take more than an hour (two tops if it's a good one). but, i did what i had to do, and grabbed another pillowcase and measured, taped, and colored all over again. and again. and again because the fabric marker was slowly fading. i guess the fabric marker doesn't have patience for crafts either.
but in the end, i'm glad i started over. the end result is just what i wanted, and barring any nose bleeds, these will cover our pillows for years to come.
they go nicely with the get your zzzs picture, don't you think?
and now you know what side of the bed i sleep on! (i guess i should have called this post hers and his.)
have a great weekend! sleep well!