Hi guys! Today I have a new contribution I think you will enjoy – a tutorial on diying mudcloth pattern pillows using a few tools, fabric paint and a couple of methods. Mudcloth is enjoying a popularity surge in the home decor world -with this approach you can get the modern way of replicating the patterns. A thank-you goes out to ApartmentGuide for sharing the idea and images.
The beauty of paint is that there are so many ways you can use it. From layering paint in abstract paintings to using matte spray paint to color mason jars, the options are endless. One trend that can be created using paint is DIY mudcloth pillows.
What is Mudcloth?
Mudcloth is a textile that dates back many centuries. It originates in West Africa and is created by dyeing cloth with mashed n’gallama tree leaves. These leaves create a yellow color on the fabric. Then the fabric is painted with fermented riverbed mud. This mud reacts with the dye so that even when washed, the pattern remains.
While this method of dying takes time and supplies you may not have on hand, you can use fabric paint to recreate some of the patterns. Today we have a tutorial on how to create mudcloth pillows two different ways. Simply choose a printable pattern and follow the steps below to create your own unique design.
The first method for recreating the mudcloth tribal symbols on your pillowcases will involve the printable pattern that you can download from the link above, and will produce the most clean looking design. You’ll also need a cutting board, pillowcase, pencil and sheet of carbon paper.
The cutting board will go inside the pillowcase to provide a firm work area. Place your printable download on top of the carbon sheet to trace the pattern – the carbon paper will help transfer the design onto the pillowcase.
The resulting design will be subtle, yet present. Use a permanent fabric marker to trace over the pattern and fill in the open areas. When the ink dries, it will be ready to stuff with an insert, and display proudly in the living room!
Next is the stamping method which also involves the printable pattern, cut out and turned into a stamp used to apply the design. For this approach you’ll also need a cutting board, hot glue gun or strong adhesive, an x-acto knife, and tools for which to make the stamp will include some craft wood and sheet of foam.
To create the stamp part, lay the printable on top of the foam sheet; Use the x-acto knife to cut out the pattern. Glue the resulting shapes onto the piece of craft wood. If you glue one of those furniture pull drawer knobs on the back you’ll have an easier time using the stamp.
Apply some fabric paint in the color of your choice liberally to the stamp block design you’ve created – you’re pretty much going to use it like a conventional stamp and apply the pattern to your pillowcase. The left image will show all the steps in sequence.
Try experimenting with multiple patterns and have them going horizontal, vertical, etc. Be sure to let the paint dry before you put some stuffing or insert into the pillowcase.
Now you have discovered two amazing ways to bring this unique new tribal pattern look to your dwelling!