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Painted tribal style pillow cases

Hi guys! Hope your day is going fine! I’m popping in today because I’d love to show you these painted tribal style pillow cases! 

Painted Tribal Style Pillow cases kreativk.net (1)

My patio is almost ready and this summer I really like all the blue tones and accents and envisioned blue pillows on our grey outdoor sofa. I was trying to get pillows with dark blue designs on them and I couldn’t find them anywhere, believe me! Even Ikea’s pillows in dark blue were sold out! I would have loved those ones, but I was out of luck. And I also didn’t want to pay shipping from overseas, you know. 

So that’s when I bought white and beige plain ones and painted them myself! The fabric isn’t outdoor fabric, but at this point I didn’t care about that, to tell you the truth. They can be easily removed to go in the wash, that’s important in my opinion.

Painted Tribal Style Pillow cases/kreativk.net

I still had fabric markers from one of Stella’s birthday parties, where everyone painted their own T-shirt. I thought I give those a try, I had two light blue ones and one dark purple one, not the tone I wanted. But I also didn’t want to wait and order them, I wanted to do it right away in that moment! So I started with the patterns in the light blue tones and then just traced it with the purple and the result was a nice dark blue tone! Perfecto! 

Painted Tribal Style Pillow cases /kreativk.net

Now, I just started to doodle away with the tribal patterns I love, arrows and vectors and really easy patterns actually. I also didn’t pay too much attention to whether they were all perfectly situated on the pillow case. I just started. But, if you don’t feel comfortable doing it like that, you can easily first design your pattern on a plain white paper with black marker and then slide it into the pillow case, as it will shine through.

Painted Tribal Style Pillow cases 3This is how the first one turned out. I stuck them in the washer right away and washed them 40 degrees, they came out perfectly fine! 

Painted Tribal Style Pillow cases /kreativk.net


Painted Tribal Style Pillow cases/kreativk.net


Painted Tribal Style Pillow cases/kreativk.net


Painted Tribal Style Pillow cases/kreativk.net


Painted Tribal Style Pillow cases/kreativk.net

I like how fresh and bright they look against the darker sofa and I love the blue tone! I’m not much of a too many colours fan, but this summer I really adore that blue! Reminds me of the sea & the blue sky! 

If you are not into painting your own, but are still looking for outdoor or indoor pillows, why don’t you check out my friend Nikki’s Make Lemonade ShopShe’s got a great variety of beautiful handmade pillows for every taste! 

Thank you for stopping by, I always appreciate that! 

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    Katrin – these pillows look super beautiful! I have so many fabric markers at home. I need to give this a try!

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      30/05/2016 at 14:01

      Thanks Ilka!! It’s so so easy, especially this tribal pattern, you can’t go wrong! Let me know how it goes, i love fabric markers!!!

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      Thanks Erlene!

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      Thanks Dee!

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      Yay! Thanks so much Beverly!!!

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      Yay, thanks so much Laurie! That is so kind of you! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      Thanks so much Lori! 🙂

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      Awww Thanks friend! Your comment made my day! When you can’t buy it or find it, diy it, right? 🙂

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      Thanks Julie!

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      Laurie, thanks so much! 🙂

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      Thanks so much you’re so sweet to say that! I’m happy you like them, and yes, it’s important to be able to wash them, since they’re outside and get dirty easily!

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      Thanks so much Sarah! Yes, they are looking great outside! Happy you like them too! 🙂

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      Yes, Victoria, fabric pens are great for detailed drawing like these styles I used. I don’t think I could’ve done this with paint, or it would have taken a lot longer. Thanks for visiting!

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    Katrin, these look fantastic. Seems like your tribal look is hot right now and those pillows look like something you’d find in Anthropologie or other high end store. And I’m convinced that armed with your pens, you could probably make world peace. Seems like there is nothing you can’t do with those pens.
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      Lol, you just made my day 🙂 You’re so sweet! Thank you so much! I hope you’re feeling better real soon, you shouldn’t even be here right now, hey? 😉

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      Thanks so much Sally! They are super easy to draw and yep, lots of fun!

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      Thanks so much Carol, I’m so happy you like these! 🙂

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      Thank you so much Jelica! Yes, If you can then DIY! lol 🙂

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      Thank you Ginger! I’m happy you like these 🙂

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    Katrin, i love these pillows! You did a great job with the designs! They look fantastic outside on your patio!!

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      Thank you Keri! I’m quite happy with them outside on my patio sofa! 🙂

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      Thanks Mary! I’m especially happy about the price tag, they were really cheap and even if they only last one summer outside, it’s ok 😉