Most people who know me also know that I am a fan of Doctor Who. I wouldn’t call myself a Doctor encyclopedia (I know you guys are out there!!) but I’ve always had a soft spot for nerdy science stuff. Throw in a British accent and a blue box–it’s bigger on the inside–and I’ll eat it right up!
Lately I’ve been dabbling in the world of sewing and fabric and I really wanted to do something Doctor Who inspired for my first project but every fabric I found was super–crazy–expensive. (I have no idea how you guys out there who sew for a living stay in business!!)
Since I have a sewing machine and have used it a handful of times–Not kidding; I am the world’s worst sewer. (Sewer…is that a thing?? That has to be the worst word on the planet to call someone who sews for a living…)–I wasn’t willing to part with my coins for something that I would likely end up huddled over in a pile of tears when finished….
So, bring in plan B!! Peter Davison–The Fifth Doctor–once said, “There’s always something to look at if you open your eyes.” Good advice! And I always take the Doctor’s advice.
Scavenging around my house I found the answer literally hanging in front of me. Enter, One Pair of Old Curtains. Cost: Zero! I took them off the window (I didn’t really need them because they weren’t exactly functional curtains anyway), washed and ironed them and viola!
But…there was still a problem of how to incorporate a Doctor Who theme on a pair of old curtains. Sure, they were blue…but…BLUE!! See where I’m going with this?!?!
A quick trip through Pinterest and I found the PERFECT solution!
Turns out she has a geeky hubby and wanted to spruce up her son’s wardrobe (and blogged about it!) Thanks so much for the tips and shortcuts!!
With the help of her amazing blog (seriously, this is simple stuff here), a few supplies, PATIENCE, and some black acrylic paint, I was able to transform my plain and boring curtain fabric into…well, LOOK!! ❤ ❤
There are a few crucial things you need in order to make this a success and those are:
1. A SHARP x-acto knife. Don’t waste your time with anything else because you’ll just get frustrated and cry–trust me on this one. 😉
2. FREEZER PAPER. This won’t work with wax paper or parchment paper or any other kind of paper.
3. Black acrylic paint. Any brand will do. Check the bottle if using fabric paint because some of them need to be heat set to be permanent.
4. A paint brush. If you’re lucky enough to have a silk screen, you can skip this part. Since I don’t deal in fabric–I’m a crocheter!!–I don’t have one. Some blogs recommend those throw-away foam things. Forget those and get a real paint brush. When painting, DO NOT use brush strokes. Instead, pounce the brush up and down and layer on your paint thinly. (You’ll thank me later!!)
5. PATIENCE. Don’t start this project thinking it’ll be done in an hour. You’ll need to concentrate on the cutting and then take your time layering up the paint so that it doesn’t ooze under the paper and make a mess on you.
I’ve had a ball with this so far and I’m planning on turning this TARDIS panel into a fun handbag with the help of Debbie Shore. (Who has a lovely British accent, by the way!) More to come in a later blog with whether or not I was successful! Wish me luck, 😉