Ikea Hack: Eivor Cushion + Sharpies

OOO the pillow I used for my latest crafty project is on the cover of the new IKEA catalog!

On a trip to IKEA about a bazillion years ago I begged Scott to let me buy this Eivor cushion. We had no need for it at all but I was drawn to it (pun intended). IT SPOKE TO ME. And it said “COLOUR ME KATRINA, COLOUR ME NOW.”

So I did. Slowly over several sessions I coloured it in with Sharpies. Mmmm fumes.

About half way in I really wasn’t sure if it was actually one of my best ideas (it looked kind of horrible?) but when I coloured in the very last section I was really really pleased. I think it looks awesome now. And it doesn’t smell like Sharpie any more.

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  1. Stephanie

    Wow. That looks awesome, but must have taken so much patience!

    August 14, 2012 Reply
  2. Rosemarie

    it does look a lot better than it did mid-process, make sure no one wet leans against the pillow!!!

    August 14, 2012 Reply
  3. Lauren

    That looks so great. I love it. Much better than black and white.

    August 14, 2012 Reply
    • Katrina

      woot, i’m glad you guys think it’s cool too :D

      August 14, 2012 Reply
  4. MEP

    You should email IKEA…..see if you get any coupons for sharing your cool idea!

    August 14, 2012 Reply
    • Katrina

      chyeah that would be awesome!

      August 14, 2012 Reply
    • Katrina

      i will tweet them on twitter :D

      August 14, 2012 Reply
  5. Cathy

    Sharpie can be heat set. Iron it at high heat for 5-10 minutes, moving the iron constantly, and the sharpie should be a little less likely to rub off or bleed. You can also toss the pillow cover in a hot dryer to set the sharpie–but I don’t know if that particular cushion cover it dryer friendly. I bought the same cushion (and some fabric) on my last trip to IKEA with the thought of coloring both.

    September 3, 2012 Reply
    • Katrina

      ooo that is good information! i could totally do the iron heat set thing. thanks!

      September 3, 2012 Reply
  6. Kateryna

    I saw the pillow on Facebook, fell in love. Just moved and was going to run to Ikea to buy the pillow and design my living room around it…..then saw you did it…….and what was even funnier?????………My name is Kateryna……..lol. Pronounce it same as you just spell it differently…..lol. Wonder if it is in the name………..

    September 25, 2012 Reply
    • Katrina

      haha! so many coincidences! glad to hear you like my pillow :D

      September 25, 2012 Reply
  7. Melanie

    I LOVE your idea! I bough the cushion and started coloring it and had the colors run, did you have this problem as well…

    October 3, 2012 Reply
    • Katrina

      no, not really. that’s a bummer! i use a very light hand when i’m colouring on fabrics, especially the first few strokes of each colour. good luck with your pillow, i hope you can save it!

      October 3, 2012 Reply

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