Kiki de Montparnasse-Inspired Tutorial

Kiki de Montparnasse-Inspired Pillowcases

I once saw a supermodel strutting through the airport with a pillowcase emblazoned with ‘sleep’ on one side and ‘fuck’ on the other. I thought it (and she) was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. In my newfound mission to model myself on her (pun intended), I immediately began my online hunt, only to be disappointed when I learnt that coolness came at a price: £100 to be precise. I don’t have a spare £100 lying round, and if I did, I certainly would not spend it on a single pillowcase. So in true Magpie style, I decided to fashion my own.

What you will need:

Kiki de Montparnasse-Inspired Tutorial

  • A pair of white pillowcases (mine are from Primark and cost roughly £2; no product link available)
  • A fabric marker (I used this one)
  1. First of all, you need to prepare your typography. In Microsoft Word, I oriented my page so that it was horizontal and wrote my chosen text. I wanted to use an italic cursive font, and settled on ‘Edwardian Script’. I enlarged the text as much as possible, but so that it still fitted on the page – for me, this was pt. 420. Once you’re happy with your text, print each word to a page.

Kiki de Montparnasse-Inspired Tutorial

2. Iron your pillowcases. Place a layer of card inside the pillowcase (this will prevent ink bleeding onto the opposite side), and position the printed word on top of that. Experiment with and adjust the placing of the text. Using a fabric pen, trace the outline of the text. I found that the faster I drew the lines, the less the ink bled.

Kiki de Montparnasse-Inspired Tutorial

3. Colour in the outline. Once you’ve done this, tidy up any uneven lines by drawing over them, extending the line if needs be.

Kiki de Montparnasse-Inspired Tutorial

4. Repeat steps two to three for the remaining pillowcase. Now you can sleep soundly on your new pillowcases at night, safe in the knowledge that you just saved yourself £95!

 Kiki de Montparnasse-Inspired Tutorial

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