How to Stencil a Kids' Comforter with Foam Stickers

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Cute bedding for kids can sometimes be surprisingly difficult to find. Luckily, it is also easy to make. Once you choose a theme and color for your design, you are just a few foam stickers away from creating customized bedding that your kids will love.

(Image: Jennifer Perkins)

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton comforter 
  • Foam stickers
  • Fabric spray paint, at least 6 cans

Tip

    • Any time you dye or paint fabric, you should wash it first to remove any sizing. Also, be sure you are using a comforter that is cotton, as synthetic fabrics will not take the color. 
    • One single-sized comforter took about six cans of fabric spray paint. 
(Image: Jennifer Perkins)

Step 1

After you have washed and dried your comforter, apply the foam stickers to it. The stickers will act as a resist from the paint. The placement and amount of stickers you apply is completely up to you, according to your design preference. Be sure to press the edges down firmly so paint doesn't seep in.

(Image: Jennifer Perkins)

Tip

  • Have your child help put on the stickers. He or she will love being involved in the process of creating a personalized comforter.

Step 2

Once you have applied the stickers to your comforter, take it outside and lay it flat. Spray fabric paint onto the comforter in several thin, light layers. Since these particular stickers had an aquatic theme, the paint colors were chosen to reflect that -- a combination of teal, navy, purple and lime green fabric paint. You can spray paint all one color, stripes or various shapes.

(Image: Jennifer Perkins)

Step 3

Once your paint has dried completely, remove and discard your stickers.

(Image: Jennifer Perkins)

Step 4

Before putting Junior to sleep with his new bedding, be sure to wash and dry it first. You should let the paint sit at least 24 hours before washing.

(Image: Chelsea Laine Francis)

Sticker resists are such a fun technique that can be applied to almost any fabric surface. Think throw pillows, shower curtains, clothing and more. As for themes, if you can't find a style of foam stickers you like, you can always use sticky-back foam sheets and cut them into any shape you like.

(Image: Jennifer Perkins)

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