20 October 2011

Daniel's duvet cover

I have been planning this project since we lived in England. Daniel is a prolific artist and I wanted to showcase some of his sketches and decided that I would do so on a duvet cover. I asked him to pick which of his drawings he wanted to use. He designs his own Pokemon, complete wtih names, types and evolutions and he chose those for the project.

Here are his design sheets.

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I photographed each chosen design - you can see this one has a red line drawn around it which is how I knew which ones he had chosen from his design sheets:

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Then in Photoshop I cropped each picture right to the edge and erased all extra marks around the edges.

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Most of his designs had been coloured in so I used the Hue / Saturation tool to select each colour group (red / yellow / green / cyan / blue / magenta) in turn and pull the lightness slider all the way to the right. This effectively bleached out all colour.

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Then I converted to grayscale and increased brightness and contrast to get a nice, pure black and white image to trace.

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As you saw above, each original image is tiny. I resized each chosen character to fit on a sheet of paper and printed them out.

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I bought felt-tip fabric markers and tested them on the inside hem before starting.

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I also ironed the duvet cover so that I had a nice smooth surface to work on.

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Time to get started! I chose the first image to trace, put it on a piece of cardboard ...

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... and slid it into the top left corner of the duvet cover.

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Then I began tracing with the fabric marker.

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First one done, only 119 to go! I'm not even kidding - that's how many images ended up on this queen-sized duvet cover.

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This is after about four and half hours of tracing:

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Preparing the images took around 2-3 hours (I didn't take note of the time) and the actual tracing took around 8 hours. I didn't do it all in one go but worked on it as and when I had time, packing it away in between tracing sessions.

And here is the final product, which I am so happy about - and thankfully Daniel likes it too!

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I am so scared to wash it!! I promise I'll let you know if it fades, smears, streaks or in any other way doesn't come through the wash beautifully.

Update: I washed it and the drawings faded ever so slightly. I think it is due to the higher synthetic content of this inexpensive duvet cover - pure cotton or polycotton would probably have held the ink better. But it still looks good and even if they fade a lot more they will look more like pencil sketches, which is also good. Overall: success!


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140 comments:

  1. What a fun and creative idea! It looks awesome, and I am sure he is so proud of his art on display like that.

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  2. That's amazing! Well done Daniel - love your drawings. And well done Mum - I just wouldn't have had the patience. :-) We once managed a cushion cover! We ironed it again to "set" the fabric pens, before washing and it fell to pieces before it faded. Jude.x

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  3. WOW!! It looks FANTASTIC!! What a great way to display Daniel's fab drawings! xxx

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  4. Okay - you are freaking INSANE, but insane in the good way. That looks amazing! Promise me you'll submit this to Ohdeedoh or something, because it it way too freaking cool to not be sharing it with more people.

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  5. That thing is amazing! You and Daniel should both be incredibly proud!!

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  6. See, Braden can't possibly EVER go to your house now! WOW! That is dedication and hard work. You are awesome!

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  7. Oh wow, I am so impressed! What an awesome idea, and it turned out so great! You definitely deserve a mom-of-the-year award for putting all that time and work into it. Great, great job!

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  8. AMAZING!!! Really really impressive!!

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  9. WOW!! You're a better mom than I am. I would have stopped after about 5, forget 119!! LOL But it came out AMAZING!! He is a great artist! And he'll have this to treasure for the rest of his life. Maybe one day his boys will use! :) Great Job!!!

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  10. WOW, Well impressed...I'm soooo glad mine have grown out of Pokemon, I don't think I'll show them though just incase !!!! When Daniel is really bored, you could give him some coloured pens and he could colour it in - then you could wash it - then he could start again !!!!!
    Hope you haven't shown Noah, you'll be doing another one before long !!!

    Glad you're keeping yourself busy....keep up the good work...

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  11. It looks great! I would never have even thought to do something like that!

    I'm not sure what type of markers you used, but we took some pillowcases on our Disney cruise and had them autographed by the characters with permanent fabric markers. They have held up through many washes and still look great!

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  12. I am so impressed... with Daniel's creativity and your fantastic idea! Wow! I hope that it doesn't fade or streak or anything.

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  13. That is just about the coolest thing I've seen in about forever. I'm archiving this idea in my little head under coolest things I've seen.

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  14. Now that is just awesome. I have always thought that you had great ideas, but this is top of my list. What a talented and lucky son you have. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

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  15. that is so cool! what a nice "mum" gesture! cheers. Becki

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  16. I stalk your blog like a mad-woman. This is incredible. I hope to do this for my kiddos in the future. What an AWESOME job!

    You are such an inspiration!!

    Jen

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  17. That.is.AWESOME!!! You are the best mom EVAH and I bow down to your obvious superiority! Seriously...that is the most fantastic and original thing I've seen in a long time. Nice job!!!

    Maggie @ Sweetwater Baby

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  18. My jaw is hanging in my lap. I absolutely love what you did. I wonder if it could be reproduced commercially. I think it is the cutest little boy fabric I have ever seen for a duvet, and I bet it would sell.

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  19. What a fantastic project to do for Daniel. I think it looks great. X

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  20. Wow wow wow. You are the most creative patient person I know. I really hope for your sake it washes amazingly well!

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  21. I pinned this. It's way too good not to share!

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  22. I love this!! The duvet cover looks so nice in your son's room. You are so patient, and must have a strong back and wrists too! :)

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  23. This is absolutely the coolest thing I've seen in a boys room ever! You are so clever and your little guy is really a great artist, otherwise it wouldn't look near as great as it does. Fabulous job!

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  24. What a fun and impressive project. I just HAVE to pin this. Thanks for sharing!

    Abrazos,
    Sapphire
    www.mypollitos.wordpress.com

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  25. I just said outloud to myself, "WOW!" What a great job you did! That is so perfect.... I hope for your sake that it stays that way during the washing!!! Again, awesome job.

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  26. Oh my goodness! I saw your blog through I heart Organizing -THIS IS SUCH A COOL IDEA!!! Both of my kids would get such a kick out of this! I wish I'd seen this before we just redid my daughter's room; definitely filing it away! Looking forward to perusing the rest of your blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. What an amazing idea!! Totally in <3 with this project.... you should see if a rubber stamp company would be interested in his designs, I could see many of his little monster guys being made into stamps, heck I'd use em!!!

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  28. That is so fantastic!!!

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  29. This is so creative and the result is amazingly fantastic ! Congratulations !

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  30. Really amazing, it is saved in my favorites' list.

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  31. This is fantastic! What a great mom. :) I'm going to repost this on my blog (and I might just keep it in mind for Christmas gifts)!

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  32. This is a fantastic idea! What a great mom. :) I'm going to repost this on my blog (and might just keep it in mind for Christmas)!

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  33. This is absolutely wonderful! I love the idea of such a great piece of personalization for a child's room. I also think you deserve major kudos for your patience and willingness to give him this gift! Great teamwork, Mom & Daniel. :)

    Thanks so much for sharing. This is very inspiring and makes my mind reel!

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  34. Absolutely brilliant!

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  35. (jumped from ohdeedoh)

    LOVE this! my 6yo loves to draw pokemon, too (he was even ash for halloween). this would be such a fun project to do with/for him!

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  36. Thanks so much for the kind words! And for letting me know you came from Ohdeedoh - I hadn't realised it was featured there. Yay!

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  37. Such a fantastic idea! My boy is only seven weeks... but I hope I can file this away in the brain until I can use it!

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  38. WOW! So much patience! It is such a keepsake now. Well worth the effort.

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  39. That looks soooo good! The true mark of an amazing mum. What a keepsake. I bet he just loves it.

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  40. wow, that is really special! He must be so proud and pleased. I'm going to make my son a quilt, but having his drawings on it would make it even more special. But thankfully, my son's bed is a twin :)

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  41. A true labor of love. What a beautiful keepsake you have created. I'm just in awe!

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  42. When you use fabric paint or fabric markers, you need to iron the design 24 hours later in order to keep the paint in. I paint on textiles and if I do that, the colors don't fade when washed.

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  43. Wow!! That is so cool! What a great idea.

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  44. Came here through YHL. Absolutely brilliant idea! Totally speechless.

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  45. Saw this on YHL. This is AWESOME. And your son Daniel, like my brother with the same name, is an amazing artist! <3 it :)

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  46. Jen, what an awesome idea and beautiful outcome! You make me wish I had saved a lot of drawings (mostly superheroes) over the past few years. Now I'll need to start a file!
    Laura

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  47. Truly spectacular!

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  48. I just saw this over on the YHL website and it looks amazing! Great job, I would TOTALLY buy a duvet cover like this.

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  49. This is so awesome! Your son's sketches are amazing! I said this on YoungHouseLove but seriously if I were a Kid's bedding company, I would totally buy this design from you :)))

    Great job!!!

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  50. Welcome to the readers from YHL! And thanks so much for the kind words.

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  51. Saw you on YHL. Your duvet is awesome!! What an amazing idea. Your love for your son is very evident!

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  52. Just saw this on young house love. So very unique and truly amazing. well done.

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  53. Found you through YHL and this project is just the coolest thing ever. You're son is one awesome artist! And you are one amazing mama for doing this awesome duvet for him.

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  54. This is such a genius and lovely idea!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  55. I love this! Well done!

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  56. Hello! I saw you featured over at Young House Love and visiting your blog see you live in New Zealand! Hi from a fellow Kiwi!

    I LOVE this idea! It is awesome on so many levels!

    I am Mum to a budding young four year old artist who draws the most amazing mermaids, fairies and butterflies - I am so inspired I am going to start collecting her drawings to have a go at this for her too. Thanks goodness she only has a single bed :-)

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  57. I made my way over from YoungHouseLove, but wanted to leave a comment. Not only are the monster drawings SO cute :) but this idea is great! Your son is so lucky!

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  58. I hope you don't mind, but I am working on my own blog and couldn't pass up posting something on this awesome idea. You rock!

    http://the1204project.blogspot.com/

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  59. absolutely fabulous!!! truly a labor of love...it really couldn't be anymore fantastic!!! sorry to keep going on but i'm floored!!!

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  60. What a brilliant idea!! The scale of the characters and the black and white is perfect.

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  61. wow!! that is amazing!

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  62. This is amazing & you are the best mom ever!! I might try this on a pillow I know I don't have the patience for a whole duvet :)

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  63. As an art teacher, I love how you are encouraging your child's creativity!

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  64. amazingly brilliant! i love this idea! you have definitely created a wonderful keepsake for you son. i would love to try this, but i might try it out on a pillow first. again, beautiful!

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  65. This is such an amazing project-- your son is such an imaginative artist!

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  66. This is the greatest thing ever!! I am so PINNING this!

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  67. This is SO amazing. I sort of want to do one for myself :).

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  68. Hi Jen! This is amazing! So sweet that you did this for your son! He is quite an artist! Visiting from YHL!

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  69. This is incredible!

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  70. You are such a great mom! And creative too. I love this idea!

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  71. That is so AWESOME!

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  72. WOW..This is the height of personalising stuff....how AWEsome!
    All i can tell is ..You are an amazing MOM! and you son is one talented kid...:)

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  73. Funny, I was just going through old folders and found drawings by my friend's son of his invented Pokemon characters. The finished product looks great. Nice job.

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  74. My son also designs his own Pokemon and is sitting beside me begging for this to happen. :) Maybe one day. I predict he has a few more sketches within the day. His favorite color is purple so with the pillows AND the duvet he is probably wishing you were his mom! lol

    I made his clock into a Pokeball you can see here:
    http://mommyscigar.com/2012/01/04/mid-century-christmas-le-finished/

    Great job!

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  75. Hah, I saw this post on Young House Love earlier this week! What I brilliant idea. I can't wait to try something similar for a baby blanket. Thanks for the awesome idea!

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  76. Just saw your project on Young House Love and had to pop over to comment. This is such a fabulous project! What a lovely way to honor your son's talent. I am in awe.

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  77. You and your son make a great team. Thanks for sharing this awesome project!

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  78. This is absolutely adorable. SO creative!

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  79. How wonderful! I hope your son appreciates all the work you put into this! Maybe some day you could let him color them in with fabric markers, or make it into a quilt. At any rate, great idea! Makes me want to try something like it with my grandchildren - think I will do pillow cases for them (start small!!) lol

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  80. This is BRILLIANT! I could not help but to feature it on my own blog today, since it's much more fun that what I was going to post! :) Thank you SO much for sharing!
    http://benikeboutique.blogspot.com/

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  81. OMG I love this!! I've always wanted to do this with my illustrations... your tutorial has inspired me, I'm going for it! Thank you. xo

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  82. Dear Jen this is a great great idea!!!!
    Nice to meet you... I'm from Italy and, funny coincidence, I dream of moving to NZ with my family.
    I wonder if one day we will succeed...
    ciao ciao
    Valeria

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  83. Parabéns pelo trabalho é principalmente pelo carinho depositado em cada desenho, é substancial o amor empregado nesta estampa, você conseguiu fazer duas coisas maravilhosa:
    1- Perpetuar infância de seu filho
    2- E marcar em cada desenho o amor incondicional de mãe,
    Este amor sem limite nem barreiras.
    Viva as mães.

    Bjos De♥coração

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  84. Quanta criatividade. Maravilhoso. Inesquecível, marcante trabalho para toda família.
    Parabéns pela arte.

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  85. Nice idea!!!

    Val
    www.crieartezzanato.blogspot.com

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  86. Could you please tell me where you got the duvet cover? I have been searching for an all white cover for a while now, with no luck (unless I want to spend super big bucks on it).

    TIA!

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    1. Have you tried Ikea? I think they have some.

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  87. What a terrific labor of love! And it looks so modern and trendy, too. Thanks for sharing this!

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  88. I guess Daniel knows he has the best mom ever! Love this!

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  89. This is unbelievable! You are supermom and I can't imagine the pride your son must take in seeing his artwork displayed like this. Way to go!

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  90. Unbelievable ... you have so much of patience and creativity... I would have given up half way or much before.. though the final product is awesome and hats off to that... would love to do some day with my daugther's creations.. she is 4 now and till now only scribbles

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  91. Rub-a-dub sharpie markers are made to go through the wash and won't fade or run :)
    lovely project!

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  92. Awesome!!! I am definitely going to have to make one...for ME!!! :D

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  93. This is awesome! totally handmade with lots of love :) You can also make a copy of the design using the iron on transfer paper for your next project :)

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  94. OMG! es una solución perfecta para conservar dibujos de los niños! sencilla, rápida, no es cara, y además, cuando te canses puedes guardarla sin ocupar mucho espacio!
    Muchas gracias por compartirla :x, si no tienes inconveniente la publicaré en mi blog.
    Best regards

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  95. That is amazing, Love your sons drawings. Something for him to keep.

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  96. really lovely idea! I am going to try this for myself!

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  97. I love this! What a great look.

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  98. I loved the art work & both of you have inspired me. From the mom not the google account holder.

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  99. What an AMAZING piece of work and a true heirloom!

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  100. I love your idea...it's cool, now I know better thing to do with my fabric pens...hope you don't mind if I follow your step :) it's a real Mom and Son collaboration!!!

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  101. Good idea. I'm going to have my grand kids draw directly onto the cotton sheet themselves and keep it for myself. I know they will be proud to make it for me. I have 4 grand kids that can decorate 1/4 of the sheet each and sign and date it. Thanks for the idea.

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  102. OMG...that is amazing.....

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  103. This is an awesome idea. I featured it on my blog today! http://www.imperfecthomemaking.com/2012/02/storing-and-organizing-childrens.html

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  104. Did you purchase the cover or make it yourself? I love this idea and would love to use it when I have kids in the next couple of years.

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    1. I bought the cover, just an inexpensive one.

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  105. ERES FANTASTICA !!!!!

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  106. I found your wonderful duvet cover through the blog at imperfect homemaking. Wow. Just... Wow! Labor-intensive, creative, precise representation, fabulous! Your love for your son is shown in every step of this process. Thank you for sharing! BTW, there is a www site called spoonflower (dot com) which makes custom fabric from your own designs. You and your son might want to check it out. :)

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  107. How fun! I love the whimsical drawings and the clean black and white palette. Maybe I'll start with a pillowcase!

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  108. OH MY GOSH!!! My son needs this! He draws like a nut! What a fun way to preserve it!

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  109. Wow. I saw a link to this post on The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homekeeping and had to swing by and check it out. This is possibly the most amazing kid-project I've seen yet! Wow - that must have taken so much time a patience, but it looks fabulous. Amazing job!

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  110. so amazing and inspirational! :) lisa

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  111. Wow you are a patient woman! It paid off though, looks awesome!

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  112. Fantastic idea and beautifully executed. I found your blog through a post on Pinterest.

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  113. Oh my gosh!! I just found your post and flipped out! My son does the exact same thing - he even made up his own pokemon game and mailed it to Nintendo in Japan hahahaha! What a great idea. He has a twin bed so I might be able to handle this :)

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  114. How fun! Just one question...why didn't you have him do it?

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    1. He hasn't the patience, and it was my gift to him.

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  115. I am thinking of doing this with Muppet characters for my son, but wanted to know how it's held up since you made it? Would you do anything differently if you were to start over? Thanks!

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    1. It has held up fine. There was a little fading after the first wash but I think it was because it's a synthetic fabric rather than polycotton. A reader has suggested that ironing it first would prevent any fading. Further washes have not faded it anymore, so that's good!

      We are planning on doing another one since we have replaced his double bed with a single bed (twin bed). At least it will be a smaller duvet cover to do! Things I will do differently next time:

      1) I will use a different brand of fabric marker. I originally used no-name-brand ones from a store far away from my home, so difficult to buy more. I'll switch to Stephens brand as they are available locally.

      2) I will buy a better quality duvet cover with a higher cotton content.

      3) I will iron the design before washing it.

      Let me know how it goes if you do your own!

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  116. respect! greetings frm greece!

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  117. LOVE IT! Can't the child just color straight onto the duvet? It may not come out perfect, but it would save a ton of time, no?

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    1. He could have, but I kind of wanted it "just so". I'm a bit of a perfectionist ;) My son is too, so I knew he'd get upset if he was drawing directly onto the duvet cover and made a mistake.

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  118. That is awesome! I love it, you should make it into a fabric on spoonflower. So designy and creative!

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  119. Absolutely love this!

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  120. Wow, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!!! My 8 year old does the same thing; I can't tell you how many drawings I have saved of his. We could print an entire book of his Ben 10 sketches alone :) What a brilliant idea though to put it on a bed spread! What a great mother you are!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your fabulous idea!

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  121. This is just all around awesome

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  122. that's totally amazing!

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  123. I love this so much! It looks so amazing. Hooray to Daniel for his amazing skills, and your creativity and dedication to transfer it into something so fantastic. Monsters under the bed? Nope, on the bed!

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  124. Daniel is a fantastic artist - what a BRILLIANT way to display his fantastic artwork!!! I'm a fan --- will try this project as well. Also downloaded Jennifer's PDF recipe book --- so looking forward to baking some of the gorgeous recipes. Cheers - Louise

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