DIY Sharpie-Made Polka Dot Pattern!

DIY + How To

File this under something we would have NEVER thought to do…but also under stylish projects that absolutely could NOT be more cheap to make! You ready for this…take an upholstered chair, ottoman, stool or whatever, grab a sharpie and draw a pattern! Spotted on Little Green Notebook, Caitlin of Caitlin Wilson Design took her cheap-as-heck IKEA chair covers and covered them with a simple, casual, 101-Dalmations-esque polka dot.

The beauty of this project is how simple this could be to replicate for even someone who has absolutely zero drawing skills. These aren’t perfectly hand-drawn circles, and they’re not even something that needs a template or tracing. And the casual feel of the dots lends a real carefree feel to the whole space. Gorgeous! Steal it for your space if you want — and don’t just stick to upholstery or black — Sharpies write on just about anything and come in a lot of colors, these days!

Would you ever draw on your furniture with Sharpies? Be truthful!

Images: Caitlin of Caitlin Wilson Design
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  1. Kit Lang

    Oct 31, 2012 at 7:12 am

    This looks awesome, but I would never do it, because (speaking from experience!) I know that if you write on fabric with a sharpie and you accidentally get some water on it – the ink bleeds and leaves a “cloud” around the writing – even if you heat set it first.

    I might try it if I put painted some base extender on it first, and then did the drawing and then did another coat of base extender to seal it – but I’d try it on something small first to see if worked – like a pencil case! :)

    • Adrienne Breaux

      Oct 31, 2012 at 7:28 am

      Oof…I didn’t think about that. You’ve definitely brought up a good point — and I like your tips, too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kathryn Bogala Calgary Alberta

    Oct 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Adorable chair – great for to add a pop of color or spice in particular to a kids bedroom!

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