Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Seeing Spots: Les Touches Fabric Hack

Why am I just discovering my love for this "reinvented" fabric that has been a classic for decades?  Les Touches is a classic way to use animal print in your design without being too forward.
 
Les Touches has been used by design legends like Billy Baldwin, Geoffrey Beene and Van Day Truex, just to name a few. 
 
I wanted to get my hands on some Les Touches fabric or score a few pillows to add to my obsession collection. I ran across a few that I loved, but with the price tags they had I knew I couldn't convince the Hubs to love it that much!
 
 
I mean check it out!  $114 for just the pillow cover!  For that price it better come with a real soft goose stuffed inside!  Sometimes I hate that I have such expensive taste, but hey this girls got style!
 
So what do you do when you have champagne taste and a beer budget?  You DIY it!  I went to Google to find some patterns to follow and found these....
 
 
 
I wanted to get an up close view of the design for all of the little details and the one below so that I would have a pattern to follow.
 
 
On my first attempt, I used a gold Sharpie with a fine tip.  I couldn't find the ultra fine tip in the gold so I had to make do.  The gold didn't turn out they way I wanted it to.  I wanted a more metallic color, but I don't mind it so much since the pattern turned out great!
 

 
 
I repeated the technique with the teal Sharpie, but this time I used both the ultra fine and fine tip markers.  I don't think there is a huge difference either way.  So if you attempt this at home, just take your time and let you creative side flow and you can have your very own Les Touches fabric in no time!
 

 
 
Oh, and the pillow cover is from Ikea, which cost me a whole $3.  The Sharpie was on sale for $0.88, so my pillow came in just under $4.  I'd say the knockoffs were totally worth it! 
 
 

12 comments:

  1. LOVE this idea. I have never heard of "les touches" fabric before, but now I'm a fan. :) Your version looks so good! I am seriously putting this on my to-make list. Thanks for linking up the Pinterest Power Party.

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  2. I hope you know you are quickly becoming my favorite new blog to read! Thanks for sharing at the Pinworthy Project Link Party. I'm also your newest follower in case you ever don't share something!

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    1. That put a smile on my face PJ! I love new followers!

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  3. Love it. I've seen other pillows using marker but I'm too afraid to try it. I need to go by Ikea and grab some of those cheap covers.

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    1. I was super afraid to mess up a perfectly good pillow, but if you just let go it will turn out perfect!

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  4. I love Les Touches, and your DIY version looks great! I may have to give this one a go, especially now that I know about those IKEA pillow covers:)

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    1. Thanks Ginnie! You should try it for sure!!

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  5. Love it! I just recently did this too! I found a sample of this fabric on eBay for $4.00 and used it as a "stencil" using a hot pink sharpie! Turned out great, and waaay cheaper!

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    1. Thanks Jeanna! I need to check that out!

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  6. Love it! Both colors look beautiful. Just today I was wondering how to get my hands on a larger paper print of this pattern for some other projects. Thanks for solving the problem.

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