Scissors Craft: How to Print Your Own Fabric Tutorial

Every fall, I am always very inspired to gather leaves and press them; then I forget what I did with my collection and never end up using them to create anything. This year, I promised myself to actually use all those leaves.

Inspired by my ideas (here and here) to make leaf-centric table centerpieces, I thought it would also be nice to also make leaf-inspired napkins. Instead of creating a stencil, I chose to use a beautifully shaped ginko leaf to print over (known as a resist) in my test run. If you would like to make custom napkins, it would be best to use a an actual stencil instead of a resist and only print a small area so your guests have some napkin absorbency left.

This is a great idea for printing yards of custom fabric or to make unique home made T-shirts, totes, tablecloths, place mats, curtains, etc. Anything fabric related and any design will work! Have fun with it!

How to Print Your Own Fabric Tutorial
Level of difficulty: Easy
Step One:
Gather your materials: washed fabric, fabric stencil spray (I used "gold glimmer" by Simply Spray), removable masking tape, your object (called a resist) or your stencil, cardboard, paper towels

Step Two:
Secure your piece of fabric to the cardboard using masking tape around the edges.

Step Three:
If you are using actual objects to as a resist, secure them using rolled pieces of masking tape. Arrange objects in a visually appealing pattern and stick to fabric. If using a stencil, you can use an adhesive spray on the back or secure the edges of the stencil with masking tape. The spray isn't super powerful, so it won't blow the edges up like a can of spray paint.

Step Four:
Use the fabric stencil spray to gently coat the fabric according to package directions. Do not flood it with to much dye or your stencil will bleed. If you accidentally use too much spray, gently blot with paper towels before you remove your objects/stencil.

Step Five:
Carefully remove the resist or stencil.

Step Six:
Hang your fabric to dry for at least an hour. You can wash the fabric after 72 hours. There's no need to heat set! So easy, right?

1 comment:

  1. This opens up alot of project opportunities for me. Thanks for the tut!

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