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Stenciling on Fabric -- Easy DIY Project How-To's

It's so easy to create your own home decor and accessories by stenciling on fabric. When you use the SoSoft paint you don't even have to heat set it. We show you some of our favorite projects, below. 

Stencil all the things

Stenciled Flour Sack Towels 

We've been having fun creating tea towels with stencils and fabric paint.

You can use this same process with any of your favorite stencils using fabric paint  -- we like the ArtDeco SoSoft brand best. 

tea towel collage



Other supplies: 

  • Paper towels, wax paper or freezer paper, a glass or paper cup for brushes, painter's tape or washi

Prepare your work surface by laying out a few paper towels and having a few extra folded on the side for dabbing extra paint off of your brush (if you use wax or freezer paper under your project put the shiny side up; it's great and any paint that seeps through will wipe right off). Arrange your palette, cup, paint and brushes on the paper towels and lay out your tea towel next to it. 

stencil flour sack project kit overview

You might want to give your tea towels a quick ironing so you have a nice flat surface to work on. Then pick a spot for your stencil (we chose the bottom right hand corner), and secure your stencil to the towel with some painter's tape or washi. Tape is optional but we like the extra assurance. You might put a paper towel or freezer paper beneath the area you are going to stencil to protect the surface below. 

Squeeze a little bit of paint of each color into a palette well, and dab a small amount onto one of your stencil brushes. Take off any extra paint by dabbing it on a paper towel. Less paint = more. Trust us on this one.  

Now you're ready to put some color on your actual tea towel. Start with a really light coat and use an up and down pouncing motion -- your goal is to not saturate it too much, as you want to minimize seepage under the stencil lines. Don't worry because the result is supposed to look organic, so a little imperfection is just fine.

The SoSoft fabric paint will be dry to the touch in 15-20 minutes, but it will need to air dry for 2-3 days to be permanent and washable. Don't get it wet right away; set it aside and admire it before using. This paint is amazing -- most fabric paints require heat curing and often leave a kind of crunchy "hand" on the fabric. SoSoft doesn't. You can feel it but it is really soft, and you just need to air dry for 48-72 hours for permanence.

Watch the feather and heart stenciled towels in process & see how easy it is to make your own (Note: We no longer carry the feather stencil kit we use in our demo): 

Other Stenciled Fabric Projects

Check out our fabric & tile coaster project:  

stenciled coaster project

Want more inspiration? We round-up 10 small, easy and fun fabric stencil projects from around the web -- the feather necklace would work great with our feather stencils! And we'd love to add some succulents to some denim: 

fabric stencil project round-up





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