Monday, December 1, 2008

Handmade Christmas presents -- stencilling fabric!

You remember how to stencil, right? If not, here's a quick reminder tutorial...(or click here or here for some illustrated tutorials).

1. Print out your picture on a piece of paper.
2. Tape the stencil with masking tape to a piece of freezer paper (wax side down).
3. Cut out the stencil with an X-acto knife (be careful!!!)
4. Iron the stencil to your fabric (wax side down).
5. Paint - don't use too much!
6. Leave about 20 minutes to 30 minutes.
7. Remove stencil.
8. Iron -- read the instructions on your paint. Speedball recommends ironing for about 3 minutes. Put a piece of regular plain paper over the stencil as you iron it.

If you're doing a T-shirt, don't forget to put cardboard in between the layers of fabric so the paint won't run through it.

SUPPLIES REQUIRED FOR STENCILLING
fabric paint -- you can use fabric paint from the store, silk screening paint like Speedball, or make your own using acrylic paints and fabric medium
some paint or sponge brushes
freezer paper
X-acto knife
something to cut on like a self-healing mat (those green ones you get from Fabricland or scrapbook stores)
a picture
masking tape
something to stencil!

Okay, now that you remember how to stencil, why not stencil something for Christmas?

Tea towels -- find a pattern and colour that would look nice around the house. Stencil it. Make sure you iron this one well as it's going to get wet.

Place mats - get a boring, plain placemat and stencil this. Awesome!

A gift bag -- make a cute simple draw string bag and stencil a pattern or someone's name on it.

Other sewn things -- stockings, pencil cases, cosmetic bags, aprons. You name it, you can stencil it!

Baby bibs -- chenille pattern but you can make it in cotton and stencil the heck out of it!

(Remember, if you want any of these tutorials in PDF form, let me know and I'll send them to you. I can't figure out how to put files on this blog!)

STENCIL LINKS
Star Wars links - tons and tons and tons!
Free stencils is a cornucopia of stencil-y goodness.
Various stencils (Harry Potter, Monty Python, TWILIGHT!!!) at sewhooked!
Cut out & keep has Twilight and Star Wars references!

HOW TO FIND PICTURES FOR STENCILS
Do a google IMAGE search for the thing you want.
Check out wing-ding fonts for cool pictures (most of my Japanese type things come from wingding fonts!)
Draw your own!

WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES
freezer paper -- Home Hardware on Wellington carries it for about $5.00 a roll (which lasts forever!)
fabric paint
1. regular fabric paint - Michael's or Wal-Mart
2. acrylic paint - Michael's in Abbotsford or Wal-Mart - the fabric medium is there, too
3. Speedball inks -- an art store in downtown Abbotsford or Opus Framing in Langley (awesome store!)

Hope you have fun! I'm off to make my "GEEK" shirt!

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