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Saturday, August 29, 2009


I thought I'd try a little stenciling before making this green t shirt.  Tonight, I cut out the shirt and pinned some seams.  I'll probably get it sewn up during naptime or after the boys' bedtime tomorrow.  Here's a little recap of my first stenciling process:

I drew the bamboo picture freehand, based on some pictures I found online.  For the stencil, I used a file folder.  I taped it onto a cutting mat (a rotary cutter mat for quilting) and taped my drawing on top.  

I used a razor to cut through both layers of paper...
leaving me with my folder stencil.
I used a stiff, short paintbrush and regular fabric paint, being careful not to slant the brush and get paint underneath the stencil.
I also taped the stencil to the fabric to make sure it didn't shift.  Here is the stencil, painted over.
and, voila!  My painted fabric.

I think it turned out well for my first attempt.  It's a pretty subtle effect, which I was going for.  We'll see how it looks made up in the shirt tomorrow.

1 comment:

Uta said...

Oh, very pretty! I'd love to try some printing/stencilling but keep putting it off. I'm looking forward to seeing what you sew with it!