PIY stands for Print It Yourself
Hurray! I am back and I have an awesome tutorial for you!! It is how to print your own fabric!! For the last little while I have been searching and searching for the perfect fabric. The challenge, was that nothing was within my budget. I have no desire to spend hundreds of dollars on the perfect fabric. So instead, I am obsessed with printing my own fabric and checked out every book on the subject from my local library.
There are many ways to print your own fabric, most of which use stamps or making your own stamp using a lino block. But did you know you can also print using stencils? Well, you can and here is how you do it!!
My fabric is a light gray poly/cotton mix(guessing) that I bought from WalMart, at an easy $1.50 a yard. Have you ever looked through WalMart's "Undetermined" fabric? Its kinda fun. I will do a post on that soon too, as it is another great way to save money on your craft projects. So here we go...
How to Print Your Own Fabric:
Block Printing Ink
- Once mixed, keep your ink covered, I used a small plastic bag to cover, in between ink dips. It dries quickly. Also you can help this by adding TINY amounts of water(and I mean like small drips) . Just be careful not to use too much or your print will wash out or bleed all over your fabric. Another good reason to start with $1.50 a yard fabric--at least until you get the hang of it!
- Tape your stencil onto your fabric or use a stencil adhesive.
- Dab your sponge into the ink and blot it to get most of the ink off of your sponge before applying it to the fabric.
Once the fabric is heat set you can wash it or cut and use for any project. Make sure to use plenty of heat so that the ink does not wash out! To wash use the hand wash setting on your washer. Plan on some color variation depending on how well the ink was mixed.