Stenciled Linen Top

Make your own stenciled fabrics

I love hand printed fabric. I often buy plain fabric to challenge myself finding ways to decorate it and give it some sparkle. I find stenciling fabrics an easy and fun way to beautify fabric. There are many ways to go about it. Here I did the most basic way of creating a stencil.

I used what I had around the house, paper, a craft knife, some textile paint and a piece of foam. I drew a design on paper, cut the stencil out with the craft knife and dabbed textile paint through it with a piece of foam. I then used a fabric paint pen to add a bit more colour.

I used red linen from Organic Textile Company, the binding is silk and the edge I crocheted with embroidery thread. The pattern is self drafted. I read this book to teach myself basic pattern making Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified.

Reverse Appliqué T-shirt – Making Fun Clothes For Boys 1

making fun clothes boys

Why do boys’ clothes have to be so boring? My 5-year-old loves colours and so do other boys, I’m sure, yet the clothes available for them are often so dull.

This t-shirt I made using the reverse appliqué technique. I first stenciled a design onto the fabric, sewed around each shape with embroidery thread and then cut the shapes out to show the fabric underneath.

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Peace Silk Tunic

Peace Silk Tunic

I made this tunic for my daughter out of handwoven silk from India. Silk is my absolute favourite fabric, I buy peace silk, so-called because no silkworms are harmed or killed in the production process.

You can find peace silk fabrics at FabricTreasury an Etsy shop, located in India. The pattern I used for the tunic is from ottobre magazine 2/04, I made a few changes though.

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