How to Stencil on Fabric

Fabric stenciling is very similar to stenciling on hard surfaces. The key is to stencil with a dry brush, using as little paint as possible and applying color in multiple thin coats of paint. 

For more information about the Dry Brush Stenciling Technique and the Dot Test, see our How to Prevent Paint Bleed post. 

For more fabric stenciling ideas and tips, see our How to Stencil a Laundry Bag blog post!

Prepare cardboard with repositionable spray adhesive
1)Use Repositionable Spray Adhesive on the front of a piece of cardboard. Allow to become tacky for 30-60 seconds before putting behind the fabric surface that you will be stenciling.
Measure 9 inch by 11 inch rectangular border of painters tape
2)Measure a 9" by 11" rectangular section on your laundry bag to mask off using Frog Tape Painter's Tape. Once painted this will serves as the background area for stenciling.
Roll fabric paint onto masked off rectangle
3) Mix Buttermilk and Titanium White Americana Acrylic Paint with Americana Fabric Painting Medium. Load your roller with paint and roll the excess off onto paper towel before painting the masked off area of your background.
Use repositionable spray adhesive on the back of your stencil
4)Once the background is dry use Repositionable Spray Adhesive on the back of your stencil, allow to become for tacky for 30 seconds, then press to the center of the rectangle.
Mix Acrylic Paint with Fabric Painting Medium
5)Mix Williamsburg Blue Americana Acrylic Paint with Americana Fabric Painting Medium. Swirl the excess off of the 3/16" White Bristle Stencil Brush onto paper towel before swirling the color through your stencil in 3-4 light coats.
Use Painters Tape to mask off the border of your design
6)Once the design is stenciled and dry use Frog Tape Painter's Tape to mask off the outer edges of the rectangle to paint the red border around the perimeter. Mask off a quarter inch gap around the painted background area.
Mix acrylic paint with fabric painting medium
7)Mix Santa Red Acrylic Paint with Americana Fabric Painting Medium. Swirl excess paint onto paper towel then swirl 3-4 light coats through the border.
Remove the painters tape when you are done painting
8)When your border is fully painted remove the painter's tape. After removing the border mask your design is complete.
Allow the fabric paint 24-48 hours to dry. Heat set the design for 30 seconds with an iron set to low.
9) Allow the fabric paint 24-48 hours to dry. Heat set the design for 30 seconds with an iron set to low.
Be sure to wash inside out on the gentle cycle.
10)The red border really helps the design pop on your laundry bag. Be sure to wash inside out on the gentle cycle.

 

Fabric Stenciling Video Tutorial

If you found this tutorial helpful be sure to browse our other stencil tutorials. For a detailed walkthrough on how to stencil our wash, dry, fold, repeat stencil onto a fabric laundry bag watch the video below.

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