Tye dying stripes and freezer paper stencils!

Dying stripes with washout glue and fabric dye is so easy.  To get good stripes use painters tape!  This simple technique of creating dyed stripes is so fun and addicting! The best part is that you will only need Elmers washable school glue, blue painters tape and Rit dye to create the stripes. Embellish with Folkart fabric paints, freezer paper stencils, rhinestones, ribbons or anything that strikes your fancy.

This was designed for Rit Dye.

Prewash and dry tote bag to remove any sizing or finishes that may interfere with the absorption of the dyes.

Lay dry bag on a flat surface. Place strips of masking tape diagonally across the bag, leaving ½” space between the strips.

Brush a medium layer of Elmer’s Clear School on the bag between the strips of tape.  When dyeing, this creates a resist that will result in a striped pattern. Let the glue dry for 5 hours.  Remove masking tape.

Wearing rubber gloves, mix one-half box of Fuchsia Rit Dye with 1 gallon very hot water.  Immerse wrapped bag in dye bath for about 10 minutes or until desired color is reached.

Remove bag from dye and rinse in cold water until water runs clear. Then wash bag in warm water with a mild detergent. Rinse and hang dry.

Draw or trace a horse carousel design on non-waxed side of freezer paper. Cut out inside of shape to make a stencil. Using a warm iron, iron waxed side of paper stencil to bag, as shown.
Brush black fabric paint inside the stencil. Let paint dry. Remove the freezer paper. Heat set the paint with a warm iron.

Glue rhinestone accents to carousel. Add ribbon to the handle and tie a black bow to handle of bag.

Make It: Freezer Paper Stenciled Easter Napkins

Make It: Stenciled Easter Napkins

Jazz up some plain fabric napkins with a little bit of Plaid’s Folkart fabric paint. Using freezer paper to make the stencils is so easy and the results are a smooth crisp line each time.  Freezer paper is wax on one side and paper on the other side For best results, use a small amount of paint to begin and work in an up-and-down fashion.

FolkArt Fabric Paint – Brush On – Light Red Oxide
FolkArt Fabric Paint – Brush On – Metallic Rose Shimmer
FolkArt Fabric Paint – Dimensional – Pearl White
Pink or pastel napkins
Bunny template
Freezer paper
Craft knife
Foam paintbrush
Fabric glue
Silk flower petal
Crochet flower trim scrap
Blue rhinestone
Click to save the bunny template jpeg!

1. Working on a protected surface, create a stencil of the bunny by tracing and cutting it out with a craft knife from freezer paper. (freezer paper is waxed on one side)

2. With a medium heated iron, attach the freezer paper stencil in the corner of the napkin.

3. Using a foam brush, paint the inside of the bunny with the pink paint. Allow to dry and remove the freezer paper stencil.

4. Add highlights to the bunny ears and a cottontail with pearl dimensional paint. Use a toothpick to flatten the paint on the ears. Add a small dot of paint for the bunny eye. Allow to dry.

5. Use fabric glue to attach a layered flower, trim and rhinestone embellishment.

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101 Tees: Irish You Were Beer

Irish Eyes are Smiling!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner!  You still have time paint up tee and show off your Irish Pride!   For this design I made stencils using freezer paper, you could also use self-stick shelf liner.

Custom cut stencils are a snap to make!  For ease of cutting, always use a sharp craft knife and a self-healing mat.

Paper Printed with an Irish saying
Green T-Shirt
Freezer Paper or self-stick shelf liner
Craft Knife
Self Healing Mat
Stencil Brush
FolkArt White Fabric Paint

1.  Begin by printing an Irish saying onto a piece of paper.  Chunky letters work best.  Re-size the letters as needed.

2. Make a stencil of the saying by laying freezer paper (wax side down) or shelf liner over the words.  Tape both pieces to the self-healing mat. Use the sharp craft knife to cut out the design leaving a border around the design.

3. Position the freezer paper stencil in the center of the tee. Use a warm iron to attach the wax side of the paper to the tee. For shelf liner, stick the cutout design to the tee. Stick the insides of the letters to the tee.  (this is for letters like o, a b)

4. Dab a stencil brush in white fabric paint. You want to work with a semi-dry brush, so tap off enough excess paint. Working up and down, tap the brush over the stencil.  Allow the paint to dry. Peel off the stencil and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to heat set the paint.