Make your own fabric designs by using a stamp on fabric with textile paints. You can use any type of stamp — either purchased or one you make yourself. Here is how to stamp on fabric.
Stamping on fabric is one of many techniques to embellish the surface of your fabric, adding your personal mark to your projects. I wanted flies on fabric for a quilt in our Letters Home series, where my mother talks about how the flies were terrible. I couldn’t find a good fly stamp, so made my own, to make my own fabric.
Tips for stamping on fabric:
- Prepare your fabric by washing and drying to remove any coatings that might interfere with the paint
- Use a brayer to spread your textile paint very thin on a soft surface, like a Gelli plate to evenly coat the paint on your stamp.
- Use painters tape to tape your fabric to a softer surface. I use a vinyl tablecloth over a cardboard cutting board. This protects my table from any spills or if the paint gets too thick and bleeds through your fabric. And the thick cardboard has a little give to make a nice impression.
- As you stamp, continue to use your brayer and spread the paint to be stamped very thin on your Gelli plate. If needed, add a little more paint.
- You can use acrylic paints, but sometimes they don’t hold up as well as textile paints. Also, you can use a permanent ink stamp pad. They are a lot more expensive and don’t have much ink, if you plan on embellishing a large piece of fabric.
Here are my flies, now with wings. I fused metallic sheer fabric to each stamped fly to give them wings.
Try your hand to stamp on fabric – see how you can customize your fabric for your next project!
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See this fabric in my Letters Home: Cutting the Grass and Feeding the Sheep quilt.