There are so many ways to use stencils on and off the wall. This tutorial is to inspire you to try stenciling on a new surface: fabric! When it comes to stenciling on fabric, your possibilities are really endless. You can stencil on different types of fabric from silk to polyester and create unique pillows, tablecloths, clothes and curtains! Match your stenciled walls or simply add a pop of color and design to a drab space. I decided to stencil a bland shower curtain liner with the Ikat Samarkand allover stencil from CuttingEdgeStencils and I love how it turned out!
You Will Need...
- - Textile Medium
- - Acrylic Craft Paints (found at Michaels for around $2 a tube. I chose Vintage White in a larger tube and a number of smaller Champagne tubes)
- - You can also get a special fabric paint, but good craft acrylics with a dollop of medium cost way less, work just as well and come in way more colors!
- - Dense Foam Roller with Handle (not included in photo)
- - Blue painters tape
- - Drop cloth
Step by Step Instructions
This is how I did it! First I bought a cheap fabric shower curtain liner (found mine at Walmart for $14.95, but they also had white ones for $8), then I picked the perfect stencil to compliment the rest of my bathroom space. There is no reason why your bathroom shouldnt represent your sense of color and style perfectly. You dont need to settle for anything less than a custom designer look but you can easily do it yourself! The shower curtain was quite wrinkled when I took it out of the packaging so I ironed it first. This step was very important because any wrinkles in the fabric made it much more difficult for me to get the paint on smoothly. Once my fabric was nice and ironed I taped it to my wooden kitchen floor (hard and smooth) so it didnt have any wrinkles or move around while I was stenciling. My paint ended up seeping right through the cloth a bit, but it easily washed off my floor with a soapy sponge. If you are worried, place a cloth below the curtain and then tape the curtain to the cloth beneath.
Once I finished filling in the bulk of the Curtain, I came back and filled in the top with the Top Part Stencil (make sure to tape off the edge of the curtain where you would like the pattern to end).
I love how the metallic adds an extra dimension to it! You can see how the lighting in my bathroom enhances the shine in the parts with the matallic paint.
I let the stenciled curtain dry completely, about 24 hours, then heat-set it by ironing the fabric for about 20 sec. ( more or less) on a low setting through a piece of soft thin cotton cloth. This cured the paint and will prevent it from being washed off later in the laundry. I love how it looks hung up in my bathroom! Im so happy with how it turned out! It only took me a couple hours and was lots of fun!!