Instant Style: Fabric Stenciling

Refashion a pair of jeans or a t-shirt in seconds with stencils. This technique transcends any style, from traditional to modern. A stylish stamp of self-expression will transform your readymade home furnishings and apparel into one-of-a-kind items.

Inject some punctuation into your creation with our Stencil Series: Typewriter 1 set, featuring classic symbols and letters that adds vintage appeal to our Teatime Dress & Coat IIJ820). Amy featured this pattern on an episode of “Sewing with Nancy,” in which she demonstrated stenciling on boutique-style fashions for kids.

Spruce up a satchel, like The Saddle Bag (IJ848), with the elegant bird-and-branch motif from our Stencil Series: Feathers and Flora 1 collection. We added extra dimension by stitching some basic embroidery stitches along the stencils edges to highlight and compliment the stenciling.

Spice up a skirt with worldly inspiration from our Stencil Series: Asian Elements 1 set, which includes a ginkgo leaf, bamboo stem, a ying-yang symbol, Japanese characters, and a lotus-like flower that enlivens the neck inset on our Over the Top Tunic (IJ823) – shown on the right.

When stenciling on fabric, use fabric paint or acrylic paint mixed with a fabric medium in a one-to-one ratio.

Secure the stencil to your fabric with tape. Cover unwanted areas with paper or tape. Using a clean, dry stencil brush, dip into paint sparingly and dab onto a paper towel to remove excess.

Hold the brush straight up and down and use dabbing motions to paint exposed areas of the stencil. Allow the paint to dry.

You can customize many of our clothing and purse patterns with stencils. Ready to make your mark?

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