Today I am sharing my first DIY project for the home. It is my favorite and one of the easiest methods of surface design. It is so simple that even small children can contribute. Basically all you need are some textile paints, paintbrushes, freezer paper, an iron and any cotton or linen fabric that you desire to embellish. I will be printing kitchen towels, but pillowcases, sheets, shower curtains, etc. These are all doable as well. I hope you enjoy this simple DIY home project.
-cotton or linen fabric
-fabric/ textile paint
-paintbrush & container or recycled lid to mix paint in
-pen or pencil
-printed image or shapes to trace
Step 1: trace a simple image onto freezer paper.
Step 2: cut out traced shapes, remember to cut out details for negative space- image can be cut up like puzzle pieces and then used as different layers for more interest in the design
Step 3: iron down freezer paper cut outs (shiny film side down) into desired composition, making sure all nooks and crannies are flattened and adhered to fabric
Step 4: mix fabric paints to desired color, using a tiny bit of water to dilute
Step 5: paint on in any fashion, you can make stripes swirls, or just one flat color, be sure to place a piece of paper behind your fabric and stencil to keep colors from bleeding through, have fun with the paint
Step 6: let dry completely, then peel off freezer paper stencil, you may need to do some touching up around the edges
Step 7: use iron to heat set the fabric paint, insuring a permanent embellishment!
SUKIE print & pattern
I also want to share with you all, my absolute favorite fabric and textile companies, one big and one small design studio. Both textile companies are England based, no surprise there. The U.K. offers some of the most incredible textiles and designers and if you ever get the chance to travel to London, the V&A has the most enchanting textile collection. I highly recommend you stop in for an afternoon visit.
Sukie is a small studio production textile and stationery company based out of Brighton, England. A few summers ago I had the greatest opportunity to work at the side of owners and designers, Julia and Darrell Gibbs while I was visiting England. My “internship” was only a week or so long, but I learned so much from the design duo, and I was forever inspired and encouraged by them to be an entrepreneur myself. Sukie produces the most fun prints on scarves/ hankies, dishtowels, pillows and just recently they have started selling yardage of printed fabric for the home! What an exciting addition to their collection!! All of their prints have the most beautiful and vibrant color combinations. Sukie also makes the most amazing hand-printed notebooks and journals. Every single one I have ever owned is of the most amazing quality and with a handmade feel and look to them. That’s what makes their product so special. In the past few years Sukie has also been producing paper goods for the greatest of U.S. publishers, Chronicle Books. This series of stationery is remarkably cute and fun. To purchase their products in the U.S. you can visit their website or you can email them to find your nearest retailer that offers their product. You can also find the Chronicle Book series on the Sukie site.
My other favorite for textiles is the classic, Liberty of London. For more than a century they have been producing the most gorgeous and versatile fabrics I have ever known. Nobody does a floral print like Liberty fabrics. The textile floor of the London department store was beautiful enough to make me cry when I visited, not to mention that every textile in the store was a dream to touch. The fine quality and the beautiful designs are just incredible. I love the traditional Liberty prints to use in really untraditional ways. Probably the best example of this is the Nike and Liberty collaborations that were originally released last year, pure magic if you ask me! It’s a dream of mine to cover my bike seat in a Liberty floral print and then I would line a bicycle basket with a mismatched print to hang on the front of my bike. How sweet would that be? It might even be too sweet to use.
Nike & Liberty