Quantcast

DIYdiy projects

DIY Printed Table Runner

by Grace Bonney

DIY_printed_table_runner_11_lapinblu
I’ve always liked the idea of fabric printing and painting, but being a lover of a somewhat more muted color palette, I’ve more often than not been put off by the limited color choice of readymade fabric products.

With this method, you can create any color you choose simply by mixing it with acrylic textile medium; a product that makes acrylic paint suitable for use on fabric and is fixed by heat. Awesome, right?

I wanted to add a little something extra to a perfect dove grey linen cloth I recently found, so, taking inspiration from the potato printed wall I did in my daughter’s room (you can spot my favorite colors there, too) I decided to mix up my colors and use the method once again to create this simple, scalloped printed table runner. —Sarah of Lapin Blu

Materials:
– Acrylic Paints (four colors work best)
– Acrylic Textile Medium
– Plain Cotton/Linen table runner (I bought mine from H&M, but if you’re handy with a sewing machine, you could also make this)
– Large potato (try to choose a relatively smooth one. If you use more than four colors, cut enough shapes for each color)
– Sharp knife
– Mixing Bowls
– Old Spoon
– Paintbrush
– Newspaper/Old sheet/foam board (anything to protect your worksurface – I pinned my runner to foam board, but you could also tape it down)
– Iron
– Old T-shirt/muslin/fabric

Process:

1. Using the sharp knife, chop your potato in half, place flat side down and cut in half again. Dab dry with old cloth.

2. Lay out your fabric and secure in place as above, or your chosen method.

3. Mix your paints. Textile medium should be mixed in equal parts to paint. For example, I used two spoons of black acrylic paint to two spoons of textile medium (one spoon of each for the other colors). You can mix them all at the same time as they will stay wet more than long enough for you to complete the project, even a more complex design, or if you choose to cover the entire runner.

DIY_potato_print_process_lapinblu

4. Paint your color onto the potato and place onto fabric (I found this gave a better result than dipping the potato – you may want to experiment on paper first). Ensure you apply a fairly heavy and even pressure. Lift and repeat across your fabric until you complete your design.

diy_fabric_paint1_lapinblu
diy_fabric_paint3_lapinblu
DIY_potato_print_tablerunner_lapinblu
DIY_potato_print_tablerunner1_lapinblu

5. Once you have completed your printing, leave to dry and then iron. Use a high setting with no steam. I’d suggest using some old fabric or muslin on both sides for the first run (painted side up), then I would use the old fabric underneath only, and iron over again, this time directly on the reverse side of the runner.

DIY_potato_print_tablerunner2_lapinblu
DIY_potato_print_tablerunner3_lapinblu

Don’t worry too much about the pattern being perfect – I started at one side on the first run, which didn’t quite fit to the other side, so I simply started at the opposite side on the next line to make it look deliberate!

DIY_printed_table_runner_6_lapinblu

DIY_printed_table_runner_2_lapinblu

DIY_printed_table_runner_7_lapinblu

DIY_printed_table_runner_12_lapinblu

Suggested For You

Comments

Leave a Reply

Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.

x