Laney and I were invited by Kollabora and Plaid Crafts to try out a new line of stencils by Handmade Charlotte. Of course we were excited to roll up our sleeves and get dirty with some new craft supplies and paint. I’ve been very inspired by the many dying and fabric painting posts seen on True Bias, Papercut Collective, and Sallieoh. Stencils seemed like a great way for the less handy with a paintbrush to join the movement. Plus stencil technology has really progressed since my days in grade school. Remember those plastic rulers that doubled as a stencil having triangles, and hearts cut out of the center? They use to slip all over the place! These newfangled stencils are sticky on the back to prevent shifting and can be re-stuck several times. Only sharp edges for me with this latest in crafting artillery.
Like the tur-band this cowl is a great stash busting project. I must have some deep primal urge to spring clean this month. Although, I confess I bought this half yard of knit just for today’s project because I thought it would be so pretty with the copper paint, whoopsie poopsie. So I guess I should say this could be a great stash busting project if you have a pinch more restraint. I choose a knit fabric today, but Sarah has been whipping out cowls from faux fur as well as drapey wovens. The possibilities are really endless.
- 1/2 yard of fabric (both woven and knit work just fine)
- Handmade Charlotte Stencil
- acrylic paint
- tintable fabric medium
- paint brush
- hand needle
- matching thread
- sewing machine
- stretch/ball point sewing machine needle (if you are working with a knit fabric like me)
Mix one part tintable fabric medium with two parts paint.
Apply your stencil to the fabric and paint.
Let your painted fabric dry 24 hours and set the paint by heating it with an iron. Be sure to use a press cloth to protect your iron.
Fold your fabric in half lengthwise with the painted side of your fabric on the inside. Pin the raw edges together along the length of your fabric. Don’t worry about the short ends we’ll take care of those later.
Starting 1 to 1 1/2 inches from the short edge of your fabric sew the long pinned edge together. Stop 1 to 1/2 inches before the end. If you are working with knit fabric like I am you will want to use a ball point or stretch needle as well as a stretch stitch. I usually go for the classic zig zag stitch, but there is no harm in playing with other stretch stitches on your machine.
Turn your tube of fabric so the painted side is on the outside.
Now you’ll see why we kept that 1 to 1 1/2 inch unsewn at either end. Pin the raw short edges of you tube together with the painted sides on the inside.
Sew the short edges together.
Now you can just hand sew the little opening closed.