Stamping is an easy way to create custom fabric for a sewing project, or perk up a tired garment. A few simple tips can help:
1. First, pick the right stamp! Super-detailed commercial stamps are shallow, and the paint will glob right up, giving you a messy blur instead of a crisp image.
Pick a stamp with some depth, and simple shapes, like the floral on the left below…
Or, even better, make your own darn stamps!
2. Now that you’ve got stamps, pick the right paint. You want something designed for fabric — it will adhere better, and stand up to washing. Is your fabric a darker color than your paint? Make sure to get an opaque paint. Read the label! If it doesn’t say it’s opaque, it’s translucent, and the background color will bleed through.
Stamps, check. Paint, check. Now…
3. Assemble a few tools. Foam brushes, a plate to use as a palette, and an old sheet. Fold up the sheet and use it as a slightly padded surface for your fabric — sounds crazy, but it’ll give you a crisper print.
Spoon out some paint, and you’re ready to…
4. KISS THE STAMP! With the ink-laden foam brush, that is. The #1 error that newbie stampers make is overloading their stamp with paint. Stamping is less crisp and more organic than screenprinting, which is part of its charm. But you want an image on your shirt, not a blob!
LESS IS MORE. Lightly smooch the stamp with your foam brush, then firmly press your inked surface to your fabric.
5. Mix and match your stamps. A robot in a flower garden? Why not! Go crazy, and have fun.
6. Yay! Custom print, handmade by you. The only step left is heat-setting your paint. If your item will be washed, it’s essential. Use a press cloth to protect your iron. After your printing is dry (REALLY dry, as in the day after you’ve stamped), iron over your stamped images on the appropriate hot setting for your fabric. Enjoy!
Want to make some stamps? Check out our Stamp Carving class, coming in early November.
- every girl ever responding to a compliment on a skirt/dress that has pockets (via misandrwitch)
hah this is true
Am I the only one who feels like weirdly weighed down in the armpits when I actually *use* said pockets for anything heavier than a pack of gum? When I put my keys in my skirt pockets I feel like I’m gonna pants myself…
I made it for my boyfriend’s nephew Henry, who is pictured above investigating his new present. I got the idea from this kitchen I saw on Young House Love:
To make it, I bought an old cabinet at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and framed it out underneath so it’d be a bit taller. The top is an old door from a different cabinet, with a piece of trim nailed to it for the backsplash.
The oven door was the hardest part. I had to jigsaw a big rectangle out of the cabinet door, frame it with mitered trim pieces, and glue a piece of plexiglass to it. I told Henry’s parents not to bring a level anywhere near the play kitchen or it’d probably explode.
Like the kitchen on YHL, this one has a metal bowl for a sink, with a real faucet and a hot-water handle that moves. Apparently Henry’s favorite thing is to give his toys a bath in the sink.
Henry’s other favorite thing is magnets, so I painted the other cabinet door with like 50 coats of magnetic primer. Boy, that stuff is temperamental. I had to stir it constantly, and there was still a huge chunk of metal shavings in the middle of the can that wouldn’t break up. You can see in the photo above that Henry already put some of his magnets on it.
I think he likes it!