During my last trip to IKEA, not only did I pick up a great cabinet for organizing my craft room, but I found tons of great and inexpensive items just dying to be decorated.
One of the many great things I found was the MARIT table runner in beige. Since then, I’ve been thinking about the best way to decorate it for spring.
I wanted to do floral/leaves/birds and spent a lot of time surfing the Silhouette Design store for some patterns I liked. I ended up settling on a leafy border for each end and a floral design for the center. Patterns here & here. I also went back and forth on whether to do use freezer paper or HTV. Since the material was more rustic, I thought fabric paint would look better, so I went with freezer paper stenciling.
To do this yourself you will need:
- Silhouette Cameo
- 12″x12″ cutting mat (either a light-hold mat or one that is less sticky)
- Freezer Paper
- Tulip Soft Fabric Paint
- Sponge brush & smaller paint brush
- Other tools: scissors, hook tool, tweezers
- Patience 🙂
After I chose and sized my designs, I cut the stencils one at a time out using the freezer paper. I used the Vellum setting on the Silhouette (Blade 1, Speed 6, Thickness 19). I cut with the shiny side down on the mat. Note, my blade is pretty new and very sharp, I recommend a test cut before you cut the full design.
After cutting, I weeded out the areas that will eventually get painted. The border design was relatively simple and only had one piece to iron on. The center design was much more complicated.
I’ll start with the end designs first. After removing the interior piece, I carefully peeled up the remaining stencil from the mat. The reason its good to use a light-hold mat is because the stencil will come up more easily.
To prepare the fabric, be sure to first put a piece of cardboard under the area to be painted. Carefully smooth out the stencil, shiny side down, over the area and make sure its positioned where you want it. After heating the iron, I find for a larger stencil its easier to first tack each corner to make sure its positioned correctly. After that, carefully apply heat with an iron to adhere each piece of the stencil to the fabric. Once all the pieces are down, go back one more time with the heat and make sure the corners and edges are all carefully adhered to the fabric. Try to avoid swiping the iron across the stencil as it may displace the edges.
Using the fabric paint, I mixed a bright green with some white, and a sponge brush, dab paint over the stencil. Be careful to not apply too much paint to the edges and do not swipe the brush across the stencil as it may cause it to peel off the fabric.
After application, you can either wait for for the paint to dry or peel the the stencil off right away. I find the tweezers are handy here to get small pieces out of the pattern.
The same method generally applies for the more complicated design, but I have a few tips since the stencil is not all one piece. For the design, I applied the outer piece of the stencil first. I kept the individual pieces on the silhouette mat and used the mat to help align the remaining pieces. I carefully peeled each piece of the mat and adhered one by one.
For the center design, I used multiple colors and the same application method as for the border. The small paint brush is also helpful for touching up areas that didn’t get enough paint or overlapped.
All-in-all, I love the final product. It was definitely a lot of hard work and I do not recommend this project as your first time using freezer paper stencils, but it was my second major project with freezer paper and it came out great :).