So I set out to make a new table runner. This lovely Maple Leaf stencil was free with purchase last month from Royal Design Studio (I can't wait to show you what I'm doing with the one I purchased...but you'll have to wait.) The entire stencil set is available here, with a total of 5 gorgeous leaves to stencil. I've become a stencil addict. Oh and did I mention that this table runner has no sewing involved? Yeah, I'm afraid of sewing machines. Maybe Santa will get me something inexpensive like a kid's sewing machine to learn on (are you listening Santa?)
- Leaf Stencil - buy or create your own
- black cotton fabric, mine is about 2 yards long, and about 20 inches wide
- DecoArt Dazzling Metallics paint in Champagne Gold (I love this color! It's like a combo of gold and silver. It ties in well with lots of colors.)
- DecoArt Americana Fabric Painting Medium
- Foam Pouncers for painting
- Fabri-Tac (unless you sew, then by all means sew the darn thing!)
Wash and dry your fabric without fabric softener or dryer sheets, to remove the sizing. Then iron it out and cut it to the desired length and width, leaving an inch on each side for the seams. Using a palette or paper plate, mix 2 parts paint to 1 part fabric painting medium. Be sure to cover your work surface, because the paint can seep through.
Place the stencil down, hold it in place with one hand, and dab the pouncer in some paint, then pounce the paint on to the stencil. Make sure the paint is even on the pouncer and not too thick. Once done, lift the stencil directly off and repeat randomly on the fabric. After painting a couple of leaves, either rinse the paint off the stencil, or wipe it off with a baby wipe (that's what I do.) You don't want the paint to goop up your stencil.
Once you've stenciled all the leaves on. Let the table runner dry for 30 minutes. After that, you need to heat set the paint. Do this by ironing the wrong side of the fabric, constantly moving the iron about the fabric.
At this point, you want to iron your seams down. I folded over an inch on each side and ironed it flat, making sharp angles at each corner.
With the seams ironed down, I started applying my Fabri-Tac. Being careful that I didn't use too much (you don't want it to soak through) I applied the glue in 6 inch sections. Gently press the seam down, not too hard though, so it doesn't soak through. Then continue to glue, until the whole table runner is done.
Flip it over and you've made yourself one gorgeous and easy piece of fall decor!
The paint is washable with the fabric medium, but I'm not sure how the Fabri-Tac will hold up, so I would spot clean only.