I’m participating in a monthly “Silhouette Challenge” with some Facebook Friends who LOVE Silhouette — This month’s theme is “Fabric” — so read all the way to the end of this post to see some awesome fabric inspiration!
Speaking of awesome – Today’s project is courtesy of my quilting friend, Alice Ridge! Alice creates the most fabulous & original quilted masterpieces! Like me, she is a Military Wife, & I met her when she walked into my shop & told me that she taught quilting classes! I asked her to bring in some samples — and the rest was history! She is not only a marvelous quilter — but an outstanding teacher! Makes it so easy for everyone to understand & she is so encouraging!! To see more of her creations & check out her teaching schedule, visit her web site at Alice Ridge Quilts. If you ever have the opportunity to take one of Alice’s quilting classes — do it!!
Last year, Alice decided to join the ranks of Silhouette Cameo owners and attended one of our Silhouette Retreats! One thing that I love about Alice is that she looks at things from a different perspective! So, she took the techniques that we used for Glass Etching & adjusted it for Fabric Painting. And it wasn’t long before she began making some beautiful quilted projects, using her Silhouette Cameo!
So, here are the steps we used!
This design is from the Silhouette Store – “Scroll Dove”.
So, once you have purchased & downloaded the design — open it in the Silhouette Studio Software — then size it to whatever size works for your project. Because we are going to be weeding (removing) the vinyl to create a “negative” for the paint – I find it helpful to place a box around my design.
Then, send to Silhouette & cut – using Vinyl settings. You can use regular vinyl or stencil vinyl — whatever you have! I just used the Oracal 651 that I had on hand. After cutting & removing the vinyl from the image, it should look like this.
Next, I took clear transfer tape & placed it over the entire piece of vinyl & carefully “squeegeed” it down. After removing the backing, I placed the vinyl on the fabric I wanted to stencil. (Its very helpful to have your fabric pressed and smooth). Again, carefully smoothing out the vinyl on the fabric — I removed the transfer tape. (I used a canvas pillow cover for my project — think I’ll add some text around it at a later time!)
Now the fun begins! I used Shiva Paintstiks to paint this fabric. They are real oil paint in a solid stick form! So cool! They don’t have a cover or cap – but instead, after being left out for a few hours (or days), form a “skin” over the tip. So you have to remove that before beginning to use your Paintstiks. You can remove the skin by “pinching” it off with a paper towel, or carefully peel away with a knife.
Working with solid “crayon type” paints is different than working with liquid paints. Shelly Stokes of Cedar Canyon Textiles has done an awesome job of showing how to use Paintstiks on fabric in this YouTube video – So click on over to her video for some great information on stenciling with Shiva Painstiks. She also has some great information on Basic Painstick Instructions!
Once you’re happy with the coverage of the paint — you can remove the vinyl! And voila!! Nice, clean, crisp lines — wiht no bleeding under the vinyl!! I love it!!
Alice has done a beautiful job of free motion quilting her wall hanging. Learning to free motion quilt is more than I can put in this one tutorial — so hop on over to YouTube again for a video on how to begin free motion quilting on your home sewing machine.
So, there you have it! And Fabric painting can be used on a wide variety of projects — quilts, purses, clothing, home decor & tons more!! Be sure to share what you have made with your stencil & paints — Hugs, Terri
- No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
- No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
- Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
- Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
- Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
- DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
- Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
- Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
- Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
- Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
- Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
- Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
- Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
- Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
- Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
- “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
- Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
- Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
- Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
- “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
- DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
- Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
- Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
- Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
- Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
- Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
- DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
- Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
- Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
- DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
- Birthday Challenge by Fadville
- Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
- Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
- “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
- Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
- Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
- Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
- Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
- Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
- Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
- Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
- Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
- Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
- Teddy Bear by Work in Progress