Sunday, July 22

Stenciling on Fabric

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I recently taught a Sunday lesson to the girls at church.
While searching for an idea for a little favor,
I stumbled upon this article from Kimbo at A Girl & a Glue Gun.

Here's my version of the "Prayer Pillowcase".
I found these cute pillowcases at Walmart.
Why do I shop at Walmart so much?
For one thing they have a tendency to be open late
when I have a "wild hair" to create my latest project!

Step 1: Making the Stencil
I was terrified to make my own stencil, 
but it's not that hard! 
Craft stores have sheets of plastic that are perfect for stenciling.'
{Mine came from Walmart since Hobby Lobby was CLOSED :(  }

Of course, you can print any word, name, or design you want.
I was feeling lazy crunched for time, so
I actually ran the plastic sheet through my computer printer & printed the word right onto it.
{The ink did smear, but I was careful not to touch it much,
then cleaned it off with Windex after cutting out the stencil.}
A sharp exacto knife & a cutting board make it easy 
to cut out your design.

Step 2: Stabilize the Fabric & Stencil

Step 3: Apply Paint or Marker
I started out with paint, but it was stiff & I wanted
a soft feel. After experimenting with permanent markers, etc.,
I ended up using this . . .
Weird choice, I know. It's a dry erase marker! 
But I tested it & it doesn't come out in the wash.
It also doesn't bleed like other markers I tried.
Just to insure the ink would last longer in the wash,
I "heat set" it with an iron.
After coloring in & removing the stencil, 
you can also touch up any lines that are ragged-looking.

Hopefully,  this will help the girls remember something
very important!  ;D

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