Hello, fellow crafters, I’m Marie Dabbs from The Inspiration Vault. I am here with Pam today to share a different way to use stamps.
Back in the Fall, I used regular acrylic stamps and fabric-safe ink to create Fall Leaf Stamped Cloth Napkins. This time, however, I’m using block printing stamps and soft fabric ink to create these pretty Bohemian Stamped Fabric Table Linens. They would look lovely on your spring table or if you used different colors, any time of the year. You could even use just one color that coordinates with your decor year round.
These supplies can easily be found in the big craft stores, in the t-shirt decorating section. Speaking of, these stamps and ink colors would also make a very pretty boho t-shirt for you to wear. So many options! Let’s get started.
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Supplies Needed for Bohemian Stamped Fabric Table Linens
- Boho Style Block Printing Stamps
- Soft Fabric Ink (I used Grapefruit, Marigold & Tangerine)
- Sponge Cubes
- Fabric Table Linens (Not Polyester)
- Scrap Piece of Cardboard
You’ll want to have a damp washcloth or paper towels handy to wipe up any mess quickly. This soft fabric ink does not like to come off of surfaces, especially clothing. But that’s a good thing for this project! Place the scrap piece of cardboard underneath the ironed fabric you will be stamping. See how I snuck “ironed” in there? Yeah, you can’t stamp a wrinkled piece of fabric. I’m stamping a table runner and two placemats.
Put a little of the ink on one side of the sponge, scraping off any excess. You don’t need a ton of it. Then gently blot or tap the block stamp onto the sponge, covering the design. You may get some in between the design lines and that’s okay, but try not to have it on there too thick or gloppy. It’s like you’re making your own stamp pad. If you have a scrap piece of fabric around, maybe practice on that first until you know how much you need on the stamp. I used the tangerine on the butterfly to start.
Tip: You should put the stamp straight down onto the fabric. Don’t come in at an angle or rock the stamp back and forth or twist it. Just apply it straight down and press firmly, then lift straight up and off of the fabric.
Stamp the butterfly randomly around the cloth pieces, leaving room for the flowers. If you’d rather do a set pattern, go for it. Make sure wherever you stamp has that scrap cardboard under it because the ink will soak through.
Now continue the process with the flower stamps and the other paint colors. I chose to keep one color for each stamp so I didn’t have to keep washing the stamps but feel free to mix up and switch colors if you feel inspired to do so.
Lay the fabric pieces out flat to dry, keeping in mind that they may still be wet on the bottom. The bottle says to let the paint dry 24 hours before using them. That sounds a bit long, so just leave them overnight and check them the next day. Mine dried in an hour, though.
Tip: Once you’re done, make sure to wash off the stamps and sponges with hot water. There’s a little brush that’s next to everything in this product line that I scoffed at. Well, you’ll need some type of brush to clean out the nooks and crannies of the stamps. I used an old toothbrush, and it worked fine.
That’s it! Now you can set a pretty boho table for yourself and some guests to enjoy. These Bohemian Stamped Fabric Table Linens are really pretty easy to make, and your imagination is the only thing holding you back. If butterflies aren’t your thing, this line of block stamps has several different designs and styles to choose from. The style also lends itself nicely to using gold paint on a fun boho printed fabric to make anything from pillows to curtains. How would you use these fun block stamps?
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If you’d like to see more of my home decor craft projects, be sure to stop by The Inspiration Vault and check us out! We offer craft tutorials in a number of different areas from paper crafts to crochet. I run The Inspiration Vault with my best friend, Aleisha, so between the two of us, we can make just about anything!
Super Mom - No Cape!
These are soooo pretty! I love the butterflies!
Very cool idea – how does the ink hold up to washing?
Yami | The Latina Next Door
These turned out so great! I haven’t used much stamping on fabric, but now I may just need to try it out.