How to stencil on fabric with acrylic paints

Today I am sharing a tutorial with some tips and tricks on how to stencil on fabricHow to Stencil on Fabric using Acrylic Paints- Tutorial on

How to make it
Step 1: Spray the back of your stencil lightly with some repositionable adhesive. This adhesive is lightly tacky and holds the stencil onto the fabric while you work. This way the stencil will not shift its position while you are working on it.
Krylon_easy_tackStep 2: Position your stencil onto your fabric. Today I am using the Roped Decorative Stencil Set from Fiskars.
stencillingStep 3: Dip your paintbrush in some acrylic paint  and then lightly paint onto fabric.
how_to_stencil_on_fabrics_with_acrylic_paintsStep 4: Paint over the entire stencil area. Lift up the stencil gently and carefully, in an upward motion, while the paint is still wet. 
removing_stencilStep 5: To clean the stencil, place it onto a scrap piece of paper immediately, and wipe over it using a baby wipe or a damp paper towel. If you have let the paint dry on the stencil, then simply immerse the stencil in a bowl or sink of water for a few minutes and then clean.
clean_your_stencilsStep 6: Place the clean stencil onto the fabric and line it up correctly. The Fiskars stencils have a little plus sign at the top of the stencil which helps in easy alignment of the stencil.fiskars_stencilsStep 7: (optional) To add a little more details, outline the stencilled design with some dimensional fabric paint. Let everything dry thoroughly and then iron fabric on the reverse (non painted) sidedimensionalpaint

all done

Ta da!! Here is how this tote turned out. In a few easy steps this simple tote was changed into something really special.painting_on_fabrictotebagpersonalized_tote_BagI love how pretty this looks and once you know how to stencil on fabric you can personalize so many things! Like these books below, I covered them with fabric and used fabric markers on the stencil. Learn how to make these books yourself in this article I wrote for Fiskars.fabric_covered_notebooksWhile we are on the topic of how to stencil on fabric, I have another previous project to share in which I even make my own stencil! Check it out here.ChevronStencil


Craft Supplies


A stencil, Acrylic paint, Paint brush and fabric of your choice. I chose to use a Back to Basics tote bag today. Optional supplies: Easy Tack spray and Dimensional fabric paint.

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