Block-Printed Table Linens

Give your table linens a one-of-a-kind look by block-printing charming leaf and flower designs.

Block-Printed Table Linens

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009


  • Pencil

  • Mastercarve artist-carving blocks: one 4-by-6-inch for leaves, one 2 1/2-by-2 1/2-inch (or larger) for flower

  • Bone folder

  • Linoleum cutter with V- and U-shaped attachments in different sizes

  • Pebeo Setacolor transparent water-based fabric paint

  • Wide paintbrush

  • Solid linens for printing (pre-washed and ironed)

  • Iron


  1. Print leaf and flower template. Trace over designs with a pencil. Carefully place paper, pencil-marked side down, on a Mastercarve artist-carving block.

  2. Rub the wide edge of a bone folder over paper to transfer the pencil-marked designs to carving blocks.

  3. Use a linoleum cutter with the V-shape attachment to carve the outline of the designs. Switch to a U-shape attachment to carve out larger areas around the designs.

  4. Apply a thin layer of transparent water-based fabric paint to the leaf block with a wide brush. Print on fabric with block, re-inking as needed.

  5. Print dogwood flower as you did the leaves.

  6. Let the fabric dry for about 15 minutes, and then set paint with an iron according to paint manufacturer's instructions.


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