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Batik Prints: Gingham Batik




According to Indonesian folklore, certain motifs on traditional batik cloths bring good health. Our improvised patterns -- made with successive impressions of different-size icing tips, blocks, and dowels -- promise only to brighten a tabletop.


  1. Step 1


    A checked pattern may be created with any size square wood block. Place a sheet of graph paper beneath the white fabric to use as a guide. Apply a grid of waxed squares, making equal-size squares and spaces, and then dip fabric briefly, about 20 seconds, into dye.

  2. Step 2


    Without removing the wax, stamp a second grid of waxed squares that is vertically and horizontally aligned with squares of the first. Immerse fabric in dye for 20 minutes.

  3. Step 3


    The finished piece emerges from the dye, wax still in place. The first dye bath is the key to the checks, creating the pale squares that contrast with the white and dark blocks around them.

  4. Step 4


    Below, squares, rings, and stripes decorate throw pillows. Pillowcases are backed with a second handkerchief dyed the same color: Stitch wrong sides together, turn right side out, stuff with standard-size insert, and sew closed. For the bed pillow, we stamped a diamond pattern on a standard pillowcase.

  5. Step 5


    White-cotton table linens and hand-sewn seat-cushion covers (stuffed with batting) are stippled with dots and rings by using cake-decorating tips and wooden dowels; then they are dyed periwinkle or coffee brown. The 54- inch-square tablecloth is the most ambitious undertaking, requiring a basin large enough to dye the fabric evenly. Circles on graph paper, placed beneath fabric, help maintain the design.

  6. Step 6


    To give a tablecloth and napkin set as a gift, tie it with batik-cotton ribbon; simple twill tape will accept dye, too.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2001



Reviews (7)

  • RylieJaiden 28 Jul, 2011

    All of the info can be found here

  • RylieJaiden 28 Jul, 2011

    Relax everyone, if you visit the "Getting Started" and "Dying How To" tabs, it will tell you all of the information you need to know.

  • KandisinMI 25 Jul, 2011

    If you copy and paste this link, it will bring you to the general instruction page for batik:

  • atruje 25 Jul, 2011

    Where are the instructions is this a joke?

  • Corpusxn 24 Jul, 2011

    I have done and sold batiks in craft shows and some local galleries but your instructions are poor and fail to discuss the kind of fabric, pre washing it and what kind of permanent dye so that it will not wash out in future washings! A beginner would be disappointed by your site with so little information!

  • toytowndi 24 Jul, 2011

    Having never done batik printing before I am very disappointed with the instructions given for this project.
    There is no supply list? What do you do with the wood block to get wax squares onto fabric? What type of fabric should be used that you can see graph paper through? Too thin and it wouldn't make a good napkin.
    This project definitely needs more precise instructions.

  • Judak 24 Jul, 2011

    Very confusing - no direction for the polka dots, etc. on a cloth already died.