Give table linens the look of patterned Indonesian textiles by using fabric markers and stencils -- a colorful update of our bleach-pen method.
Choose napkins, place mats, and runners made of natural fibers, such as cotton and linen, since these absorb ink better than synthetics.
Table Linens How-To
1. Cover a work surface with kraft paper. Test fabric marker on a discreet area of cloth to make sure ink sets well.
3. Pressing stencil edges down firmly on cloth, fill in the design with marker.
4. Repeat to create desired pattern. Press, using an iron on the appropriate setting for the fabric, to set the ink.
Waterproof National Geographic Adventure paper (for stencils), 11-by-17 inches are available at waterproof-paper.com. Screw punches (with 1/16-inch, 1/8-inch, and 1/2-inch tips) are available at Martha Stewart Shop.