Brighter Batik Table Linens
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.
Resources: 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.
Cover a work surface with kraft paper. Test fabric marker on a discreet area of cloth to make sure ink sets well.
Print stencil templates, and use a screw punch and craft knife to cut out; or use your own stencils.
Pressing stencil edges down firmly on cloth, fill in the design with marker.
Repeat to create desired pattern. Press, using an iron on the appropriate setting for the fabric, to set the ink.