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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 Screw punches (with 1/16-inch, 1/8-inch, and 1/2-inch tips) are available at Martha Stewart Shop.



  1. Step 1

    Cover a work surface with kraft paper. Test fabric marker on a discreet area of cloth to make sure ink sets well.

  2. Step 2

    Print stencil templates, and use a screw punch and craft knife to cut out; or use your own stencils.

  3. Step 3

    Pressing stencil edges down firmly on cloth, fill in the design with marker.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat to create desired pattern. Press, using an iron on the appropriate setting for the fabric, to set the ink.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2010



Reviews (4)

  • terri_stalmavh 23 Mar, 2011

    This is not batiking. Batick is a art with wax and die. Terri from Erie Pa.

  • MelanieJade 23 Mar, 2011

    Great idea! I love the bright, happy colors!

  • AndersonWhinery 19 Apr, 2010

    Making monogram napkins using this technique would be amazing plus a cinch!

  • nkf00 19 Apr, 2010

    I love this idea!!!