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Stenciled Napkin and Tea Towel




Tip: Apply several layers of paint on top of each other rather than "globbing" paint on all at once.

Resources: Setacolor opaque fabric paint from Blick Art Materials. Napkins and tea towels from West Elm.



  1. Step 1

    Print stencil design one and two on thick card stock. Cut out stencil out with a craft knife. (For a stencil that can be saved and used repeatedly, trace the design to a sheet of acetate paper or clear transparency paper with a permanent marker.)

  2. Step 2

    Pre-wash napkins and towels and iron out creases. Place stencil on fabric and secure with masking tape.

  3. Step 3

    Pour a small amount of fabric paint on a plate. Dab a stencil brush into paint, then dab paint on material with firm tamping movements. Try not to smear the paint around as if with a regular paintbrush, as it will bleed paint under stencil and create a messy design.

  4. Step 4

    Gently peel off the stencil. Allow paint to dry. Fix paint with an iron, as directed by paint manufacturer's instructions.

The Martha Stewart Show, November 2010



Reviews (1)

  • jaydec 16 Nov, 2010

    The napkins are on sale at West Elm right now. I just got them plus the paints, acetate and stencil brush from Blick Arts. I can't wait to make these. They will be Christmas presents for all my sisters!