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Stenciled Napkin and Tea Towel

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November 2010


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.


  • Thick cardstock or acetate/clear transparency paper

  • Napkins

  • Tea towel(s)

  • Iron

  • Masking tape

  • Fabric paint

  • Disposable plate

  • Stencil brush (bristled)


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

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

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