Continuing on with my sister’s birthday presents, here’s the pretty little bag I made her. For the life of me I cannot come up with a cute name for this bag, so it’s simply Amber’s bag, as I designed it specifically for her. It’s made with a handmade freezer paper stencil (of course it is, I’m obsessed!) and painted with fabric paint. It you’re familiar with using freezer papers as stencils on textiles, then you won’t have a problem with this, it’s really quite easy!
Start by measuring out a piece of freezer paper that’s the same size as your bag. This bag is a bit different than the one I bought for her. If you were interested in the original one, I got it from Michaels for about $10 (use a coupon! ).
Now, to get it nice and even and both sides, I folded down the center of the branch so I could see the sharpie though the paper, and traced it with the sharpie marker. See how both sides match perfectly?
Cut your design out, using an Xacto knife, leaving the bottom and top attached. This just keeps the paper together, making it easier to iron, and you’ll finish painting it up after you peel the stencil off.
Now to prepare your paint. I like to use Decoart’s fabric painting medium. You add half the amount of the medium to the paint. If you can’t read it from the picture, my paint colors were Wild Iris, Dark Chocolate, Sweet Potato, and Crystal Blue all by Apple Barrel.
Peel your stencil off and reveal your design! I didn’t save this one because it’s not that intricate, so I know I can always make it again no problem. My Bob Marley pillow on the other hand….I’ll save forever! lol Now, occasionally, something like this will happen…..
And that’s it! You have yourself a sweet new bag Some blogs say to iron it lightly with some cloth over the paint, I suppose to let it set in, but I haven’t done that with the bags I’ve made, and they seem to be alright.
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