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Wednesday, January 30

DIY: Feather Stamped Fabric

Fabric stamping is popular in the craft world right now, and for good reason. It's cheap, super easy, and really fun! The trick, I've found, is to be ok with non-perfection. Each imprint of the stamp is different, and it's almost impossible to control the paint entirely. Inspired by Kinsey's feather stamped tee, I decided to attempt a feather stamped throw pillow. 

You'll need: 
  • Craft foam. I bought a giant pack at Target because they don't sell single sheets, but it still didn't cost much. 
  • Sharpie or ink pen
  • Fabric paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
Step 1: Draw a feather on the craft foam. 



Then, cut out around the outside of the feather. Using the scissors, carefully snip the edges to create fringe on both sides. 

Cut out two rectangles of craft foam that are the same size, and glue them together to make a base for the stamp. Apply a thin coat of glue to the feather, and glue it onto the base.


Squirt a bit of paint onto the stamp, and spread it evenly with the paintbrush. 

Flip it over, and press firmly onto your test paper or test fabric. Experiment with amounts of paint until it looks the way you want. 


I had lots of fun practicing and doodling! I also made a heart stamp: 


When you're ready, stamp your fabric! I recommend you keep a piece of paper underneath the area you're stamping, because sometimes the paint soaks through.


Here's my finished fabric. Interestingly, I don't like these feathers as well as the ones on paper. I think its because I practiced with the stamp so much that the grooves filled with paint and dried, so it didn't leave as good of an impression. 


I made a new stamp, and decorated a little pouch for carrying my sunglasses.


Have you tried fabric stamping yet? It's perfect for dressing up plain tees, pillows, or making unique art. Just be warned, it's a little messy and highly addicting! Have fun!