With this easy fabric printing project, you can design your own patterns and make your mark on T-shirts, pillowcases, or cloth of any kind!
Have you ever tried fabric printing? You can print on just about any kind of fabric. Try making something new for your house or decorate a T-shirt that you can wear.
What You’ll Need
- Scrap paper or newspaper
- Styrofoam trays*
- Masking tape
- Acrylic paint or fabric paint in assorted colors and paintbrushes, 1 for each paint color
- Paper plates, 1 for each paint color
- Large piece of plain fabric, such as a pillowcase or a T-shirt
*FYI Sometimes vegetables and meat at the grocery store come in Styrofoam trays. If you want to reuse a tray that held meat, wash it thoroughly with soap and hot water before using it in this project.
FABRIC PRINTING TIP
If you want to wash your printed fabric many times, use fabric paint. You can find fabric paint at an art supply or craft store, and follow the bottle instructions for how to use and wash the paint.
Step 1. Cover your work space with scrap paper. Cut some simple shapes from a Styrofoam tray. Tape and pinch pieces of masking tape to make little handles on the backs of each shape. Squares, rectangles, ovals, and zigzags are good shapes to make.
Step 2. Lay your fabric out flat. Pour a small amount of each paint color onto a separate paper plate. Holding your shapes by their handles, brush them with paint and stamp them onto the fabric. You can print random designs or make a pattern. Let your fabric dry before moving it.