It was one of those experiments that went very smoothly and turned out amazingly well, which doesn’t happen too often for me but when it does, it’s super exciting!
Printing fabric with stamp made from craft foam (or, as advertised on the package, “fun foam”)!
It’s REALLY easy. Everything about this project is encapsulated in this photo.
Craft foam (it looks like this) that I bought from the dollar store (12 sheets for $1)
A piece of foam core that I found at work (it had an event poster mounted on it and they were throwing it out. But I’ve also seen foam core at the dollar store)
Acrylic paint and paint brush (from the dollar store, of course)
Glue stick (I found this amazing Elmer glue at the dollar store! A bit of a theme going on here…)
A piece of fabric that was the remnant of a curtain that I was sewing for a friend. It feels like linen. Fabric with smooth texture works best.
What I did:
1. Cut design out of craft foam. Exacto knife works extremely well with this stuff.
2. With Exacto knife, Cut out a piece of foam core the same shape as the craft foam design but about 1/4″ larger all around.
3. With glue stick, apply a liberal amount of glue on the foam core. Press craft foam design firmly onto where the glue is applied. Stamp is made! :D
Here’s a closeup of my leaf stamp, after it’s made a few prints…
4. Set stamp aside for a minute or two for the glue to dry. In the meanwhile, mix a fun colour with acrylic paint, set out some scrap paper (paint will seep through fabric onto your work surface), and lay fabric on it.
5. Apply a thin layer of paint onto foam stamp with paint brush (not too much paint, but the stamp has to be wet). Test print on scrap paper.
6. Stamp away! The great thing about applying paint with a brush is that you can have streaks of different colours in one print! :D
7. If the finer details of the stamp starts to get gunked up with paint, use the corner of the brush bristles to clean it out before making the next print.
8. Set fabric aside for a couple of hours to dry. Place a towel on it, then iron at low heat to fix the colour.
And now we have a lovely piece of printed fabric to do whatever our hearts desire :D I sewed mine into a simple drawstring bag. (there are lots of nice drawstring bag tutorials out there, like these ones, so I won’t repeat what I did here)
Placemats, shirts, skirts, eyeglasses case… the possibilities are endless!
Have a great start to the week, everyone!