Tips for Painting on Fabric

by Kari Gibbs on August 17, 2023

This blog post will give you all the tips you need to make fabric your next surface! 

When you think about using stencils on a project, you may think of grabbing a wood surface. And while we love painting on wood, painting on fabric can take your projects to the next level and also give you the opportunity to take your beautiful work with you! 

Like in this video, Patty shows 4 steps to stenciling on fabric on a tote bag that you can use for a vacation, as a work bag, or a personalized gift for a loved one! 

What are some things you'll want to know before you paint on fabric 

Fabric is unforgiving and there aren't many options for fixing mistakes! You'll want to make sure your stencil is really secure on your project. There are a few ways you can do this. 

 1 is with tape, like Patty shows in this video where we stencil on a tote bag. 

While tape is an option, repositionable adhesive is a great option for securing your stencils. The more secure your stencil, the less chances you have of the stencil walking and moving as your paint!

One way to do this is with a repositionable crafter's tape, like Patty uses in the video below.

You could also use a liquid adhesive like Aleene's Stick and Restick. Patty talks A LOT about adhesives in this video. This is great information not only for painting on fabric, but also for using foils and for painting with stencils that have stripes that can wobble.

Making a flat surface is super important when painting on fabric. This can also be super important to make sure you aren't painting THROUGH the layers of your fabric. We discuss this in the boho bag video above, but also talk about it in our pot holder video.

Now, we mentioned that fixing mistakes isn't as easy on fabric as it is on wood. BUT it is possible. Watch the end of this video for tips.



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