As much as I love patterned papers and textured cardstock, it's sometimes fun to set them aside and experiment with stamping on different surfaces. One of my favourites is fabric, especially as the results can be quite unpredictable: good, bad, amazing, disastrous – anything is possible! For my March project of the day, I've combined the idea of stamping on fabric with a recession-friendly makeover, which also has good green credentials. Just think of it as current affairs, Banana Frog-style.
To recreate a similar look, you'll need a plain white t-shirt, some fabric scraps, a needle and embroidery thread, a black Staz-On inkpad and a set of Banana Frog Concentric stamps. I also used a small piece of interfacing and some BondaWeb, both of which you should be able to find at haberdashery shops or online fabric stores.
- To begin with, iron your fabric scraps so they're flat and wrinkle-free. Ink up your first stamp and press down firmly on to the fabric, placing a piece of paper underneath if you need to protect your work surface. Stamp each of the six stamps on to a separate piece of fabric.
- Iron a piece of BondaWeb (known as Wonder-Under outside the UK) to the back of each stamped fabric scrap.
- Cut out the stamped images, leaving a small border around the edge of each one. Don't worry about being too neat – you're aiming for a frayed, imperfect look.
- Position the stamped fabric circles on the front of your t-shirt. When you're happy with how they look, lift off one at a time and peel away the paper backing from your BondaWeb. Replace, and iron into place on the t-shirt.
- Cut a square of fusible (iron-on) interfacing to fit behind your pattern of circles and iron to the inside front of your t-shirt.
- Now you're ready to start adding some embroidery, following the lines and details of the stamps. I used three strands of black embroidery thread for most of them, and worked in plain running stitches with a few French knots for the dotted circles.
- Once you've finished stitching, iron your design again and it's done – one upcycled wardrobe-addition that won't bother your bank manager!
- For a no-sew version of the project, just leave out the embroidered details. The BondaWeb will fix the stamped fabric in place quite firmly, as long as you take care washing the finished t-shirt.
- If you're not a sewer, but would quite like to give it a go, embroidery is a great way to start. It's all about adding decorative details (which you already enjoy, right?) with no worrying about fiddly seams or hems. Try a quick Google search if you need help getting started, or have a look on You Tube for video tutorials.
- Adapt the basic idea and apply it to other items of clothing. Make a stamped and embroidered patch for jeans, decorate a fabric tote bag or add an appliqué detail to the bottom of a plain skirt like the ones here. It would work just as well on home-décor projects, like cushions, curtains and table-runners, or you could even create stamped fabric embellishments to use on scrapbook layouts or cards.
If you're inspired to give it a go, whether on something wearable or not, I'd love to see what you make in the Flickr group. And don't forget Bev's challenge in the post below – you might just be lucky enough to win a brand new set of stamps to stitch.
Have a happy week, Froglets.