How to Make Fabric Stencils with the Cricut

I really wanted to try painting on fabric using my Cricut as a stencil.  Often if I'm working with fabric I just use heat transfer vinyl (HTV) but I knew that if I was going to give kitchen towels as a gift the vinyl would get in the way of the towels absorbing anything where the vinyl was. 

I made some really cute Punny kitchen towels using my Cricut and it was so easy! 

I found these plain white towels on Amazon and I made sure to wash all the sizing off before starting.  I also ironed them to make sure they were nice and flat and smooth for the image to adhere to.

Using a few of my Cricut cartridges (mostly In the Kitchen!) I designed some fun kitchen towel sayings/ images in Cricut design space.  I made sure to measure my towels so I knew what size to make my images.  

Then I cut them out and reverse weeded them so I removed the words and larger parts of the image; making myself a nice large stencil.

Once I had all 6 images cut out and weeded I gathered the rest of my materials:  Easy -tack, transfer paper, my plain towels, and a large piece of cardboard to contain the spray. 

I used transfer paper to lift my image off the vinyl backing and then lightly sprayed the sticky side of the vinyl with Easy- Tack.  I knew the vinyl wasn't sticky enough to make a sealed image on my fabric and I did not want any paint to bleed through.

The sticky tack gave the vinyl the extra bit of stick it needed to make a nice tight seal.  I removed the transfer paper and got ready to paint.  I kept the cardboard backing to absorb any paint that might leak through and to keep the fabric nice and stiff.

I made sure to use a fabric/ washable paint.  I really like these FolkArt multi- surface paints.

I began painting my stencils; working from the outside edge in and being careful to keep the paint from bleeding under my edge.  I often worked in a dabbing motion.

As soon as I was done painting I peeled up my stencil.  Mostly I wanted to make sure nothing had bled through and I found that with all  6 towels I painted I never once had a problem.

I just loved all the bright colors!

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  1. This is a great idea. I don’t have a Cricut but I want one even more now.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  2. even more great reasons to have a cricut thanks so much for sharing
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    1. There are so many great reasons to have one aren't there?

  3. These are adorable! I have some ideas for towels in my own kitchen that I can't wait to use your method on. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  5. What a great idea. These are so creative :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays earlier this week. I hope you can join us today.

  6. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

  7. So cute! I love making stencils with my Silhouette. Usually I just stick with wood, but I want to try my hand at screen printing now.

    1. Thank you! I have not tried using them as a stencil on wood but I do have a blank sign in front of me that I've been wanting to try something new with.

  8. Those kitchen sayings are super cute! Your stencils turned out great on the tea towels and the fun colors are perfect for the whimsical stencil prints.

    1. Thank you! I knew the lady I was making them for liked bright colors and I too thought the designs fit that whimsy rather well.


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