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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Comments

  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.

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  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?

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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    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.

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  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.

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    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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  9. Your kitchen towels are so cute! I'm still learning the ropes of my Cricut Maker so I found your tutorial helpful. Are you offering any of your designs in Cricut Design Space or as SVG files?

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    1. Thank you! I didn't offer any of these designs as a file since they are Cricut designs that are offered in design space.

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