Stencilled Baby Bodysuits

Ever since my Home Made Freezer Paper Tutorial I have dying to make more fabric paint projects!  So today I decided to make a few baby gifts for a Niece turning One, a Nephew about to arrive and a baby boy who’s a few weeks old.

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Stag Design Credit : Pinterest

A pink stag!  How cute is that!  I know it might not be everyone’s idea of a great girly print but she comes from a family that loves hunting so I’m sure they’ll love it ♥

What you’ll need,

  • Baby Bodysuits (or anything else you want to use!)  I bought mine in a 3 pack for $15 at The Warehouse.  I needed a couple of sizes, so have a few spares but I’m sure they’ll be great gifts for the next lot of new arrivals!
  • Fabric Paint – Mine are Tulip you can check them out in my post on making freezer paper here.  They also came from The Warehouse
  • Paper – Regular Printer Paper or slightly thicker
  • Gladwrap/Clingfilm/Plasticwrap – whatever you want to call it!
  • Non-Stick Baking Paper (Parchment paper I believe?)

 

Step 1 – Make your Stencil

Head on over to my Home Made Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial to get the step by step instructions for making your stencil.  Once your stencil is complete you can carry on from step two below!

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Step 2 – Iron Stencil in Place

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Trim the excess around your stencil and position where you want it.  Have your bodysuit lying flat on your ironing board (a table will work too just be careful you don’t burn it).

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Cover your stencil with baking paper and press firmly with a hot iron (as hot as your fabric will allow).  Check that it is all stuck down, if not iron loose areas again.

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Now you are ready to paint!

 

Step 3 – Paint

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I have seen other people use foam ‘brushes’ but I like using my artists brush, mainly because that is what I have!  You don’t need to go out and buy something special, just use what you have.

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Remember to place something (I use baking paper) underneath the area you are painting to prevent the colour seeping through to the other layer of fabric.

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I just gently brushed the paint over the fabric inside the stencil and spread it evenly.  You can always do a second coat it you want more coverage.

 

Step 4 – Heat Set

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There is some controversy over heat setting the paint.  My instructions say to wait till its dry and don’t say anything about heat setting at all.  But I have seen plenty of recommendations to heat set it.  So being of an  impatient nature I thought I would do a little experiment and see what difference it made!

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Pink Stag

I heat set immediately after painting.

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Pros – Instantly dry, gives a nice raised finish…did I mention instant!

Cons – Pressing caused the edges to bleed a little (most noticeable between left ear and antler), and you can see the wobble marks from the baking paper.

Verdict – I like the puffed look and it gives and it would work well on not too detailed designs (like a plain heart etc.).  The best part is the instant dry and set!  But I wouldn’t use this method on detailed designs.

Green Stag

I heat set when touch dry (Approx 15 minutes).

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Pros – More detailed finish, nice and even result, only slightly raised.

Cons – Yep can’t think of any!

Verdict – A good method, doesn’t have the raised appeal of pressing straight away but the detail is much better.

Blue Stag

Left to air dry completely and removed paper stencil before pressing.

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Pros – Most detailed finish, nice effect of being able to see the fabric weave/knit through the paint.

Cons – Not as well covering but a second coat would fix that, although I like the slightly ‘patchy’ look.

Verdict – A good method for detail, and a great natural looking finish.

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So there you have it!  All the methods I tested had their advantages and hopefully you can make a decision that is right for your project based on my findings!

Have you made any great fabric paint creations?

4 thoughts on “Stencilled Baby Bodysuits

  1. At least now we actually know 🙂 Green is definitely a good all round option, but I do have a thing for the blue too. It has an almost chalky effect which is hard to show in the photo, patchy is not generally a complement but it gives it a nice rustic effect while still keeping the edges crisp ♥

  2. Hi Oanh! I do make a new stencil for each print. They get a little distorted after use and often rip when you remove them. You've got me thinking though…a re-usable option must be possible! I'll add it to my experiment list 🙂

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