How to Repair Small Holes in Clothing using Fabric Paint

Welcome to my how to Repair Small Holes in Clothing using Fabric Paint. Today I’m going to show you how to use dimensional fabric paint to patch little holes in clothing.  I have only done this on tees but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on other fabrics too.  The first T-shirt I patched for Hannah is still going strong 8 weeks later and that is with a lot of wash and wear.

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Fabric Spray Paint + Freezer Paper Stencils

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Why yes I have been playing with fabric paint again!  I stumbled across some fabric paint in little pump spray bottles (not aerosol) and just had to try them out!

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Again more Tulip paint, not due to sponsorship but due to the fact that it is the only kind I have found in town!

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I might have also found some glitter ones too!!  If you are in New Zealand they are from The Warehouse and retail for $20.  I went in to get the neon…I know it’s turning into an obsession! But some of the bottles didn’t have as much in them as others so I was rummaging through looking for a good set and came across the glitter one…was trying to decide if I really needed both…thought I better price check them at the self scanner (man I love those things) and it was on clearance for $2.97!  Not the neon unfortunately but hey I was pretty happy because it was a great excuse to buy both!

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You might recognise the stags head from the Stencilled Bodysuit Tutorial I did back in October.   This time I am using the leftover inside pieces, so that the paint goes all around the outside.

What you will need

  • Fabric Spray Paint
  • Freezer Paper Bought or Home made freezer paper tutorial
  • Craft Knife or Blade to cut out your design
  • Baking Paper
  • Iron
  • Hairdryer (Optional)


Step 1 – Make and Attach your Stencil

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You can follow the full instructions on how to make your freezer paper and stencil in the Home Made Freezer Paper Tutorial!

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Place your stencil in position and lay a piece of baking paper (non-stick baking paper/parchment paper) over the top to protect your iron.  Press firmly into place.


Step 2 – Paint!

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You can a little or a lot it is totally up to you!  I went with a sweeping motion from left to right.  If you press the spray nozzle the hole way down in one go you get a mist, and if you press it halfway down you get a splatter effect.  Both are great!

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I used three colours for my stags head.  With a combination of mist and splatter.   This is for a boy but for a girl I would probably have added a touch of glitter too!


Step 3 – Dry

There are a couple of ways to do this.  Number one follow the packet directions and wait patiently for it to air dry naturally, or for the impatient folk (like me!) go and find your hairdryer!

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I used my hairdryer on the hottest setting but on a slow speed.  There was quite a bit of paint on the paper like a little puddle!  Too fast and you risk blowing it off the side of your stencil.  Mine never even looked like moving but it dried in just a few minutes.


Step 4 – Remove Stencil

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This was very easy, even more so than with the painted on fabric paint.  Just start at a point or corner and lift it away from the fabric.  You will need to pull carefully so you don’t tear the stencil, although even if you do just start again from the other end.


Step 5 – Finished!

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I love the spray effect and the reverse silhouette look.  I want to try using the paint on the inside of the stencil next time too!  I’m sure it won’t be long before you see some more fabric painting from me!


Cute Cat Print + Template

I’ve been into the fabric paint again!  This time I have come up with a cat silhouette design using my Ellie Silhouette from my Cat Silhouette Card Post.


I have made a pdf Template for you to print and cut out, all for free!  I have also been lucky enough to get access to a Brother Scan N Cut (Thanks MIL!) and have also saved the template file.  You can download this to a usb drive and cut it on your own Brother Scan N CutDisclosure: This post contains affiliate links, for more info click this link

What You’ll Need,

Now you just need to head over to my Stencilled Bodysuits Tutorial for the full instructions.  The cats are stencilled in exactly the same way as the stags.

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This little cat suit is of to my little 1 year old Niece.  I really ought to start doing a few stencils for my kids too…they might start thinking I like their cousins more!


I still have an owl design underway.  It is based on my Handmade Owl Cards, but is a little more difficult as I want to retain the features rather than just a silhouette.  I will share away when it is ready!

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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?

Painting Fabric – with home made ‘Freezer Paper’ Stencils

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I have seen so many great projects for ‘Freezer Paper’ stencils!  But we don’t have freezer paper in NZ.  Well that’s not quite true you can order it online by the meter for a small fortune.  But I like to be able to do things pretty much straight away, without having to wait for orders, not to mention pay for them!  I learned how to laminate tissue paper to cardboard to make a card at a Farmlands Ladies Night, I thought why not to fabric!


I was pretty excited to stumble into these at the local ‘The Warehouse’ (a big NZ discount chain).  The fact they have tulips only makes me like them more!

Hannah has a school production they do every year and it’s called Fancy Dress.  This years theme for her year is Fluoro (Neon) Dance Party.  So what a time to find these!

To make your own freezer paper you will need,

  • Paper (I used A4 – 100gsm) a little thicker than regular paper but I’m sure that would still work too.
  • Glad wrap a.k.a cling film
  • Baking Paper ( I believe it’s called parchment paper???)  It’s the non-stick paper you use for baking!

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Step 1 – Print your design onto your paper

I used Microsoft Publisher to make a basic design, using the ‘shapes’ and word art available.

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Step 2 – Cut your pieces to size

You will need two pieces of baking paper larger than than your design.


And one piece of glad wrap, that covers the whole design but does not have to go right to the edge of the page.  I trimmed mine down using a craft knife.



Step 3 – Iron

Lay one piece of the baking paper on your ironing board, than your glad wrap, your design and finally your second sheet of baking paper.  Iron on high heat thoroughly, pressing quite hard.  If your ironing board is too soft use a harder surface (e.g. the table – but watch out if it’s not heat safe!!!).


The back of the paper should now be somewhat glossy and all well stuck!


Step 4 – Cut out your design

Cut out your design using a craft knife, or paper cutting blade.


Make sure you keep the loose pieces you need, like the inside of the A.  You can place them when you iron the stencil onto the fabric.

Step 5 – Iron onto the fabric

Place your fabric on your ironing board with one of your sheets of baking paper from earlier underneath it.


Place you stencil on to your fabric, and position where you want it.


Cover with the second sheet of baking paper from earlier, and iron.  You will need to start gently and press harder as you go.  Check that it is all stuck down, if not iron some more!


After the main part was completely stuck I added the pieces for A’s and pressed them on (Sorry forgot a photo for that one!).

Step 6 – Paint

Now you are ready to paint!  Use your favourite brush, or what ever method you like.  I find sliding across with a card works well for basic designs in one colour but is a little to tricky for using more than one colour in close proximity to each other!  So for this one I decided on an artist’s paint brush.


Hmm I think it might take a few more coats!  Should probably have used a lighter fabric…but I’ll do a few more coats and see how it turns out.

After the Second coat…


After the Third coat…I added glitter!  Luckily Hannah got these for her birthday…I’m sure she won’t mind me ‘borrowing’ a little!

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Just for good measure (and to seal in all the pesky glitter) I did a fourth coat…

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Made all the difference! 

*Update: It has been pointed out to me that I skipped a step!  Where did the paper go?  I just waited for the paint to dry and peeled it off.  It was nice and easy to peel off and not too stuck.

I am pretty stoked with how it turned out!  I would however use a lighter fabric next time, for brighter colours.  Hannah is happy with it so I’ll have some ‘Fancy Dress’ photos for you soon.  I also added a few little sets of dots…because I can!  Here you can see the super close up.

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