Just recently, I was looking for a small amount of floral knit fabric, enough to make a size 3 dress bodice and I ran into a couple of problems: I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, and I objected to paying $8 and upwards in postage plus the price of the fabric when I have loads of fabric in my stash.
So I did some ‘research’ (read: spent hours getting distracted by amazing but unrelated tutorials) on Pinterest and came across the idea of using sharpies and rubbing alcohol to create lots of patterns. You can check out my Fabric painting and printing Pinterest board here for some other amazing ideas.
I couldn’t help but give it a go, it is very inexpensive, and I was amazed at the quality of the results.
So, if you would like to make your own sharpie floral fabrics, here is how you do it:
You will need:
- Ultra Fine point Sharpie (I used black)
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Cotton tips
- White or light coloured fabric (I used a white cotton/spandex jersey)
- A window or light box (or incredibly dodgy light box-like set up – see below)
- A printout of the design you would like to use
One of the best things about this project is that you don’t need any artistic ability at all to achieve great things. I printed and traced the pattern directly from the printed image – if you would like to use the same image you can get it here
- Get your gear together and set up your ‘light box’ this is what mine looked like (old fridge shelf suspended between 2 chairs with a lamp underneath).
- layer up your printout and fabric on your light box and trace over the lines directly onto your fabric with your sharpie.
- After you have finished your design remove the paper from underneath.
- Take your cotton tip, dip it in the isopropyl alcohol and then dab along the design lines.
- Let your design dry, and then iron to set the ink.
Then your done – I just love this and it would be simple enough to do with kids too.
If you have a go at this, be sure to grab some pics and hashtag them #SEW4BUB I would love to see your creations!
As always, thanks for reading.