The lovely organizers set up mini questions every few days to help us make/buy the perfect gifts for our partner. Questions like favorite color, favorite candies, alcohol yay or neigh, etc.
My secret sister was none other than Sunny from Dandelion Square. She’s super creative and since the conference was all about celebrating creativity… I figured why not make some handmade gifts? Since yellow is one of her favorite colors, and we seemed to have similar styles—I made her white and yellow cloth napkins. I choose three pattern styles for the six napkins: 2 Swiss crosses, 2 feathers and 2 triangles.
- Fabric medium (makes the paint fabric ready)
- Acrylic paint Paint sponge
- *Bed sheet (estate sale bargain)
- Silhouette cameo
- Freezer paper
- Rotary cutter
- Sewing machine (not shown)
*Since the sheets are secondhand, run through the washer before you begin (since they're white- I recommend the hottest cycle with bleach).
- Cut 6 square napkins from the bed sheet using a rotary cutter (seriously the best tool ever!). Ours were 9.5” square including .5” seams, which is ‘cocktail size.’ This size fits fine on the standard 12” silhouette mat (napkin size varies according to this).
- Using your sewing machine, miter each corner of the napkins. Here’s a handy tutorial from my dear friend and fellow thrift lover- Tanya at Dans le lakehouse.
- Design your ‘stencils’ using Silhouette Studio.
- Place your freezer paper waxy side down on your mat and cut using the following settings blade 3, speed 3, thickness 10 (be sure to test since machine/weather may vary).
- Iron your designs to each napkin with the waxy side down. Be sure to concentrate your efforts around each cut.
- Like recommended in my directors chair tutorial, mix 1 part acrylic paint to 2 parts fabric medium. Place scrap paper/fabric under your napkins and then paint.
- Let dry for about an hour. Gently peel away freezer paper stencils.
- Let dry over night. Place scrap fabric over the painted design and iron to seal the paint.
Freezer paper is so versatile and the possibilities are simply endless. Which style is your favorite?
Want to see More Home Décor, Silhouette Projects?My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are sharing our projects today, so flip through the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
1. The Moberg Family | 2. Sandpaper and Glue | 3. American Honey | 4. Weekend Craft | 5. Grey Luster Girl |
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11. Dragonfly & Lily Pads | 12. Adventures in All Things Food | 13. Create it. Go! | 14. Please Excuse My Craftermath... | 15. The Outlandish Momma | 16. The Sensory Emporium | 17. My Paper Craze | 18. unOriginal Mom | 19. My Favorite Finds | 20. Architecture of a Mom | 21. Black and White Obsession (you're here).
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