Thursday, 1 March 2012

sticker waste = fabric stencilling

We get through a lot of reward stickers in this house and I have often thought that the waste bit would make a great stencil, but never actually got around to doing it. Despite being a terrific hoarder I did actually throw them away, which I am now regretting ridiculously.
They are the best ready made stencils for using on fabric. I found a couple and gave it a try.

Here's how:

Take a pre-washed and ironed scrap of fabric, a bit of old bed sheet in this case, stick on the 'waste' sticky bit.

Get some fabric paint, I used Setacolor, in a shallow dish and with your stipple brush, apply to the fabric keeping your brush upright. You want to keep your brush quite dry and build up the colour, if there's too much liquid it will just bleed through the fabric (see my spots further down - I was in too much of a hurry).

Allow to dry. Be patient here.

Peel off the sticky stencil.

Fix the fabric paint as instructed, in this case I ironed these for 5 minutes.

Voila. Some original fabric scraps. Use them in your next creation - a pocket on a child's garment, in some patchwork,  as a cosy for a gadget - whatever you choose. 

I have painted with these fabric paints before and they wash surprisingly well, I used them on baby clothes, and you know they're never out of the washing machine! The paint does leave a slightly firm texture to the fabric, but I can live with that.

More creative spaces over here.

I added a new page at the top with some of the scrappy stuff I've made. If you make any, be sure to let me know so I can ooh and ahhh over your makes too.


  1. That is a fab tip and a great use for something that would normally end up in the bin! I bet you'll be looking for all kinds of shapes of stickers next time you want some!

  2. What a brilliant idea!
    I may have to give it a go.

  3. Great idea and nice reuse of old stocker sheets!

  4. That is such a cool idea!!

  5. You... hoarding things? I refuse to believe it! Love this idea, might have to buy reward stickers for MozzyMr and use them afterwards.

  6. It never ceases to amaze me how a creative mind can see possibilities in the most mundane things. Left over sticky bits! Huh! Who would have thunk? Well done you. ( I particularly like the flowery one but being the odd one out in a predominantly male household it probably appeals to my parched girly side)

  7. Ooh you clever clogs you! Brilliant Colette, that goes straight on the 'must try' list. :-)

  8. What a clever idea...with a four year old girl in the house we have plenty of those so I'll be sure to give it a try...thanks for sharing

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