Category Archives: Fabric Printing

Friday Internet Crushes: Summer Fabric Printing Roundup

Friday Internet Crushes: Summer Fabric Printing Roundup | The Zen of Making

Start the long weekend out right with four of my favorite fabric printing projects from right here on The Zen of Making!

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Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins

Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Make a set of autumn-inspired acorn-patterned cloth napkins with my new block printed napkin tutorial and free downloadable template! (Hand-printed napkins make perfect holiday and hostess gifts!)

Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Supplies:
* Acorn block printing template PDF
* Printing block
* Block printing ink
* Cotton cloth napkins (or sew your own)

Tools:
* Linoleum cutting tool
* Sponge paintbrush
* Paper plate or paint tray
* Iron and ironing board
* Pencil
* Printer

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Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Step 1
Print out the acorn block printing template PDF and trace over the lines of the acorn shape with a heavy pencil line. Place the template face down on the block then use your fingernail to rub the design into the block. (For more detailed transfer and carving instructions, check out my block printed cat pattern t-shirt tutorial.)

Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Step 2
Use the linoleum cutting tool to carve the block using the transferred outlines as a guide.

Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Step 3
To prepare the napkins for printing, fold each napkin on the dotted lines pictured above and press each crease with an iron. When you’re finished, the creases should create a visible grid that will help you with your print placement.

See the full tutorial…

Tutorial: Modern Block Printed Napkins

Tutorial: Modern Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Make a set of quirky cloth napkins with a modern spoon, fork, and knife pattern with my new block printed napkin tutorial and free downloadable template!

Tutorial: Modern Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Supplies:
* Napkin Block Printing Template PDF
* Unbleached cotton muslin, four 16" x 16" squares
* Permanent marker, fine tip
* Fabric marker, water or air soluble
* Fabric paint, navy blue
* Foam sheet
* Amazing GOOP craft adhesive
* Thread, red
* Cork tile
* Scrap paper for ironing

Tools:
* Craft knife
* Quilting ruler
* Sponge paintbrush
* Iron and ironing board
* Sewing machine or serger (a needle and thread is okay too)
* Printer

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Step 1
Print the Napkin Block Printing Template PDF, then use a craft knife to carefully cut out the center of each shape using the printed lines as a guide.

Step 2
Place the cut out template on top of a foam sheet, then use a fine tip marker to trace the shapes onto the foam.

Step 3
Use a craft knife to cut out the foam shapes, then mount them on the cork tile with craft adhesive.

Allow the glue to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
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Tutorial: Quick and Easy Fabric Printing

Tutorial: Quick and Easy Fabric Printing | The Zen of Making

Create your own custom fabric with my quick and easy fabric printing tutorial!

I love my bright, bold snail fabric, and I can’t wait to see your custom designs. Just follow the steps below, and you’ll be well on your way to patterned fabric bliss!

Supplies:
* Cotton fabric, mid to heavy weight white or unbleached
* Stained by Sharpie fabric markers
* Permanent marker, broad tip
* Fabric marker, water or air soluble
* Fabric paint
* Foam sheet
* Amazing GOOP craft adhesive
* Scrap cardboard, at least 4" x 4"
* Scrap paper for ironing

Tools:
* Craft knife
* Paper scissors
* Sponge paintbrush
* Iron and ironing board

**Please note that the links provided above are affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you choose to make a purchase after clicking through.**

Tutorial: Quick and Easy Fabric Printing | The Zen of Making

Step 1
Using a broad tip permanent marker, draw the shape that you would like to print on a foam sheet. Keep the design as large and as simple as possible.

Tutorial: Quick and Easy Fabric Printing | The Zen of Making

Step 2
Use a craft knife to cut out the foam shape.
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