Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress

I made this new dress for Boo using the same reverse stenciling technique that I used for last winter’s snowflake dress. It is a quick and foolproof way to make a quick unique dress. This would be a great project for a tween/teen party!

 

Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress tutorial diy via lilblueboo.com

Materials I used:
Plain white spaghetti strap cotton dress from Dharma Trading
Liquid fabric paint* in spray bottles
Plastic stencil (the butterfly one is from Tattered Angels

*The paint I recommend is Dyn-A-Flow because it is more of a dye…..but you can try diluting regular fabric paint as long as there isn’t too much pigment in it to clog up your sprayer.

Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress tutorial diy via lilblueboo.com

I put the stencil on the dress and sprayed enough of the fabric paint to leave the image behind:

Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress tutorial diy via lilblueboo.com

Then I would blot the stencil dry with a paper towel and move it to another area of the dress and use my blue color. Where the pink and blue colors come into contact the pretty purple starts to form:

Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress tutorial diy via lilblueboo.com

Every so often instead of blotting the excess spray off the stencil…..

 

Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress tutorial diy via lilblueboo.com
……..I would just flip it over and put it on another part of the dress and use my paper towel to press it into the dress….

Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress tutorial diy via lilblueboo.com
……leaving the excess ink behind and a layered effect.

Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress tutorial diy via lilblueboo.com
I kept repeating this process over and over (letting the dress dry when the fabric got overly damp) until I got a medium pink, blue and purple mottled look. Then I used a black Fabric Mate Pen to draw a few butterfly outlines onto the dress.

Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress tutorial diy via lilblueboo.com
I ironed the entire dress to set the colors.

Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress tutorial diy via lilblueboo.com
Finished dress!

Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress tutorial diy via lilblueboo.com

Happy Boo:

Reverse Stenciled Butterfly Dress tutorial diy via lilblueboo.com

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  1. 1
    steffany says:

    This is darling!

  2. 2
    Debra says:

    What a cool idea…I will definitely be trying this one :o )
    Thanks for the tips!

  3. 3
    CourtneyKeb says:

    Brilliant and so pretty!!!!

  4. 4
    1 Funky Woman says:

    My daughter would love one of these, how cute!

    I am having my 1st giveaway and would love for you to check me out!

  5. 5
    Shari says:

    Looks so amazing and easy! Brilliant babe!!!!!!!!!

  6. 6
    A. says:

    Woah! I think you must be using a larger surface of your brain than me. Or something. Seriously – I love this!

  7. 7
    Drama queens mum (Kimberly) says:

    I love that.

  8. 8
    Natalie says:

    This is really fun! Thanks for sharing. I have looked around for great stencils and I'm so glad you shared where you got the butterfly. I am having a hard time finding any on their site. There is nothing under stencil kits and that is all I see!

  9. 9
    Kestlyn says:

    What a gorgeous dress! I am totally passing this idea on to a girls tween group who does lots of projects!

  10. 10
    Sarah Boyd says:

    Very pretty! I love butterflies! Thanks for sharing.

  11. 11
    Rachel says:

    So cute!! I was just working on a tutorial for liquid fabric paint in a spray bottle, but a completely different project. I love your idea so much more :)

    Rachel
    SewAmbitious

  12. 12
    Marjorie says:

    Very cool!

  13. 13
    Happy Together says:

    Neat :) I love the butterflies!

  14. 14
    Ashley says:

    VERY cute!

  15. 15
    Shirley says:

    I LOVE that! I wish I had a little girl to do it for. I guess I could find some football stencils! :)

  16. 16
    Katja says:

    Thank you for sharing! I was not aware that dye can be sprayed. The effect is really stunning.

  17. 17
    BeBe Gear says:

    Cool! Love it!

  18. 18
    CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  19. 19
    TCC says:

    This is awesome! Smarty smart!

  20. 20
    Le Petite Bonbon says:

    oh… this is so cool. I love this idea. Very creative and pretty.

    Thanks for sharing.

  21. 21
    Elijah says:

    So cute =)
    I love butterflies and I like the idea of stencil dress.

  22. 22
    Heather says:

    We used this tutorial today and it was a huge hit! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us!

  23. 23
    Mare says:

    What are the names of the dye colors you used? My daughter really wants to try this technique & loves how the colors mixed to make the lovely purple. Thanks!!

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