Painting on Fabric (A Tutorial)


Boo and I did some fabric painting this weekend! She made a cute rainbow applique top and I transformed a stained t-shirt into a bright, fun top!

We started with this Setacolor transparent fabric paint starter kit:


Other materials we used:
Freezer Paper
Light colored knit or woven fabric (or an old t-shirt)
Disappearing ink pen


First, I cut out freezer paper and ironed it to the back of my white knit to stabilize it for Boo to paint on (waxy side to wrong side of fabric).


I used a disappearing ink pen to sketch out a rainbow shape for a guide:


I mixed each paint color with a bit of water and spritzed the fabric a little to dampen it so the color would flow onto the fabric easier:


The artist at work:


After the entire rainbow was painted…..


…..we sprinkled it with a little table salt and spritzed it with a light mist of water again to get a “crystal” look….


…..and then laid it in the sun to dry (with a guard dog):


The artist added some light blue paint to some more fabric for clouds:


Once the fabric was dry I removed the freezer paper from the back and ironed both sides of the fabric for 2-3 minutes to set the paint:


To make the rainbow applique I ironed paper-backed fusible adhesive to the back of the painted fabric and then sketched out the rainbow and clouds on the paper:


I cut out shapes and ironed them to activate the fusible adhesive paper:


I used my sewing machine to secure the appliques and add decorative stitching:


The artist happy with her work:

I did some painting of my own inspired by this landscape painting I did last year using an old t-shirt:


I dampened the entire t-shirt and painted in horizontal lines across the entire shirt:


I just kept adding color until I was happy with the look. Then I sprinkled it with salt and left it to dry in the sun.


Turned out totally cool and unique!

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  1. 1
    D&G Stories says:

    Boo is wearing a Boston Red Sox shirt! I'm from New England so I loved seeing that! :)

    The painted shirts are super cute, of course too.

  2. 2
    Špela says:

    I've been missing this cute little girl around your blog!

  3. 3
    felicia says:

    Super cool! I forgot about the salt trick..it's been a long time since I've done any watercolor painting.

  4. 4
    SewLindaAnn says:

    Thank you for the morning inspiration. I don't have young children, but you always have something that's super creative and fun to try and lots of nice things to see. Just wanted to say, have a great day.

  5. 5
    casserole says:

    Love, love, LOVE!!! I have a sneaking suspicion there will be a Dharma Trading order in my near future.

    I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing.

    –Anne

  6. 6
    Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    This looks like so much fun! Thanks for all the tips, I'll be linking.