Printing and Painting Fabric (A Tutorial)

Can’t find the perfect fabric for a project? You can make your own! Here’s Boo wearing the jumpsuit I made for Week 3 of Project Run and Play….it’s a basic style, I just needed to make the perfect print for it!


The basic jumpsuit consisted of 4 pieces of gray knit:

First, I silk screened several different layers of a butterfly print……

….in dark gray, turquoise and bright yellow (see basic silk screening tutorial here):

Using Setacolor transparent fabric paints….

…..I mixed a diluted hot pink color:

I used a large paint brush to paint areas of the fabric to add dimension:

After the fabric was dry I heat set the entire outfit using an iron to make it permanent:

The inspiration for this outfit was Alexander McQueen.:

But the print and style had to be something more childish and less botanical….whimsical and fun….comfortable and easily washed (Lil Blue Boo criteria!):




You can use either of these techniques to create something for the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading 2011 Design Challenge!




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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1

    This is amazing, super cool, and totally cute! What a talent you have!!! My daughter would love it if I could make her outfits like that. Great job!

  2. 2

    Wonderful. Especially love the last photo !

  3. 3
    Cole's Corner says:

    I voted for your look! I just love it and the inspiration pieces.

  4. 4
    SummersDesigns says:

    This looks great and fun to do. Thanks for the tut!

  5. 5

    I have been wanting to try silk screening for a while. Maybe when I get a chance I can go through your tutorials…you do such CUTE things with silk screening!!!!

  6. 6
    PatriciaRaeDesigns says:

    I finally caved in and bought the screening kit this outfit has me sold hands down you are amazing Ashley…


  7. 7
    Amy{thosefunnylittlegirls} says:

    Such a cool outfit. And I love her pose!

  8. 8

    The moment I read that you made the fabric print I was blown away! You are so talented! I can't wait to try out the techniques thanks for sharing!

  9. 9

    For the record… i really think you should have won this past week's challenge. by far the most innovative! as much as i love making dresses and skirts for my little girl, it was so refreshing to see this fun, cute outfit. way to go! keep up the good work. i always look forward to seeing what you are going to come up with.

  10. 10

    The fabric is gorgeous! I've seen silk-screening tutorials before, but add in the painting, and it really becomes something special. I'd love to try it sometime, but I think I may be too chicken!

  11. 11

    Love your translation of McQueens catwalk couture to lil girls jumpsuit, so well done. You have inspired me, thank you, Katie