We have dyed our very pale lavender blue cotton fabric. Now we are ready to embellish it with elephants and flowers to make a pretty tablecloth! This was another super fun project that we did in the afternoon one day! Here’s how we did our block printing.
The flower print and the elephant! Love them!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Block print stamps ( If you don’t have block print stamps you can use other household items to stamp. How about a lemon cut in half, leaves or dried seed pods from various plants. Be creative you don’t have to use block stamps to do this project!) If you do want the wooden hand carved block stamps you can get them here.
- 1 pkg of Rit fabric dye in whichever color you wish
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Bowl and spoon for mixing
- Paint brush to apply the dye to the stamp
If you have or are able to purchase block printing ink then you do not need to make your own ink. You will not need the package of Rit dye, glycerine or the Rubbing Alcohol if you use block printing ink. I could not find block printing ink to ship for a decent price so I improvised and made this ink. I found the recipe here. They have a list of all kinds of recipes for ink and paint. I used the super simple one for waterproof rubber stamp ink because I had the ingredients. I have washed the tablecloth since we block printed with this ink and the color did not run.
1 pkg of Rit fabric dye
5 Tbsp Glycerine
1 tsp rubbing alcohol
The ink was grainy and we had to stir in between each coat of paint. I also added a wee bit more rubbing alcohol in an attempt to get rid of some of the graininess.
You will need a large flat firm surface to work on. You could lay down a board wrapped in fabric. We used our wonderfully large school table. You need to lay down a thicker but not fluffy piece of fabric or an old blanket. Lay your cotton fabric on top of this.
Decide on your design. We simply created two borders on the selvage edges of the fabric. Our pattern alternated between elephant and flower!
Paint the dye onto the chosen block stamp.
Place the block stamp on the fabric pressing very firmly.
Continue painting the stamp as needed remembering to stir the ink in between applications.
We loved how our tablecloth turned out! Have you tried block printing before? What do you or your kids make? These stamps can also be used for paper projects. That could be fun to try in the future as well! Let me know in the comments if you try this project and how it turned out!
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