Admit it, we all love tote bags. How many do you have? I have about a bajillion, and I am ok with that! I have been wanting to learn to silk screen for a while now, and i actually do have an actual class coming up, but what if you just wanted to whip up a quick design on a few items. Maybe make favors for something? Having a craft sale? So how do we create a repeated custom design?
The above examples is SUPER EASY and I know you could just use stamps, but we are keeping it simple here just so you can see the process. This will work with a more complicated design or your choice! When you are done with your screen, you will be able to wash it with just water and save for your next run. How. Freakin. Ace. Is. That.
SUPPLIES / Fabric Paint, Paint Brush, Scissors, Marker, Outdoor Mod Podge, Stockings (I used super cheapo ones), Embroidery Hoop (8 inch pictured), and a Canvas Tote (I scored these babies for $1 each!) or really any fabric you want - a shirt? pillow case? ANYTHING!
1 / Cut your stocking into a square and stretch over your embroidery ring.
2 / Draw your design directly onto the stretched stocking. If the direction your design is matters, lay the flat, stocking side of the ring down, that is how you will have to lay it to apply the design your bag!
3 / With your paint brush, apply the Mod Podge to the space around your design. Apply it in a thick coat so you don't see any of the spaces in the stocking. Allow to dry completely! (I left it over night just to be safe, because this ish is super sticky!)
4 / When the screen is completely dry, lay the stocking side down onto your fabric.
5 / Apply the fabric paint to the design.
6 / Carefully peel back the screen. It ain't going to be perfect, but its perrrrrrrty good.
7 / Run the screen under water and it comes clean for reuse whenever you want.
Its super easy to make as many bags as you want out of this because it washes super clean so easily!
I AM SO EXCITED TO TRY A MORE COMPLICATED DESIGN USING THIS METHOD! So easy, so cheap, and so perfect! What do you think we should screen next?!