Fabric Patterns

by Ashley Weeks Cart

A proper DIY! Potentially the first in over a month. That is pathetic, I realize. But we’re going to go ahead and blame pregnancy and the marathon cold that has been affecting my state in the world.

No more excuses! On to today’s DIY!

I have some super basic circle scarves lying around the house as a result from last year’s DIY Circle Scarf post. I decided that it was time to spruce ’em up. Give ’em a lil jazz! What better way than with some fabric paint and triangle stencils made using wax paper, eh?

Circle scarf (see DIY here) or any cotton scarf/fabric
Iron and ironing board
Wax paper or Freezer paper
X-acto knife
Fabric paint
Paint brush

1. Make your circle scarf! Duh!

2. Measure out the length of one side of your circle scarf, and cut two sheets of wax paper accordingly.

3. Decide what pattern you’d like to have on your scarf, and using an X-acto knife, cut out the shapes/pattern on the wax paper. As you can see, I went with triangles. If you’re doing a more complex shape, you might want to trace out your design first!

3. Once the pattern is cut out for one side of the circle scarf, lay the scarf on an ironing board, insert a piece of wax paper between the two sides of the scarf, and lay the cut-out pattern down on the top of the fabric. The sheet between the two sides will prevent the paint from bleeding onto the other side.

4. Iron the wax paper down onto the fabric. Magical, huh?

5. Using the fabric paint in the color of your choice, paint the pattern onto the fabric.

6. Allow the paint to dry, and peel away the wax paper.

7. Voila! Look at that pattern! Now just repeat the same steps on the other side of the scarf.

8. Once the paint is dry, rock that scarf with its new edginess. Or with your preggo-belly! Whatever your fancy, really.

Photos: Courtesy of Ashley Weeks Cart