Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:00 AM
 
Spruce up boring old cloth napkins and placemats by adding your own designs! Ink Effects fabric paint will transfer your painted design from paper to fabric with the help of an iron. In just a few minutes you can give a cute and custom design to plain table linens.

The idea of hand painting can be really intimidating, but Ink Effects Fabric Transfer Paint makes it so much easier! With Ink Effects you can paint your design on paper before you commit to transferring it to fabric. If you make a mistake with your design you can just toss the paper and start over, without taking the chance of ruining the fabric. Check out these easy steps to make some of your own hand painted table linens:

Paint your own table linens what you will need

What you'll need

  • Cloth napkins
  • Ink Effects Fabric Transfer Paint
  • Ink Effects Fabric Clear Basecoat
  • Assorted paintbrushes
  • Copy paper
  • Paper plate
  • Tape
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

What you'll do

Paint your own table linens step 1

Start by taping pieces of copy paper together to make them the same size as your cloth napkins. My napkins were 20-inch squares, so I taped four pieces of copy paper together to make the paper large enough to cover the entire napkin.

Paint your own table linens step 2

Pour some of the Ink Effects paint onto a paper plate.

Paint your own table linens step 3

Dip your paint brush in the paint.

Paint your own table linens step 4

Start painting your design onto the paper. I wanted to make some napkins with polka dots, so I spun my brush in a circle to make the dots.

Paint your own table linens step 5

Use different sizes of brushes to make different sizes of dots on the paper.

Paint your own table linens step 6

Once your design is complete, set the paper on a flat surface to dry for at least 30 minutes.

Paint your own table linens step 7

Get creative with painting different designs. I made a second pattern by painting flowers. Remember that when you transfer the design to fabric, the image will be reversed. Keep this in mind if you are drawing any directional images or if you plan to use lettering.

Paint your own table linens step 8

If your fabric is more than 30-percent cotton, you will need to use the Ink Effects Fabric Clear Basecoat. Spray a generous layer of the basecoat onto the fabric, then allow it to dry.

Paint your own table linens step 9

Once the basecoat is dry, lay the paper ink-side down on the cloth napkin. Plug your iron in and set it to high. Once the iron is warmed up, lay a second piece of paper between the iron and the painted paper. Start ironing the paper (do not use steam) and iron each part of the design for at least 30 seconds.

Paint your own table linens step 10

Carefully peel back the paper to make sure the design has transferred all the way. If any part of the design has not transferred, lay the paper back down and iron it for an additional 30 seconds until the design is completely transferred. You can transfer each painted pattern up to three times.

Paint your own table linens step 11

Once you have transferred your pattern, your napkins can be washed as usual and then they are ready to use! The Ink Effects paint will not fade with washing.

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