Have you ever seen a graphic print on a shirt or bag and thought to yourself “Wow that’s cool – I could make that!”. I say that to myself all the time. And I usually also find myself saying .. I could create that for HALF the price!!
I found an Art Nouveau book last weekend and it supplied the creative juice to get the ball rolling on creating a graphic print. After I developed the print, I thought it would be fun to play with the layout and design size.
I love creating prints on the products I sew. I would love the option of using a Silhouette machine.. but I don’t own one YET. So, I usually create the images from freezer paper and fabric ink.
Materials and Inspiration:
Materials needed – freezer paper, marker or pen, cutting mat, X-Acto knife, paper to draw and fabric.
You can use freezer paper to print onto almost anything. I made the totebags and strongly suggest you attempt sewing the tote. However, you can buy blank bags, aprons, t-shirts and pillow cases in craft stores. If you are looking for a super detailed step by step tutorial on freezer paper printing – check out my DIY Dino post here.
I was inspired by the floral images in my Art Nouveau book and hand drew the motif. I then photocopied and resized the image.
1 large Image – Main Focus Area
- Iron the print down onto the fabric. Make sure to lift and press and not pull the iron over your paper. The more delicate the image the more careful you want to be with the iron
- Dab the sponge into the fabric ink and onto your fabric. Work fairly fast and be consistent with your paint thickness
- While the ink is still wet, lift and pull the freezer paper off your fabric
2 Smaller Images – Asymmetrical Design
- It looks great to have an asymmetrical design and place one of the images hanging off the side. Cut off the overhanging paper. Cut the image borders down in size so you can double check the layout
- With your newly trimmed edges, make sure you are careful when you paint the fabric. Don’t get over eager like I did and paint OFF the freezer paper and onto your fabric
- Pull the freezer paper off while still wet
4 Small Images – Quadrant Design
- Trim down all your image edges. Lay down images
- Iron down. With your smaller intricate designs – iron very carefully. Make sure the iron is hot and hold it in one place for a few seconds. You want to certain the freezer paper is adhered
- Pull off the freezer paper and admire your work!
Have a great day.