Wednesday, June 8, 2011

DIY Fabric Gift Wrap

I saw this DIY fabric gift wrap tutorial on Poppytalk. Doesn't this look like a fun way to personalize your presents?

Here is what you need
  • Fabric. It is good to wash your fabric first and to use a fabric that doesn't have a lot of texture
  • Wood type (can be purchased on Etsy or eBay or you can find some at your local vintage shop)
  • Ink roller or sponge brush
  • Black ink (I.e. permaset, or speedball brand)
  • Plexi to roll the ink (if you don't have a piece of plexi - a flat ceramic dish will work)
  • Spatula

Step 1
Take the spatula to spread the ink evenly on the plexi and use your roller to roll the ink on the wood type - then press firmly on the fabric. What's nice about this process is that each print is different and the nice texture, don't worry about it being solid or even, that's the beauty of the print.

Step 2
Repeat step 1 over and over till the entire surface is covered
let it stand to dry.

Step 3
Once it dries - you will need to heat set the ink so that when it gets washed it won't come off the fabric, you can either iron the fabric for 5 minutes on med-high heat with no steam or put it in the dryer for 10 minutes.

The technique used to wrap is called Furoshiki - if you go to Youtube there are great tutorials on all the different ways you can use the cloth. 

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