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How To Use Fabric Paint

I have a confession…

I think I’m addicted to fabric paint!

No fabric has been safe from this lady since I got my hands on the Silhouette Fabric Ink Starter Kit. This paint is so fun (and easy) to use, I just have to show you how to use fabric paint too!

Easy tutorial for how to use fabric paint #Silhouette

I started out with the Fabric Ink Starter kit from Silhouette. It comes with all the tools you need to get you started.

Silhouette America Fabric ink starter kit

However, it only comes with black paint, and I’m a colourful gal so I also picked up some extra fabric ink colors as well.

In addition to the kit you will need- fabric of choice (t-shirt, canvas bag, placemat, tea towel etc.), and a plastic bag.

How To Use Fabric Paint

How To use Fabric Paint #Silhouette

  1. Cut your image using your Silhouette stencil material. (For these photos I have used red vinyl, because the stencil material is clear and hard to photograph, but the stencil material gives you a much crisper image). I have included these FREE cut files at the bottom of the post. Using the weeding tool get rid of the positive image. ie. take off the opposite of what you want it to look like.
  2. Apply the transfer tape over the image, and rub over to ensure all areas are stuck to the transfer tape. Peel off the paper backing to reveal the sticky side of the stencil material.
  3. Again rub over the transfer tape, ensuring your design is adhered to your fabric. I used placemats to create my design. Peel the transfer tape from the image (reapply to the paper backing as it is good for a few uses).
  4. Put the plastic bag under your work, or on the inside if you’re doing a t-shirt or bag, to prevent getting ink on the opposite side. Apply the ink to the plastic plate. Dip the sponge or the foam brush in the ink and blot onto the fabric. Apply a generous coat.
  5. Allow paint to dry to the touch, then using the weeding tool remove the stencil material from the fabric.
  6. Iron your design to set the ink.

Great tutorial how to use Fabric paint. Plus Free Silhouette cut files

I’m so happy with how my designs turned out, they were perfect for the Fynes Fun Scrapbooking weekend!

Fabric banner at the dessert table. Learn how to use Fabric paint with this easy tutorial #silhouette

This is the one that sparked the initial idea for these fabric banners. Works perfect for a crafting party, eh?

Creative Juice table- Learn how to use Fabric paint with this easy tutorial

Craft event prize table. Learn how to use Fabric paint with this easy tutorial #Silhouette

I loved this fabric paint I had to make more… and more, and more projects (so guess what? there is more to come).

For a crafty event you need crafty t-shirts right? So my SIL and I printed these t-shirts using the same technique as above (I have to give credit to Lolly Jane, for the phrase, which is on the wall in their super awesome craft room).

FREE cutfiles for these fun crafting shirts plus a great tutorial How To Use Fabric Paint #Silhouette

I was really eager to try the white fabric ink on the black t-shirt. It seemed as it was really sucking up the paint, but I loved how it turned out. It looks like a chalkboard effect.

I’ve since washed these t-shirts a few times and the results are really amazing, no fading, peeling, or cracking! The Silhouette fabric paint makes a soft finish that looks so professional.

Get the FREE Silhouette cut files here

Event Banners V3 File

Event Banners V2 File

Crafty T-shirts V3 File

Crafty t-shirts V2 File

I hope you like them, please remember these freebies are for personal use only, thanks and enjoy!

For more project ideas check out my Silhouette pinterest board

Follow Virginia Fynes’s board Silhouette on Pinterest.

You might also like these other FREE Silhouette cut files-

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  1. I was wondering if you had those fantastic signs ordered in. They are beautiful! Thanks for the info. 🙂

  2. Lyndsay Tupper says:

    Those signs are awesome. The lines are so crisp and the colors are so vibrant. I have to admit that I’m kind of partial to the T-shirts too. Great ideas again V!

  3. Those fabric banners are SO stinkin’ cute!!! Love them! Are those just painted dowels? I have something to make in mind now, thanks for the inspiration… and for the shout out! Love the tees! 🙂

    1. Yeah, just painted dowels, they worked out great! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Awesome!! I haven’t delved into the Silhouette fabric paint yet but maybe now’s my time. I need to make shirts in a few weeks and I want to make sure the design will last at least through a few washes. Thanks so much for sharing at our Motivational Monday party!

    Be sure to stop by again tomorrow to link up another post!

  5. Crystal M. says:

    I am in love with this design. However when I downloaded the design, it looks funny on my silhouette. The font is not inside the animal (if that makes sense) and is going outside the shape. Do I have the right download? Not able to alter the shape to get the font back inside it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hey Crystal, you just have to be sure to download the necessary font, or it will look super crazy! Thanks for letting me know, I’m sure someone else had the same problem.

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