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How To Embellish Fabric

Try these techniques for turning plain, old fabrics into something fresh and trendy that you can hang in your room or wear out on the town.

Instructions

  • TIP: For a retro effect, sew a round bead through the center of a homemade rosette made with a nifty tool called a yo-yo maker.
  • Step 1: Staple your decorated fabric tightly over a wood frame to create a piece of artwork, hang it from a rod as a curtain or Roman shade, or sew it into an outfit or costume.
  • FACT: Martha Stewart, do-it-yourself craft and food extraordinaire, taught herself how to cook using Julia Child's _Mastering the Art of French Cooking_.
  • Step 2: Sew beads or rhinestones along the outlines of your design or in strategic places where you want to add texture or sparkle.
  • Step 3: Use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to sew fringe around the edges of fabrics to give them a classier, finished appearance.
  • Step 4: Cut a piece of craft foam into a simple flower shape and attach it to a wood block -- or carve a stamp out of the wood itself. Apply fabric paint to the stamp and press it onto fabric to create a pattern.
  • TIP: Glob fabric paint unevenly on the foam for a chic, textured look.
  • Step 5: Paint repeating designs onto fabric with a homemade stencil for a slightly different result. If you don't have a cutting machine or stencil acetate, print a design on paper, laminate it, and cut it out along the lines.
  • Step 6: Buy fabrics or grab an old, light-colored sheet or tee shirt -- as long as no one will care that you're going to modify it.

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