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How to Make Fabric Prints with Tape

Looking for that perfect custom printed fabric to match your decor? Make your own colorful fabric with a few extra bucks and creative use of painter's tape.


  • Step 1: Dab the foam brush onto the untaped areas of the fabric and allow it to dry overnight.
  • Step 2: Remove the tape pieces slowly and allow the fabric to sit for 72 hours.
  • Step 3: Wash the fabric in warm water with mild detergent and let it air dry. Use the fabric to make something fun to wear or make a custom accessory for your house.
  • FACT: The techniques of shaping and binding fabric before dyeing, called shibori, have a long history in Japan, including methods similar to western tie dyeing.
  • TIP: If you are using multiple paint colors, complete all work with that color and then move on to the next, instead of switching back and forth.
  • Step 4: Pour paint onto a plastic plate or paint tray and dip the foam brush into the paint.
  • Step 5: Make a pattern on your fabric with painter's tape. Use a ruler if you want a very precise pattern.
  • TIP: The tape will cover up areas that will not be painted.
  • Step 6: Lay newspaper or cardboard on a hard surface and lay the fabric out on top of it.
  • Step 7: Tape down the corners of the fabric to your work surface to keep it from slipping.
  • Step 8: Cut your fabric to the size you will need for your project, plus an inch on all sides for sewing and iron to remove wrinkles.

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