Friday, December 7, 2012

2 Turtle Doves Fabric Printing

I'm excited to share another cheater printing method today!  You might remember that awhile back I used  Sizzix dies and contact paper to make a screen printed design on fabric.  Click here to see that tutorial.  Today, I am relief printing with Sizzix embossing folders and freezer paper stenciling with die cuts to create this 12 Days of Christmas inspired linen pillow cover.

Inked embossing folder

To begin, die cut two bird shapes using the Bird #2 die from prewashed white Essex fabric.  Use a brayer to roll red fabric ink suitable for printmaking onto the bonus Textured Impressions embossing folder.  Apply the ink to one side of the folder for one bird and to the other side of the folder for the mirror image bird.  Place a die cut bird into the Textured Impressions folder matching the outline of the die cut bird to the outline of the textured bird.  Run the folder with the die cut bird inside through the Big Shot to transfer the inked design onto the die cut.  Repeat for the second bird.

Two prepared appliques
After the ink has dried for about 24 hours, iron on the wrong side of the fabric to heat set the ink.  To prepare the birds for appliqué, use your die again to cut fusible webbing.  After die cutting attach it to the wrong side of the birds.  Set your birds aside.

die cutting
To create the lettering, run a piece of Freezer Paper, with the waxy side facing up, through your Big Shot using the Tim Holtz Word Play Alphabet Die.   

You do not want to use the die cut letters but rather the paper around each letter which will be used as a stencil.  Cut the necessary number and letters and arrange them on the pillow front.  Cover any areas likely to be accidentally touched by ink with strips of the freezer paper.  Using a warm iron, melt the freezer paper to your fabric.  Make sure that there are no bubbles or loose edges under which the ink could seep.

Place a piece of newspaper on the table below your fabric and apply fabric paint with a stencil brush.  Again, the ink needs to set overnight.  

When the ink is dry, peel the stencil off the pillow front.  Heat set your ink with a hot iron on the wrong side of the fabric.  Then position the birds and attach them using a hot iron.  Finally, stitch around the edges of the appliqués.

The 16" pillow cover could be finished in a number of ways.  I chose to make an envelope closure with bias cut binding and rounded corners.


die cutting supplies

fabric: Essex Fabric- white
ink: fabric ink
tools: brayer; stencil brush; wax paper; iron

Interested in more ideas for creating appliqués from die cutting? Our gallery at has many more great die cut appliqué projects you will want to see!
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  1. Wow! This is fabulous, Amy! The bird this way is exquisite.

  2. Wonderful project Amy! The bird looks so pretty!

  3. As usual Mrs. Friend you are BRILLIANT! I am ordering a Sizzix Big Shot right now for my Christmas gift to me!

    1. Go Linda! I hope you love it (I know you will!).

  4. Amy, you are so talented! I love this project and the way you used the embossing folder. Fantastic work!

  5. You have done it again, Amy! Wow! i really wish I had an ounce of your creativity. Thanks for this!


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