I'm a little obsessed with stamped fabric. I love the touch of personalization it adds to any handmade item, like this simple tissue holder. It's a super easy process but I thought I'd share some of the techniques I've learned!
Start with your supplies; a set of alphabet stamps, permanent ink pad and the fabric you want to stamp on.
When making a sewn item, or plan to embroider or add other embellishments to stamped fabric, ALWAYS stamp first and sew later. You don't want to spend hours making something only to goof it up with a misplaced letter.
Consider the layout of the fabric and mark where you want the lettering to show up in its final state. If you're making a sewn item like this, put the pieces together loosely so you can determine where to stamp. Be sure to add space for any seams!
Before you stamp on your cut fabric, do a bit of practice. Get a feel for how the ink looks on the fabric you're working with and how much pressure you should apply.
I like to lay out the letters in advance so I can stamp a letter and move right on to the next. I think it helps to get in a rhythm.
Stamp straight down and directly onto the pad. You want the letter to be inked but not the corners of the stamp. I like to press into the pad 3 times using medium pressure.
Every alphabet stamp set will be a little different so practice how far apart you want the letters to be. I align the left side of the square stamp with the right side of the previous letter. If you want to keep things nice and tidy, use a ruler and disappearing pen to draw a line on your fabric. Use the mark to keep your letters vertically aligned. I don't usually do this because I generally like more of a wonky look
Use medium pressure and go straight up and down when stamping.
If you press too hard, you risk picking up ink that may have wound up on the corners of the stamp. If you press too lightly, you won't see your letters and it's hard to re-stamp cleanly.
Once you're done stamping, you can go over your letters with a permanent marker to fill in any areas that are too light or unclear. I use a fine point Sharpie marker.
Sew your final piece together and enjoy!! You can wash fabric that has been stamped with permanent ink but I would not recommend using this technique on something that will be washed frequently as the letters will fade pretty quickly.
Let me know if you have any questions!!