Stenciling Fabric Drapes

A few years ago, I discovered the versatility of painter’s drop cloths.  They make great slip covers and curtains, just for starters.  When the shop was ready to open, I stitched a taupe velvet, to the bottom of a drop cloth and hung it as a room divider.  Got lots of “oohs and aah’s” on that one! It even has iron on brass studs!  


So, today, I stenciled another set of “curtains” in the shop.  This is a new stencil we’re stocking, in a beautiful fillagre pattern.  


Here they are, hung back up, once dry.  Sort of looks  like I slept in them, too!    I used Amy Howard’s One Step Paint, in Graphite. It’s one of my favorites!  


 You can see how I hemmed them by just folding and clipping the top. (I realy do  need to iron them!)  

Have you ever painted fabric?  When I paint fabric, I thin the paint  by about 25%.   

But, when I stencil fabric, I don’t thin it.  The last thing you want, when stenciling fabric, is watery pait!  It’s best to use a stencil brush and without overloading your brush, pounce the brush, up and down, instead of pulling it sideways.  

I’m looking forward to using this stencil on the drawer fronts of a dresser, soon! 

By the way, our stencils are nice and thick.  They’ll last longer and work better, if you clean them after each use.  We apply a product, before use, that makes clean up much simpler.  Once clean, store your stencils in a spot where they won’t easily gent bent. 

The Paint with Amy Howard Class is half full.  Bring a friend and a cabinet door or drawer and join us!  Just $20! Call, visit or register on line, soon!


Here’s a sneak peek of a gorgeous antique bench, I scored on Sunday.  Wait til you see it recovered!  


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  1. I loved your post!! Great job!! the texture combined with the paint of drop cloths is beautiful! thanks for the reminder this is something I want to do!! xo Leslie Sinclair

    • Barbara Bussey says

      Thanks for stopping by, Leslie! My friends and I, are enjoying your new book!
      Take care, Barbara

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