DIY: Making Stamped Fabric

March 9, 2013

LabeledStampDIYMy guest room needs some love. While I have most of the room already laid out in my mind, I still felt like something was missing. Just like most great ideas do, it hit me: MAKE A BENCH TO PUT AT THE FOOT OF THE BED! And even better, that same loud voice said, use the awesome midcentury pencil legs from that stool that you never use anymore! Next, of course, I would have to figure out the fabric situation. And since I am impulsive and refuse to wait for anything to arrive in the mail, and because Tulsa has a limited amount of decent modern fabrics, I decided to DIY some fabric of my own! All over Pinterest, you can find amazing inspiration for homemade stamps. I decided on simple triangles. Because I  am a little obsessed at the moment.

I found this really soft, basic grey fabric on sale for $6 per yard. I bought 3 yards because I like having extra fabric to make pillows.


So what you will need to make the fabric for the bench:

1.) 1 to 2 yards of fabric, depending on your bench measurement
2.) Scissors
3.) Foam sheet
4.) Exacto Knife
5.) Paint & paintbrushes

I decided to do a little test run before I started stamping. Cut out a few swatches of fabric to practice on.

DSC_1559I made several different versions of the triangles, and even made a little “subway tile” looking stamp just for fun:

DSC_1553 DSC_1558 DSC_1563 DSC_1568 DSC_1569Once I decided which I liked best, it was time to get real! I cut the fabric to fit the 45inX12in (1 inch thickness) piece of wood I purchased at the hardware store. The nice gentleman who worked there cut the wood to the exact measurement I needed, so he saved me some time there. I allowed for plenty of space on the fabric to cover the bench – you can always cut excess fabric, but you can’t add it back on! I added about 10 inches on each side of extra fabric:

DSC_1576 photo 1Next I started stamping:

DSC_1583 DSC_1588 DSC_1598 DSC_1594 DSC_1592As I have mentioned before, I love cathartic-type projects like this one. I can kind of turn my mind of and follow a pattern and still get the instant gratification I so love to feel.

DSC_1565 DSC_1579 photo 3 DSC_1590I love love LOVE the way this fabric turned out!!! I can’t wait to get it onto that piece of pine tomorrow. Check back to see the end result of the fabric and the second part of this project!


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