In addition to their amazing transfers, Prima Marketing has also recently added Decor Textiles to their re.design line. Decor Textiles are 100% white cotton and can be dyed, painted, stenciled or stamped (or who knows what else, I’m sure you guys can come up with even more possibilities). I’ve even seen a technique for using the transfers on them, but I haven’t tried that out yet for myself.
They have pillow covers, napkins, placemats, table runners and curtains.
The folks at Prima sent me some samples to play around with, so I pulled out a few pillow covers and placemats the other day to see what I could do with them.
First things first, I washed all of them in cold water and then dried them on the low setting. I probably should have ironed them before moving on as well, but I was too lazy for that step.
Next I pulled out my Fusion Mineral Paint in Putty and Prima Marketing’s French Trellis stencil (also new from the re.design line). I centered the stencil over the pillow cover and then used a small foam roller to apply the paint. I used the roller because of the all over design. I knew it would be much quicker to fill all of that in with a roller than it would be with a stencil brush.
On the reverse side I used an old stencil that I had on hand for the Paris design.
I chose to use Putty because I’m going to include these pillows with the french bench that I shared on Monday which is also painted in that color. What a great way to perfectly coordinate your throw pillows with your decor, right?
Some q tips for stenciling on fabric; be sure that you have a very hard surface under your fabric, press hard enough for the paint to adhere but not so hard that it is pressed under the stencil, don’t use a goopy roller (ie. remove some of the excess paint from your roller by rolling it on a paper towel a couple of times after loading it with paint).
Another important tip, to keep your paint from bleeding through to the other side of something like this pillow cover, put a piece of cardboard inside before you stencil. That will catch any paint that soaks through the fabric before it gets to the other side.
According to Fusion, fabric stenciled with their paint should be washable once the paint has cured (after about 30 days). They have a great tutorial on their website about stenciling pillow covers, you can find that here.
Since I already had a roller full of Putty paint, I decided to stencil a few of the placemats as well.
I used Prima Marketing’s Basket Weave stencil on one side and a Cafe de Paris stencil that I purchased on Etsy a while back on the other (sorry, the Etsy shop that I purchased it from is no longer in business, so I can’t give you a source for it).
I definitely plan to try a few more techniques with the Decor Textiles. I’m thinking about trying to dye some of the napkins using chalk paint, and I also want to get out my Decor Stamps and try them on some pieces. I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted when I do.
What do you think? Got any other ideas for dressing up the new Decor Textiles? If so, be sure to let me know in a comment.