super Sansa fabric stamping/print post!
I’ve gotten a LOT of requests as to how I hand printed my Sansa Stark fabric from Game of Thrones, and I have some photos and walkthrough to show how!
THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
-an embroidery hoop (big enough to hold your design)
-organza (to put between the embroidery hoops)
-little sponges! (the kind with the wooden or plastic end you can find at craft stores)
-fabric paint in the color you would like to print your design
-fine tipped sharpie or pencils (to draw your design with)
-little paint brushes (to outline your design with properly)
- a water source
OKAY SO NOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR ITEMS:
Put your organza in your embroidery hoop. get that sucker taut. tighten the heck out of it.
After it is in between the hoops and nice and snug, trace your design onto the organza!
ONCE you have your design drawn on the organza and traced, you are ready for your next step!
Your next step is to grab out your thin paint brushes and mod podge, and start to outline your design on the organza. ANYWHERE YOU DO NOT WANT PAINT TO GO ON YOUR FABRIC, PUT MOD PODGE. So, in the design pictured, pretty much anywhere I don’t want the design gets mod podged. NOTE: I also make sure that I mod podge AROUND THE DESIGN pretty hardcore because I end up getting really into it and mess up and accidentally get paint outside of the lines. so it’s kinda a safeguard.
Now that your design is mod podged on there, LET IT DRY. It won’t take too long, but this is where you reward yourself for all your hard work so far. Get a cookie, cry a little, drink some wine. (If you’re doing several designs, I suggest getting several embroidery hoops- for Sansa’s Blackwater dress, she has 2 designs and I used 2 hoops to make my life easier when printing)
ONCE IT DRIES, it’s time to get your sponges and fabric paint and fabric!
Mix that paint up, I put mine on my favorite “PAINT PLATE”- a ceramic plate that shows the war gashes of ALL OF THE PAINT I’ve ever painted with (it’s all dry, I’m lazy, long story).
Place the embroidery hoop where you want the design to appear on the fabric, and dip your sponge in paint and gently sponge the paint through the organza.
If you’re doing something with a repeating pattern and several designs, I suggest doing a row/column/section of ONE design at a time, like 5 fleur de lis in a row etc.
In between each design that you stamp, I HIGHLY SUGGEST RINSING YOUR ORGANZA AND LETTING IT DRY WHILE YOU WORK ON THE NEXT DESIGN. When I made my Sansa gown, I did NOT rinse it until way later and the paint dried and messed up my design in places (I procrastinate so of course I did not have time to fix my errors D:)
note, it WILL get tedious, and you will hate your life if you’re printing yards upon yards of fabric- I hand stamped about 7-8 yards and I wanted to cry for years.
Depending on the fabric you are using, I highly recommend to allot yourself enough fabric to line your sleeves if they will show, because the thinner the fabric the more you will be able to see the paint through the other side. (I know you are all going DUH right now, but it’s an innocent fact!)
After a while you will have fabric that is all stamped and wonderous and ready to be sewn (Once it dries, of course!)
Let your fabric dry over night at LEAST (If you have to sew it faster, you CAN blow dry it to get it to dry, or hang it outside if it’s warm weather/seasonal etc!)
and that’s about it! go sew your outfits or dresses or make cute tshirts or whatever!
my dress didn’t turn out PERFECTLY because I had major malfunctions with the amount of fabric I screen printed in time for the convention I made the dress, but I still love it. If you want perfect results, don’t procrastinate like I do, and start plenty of time early or you will be frustrated and I want you all to have pretty beautiful cosplays!