When planning my Queen Bee luncheon table (see post here) for my project with Royal Design Studio, I wanted the runner to have a natural fiber feeling so I took a look through my fabric stash. I have lots and lots of fabric around so I also try to use something I have if possible – low and behold, the “perfect” fabric turned out to be a humble drop cloth! That’s right, a drop cloth, easily available from Lowe’s or your local hardware store was the “perfect” fabric for this chic runner!
:: Supplies you’ll need ::
Fabric – according to your table length
Stencil Creme or Paint
First, I measured my table and added 12″ to EACH side (so if your table is 5′ (60″) long you would need 84″ of fabric.). Then I hemmed the sides with a simple 1/4″ (or so) hem with my sewing machine. You could easily use a no-sew fabric glue if you don’t have a sewing machine!
Next, I laid the now hemmed runner out on the floor, taped it down so it wouldn’t wiggle and settled in to stencil! Taping the fabric to your work surface is important so be sure you’ve got yours nice and secure. I used painter’s tape for this. Depending on the stencil you use, you may need to determine the center of your fabric. With my project, I didn’t need a “true center” so I aligned the edge of my stencil with the right edge of my fabric and began there. Then I allowed it to run off each edge as I progressed – I liked this effect. The stencil I used is the French Bee Trellis stencil from Royal Design Studio.
Before you begin actually stenciling, I highly recommend you read the tips that Royal Design offers – they are awesome! Other than a good quality stencil I think the next most important tool is your brush. I picked up an inexpensive brush at my local craft store and ordered the stencil brush kit from Royal – I wanted to see how they measured up. I can honestly tell you the quality of brush from Royal Design was so far superior to the other one and made stenciling a pleasure, so get the best quality brush you can – you’ll thank me! Plus their brush handle is wide and feels nice in your hand and trust me – after just 10 minutes, things like that really begin to matter!
In the photo above you’ll also notice my paper towels covered with paint. Melanie & Regina from Royal taught me this technique. You put a little bit of paint on your brush and then you basically rub most of it OFF onto your paper towel BEFORE you put brush to stencil. Once you think you have no paint left on your brush – you’re ready! Depending on the color you’re painting with you may need to add more layers of paint to get your desired depth of color – but do this by layering your paint, not just putting more paint on your brush – having a more “dry” brush keeps the paint from seeping under your stencil and bleeding… lesson learned the hard way!
TIP: When moving your stencil around on your fabric do a quick check EACH time you go to move it to be sure no paint has seeped under your stencil and is on the underside of your stencil – you don’t want to mar your fabric this way. A quick wipe with a paper towel will take care of this for you.
I used a circular brush stroke when stenciling instead of a typical up/down or side to side stroke. This worked really well for me. Also, the paint colors I used are Royal Design Stencil Creme in Bright Gold for the Bees and Aged Nickel for the stripes.
And before you know it, you have a lovely table runner just like this!
I used the same technique for the napkins – tape the fabric down and center your image. Then dry brush the paint onto the fabric in layers. Easy-peasy!
I hope you’ll give stenciling a try – I think you’ll love it!
I’ll be sharing the extra details and honey cocoa recipe on Monday – see you then!
I’m sharing this project at Savvy Southern Style!
I was given the stencil materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
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