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3 Easy DIY Fabric-Printing Styles

3 Easy DIY Fabric-Printing Styles

Ever since Remodelista contributor Izabella posted about Ariele Alasko’s hand-stamped upholstered chair, she’s been on the lookout for more DIY fabric-printing ideas. Naturally, she was excited to come across Finnish photographer Kreetta’s blog Gretchen Gretchen. Over a three day creative streak, she tackled three easy DIY fabric-printing techniques. Here, she shows her materials and results.

Photos by Kreetta Järvenpää of Gretchen Gretchen.

Above: Starting with her trusty wooden rolling pin, she attached cut-out dots made of adhesive plastic foam.

Above: Kreetta rolled the pin over an old duvet cover that already had a romantic pattern. The new print was inspired by a pearl necklace.

Above. The rolling pin was also used to make this harlequin print.

Above: On day two, Kreetta carved a wooden block into an arrow pattern.

Above: She used black ink for color.

Above: Lastly, Kreetta used a wooden block to which she glued craft foam cut into dots of different sizes.

Above: She used old napkins and printed dots in four different colors. For the next go-around Kreetta plans to use linoleum and a carving set.

Ready for more easy projects? Check out Remodelista‘s collection of DIY posts. And if you happen to have a thing for rolling pins, here are six favorites.


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1:17AM PST on Dec 17, 2014

Thank you!

1:52PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013


5:32AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

The treat to life

12:04PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

This article would have been great years ago when I was making my own clothing. Talk about the ideas it would have fueled!

3:30AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

thanks for the article - wish I was creativity

7:30PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013


7:14PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

It's a great idea. Years ago I tried this out for a small project and made a large bulletin board for myself. It was a project so I was choosing something pretty easy to try it on.
You would need to search for the deatils or talk to someone maybe at a craft or sewing store. Some times they have classes.

11:47PM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing this

9:32PM PDT on Oct 11, 2013


12:49PM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

Thank you.:)

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