Screenprinting Labels on My Fabric Boxes
source: Mandi Ehman

Screenprinting Labels on My Fabric Boxes

silhoette fabric ink kit

When Silhouette offered me a chance to try their new Fabric Ink Starter Kit, I immediately knew what my first project would be: stenciling letters onto our homeschool-in-a-box boxes (we started with one box but decided to get a second one as we prepare for fall so that I can keep current items in the top box and supplements in the second one).

With this handy kit, you can easily create screen printing designs at home — to make custom clothing, add a personal touch to your home decor or give personalized gifts!

And truly, this is such a simple project that I’m excited about the possibilities. I’m thinking of making the girls personalized pillow cases next!

Supplies:

  • Silhouette CAMEO
  • Stencil vinyl & transfer tape
  • Fabric ink
  • Mixing tray
  • Applicator sponge

Directions:

1. Start by creating your stencil in the Silhouette design software. Be sure to leave margin around your design to protect the rest of your fabric from the paint.

My boxes are 19″ wide, so we made the stencils 16″ wide and 3.5″ tall to leave some space around the edges. (I say “we” because Sean uses the software a lot more than I do to make vinyl decals for his planes, so he did that part!)

2. Run your stencil vinyl through the Silhouette to cut out your design.

3. Apply your transfer tape to the finished design and peel the backing off your stencil vinyl. Carefully apply the vinyl to the fabric, smoothing out ripples and bubbles as you go. Peel off the transfer vinyl, leaving the vinyl in place, and then carefully remove the design cutouts to create a stencil for your paint.

I actually found that because my box was so sturdy, it was easier to peel the stencil vinyl off the backing and lay it directly on the box without using the transfer tape. I would imagine that the transfer tape would be more helpful for softer fabric products like shirts, bags, etc.

We did have trouble getting the stencil vinyl to tightly adhere to the thick weave of these fabric boxes. I think for projects like this in the future, I may use regular vinyl and save the stencil vinyl for softer fabrics (like pillowcases!).

4.  Add your fabric ink to your mixing tray. Dab the sponge into the ink and then onto the tray again to remove any excess paint. Begin dabbing it onto your project to fill in the stencil.

5. Once you’re finished painting the stencil, let the paint dry for 20 minutes. Then carefully peel the stencil off the fabric.

6. Press with a hot iron to bond the ink to the fabric, and you’re done!

What else would you screenprint? For your home or as a gift?

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