Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stamp and Stitch

I would like to share a super quick and easy gift idea using The Rubber Cafe Stamps.  Embroidery!  Yes, it is easy!


I believe that one of the most difficult aspects of embroidery is transferring the pattern to the item you are sewing.  Instead of getting out your ironing board and using messy transfer paper, just stamp your pattern design directly on the fabric with Distress inks.  I used the Flowers and Bouquets set.  Its clean and simple lines make it a perfect project to stitch.  And since the Distress inks react with water, you can simply toss it in the wash with your regular laundry and the pattern lines will disappear.


Embroidery floss is inexpensive and can be purchased online or at a mass retailer.  I used an inexpensive cotton dishtowel, but you can embroider on any fabric.  I used Mowed Grass Distress Ink because it showed up well against my fabric.  Any Distress ink color will work.  Note: If your fabric is fragile or requires special care, please test the ink on an inconspicuous area before starting your project.


There are numerous embroidery stitches that you can use.  I used the basic backstitch.  It's simple and easy to master.


Don't worry if your stitches aren't perfect.  Thankfully, women are no longer judged by their sewing skills. :)  Notice that the stamped lines have disappeared after washing.  Awesome!

Stamp and Stitch to add a cute and kitschy look to any fabric.

Happy Stamping!






Supplies:
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' Flowers and Bouquets
Additional Supplies: Embroidery Floss, Fabric, Needle, Embroidery Hoop



5 comments:

melissa said...

So cute I love it ... what a great idea ...

melissa said...

So cute I love it ... what a great idea ...

Karen T said...

Michelle! I love this idea!! I used to even stitch dish towels, so appreciate the ingenuity! Fun tutorial.

Laura Cox {aka scrapaddict} said...

This is such a sweet idea....love it!

Kristine Reynolds said...

Great idea!