Everyone has a crafty, artistic, super-creative friend. Well, Tina is that friend for me. She is a hair stylist by day and had a super successful Etsy-ish side business making hand painted chalkboard signs for weddings, birthdays etc. She writes out her Christmas cards in calligraphy, like quill and ink. She has a son that is BFF’s with my oldest, Max. When those two get together we
run and hide from them they cage fight have our hands full. She is pregnant with her second baby boy and I am so happy because now Dante will have someone to tag team with the older boys, LOL!
I wanted to make her something because I know she appreciates that kind of thing. She has chosen a black and white theme for the new baby’s nursery (which I love!). I saw a few really cute swaddle blankets on Etsy that would fit perfectly with the theme. Being the last-minute person that I am, I left myself with no time to have them shipped. So I decided this would be the perfect DIY.
I picked up some muslin (cut and measured into a 47″ X 47″ square) and fabric paint in black and white. I planned on making a stamped pattern, I had some linoleum and an exacto knife lying around so I was ready to roll. I sketched a few different designs on the linoleum pieces to start my stamp.
I carved away the parts that were not going to be inked (or in this case painted). And I sliced through my thumb. I slapped on a band-aid and kept it moving. Be careful if you attempt this.
The linoleum was kind of floppy and thin, so I made a handle to make it easier to hold. I just used the scraps and some double-sided foam mounting tape to attach it. The command hook strips work really well.
Lay the fabric flat, and get stamping!
Toss them in the dryer for about 30 minutes to set the fabric paint.
Add a little ribbon or twine and you’re good to go 🙂