How to make Brilliant DIY Fabric Paint at Home

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

In this tutorial we show you how to make fabric paint from acrylic paint by adding household ingredients. The result is a DIY fabric paint that not only looks fabulous, but is also washable. You didn’t even need to set it with heat!

 

How to make fabric paint: In this tutorial we make our own brilliant diy fabric paint from acrylic paint simply by adding a couple of household ingredients.

 

Over the weekend, the kids and I visited a country fair. Poking around the craft tent, I was delighted to come across some hand carved, printing blocks. I knew exactly what I wanted us to use them for. To stamp on some little muslin bags we have for another project. But we need the stamped bags to be washable!

 

A quick google suggests that you can turn acrylic paints into homemade fabric paint – just by adding an acrylic paint medium. Which would be perfect if we had some, but we didn’t, so I had to delve a little deeper.

 

In this tutorial we experimented with making our own diy fabric paints from acrylic paint by adding a couple of household ingredients, and came out with fabric paints that not only look fabulous, but are also washable - and we didn't even need to set them with heat!

 

What is fabric medium?

Fabric medium is a solution you add to acrylic paints to increase their ability to bind to fabric. Also know as textile medium, it gives the acrylic paint a softer more flexible finish, making it easier to paint on to fabric and reducing bleeding. It thins the paint without diluting the colour, and encourages the paint to adhere to the fabric, particularly once it has been heat set.

How do you make fabric medium?

A couple of artist sites suggest adding glycerine to acrylic paints, to make them act more like oil paints.

Others recommended adding water to make them more like a fabric paint.

We decided to do both, and added vinegar to the mix hoping it would encourage the colour to ‘fix’ to the fabric. Vinegar is often used as a mordant in traditional dyeing, which we tried in our Turning Stains into Dyes tutorial. Now we had our ‘DIY fabric medium’ recipe.

 

In this tutorial we experimented with making our own diy fabric paints from acrylic paint by adding a couple of household ingredients, and came out with fabric paints that not only look fabulous, but are also washable - and we didn't even need to set them with heat!

 

How To Make Fabric Paint.

Ingredients needed to make homemade fabric paint medium.

  • White Vinegar.
  • Glycerine.
  • Tap Water.

First we mixed 10mls white vinegar, 10mls glycerine and 20mls water in a jar and gave it a shake.

We then used a small amount of our DIY textile medium to thin down our acrylic paints to make fabric paint. We thinned our fabric paint mixture so that is was the consistency of an ink.

Altogether we mixed 3 slightly different shades of green using our fabric paint recipe, and then applied them to a sponge with a brush, to use as an ink pad.

The stamp we used was a pretty Indian wood block stamp (Amazon affiliate link) and we stamped onto small muslin bags and cotton bags (Amazon affiliate link).

 

In this tutorial we experimented with making our own diy fabric paints from acrylic paint by adding a couple of household ingredients, and came out with fabric paints that not only look fabulous, but are also washable - and we didn't even need to set them with heat!

 

Using our DIY Fabric Paint.

We used an old T-shirt to try out the stamping and it looked fab.

Most traditional fabric paints need to be fixed with heat so we decided to test if ours did. Once the paint was dry I ironed the bottom half of the T-shirt (the bottom 3 leaves in the picture below), keeping well away from the top – to see how much difference it would make.

I then threw the T-shirt in the washing machine with a detergent capsule and put it through a 40C wash (with my fingers tightly crossed!).

 

In this tutorial we experimented with making our own diy fabric paints from acrylic paint by adding a couple of household ingredients, and came out with fabric paints that not only look fabulous, but are also washable - and we didn't even need to set them with heat!

 

We were delighted to see all the leaves intact when I removed the top from the washing machine. The non ironed stamped images are just as bright as the heat set ones, so the fabric medium recipe definitely did its job!

 

In this tutorial we experimented with making our own diy fabric paints from acrylic paint by adding a couple of household ingredients, and came out with fabric paints that not only look fabulous, but are also washable - and we didn't even need to set them with heat!

 

We managed to stamp lots of muslin and cotton bags during our session.

We used our hand printed bags to make some gorgeous herbal bath soaks. Because this DIY fabric paint is so easy to make and use, it’s perfect for kids to use to make gifts for their teachers.

 

Home made presents are such a lovely thing to give and receive, and are perfect for teacher appreciation gifts, hostess gifts or to pop into home made hampers. They are also a fabulous way to get children involved. These Bath Tea Bags are such fun to make, and can be tailored to suit the recipient.

 

Not only did the kids have lots of fun printing the bags, they also loved combining some gorgeous herbs to make both relaxing and invigorating blends.

There are so many plants that have a positive action on your skin, making them perfect to use in bath products. Our 21 Botanicals that are fabulous for your skin post doesn’t cover every single one, but will certainly give you a good starting point if you’d like to learn a little more.

 

Home made presents are such a lovely thing to give and receive, and are perfect for teacher appreciation gifts, hostess gifts or to pop into home made hampers. They are also a fabulous way to get children involved. These Bath Tea Bags are such fun to make, and can be tailored to suit the recipient.

 

More Fabric Printing Inspiration

We recently used our DIY fabric paint to make batik art on an old pillowcase using a glue stick to provide the resist.

This project only works with fabric paint that is washable without needing to be heated due to using glue on the fabric, so our homemade fabric paint is perfect.

You can see in the photo below how pretty the results were. Visit How to Make Batik Art Using a Glue Stick for the full tutorial.

 

In this easy tutorial, I show you how to make a gorgeous piece of batik art using a glue stick and home-made fabric paint.

 

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And for those of you who love natural crafts, our Making Dye from Lichen and Eco Printing posts are both brilliant activities to try at home.

 

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103 comments

Ryan August 12, 2019 - 11:03 am

This is a great idea! Please may I ask what is the ratio of diy fabric medium to acrylic paint e.g 1:5 etc.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 12, 2019 - 2:24 pm

Hi Ryan. I’ve never actually measured it as I go by the consistency of the mixture aiming for an ink consistency so the dye doesn’t just sit on top of the fabric. I’d guess that 1:5 would be a good starting point and you can always add more if you need too. Hope that helps 🙂

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Ryan August 16, 2019 - 3:27 am

I used this fabric medium on paint for my shoes and I’m proud to say it worked perfectly! It kept the flyknit material soft and flexible and My friends think it looks fire.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 4, 2019 - 8:20 am

That’s brilliant Ryan, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know 🙂

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Bea Nel July 28, 2019 - 9:17 am

Awesome

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 4, 2019 - 8:23 am

Thanks Bea 🙂

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Sage June 30, 2019 - 2:26 am

what a stellar job you do nurturing creativity! your responses are so encouraging. My question: i’m planning on painting onto curtains and don’t plan to wash them afterwards. Do u think this is likely to encourage holes – ie would the combo recipe be acidic, etching into the fabric in time?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 30, 2019 - 10:46 am

Thank you for your kind comment Sage, and such an interesting question. I am planning to print curtains myself using this method at some point and it has never occurred to me that the vinegar could damage the fabric. My gut feeling is that it wont. I think vinegar is too weak an acid to damage a fabric such as cotton, particularly since you are diluting it further by mixing it with the other ingredients. In short, I cant make any promises but I plan to try it on relatively inexpensive plain fabric myself although I wouldn’t be painting it onto cherished antique fabrics! Hope that helps!

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Shana April 17, 2019 - 6:10 pm

Hi sounds great I just got home from a trip to india and I have brought back a few wood fabric stamps. 🙂 🙂
I wanted to know how much paint you mix in to the diy fabric medium you used above.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 17, 2019 - 6:26 pm

What a lovely place to visit Shana. I’d start with adding about 10% of the homemade medium. You want your paint quite thin – you can see how it has soaked into the sponge in the photos. You are almost making an ink consistency so it prints cleanly 🙂

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Lora January 21, 2019 - 3:11 pm

Can I paint with this same recipe and leave it little thicker?
It sounds like it’s more of a dye consistency, and has to be blotted with a sponge or stamped with a sponge stamp?
Sorry. I’m kinda slow craftwise.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 22, 2019 - 7:42 pm

Hi Lora. I think you could leave it a little thicker so you could paint with it although that might mean that it would sit on the surface of the fabric more. My approach would be give it a go on something you don’t care about too much like an old T-shirt and see what happens 🙂

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Kaz September 8, 2018 - 3:13 pm

I did it again haha forgot to mention i did heat set them eventually….tea towl and the iron on medium heat…no steam of course ironed them for about 5min each….they seem fine at the moment but they havnt had much wear as I havnt been using them till frames are done but have brushed my hands over them and they dont mark half as bad…

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 12, 2018 - 11:37 am

It’s so interesting to hear that ironing them seems to have stopped the marking – I am curious to see what happens once they are in full use (although with the amount of work gone into them I wouldn’t let anyone sit on them lol!)

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Kaz Musa September 12, 2018 - 11:49 am

Hahaha so true! I can see it now..No no no dont sit there..lets sit in the lounge or outside its a lovely brisk 10° out today…
They’re finished and sitting round my big solid Jarrah table. Only one problem now..I keep looking at the table and thinking hmm what can I do to that but I cant! All these years on Jarrah is so expensive..if only Id known 3 decades ago when we not only built our home and furniture with it but burnt it in the stove and pot belly fire in the lounge. Oh well thats life

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Kaz September 8, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Hi Sarah Kaz again…yep i brushed with the nap of the fabric. .so that was all good. The fabric remained exactly the same…nice and soft and yes I let the lot dry for at least a week haha to be honest I was over it all by then. Failed to mention that my home made black chalk paint went on beautifully. That wasnt the problem
No prep was my problem. All the hype about Chalk paint and no preparation is a load of……!
Kicking myself as i should of known better but got sucked into the whole just paint it on fad. It scratched off if I even looked at it hahaha aggghhh what the hell! So put the finished cushions aside and got stuck into the chair frames again. Took them right back to near on original wood and after washing them down and drying I got stuck back in again
So theyre back together again..Ive stencilled a mandala on the back rest and tomorow…finally some warm weather..im distressing them a lil and sealing them with a water based poly….finally! I.ll snap off a couple of pics and let u see how they look. Thanks again

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 12, 2018 - 11:33 am

Thanks so much for the update Kaz, the chairs sound amazing and I can’t wait to see the pics 🙂 x

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Kaz August 1, 2018 - 6:23 pm

Sorry sarah i forgot to mention the chair cushions are actually the old sprung wire seats covered in a proper thick apholstery fabric. A medium to darkish ocean blue..ive painted them a lovely Veridian/Turquoise and the frames of the chairs are Black chalk paint sorry about that…

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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 2, 2018 - 9:59 am

They do sound gorgeous Kaz – I’d love to see a photo of them. Would you tag me if you share one anywhere?

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Kaz August 1, 2018 - 6:09 pm

Hi Sarah. Ok i finally did my dining room chairs I used regular Acrylic paint and added my own home made fabric medium using the Glycol Vinegar and Water. I knew id need more than the amounts in your recipe so i mixed up a 100ml bottle of Glycol and the Vinegar and Water accordingly.,have plenty left over by the way Took me 3 coats and im pretty pleased with the results…but haha im noticing that everytime i touch the material it marks…i brush over it with my hand and it seems to go but thats going to drive me nuts if they mark everytime someone sits on them. Do u know if this is because i havnt heat sealed the cushions yet and do i do this with the iron and can i even attempt it with the Glycol fabric medium?
Ive also done the frames in a chalk paint and am yet to seal them with a satin sealant. Im not using wax as they get a it of use and need something a bit more robust…cheers kaz

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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 2, 2018 - 9:58 am

Wow Kaz, sounds like you’ve been very busy! I’ve never tried painting upholstery so I can’t speak from experience. My guess would be that the marking is something due to the fabric pile rather than needing heat setting. Did you add all the paint with the brush strokes going in one direction? eg back to front – maybe that’s why there’s a difference (like you see on a velour fabric for example) Personally, I wouldn’t try and heat set them unless I thought the paint wasn’t colourfast. I’d wait until I was sure they were dry and then try rubbing a hard-to-see area with a white damp cloth and see if any of the colour came off. If it didn’t I’d leave be. Can I ask does the fabric feel very different now you’ve painted it? I’ve ironed t-shirts that I’ve used this mix of fabric paint on so the glycol is fine – I’d say it would depend more on if your upholstery fabric can take it and I’d protect the fabric and iron but using an old tea towel to iron through if I was going to iron them.

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Melinda July 30, 2018 - 11:57 pm

I am planning on dying some upholstery. Does the color bleed after dry? . It will not be washed. Will it be soft? Thank you.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 31, 2018 - 12:18 am

Hi Melinda. The colour didn’t bleed on the cotton and stayed soft BUT I cant say how it will behave on a heavier upholstery fabric particularly covering a large area. All I can suggest is you test it out on something similar first – as I would hate for you to trash a sofa (or similar) on my say so! I’m also wondering how the colours would look – we’ve only printed onto white fabric so you’d need to think about the coverage you’d get if the fabric was a darker colour. Best of luck with your project!

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Lelia Mercill June 27, 2018 - 4:02 am

Will your recipe work for tie dye?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 27, 2018 - 1:50 pm

I’ve never tried it Lelia but I don’t see why not – I would imagine that the thinner consistency that my recipe has would work well 🙂

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Lelia Mercill June 28, 2018 - 5:57 am

We are going to try next week. We will let you know what happens.

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Lelia Mercill July 5, 2018 - 6:39 am

The shirts stayed very soft and pliable, but when we washed them, they faded terribly. Looks like they are old and worn.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 13, 2018 - 8:14 am

Thanks for coming back and letting me know Lelia, What a shame that they faded 🙁

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Pam August 11, 2018 - 9:01 pm

Lelia, are you still there? Back in the 90s, I used acrylic paint to tie dye shirts after realizing that it was permanent, accidentally, of course. I made many shirts for family and friends. I also taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students to make their own tie dyed shirts. Using the two ounce bottles, add a bit of water to the consistency of cream. If it’s too thick, it won’t absorb, too thin, colors are too diluted. To remedy either, add more water or more paint. T shirts should be laundered,rinsed well, and be slightly damp. Fold, rubber band twist shirt as desired. Yes, even four year olds can do this on their own. Apply paint, squeezing fabric to make sure the paint is spreadin, turn it over to check. I always made sure all fabric was painted, as there is a slight texture difference. You do not want the fabric to be soggy. The drying is the crucial part, you must be active and attentive. I have dried in the sun, under a ceiling fan, and with a hair dryer. As the water evaporates, it wicks the paint up, making the areas on top darker. This is a desired effect that I have not seen in “regular” tie dye. When it is evident, flip the shirt over and arrange it with that in mind. As the shirt becomes dryer, you can open up some more areas, do a bit of unfolding. When it is dry enough that it won’t drip or run, undo everything, lay it flat, or hang to dry. If you want to be fussy, you can place completely dry shirts in a hot dryer for 20 minutes or so. They can be worn. For the first time, I always rinsed a shirt by hand in cold water before tossing it in the washer. After that, any stains can be bleached, if necessary. A search for fabric medium brought me to this site, so here’s my advice. If I had a special tie dyed shirt, I would dilute Fabric medium with warm water, put it in a spray bottle lay the dry shirt flat and spray it,all over. This brightened up the colors, sealed them in. (A fellow teacher had ironed on color transfer crayon pictures to a large muslin fabric, but where it got wet, colors were fading. I reironed them, then sprayed with fabric medium mix and that solved the problem.)

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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 11, 2018 - 9:14 pm

Thanks Pam for all your helpful tips. hopefully Lelia will see them and I know other readers will find them very useful. Sarah 🙂

Ruby June 12, 2018 - 8:10 pm

Hi, awesome post! Do you know if this is safe to use on a child’s hand to hand print on shirt? Will it wash off properly from hands?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 12, 2018 - 8:56 pm

Hi Ruby. Acrylic paint is water soluble so washes off pretty easily when wet. The handprint is a fab idea – love it!

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Kandy March 28, 2018 - 3:10 pm

Awesome! We (2-8yo 2-10yo kids) made this in large batches and put in spray bottles. At the beach,we used sand to make areas we didn’t want paint on cotton towels. Then we went crazy spraying away with the paint and left them to dry in the sun. We rinsed them in that salty ocean water then put them in the dryer on high heat for a long time. The kids love their beach towles!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 2, 2018 - 10:02 am

That sounds awesome Kandy – we’re definitely trying that this summer!

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Tara October 21, 2017 - 6:44 pm

This was wildly unsuccessful for me. The paint curdled immediately and is totally useless.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 22, 2017 - 9:20 am

I’m so sorry to hear that Tara – how frustrating. I haven’t heard of anyone else having the same problem so I can only guess that it must have been an ingredient in your paint that caused it. Sorry I cant be more help!

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E Winner June 11, 2018 - 5:46 pm

Mine did, too — but if you keep mixing, it smoothes out.

I used food-grade glycerine, white vinegar, and heavy-body artist’s acrylic. My water is really hard here, so the minerals could also affect it.

I had great results, though! I was able to paint my kiddo’s name on his hockey jersey. (And I saved myself the pain of printing iron-ons, or the cost of getting screen printed)! Thank you!

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Tom Triumph September 10, 2017 - 12:22 am

By acrylic do you mean house paint? I got so much of it!

What ratio of solution to paint did you use?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 14, 2017 - 9:27 am

I mean artists acrylic paint Tom. I’m not familiar with the different components of house paint but would guess that it wouldn’t work so easily as it is designed to sit on top of what it goes on and might be crusty on the fabric. We mixed 10mls white vinegar, 10mls glycerine and 20mls water in a jar and then used this to thin our paint until it was like an ink 🙂

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Martha September 7, 2017 - 8:39 pm

I’m very impressed that you figured this out! I’m saving your fabric paint recipe!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 14, 2017 - 9:31 am

Thank you, Martha. Do come back and let us know how you get on if you try it 🙂

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Grace Smith September 7, 2017 - 5:56 pm

Thank you for this recipe. Your shirt is fabulous and I can’t wait to see what you do with your, as we call it in the South, unbleached domestic bags. Thank you so very much!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 14, 2017 - 9:32 am

Thank you Grace, and thank you for giving me the name. I had to search for them for someone in the US, and you really helped me out!

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Nana September 7, 2017 - 4:19 pm

I’ve been teaching fabric painting for many years. It never occurred to me to Ink a sponge. We always patted it on with a sponge brush but your idea is much better. I tried making my own fabric paint with cheap acrylic paint by adding the textile medium. I ran out and couldn’t find any so I send the acrylic paint with water and use that.It doesn’t wash out, even if you want it to paint dries fast but it takes 10 days to cure. You can wear your shirt but shouldn’t wash it until after 10 days. It’s also very important to pre wash your shirt to remove any sizing from the manufacturer which would impede paint absorption on fabric. Also don’t use any fabric softener before painting the shirt. Thank you for your article and the sponge idea

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 14, 2017 - 8:42 am

Thanks so much for sharing your tips, Nana, and I’m glad you like our sponge tip too!

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Naomie Moore, Castaic, CA March 9, 2017 - 4:47 pm

Clever! Great share and the little bags you all stamped are just darling. Thank you!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 19, 2017 - 9:14 am

Thanks Naomi, we love the little leaf stamp 🙂

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Lorie arthur May 21, 2017 - 10:54 pm

What is glycerine?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 21, 2017 - 11:04 pm

It’s also known as glycerol Lorie. Its a compound made from plants which is used in lots of different industries such as food manufacture and in things like cough medicines. It can be found in the baking aisle or in pharmacies 🙂

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Linda at Mixed Kreations March 7, 2017 - 9:21 pm

How pretty! I love the leaf print! Would make cute dish towels, and that’s great that it didn’t wash out.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 8, 2017 - 2:04 pm

Thanks Linda, dish towels would be great, and I’m keeping an eye open for cheap napkins or cushion covers 🙂

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Michelle March 7, 2017 - 4:08 pm

Sorry I got so carried away that I forgot to say how lovely the stamps look and I can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve 😉

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 8, 2017 - 2:01 pm

The stamp’s gorgeous isn’t it, and it has a lovely feel too 🙂

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Michelle March 7, 2017 - 4:06 pm

No ways Sarah, I’ve been trying to figure this out for such a long time. So vinegar is the secret ingredient. Oh the possibilities, thank you soooooo very much.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 8, 2017 - 2:00 pm

One visitor thought that the acrylic paint would probably work without the vinegar but I haven’t tried it yet to see. Either way it saves money buying the medium 🙂

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Lynne B March 5, 2017 - 6:33 am

The chemistry does not add up…. white vinegar (weak acid) should not have had any affect on acrylic paints, and especially on getting them to fix to cellulose fibre. A comparison test with just water added to the paint should show pretty much the same result.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 7, 2017 - 8:15 am

It never occurred to me to do a comparison test Lynne but I will try just watered down paint next time and see if I see any difference – thanks 🙂

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Leah Shirokoff March 9, 2017 - 5:05 pm

I hope you do, Sarah, to see. When we used food coloring to color Poodles we always used Vinegar.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 19, 2017 - 9:16 am

I will definitely be checking out your techniques Leah

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Paulette July 29, 2018 - 1:15 am

We always added vinegar to food coloring to dye eggs.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 30, 2018 - 9:42 am

That’s a great tip Paulette, thanks 🙂

Sussie Due September 7, 2017 - 4:25 pm

It makes total sense actually. From the time I was a child in the early 60’s, any time that we dyed clothing (which is the same as painting in a sense) we always dipped the clothing in a white vinegar solution to set the dye so it would never wash out. I never could understand how it worked, but it did, so we never questioned it.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 14, 2017 - 9:07 am

Have to admit I don’t know the science behind it either Sussie – will add it to the list of things to look up when I get a moment 🙂

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Lynn Murrell February 18, 2017 - 9:21 am

this is amazing, and much cheaper than buying fabric paints. Thank you for sharing! BTW, did you use white vinegar, or white wine vinegar?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 19, 2017 - 5:33 pm

I used white wine Lynn, but I am sure any would work as long as it isn’t a colour that will affect the colour of the paint 🙂

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liz November 14, 2016 - 6:27 pm

Looks great. I’ve washed acrylic paint before & it holds up anyway but it is hard, I’m assuming watered down it would be more pliable but not as washable, would also bleed. I take it you had none of those problems doing it this way. I’ll give it a go. thanks

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 15, 2016 - 1:57 pm

No we had no problems with it bleeding, and by watering it down the paint is able to soak into the textile a little rather than just sitting on top. Next time we do it I try some paint thinned using plain old water too and see how it compares to our mixture 🙂

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Manny (The Greenwich Mummy) July 29, 2016 - 8:09 am

This looks wonderful! That leaf printing block is gorgeous!

Definitely something to do with my son during the summer hols. 🙂 #BeInspired

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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 1, 2016 - 4:49 pm

Thanks Manny, the block is wonderful isn’t it – it’s a piece of art in its own right 🙂

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Manny (The Greenwich Mummy) August 2, 2016 - 10:49 pm

It definitely is Sarah! 🙂 I am very jealous haha xx

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Rebecca Powell July 14, 2016 - 7:51 pm

My daughter would love this

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Darlene July 13, 2016 - 4:31 am

Thank you for sharing this new creative idea. I plan to use this creative crafting making my own fabrics for future products!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 15, 2016 - 9:45 am

Thanks Darlene, we would love to hear how you get on when you try it 🙂

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Nikki Frank-Hamilton July 12, 2016 - 9:18 pm

I love learning new things when I come here, and this is so cool. I’m going to have to try this, I don’t have any glycerin here, I’ll have to get some. But on our side of town only one place carries the fabric medium, and I use a lot of it on the pillowcases, this would be great for when I don’t have any, or even to replace what I’m already using. You are the best!

And I love the way the leaves turned out, that is one cool stamp!!!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 15, 2016 - 9:43 am

Be really interested to hear how you find our mixture compared to the fabric medium, Nikki – we aren’t very experienced in using fabric paint and have never tried the medium. I can imagine you get through plenty on your beautiful cushion covers 🙂

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Tip: DIY Washable Fabric Paint for Stamping – Stamping July 12, 2016 - 2:13 pm

[…] The Craft Invaders blog has a great idea to turn regular acrylic paint into washable fabric paint using items you probably have around your house. It’s perfect to use along with large stamps for making your own custom clothing and home decor items like napkins. Find out all about it over on their blog. […]

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 12, 2016 - 2:54 pm

We’re delighted to be featured on the Craft Gossip Website – thanks for having us!

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karen July 7, 2016 - 11:18 pm

What a fab idea and from your houshold cupboard. I’ve pinned this! You are always so full of awesome ideas! #bloggerclubUK

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:16 pm

Thanks so much, Karen. I love working out how to do stuff with items we already have at home or can find 🙂

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Helena July 7, 2016 - 7:26 pm

What a wonderful idea and one that with time eg. Christmas costume making etc will be great to refer back to. Thanks for sharing this post with #bloggerclubuk

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:15 pm

It’s a great tip to have up your sleeve – there’s so many times we would have used a spot of fabric paint if we’d had it, and as you say especially with costumes – the kids seem to have a lot of random dressing up days at school!

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Sam@Raggedy Bits July 7, 2016 - 6:53 am

Ohhhh swizzle sticks!!! I wish I had seen your fabulous post before I bought some fabric medium the other day! Great tutorial and will look forward to trying your methods out! Pinned, tweeted and stumbled 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:13 pm

Isn’t always the way after you’ve just bought something! Thanks so much for sharing x

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Sarah-Jane July 6, 2016 - 3:51 pm

Wow these look so good. I had no idea you could make your own fabric paint either. Will definitely need to try this out with Agent M.

Thanks for sharing on #BloggingClubUK

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:11 pm

Let me know how you get on if you try it, Sarah-Jane – it means you can mix any colour you want 🙂

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Mary-the boondocks blog July 6, 2016 - 1:31 pm

What a beautiful idea Sarah. Your choice of stamp was perfect. And the vinegar certainly makes all the difference. Pinning for future use.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:10 pm

Was so pleased when I saw the stamp in the pile, Mary. ! am delighted with it – I think you could just hang the stamp on the wall as a piece of art in its own right, it’s so lovely 🙂

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Linda at Mixed Kreations July 6, 2016 - 11:19 am

Love the leaf prints! Looks like a fun projects. I am going to have to try this paint mixture sometime.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:08 pm

Let me know how you get on if you do, Linda – everything is getting stamped here atm 🙂

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Ellen July 6, 2016 - 10:07 am

Wow I am really impressed, I am not artistic or crafty in the least so wouldn’t even think of doing something like this. They look wonderful, I’m glad you found something that worked! #BloggerClubUK

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:07 pm

Thank you, Ellen. I love to find simple and cheap ways of doing things if I can 🙂

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Katrin July 6, 2016 - 8:21 am

I absolutely love these leaf prints! So so gorgeous! they’d look awesome on pillows, table runners or totes! And how cool that the paint is home made!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:06 pm

It is a beautiful stamp, Katrin – I’m totally in love with it 🙂

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Celeste July 6, 2016 - 12:17 am

These are so beautiful and I love how organic it looks.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:05 pm

Thanks Celeste, it really is a beautiful stamp, and lovely to use 🙂

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Laurie July 6, 2016 - 12:09 am

This is awesome and I’m amazed it worked. Now I can’t wait to try it. Pinning to share!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:04 pm

I was delighted when I pulled it out of the washing machine, Laurie! Thanks for pinning x

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Ilka July 5, 2016 - 11:21 pm

This is such a great craft project. I love that you made your own fabric paint with acrylic paint, glycerin and vinegar. I will be saving this paint recipe and can’t wait to give this a try. It looks really beautiful!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:03 pm

Thank you, Ilka. I had been planing to buy some fabric paint so am really pleased this worked – Acrylics give you so many colour options 🙂

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Emma T July 5, 2016 - 11:17 pm

Love this idea. I reckon I’ll try it – I’ve got a few blank bags

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:02 pm

Be perfect on bags – I keep walking around looking for blank things to stamp!

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Erin July 5, 2016 - 10:27 pm

Great idea! Pinned! 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 8, 2016 - 12:01 pm

Thanks Erin, let me know how you get on if you try it 🙂

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