May 18, 2021

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How To Make A Stencil Painted Rug For Dolls

Summer is fast upon us and we're heading outdoors for picnics, BBQ's, and family get-togethers. Do you dream of setting up a miniature setting like something you've seen at Pottery Barn or Pier 1? Or maybe you've been inspired by the new Aussie-themed outdoor set for the Kira Bailey doll? Well, we're super excited to bring you this tutorial from our amazing content creator, @forofsuch!

This is such a good project for so many doll scenes and set ups, and would look really great in an indoor setting as well. Jump on in and follow along to see how it's made! Maybe your dolls need a rug, too!

Bonus: Scroll down to the bottom and ENTER TO WIN A $50 Amazon Gift Card so you can get all the supplies needed to make this project!

 

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic trash bag to cover work surface
  • Painters tape
  • 16 inch by 22 inch piece of canvas or duck fabric - We used grey but any color would work
  • Stiff-bristle stencil brush
  • 1-2 inch stiff bristle paintbrush
  • Stencil (We used 6 inch square stencils found on Amazon - but you could use a larger pattern. Many craft stores sell stencils with lovely designs
  • Craft paint in your choice of colors - We used white, turquoise, and coral pink
  • Paper plate, small bowl of water, and paper towels (for the paint and paintbrush)
  • Blow dryer (optional)
  • Purchased fringe trim (optional)
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Fusible interfacing, 12.5 x 19 inch piece (optional)
  • Fabric glue (I recommend Liquid Stitch)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or yard stick
  • Iron and ironing board


Before you begin:  Lay out your trash bag to protect your work surface, then lay your canvas fabric on top. Iron the fabric first so it will look its best. Use the painter’s tape to tape your fabric to the bag, so it doesn’t shift around while you paint.



Step 1:  Using the wider brush (mine is about 1.5 inches wide), you are going to dry brush white paint very lightly over the whole piece of fabric. Dry brushing just means you don’t wet your brush with water first, and you don’t let the paint saturate the paint brush. Just dab a bit into the paint, then lightly drag your brush across the fabric. We are trying to give it the look of an oriental rug, with different color threads running throughout.

Step 2: Once you are happy with the way it looks, use your blow dryer on low for a few minutes to dry the paint quicker. If you don’t have a blow dryer, then you need to wait for the paint to be dry to the touch before going to the next step.

Step 3: Before we start stenciling, we are going to mask off a thin rectangle  area of “negative” space that we don’t want to get our stencil design on. I decided to make my finished rug about 12.5 by 19 inches finished, so I settled on an interior rectangle size of 7 by 12 inches. Measure off a rectangle this size and then tape off with your painter’s tape.



Step 4:  Now we get to stencil! For this, lay your stencil at the center of the 7 by 12 rectangle, use your stencil brush and turquoise paint, and paint by pouncing straight down onto your stencil. Using a straight up and down pouncing motion keeps the paint from seeping under the design and going where you don’t want it to go! Also remember, don’t wet your brush beforehand and don’t saturate your brush - we are still going for a dry brush technique here. I found that turning my design diagonally gave my rug that oriental rug look.

Once you’ve done the center design, move your stencil all the way around it, filling in the rest of the center 7 by 12 rectangle. Do not get any paint outside of the rectangle, past the painter’s tape.



At this point, I decided to use my second stencil which had a flower in the middle to add little pink flowers at the center of my “medallions”. Once my turquoise paint was dry to the touch, I laid my second stencil over the centers and just used the flower portion to add my pink paint. I also added light strokes of the pink paint in the same direction as my original white streaks, to mimic more different color threads running throughout. I really liked this look so I will add more to the rest of the rug once I’m finished stenciling.



Step 5:  Give your paint a little time to dry or blow with the blow dryer again, then we can remove the tape! The part is fun because you can begin to see your rug design taking shape. Go slowly and peel carefully!



Step 6:  Now we are going to mask off the other side of the negative space on the rug. I measured out a half inch from my previous tape line and made some pencil marks. Reusing my tape from before (or of course you can use new tape), I placed the tape just inside the pencil marks, over the negative space I left before, with the pencil marks just visible. I did this so my paint on that side will cover them up. This time the corners need to be neat, so I had to trim them exactly to fit. You want a neat, clean rectangle shape.



Step 7:  Now we get to stencil again! I used a second stencil with a different design to make it more interesting. I placed my stencil centered on each side, then worked out toward the corners. There is no right or wrong way to do this, and little mistakes are no big deal. In a real rug the design tends to be imperfect as well.

After letting this dry or blow drying it, remove your tape again. Wow! It looks so cool!

Next, I dabbed a little more pink paint here and there where I thought it would look nice, then added the light brush strokes of pink as before, to mimic the different threads of color running throughout my rug.


Step 8:  Now you need to mark the very outside edges of your rug. I measured out the 12.5 by 19 inch dimensions I had decided on, making sure everything was centered pretty well. I made very visible pencil lines.



You are going to use these lines to finish the edges of your rug. There are several ways to do this. You could just trim and turn under the edges and use fabric glue to create a hem. You could trim and turn under the edges and sew a hem. (If you do either of these you may want to make lighter pencil lines.) You could do a very dense zig zag stitch with your sewing machine to finish all the sides. You could also finish the edges with a purchased tassel trim.

I chose to finish my two long edges with a zig-zag stitch and the two shorter edges with a purchased tassel trim. For the zig-zag stitch, I used a 5.0 stitch width and a very short, 0.35 stitch length. I zig-zagged over the edge of the pencil line. Then I went back and stitched again so there would not be any little open spots. I wanted a thickly bound edge, like a real rug!

After I finished zig zagging the two long edges, then I trimmed the edges. I trimmed very closely, but was careful to not cut any of my stitches. I left a very very thin little bit of fabric outside of the stitching, so that I would be sure not to cut the stitching.



Step 9:  To apply my tassel trim to the remaining two edges, I first measured the width of my trim. It was a little over 3/4 of an inch, so I made new pencil lines about 3/4 of an inch away from the original edge line, and trimmed on this line. Then I used my Liquid Stitch fabric glue to apply the tassel trim (a good tip is to paint on a little glue right where you plan on cutting the trim. Let it set just a bit, then cut in the middle of your glue spot. Now apply a little more glue to the open cut edges. Use your fingers to pat the open fibers into a nice shape. This will keep the edges from fraying). I was very generous with my glue, and I let it set a bit before calling this rug done!!!



I really really loved how this rug turned out, don't you? Now it's your turn!

We'd love to see your creations too, so if you make one, please tag us on Instagram @forofsuch @PixieFaire 

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Thanks everyone!

For Pixie Faire, @forofsuch

 

 

 

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100 Comments

Patricia
Patricia

May 30, 2021

Patterns to trim OR fabric and patterns to CUT OUT! Love doing that in the outdoors (when it’s not windy!).

Alan
Alan

May 23, 2021

My ipad and some good movies.

Lisa
Lisa

May 23, 2021

I am not an outdoors person so definitely a camper lol.

Kathy Sisler
Kathy Sisler

May 23, 2021

A towel, an umbrella, a good book, water and my sweet hubby of 45 yrs.
how nice it would be to relax and forget the stress of the times! Thanks for all your great patterns and esp the free ones.

c
c

May 22, 2021

A hammock!

Amanda Whitley
Amanda Whitley

May 22, 2021

i would take a book and a hammock to relax outdoors.

Terry
Terry

May 22, 2021

Thank you for the amazing tutorial. To relax outdoors, I would take water, sunglasses, a hat, something to sit on, and maybe my camera. I like the peace and quiet and to feel the breeze.

Jackie Smith
Jackie Smith

May 22, 2021

Relax on my sun lounger, with a radio and my little dachshund, Charlie, by my side.

Janice Kelly
Janice Kelly

May 22, 2021

I’d take a comfortable chair and a crochet project; and fruit flavored water!

Sharon Reynolds
Sharon Reynolds

May 21, 2021

I love this site! Thanks for the chance to win a prize. Sharon

Shirley
Shirley

May 21, 2021

A great giveaway. Thank you for the tutorial. I think this is a real neat project.

Shirley
Shirley

May 21, 2021

I would take a comfy lawn chair, bottle of water and a knitting project. I like to knit sweaters and have knitted some caps and other clothing for dolls, as well as sewing doll clothes.

Peggy Sperrazza
Peggy Sperrazza

May 21, 2021

A tall glass of iced tea and my copy of Outlander.

Donna Cole
Donna Cole

May 21, 2021

I take my knitting and jug of cold water .soft pillow.

Jenni Rose
Jenni Rose

May 21, 2021

Hi! What a great giveaway! My favorite outdoor accessory is my portable hammock. I never go camping without it!

Jackie Koepnick
Jackie Koepnick

May 21, 2021

have a picnic lunch and take some crochet with me

Emily
Emily

May 21, 2021

I would bring a great book and some lemonade!

Heather
Heather

May 21, 2021

I would bring a great book and some embroidery … and some yummy ice cream!

Lorrie
Lorrie

May 20, 2021

A lounge chair and a book.

Carol
Carol

May 20, 2021

A folding table and chair to make a craft project, along with my dogs who keep me laughing.

Teresa
Teresa

May 20, 2021

Book

Regan
Regan

May 20, 2021

A sanpeligrino, a pickle, a baby bell cheese, a toddler and a book! (The toddler would be trouble but adorable!)

Karen Cook
Karen Cook

May 20, 2021

I would bring a hammock and an audio book.

Christie Bradley
Christie Bradley

May 20, 2021

I would bring a book and my phone to take pictures

Jennifer
Jennifer

May 20, 2021

Sunscreen, a chair, a hat, hand fan, my dog, and my camera!

Maryann
Maryann

May 20, 2021

I would take 80-100 sunblock, a hat and sunglasses and a chair to sit in.

Iris
Iris

May 20, 2021

a good book and a glass of wine.

Brenda R.
Brenda R.

May 20, 2021

I would take a lounge chair, floppy hat to block the sun, a good book, and a tall glass of water.

Janice Bradley
Janice Bradley

May 20, 2021

I would sit under a beautiful tree and meditate on the beauty of nature as a way to relax outdoors.

Amy G
Amy G

May 20, 2021

To relax outdoors, I would take a blanket, bottle of water, and a good book…can’t forget the reading glasses!

Michele
Michele

May 20, 2021

To relax in the great outdoors, I would pack a comfy camp chair & my IPad mini for reading (or a book depending on cell service).

Michele
Michele

May 20, 2021

To relax in the great outdoors, I would pack a comfy camp chair & my IPad mini for reading (or a book depending on cell service).

Andie
Andie

May 20, 2021

I would pack a bag with water and treats and take my girls (Belgian Malinois and Bull Mastiff puppies) for a nice hike!

Lori
Lori

May 20, 2021

I would take a really good book and also my l latest needlework project. This looks like such a fun project that I’m going to have to make this summer.

Elizabeth Garozzo
Elizabeth Garozzo

May 20, 2021

Hi, I would go to Disney World and take along my fabulously dressed doll!

Char
Char

May 20, 2021

I would take a comfortable chair and a good book.

Pam
Pam

May 20, 2021

I would take a comfy chair and either a crochet or knitting project. Also some sun screen.

Marj
Marj

May 20, 2021

A Hammock. To nap or read a book in a shady, breezy place.

Betty
Betty

May 20, 2021

I would work outside in my flowers to make a pretty background for my girls to have pictures taken in.

Barbara Wolford
Barbara Wolford

May 20, 2021

I would take sunblock! My Irish ancestors gifted me with the type of complexion that burns at the mention of SUNSHINE!

Diane Goff
Diane Goff

May 20, 2021

I take my backpack, with a cool drink, snack or sandwich , bandanna, in case I need to tie back my hair, and sketch pad with pencils.

Veronica
Veronica

May 20, 2021

Phone, camera, & book

Pamela
Pamela

May 20, 2021

I would take some doll outfits that need handwork, my trekking poles, and my three charged up Kindles. What fun!

Rachel
Rachel

May 20, 2021

My camera and backup battery, sketchbook and watercolor pencils, picnic blanket, bubble wand, faerie wings, and The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery.

Toni C
Toni C

May 19, 2021

My idea of relaxing in the outdoors is to hike our beautiful Kentucky parks and forests. I would take a good pair of shoes/boots, insect repellent, bandana, camera, my bag with binoculars and sports drink, wildflower guidebook, and DEFINITELY take my best friend.

Toni C
Toni C

May 19, 2021

My idea of relaxing in the outdoors is to hike our beautiful Kentucky parks and forests. I would take a good pair of shoes/boots, insect repellent, bandana, camera, my bag with binoculars and sports drink, wildflower guidebook, and DEFINITELY take my best friend.

Monica
Monica

May 19, 2021

I would take a pillow, a glass of iced tea and a good book!

Annlee
Annlee

May 19, 2021

I would take chair cold drink and a radio

Mae Lynn Beck
Mae Lynn Beck

May 19, 2021

I would take a book and a comfy chair.

Rita
Rita

May 19, 2021

I would take a book, a blanket, and some tea or water.

Monya
Monya

May 19, 2021

To relax outside I would take a blanket, pillows, a good book, and a piña colada!

Dori
Dori

May 19, 2021

I would need a chair, some hand sewing—maybe a wool project—and a cold bottled water and sun screen if needed.

Laura
Laura

May 19, 2021

I’d definitely would take my yarn bag to work on my latest PF sweater, a tall glass of ice tea, a comfy chair and my sunglasses

Laura
Laura

May 19, 2021

I’d definitely would take my yarn bag to work on my latest PF sweater, a tall glass of ice tea, a comfy chair and my sunglasses

Florence
Florence

May 19, 2021

I would take a bottle of water, a picnic, a good book, and a chair!

Florence
Florence

May 19, 2021

I would take a bottle of water, a picnic, a good book, and a chair!

Teresa-Jo
Teresa-Jo

May 19, 2021

My list of comfort outdoor items are cold drinks, snacks,sunscreen, and a good lounge chair.

Emily Coursey
Emily Coursey

May 19, 2021

I like to have an ice cold soda in a glass bottle.

Cheri
Cheri

May 19, 2021

I love a cushioned swing that I can lay down on.

Judith
Judith

May 19, 2021

Living in Australia key requirements for any outdoor activities in summer is mosquito repellent, sunnies, a hat & sunscreen. Bonuses for cold drinks, steaks & snags for the bbq, comfy chairs & activities for the kids / dogs.

Josie
Josie

May 19, 2021

A knitting or crocheting project, a lounge chair, something cold to drink, and my dog :)

Dorothy
Dorothy

May 19, 2021

I would take a good book, a bottle of water, and sunscreen, along with a comfy chair to sit in.

Sue D
Sue D

May 19, 2021

I would take a comfy chair and a good book.

Mary
Mary

May 19, 2021

I would take a blanket or sheet, water and some grapes, bread and cheese.

Connie M
Connie M

May 19, 2021

A good book and a bottle of water!

Jaffa
Jaffa

May 19, 2021

This project is super adorable! Super creative!

candy
candy

May 19, 2021

I would take water, a chair, a blanket, sunglasses, hat, book and a camera.

Debbie
Debbie

May 19, 2021

A cold drink, a good book, and something to sit on, preferably a lightweight sling chair.

Kristy Jeffrey
Kristy Jeffrey

May 19, 2021

I would take an english paper piecing project or a pattern to knit some kind of doll clothes. Maybe a hat, sweater or dress.

Andrea
Andrea

May 19, 2021

I would take a good book, a mug of ice water and a comfortable chair.

Mary Angerer
Mary Angerer

May 19, 2021

I would take a really good book, a sun hat, sunscreen, ad sun glasses!

Mary Angerer
Mary Angerer

May 19, 2021

I would take a really good book, a sun hat, sunscreen, ad sun glasses!

Lisa
Lisa

May 19, 2021

I would take a good book and a bottle of wine.

Lavinia
Lavinia

May 19, 2021

I would take a glass of wine, music and a good book.

Cathy
Cathy

May 19, 2021

I would take a chair and my crocheting project bag

Anne
Anne

May 19, 2021

I would take a blanket, book and sunglasses.

Andrea
Andrea

May 19, 2021

I would take a blanket, comfy chair, glass of lemonade, a sun hat, and a great book.

Stephanie
Stephanie

May 19, 2021

A comfy chair, good book and pitcher of tea!

Carol
Carol

May 19, 2021

I would take binoculars, a sketch pad, and a camera.

Lorraine M
Lorraine M

May 19, 2021

I would take my little portable Table, my Easel, Canvas and Oil painting supplies, and relax and do a painting. I love painting outdoors as I don’t smell the paints and no worries about cleaning brushes with paint thinner, in a confined space.

Lorraine M
Lorraine M

May 19, 2021

I would take my little portable Table, my Easel, Canvas and Oil painting supplies, and relax and do a painting. I love painting outdoors as I don’t smell the paints and no worries about cleaning brushes with paint thinner, in a confined space.

Marion
Marion

May 19, 2021

I would take a book.
Marion

Charlene Hager
Charlene Hager

May 19, 2021

I would take a comfortable lounge chair, big umbrella, water, and laptop to listen to videos put out by patriots.

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

May 19, 2021

I’d definitely take water & either a great book or a project to knit or crochet.

Sharon
Sharon

May 19, 2021

I would take with me a book to read and maybe my camera. Never know when you can get a great shot of things happening in nature.

Sam
Sam

May 19, 2021

A hammock, ice tea, some sunglasses, and my 3 pups

Leann
Leann

May 19, 2021

I would take a glass of sweet tea & a good book to relax outside!

Nancy
Nancy

May 19, 2021

I would take my personal music devise and my feet.

Allison T
Allison T

May 19, 2021

I would take a cozy chair and a guitar to play some music.

Jodie Pack
Jodie Pack

May 19, 2021

A good book

Sandy
Sandy

May 19, 2021

A great chair, huge umbrella, music (ear buds), sodas and hand sewing (hems, snaps, etc.) for dolls.

Elisa
Elisa

May 19, 2021

I’d take a sun umbrella, a good book, and a cold lemon water.

Joanne
Joanne

May 19, 2021

I would take a jeans blanket, sunglasses, pillow. And just soak in all the sounds of God’s nature and be with Him!

Leslie Loren
Leslie Loren

May 19, 2021

My necessities for a relaxing day in the sunshine are: a good book, preferably a mystery; a comfortable chair; a cool drink; sunscreen. And by moving water…the beach, a mountain stream or a river!

S
S

May 19, 2021

I would bring a blanket, friends, and snacks.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Donna Sherry
Donna Sherry

May 19, 2021

When I relax I like to have some small sewing project or knitting project to do so doll clothes are my usual project

Sandra
Sandra

May 19, 2021

I would take a hat, water, granola bars, Buggins spray, and my granddaughter.

Dianne
Dianne

May 19, 2021

A good book and a cold drink. Sounds wonderful!

Jackie
Jackie

May 19, 2021

Depends on where I was going but mostly, I would take a book to read.

Melissa
Melissa

May 19, 2021

My camp chair and a book.

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