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 

You can also share pictures in the Pixie Faire Inspiration Gallery right here on the website, either use the #pixiefaire when posting on IG, or just click the little + box to upload your picture right here on the website!

 

Thanks everyone!

For Pixie Faire, @forofsuch

 

 

 

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100 Comments

Mary
Mary

May 19, 2021

I would take a book, a chair, and a sunhat.

Joanne
Joanne

May 19, 2021

Comfy chair and a cold drink!

Karen
Karen

May 19, 2021

A warm cup of tea and a nice breeze sounds relaxing.

Jen H.
Jen H.

May 19, 2021

A book blanket, snack and music.

Juanita Lanaux
Juanita Lanaux

May 19, 2021

Because of a bug phobia, I take a chair. I don’t sit on the ground after living in the south and being bitten by fire ants. :) But a lounge chair and nice breeze is perfect!

Sonja
Sonja

May 19, 2021

I would take my daughters, some books (for everyone), pillows, a cooler with cokes and strawberries, and a large blanket. It’s more fun with someone else to help enjoy it!

Alison
Alison

May 19, 2021

a good book and a doll!

Heather
Heather

May 19, 2021

I would take a comfy blanket and pillow, a good book, and a cool drink.

Diane R
Diane R

May 19, 2021

Thank you so much for the rug tutorial @forofsuch. I would lay in my hammock, or sit in the porch swing and read.

Lorine Taylor
Lorine Taylor

May 19, 2021

I comfortable folding chair & lots of friends & family around, with NO MASKS.

S
S

May 19, 2021

I would take a blanket and a pillow.

Susana
Susana

May 19, 2021

I would sit at a table in the shade with my Pattern Academy binder, and start creating a new pattern! I dream of having time for myself to create something…

Denise Darby
Denise Darby

May 19, 2021

I would take a lounge chair and a good book.

Heidi
Heidi

May 19, 2021

A camp chair and some water and maybe a crochet project!

Summer
Summer

May 19, 2021

A camp chair!

Shasta
Shasta

May 19, 2021

A lawn chair and some water!

Sparkle
Sparkle

May 19, 2021

Definitely sunscreen as well as a good book.

Amy
Amy

May 19, 2021

A camp chair!

Cindy
Cindy

May 19, 2021

A lawn chair!

Bridgette S
Bridgette S

May 19, 2021

A camp chair and a crochet project!

Bridgette
Bridgette

May 19, 2021

I would take a lawn chair! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jo
Jo

May 19, 2021

I would take a nice reclining lawn chair, soft music, and just lay back and enjoy the warmth of the sun.

Mikel Wagner
Mikel Wagner

May 19, 2021

A hat, and if we’re camping, knitting and a book. Otherwise, good hiking boots!

sheila
sheila

May 19, 2021

I would take my grandchildren to the beach.

Cristina
Cristina

May 19, 2021

I usually take my book wirh me as i love to read but now i have my 3 month baby so for now i only bring him with me 😄

mariann
mariann

May 19, 2021

crocheting, drawing and letter writing materials… and an umbrella to sit under

sheila
sheila

May 19, 2021

I would take a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and blanket as the beach is my favorite go-to place! great item; can’t wait to make….thank you!

Sue
Sue

May 19, 2021

I bring a hat, water bottle, sun screen and bug spray as the basics of every outdoor trip. I add to this depending on where I’m going.

Patricia
Patricia

May 19, 2021

I would take a good romance novel and a tall glass of iced lemonade.

Eileen
Eileen

May 19, 2021

I would take a cup of coffee, my latest crochet project for an AG doll, and a really comfortable chair to sit on, plus my earbuds so I can listen to my favorite music while I create a mastrpiece.

Marissa
Marissa

May 19, 2021

I would bring a really long book, sit in the shade near a small river or brook.

HEATHER HOGAN
HEATHER HOGAN

May 19, 2021

I would take my coffee with me

R
R

May 19, 2021

I would take hiking sticks.

Norma Middendorf
Norma Middendorf

May 19, 2021

That looks amazing!!!

Betty
Betty

May 19, 2021

To relax outdoors, I would take one of my many AG Pixie Faire knitting patterns and find a very shaded spot on a beach. There I would knit my little heart out and listen to the sounds of the waves rolling in as I watch my project come together.

Kris
Kris

May 19, 2021

I’d just want my book and a nice cold can of diet coke.

Tatum
Tatum

May 19, 2021

Definitely some good books!!

Tatum
Tatum

May 19, 2021

Definitely some good books!!

Angela
Angela

May 19, 2021

A book and my crochet project!

Sarah B
Sarah B

May 19, 2021

Great job @forofsuch! I usually just need a bottle of water and a scenic view.

Janet
Janet

May 19, 2021

A cool drink and good book.

Rosie
Rosie

May 19, 2021

I would take a bottle of sweet wine and my latest crochet project.

Melody
Melody

May 19, 2021

I would be taking one of my WIPs and a book. Sounds fabulous!

SHERRY
SHERRY

May 19, 2021

What fun to sun with my doll!

MARNIE
MARNIE

May 19, 2021

I take an empty mind with me to relax outdoors. I just enjoy the sights and sounds around me.

Pam B
Pam B

May 19, 2021

Bug Spray and citronella around here.

Mary
Mary

May 19, 2021

Magazines, pillow and blanket!

Chantal
Chantal

May 19, 2021

À l’instar de plusieurs, je m’installerais dans une chaise confortable avec chapeau et lunettes de soleil ainsi qu’un bon livre de lecture. Et une boisson fraîche pour couronner le tout. Vive la détente au bord de l’eau!

Heidi Brown
Heidi Brown

May 19, 2021

Books… and more books!

Rhonda
Rhonda

May 19, 2021

I would take a blanket, a good book, and a huge pillow, and sunglasses!

Helen
Helen

May 19, 2021

I would take a good book and something comfortable to sit on.

Isabelle LC
Isabelle LC

May 19, 2021

I would take my sunglasses, a good book and some crafts to do.

Kathy
Kathy

May 19, 2021

Always a book – no matter the weather or location, getting lost in a good book is a necessity in the summer.

Michelle
Michelle

May 19, 2021

A book!! Or two!! Real ones! Because I cannot abide an e-reader on a sunny day…

Lexi Johnson
Lexi Johnson

May 19, 2021

Sunglasses, blanket, book, and my favorite people.

Jane
Jane

May 19, 2021

A hat, sunglasses, a cold drink, a chair cushion and flip flops to kick off.

MARIA L
MARIA L

May 19, 2021

I would not only take a rag and pillow but also a basket full of goodies and some crafts to do

Jill Seidler
Jill Seidler

May 19, 2021

Comfy chair and a good book

Cathy
Cathy

May 19, 2021

I would take a lounge chair, sunhat, bug spray, e-reader and a mister bottle.

Kathy
Kathy

May 19, 2021

Comfy lawn chair, Mt. Dew and hand sewing.

Connie
Connie

May 19, 2021

I would take a comfy chair, a book, and a nice cold beverage.

Kathy
Kathy

May 19, 2021

Comfy lawn chair, Mt. Dew and hand sewing.

Marian Peoples
Marian Peoples

May 19, 2021

To truly relax out doors, we would take our camper to our favorite campgound; pull out the antigravity chairs; a good book and a soft drink. Now that is summer relaxation!

Karen
Karen

May 19, 2021

Sun screen, ice water, my dog and my bff— my hubby

Karen
Karen

May 19, 2021

Sun screen, ice water, my dog and my bff— my hubby

Tanya
Tanya

May 19, 2021

I would take a very comfortable lounge beach chair, floppy brim hat, sunglasses, a beach umbrella, a large very cold drink and my dog….then sit down, feel the breeze, listen to the waves and snooze!!!!

Kim C
Kim C

May 19, 2021

I would take my sweet 14 year old puppy outdoors with me!

katy
katy

May 19, 2021

Sunscreen, glass of wine and my iPad to research more things to make for dolls! Ys know its a never-ending job :-)

Sharon
Sharon

May 19, 2021

I would take a good book!

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

May 19, 2021

I would take a lawn chair, a good book and a large cup of water

Nichole
Nichole

May 19, 2021

Books…too many books :)

Jennifer H
Jennifer H

May 19, 2021

I would take a chair, umbrella, and sun lotion. I am one who tends to burn if I am in the sun for long.

June
June

May 19, 2021

I would take a comfy chair and lots of books.

June
June

May 19, 2021

I would take a comfy chair and lots of books.

Michelle
Michelle

May 19, 2021

I would take my reclining lawn chair, my dog and my e-reader.

Debbie
Debbie

May 19, 2021

I would take my big floppy sun hat , favorite tunes, and my knitting.

K
K

May 19, 2021

Good friends, sunny sky, running water

Becca
Becca

May 19, 2021

Hm-m, a good friend, sunscreen, a beach umbrella, mellow music, a new great read, and a lot of water.

Linda Heimerl
Linda Heimerl

May 19, 2021

I would take my favorite lawn chair, a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses, a good book, a couple of quilt magazines, some munchies,and a tall glass of raspberry iced tea and relax!

Kay
Kay

May 19, 2021

I would take, fishing pole, a cocktail or two, of course bait. Reflect on how we have such a beautiful earth and opportunity to relax in it.

Sandra
Sandra

May 19, 2021

I would take water and a good book

Kelly E
Kelly E

May 19, 2021

I would take a water bottle, my sunhat, and a good book!
Thanks for the free tutorial!

LaNan Eldridge
LaNan Eldridge

May 19, 2021

I would take a book, sunscreen and a beach chair!

Carol
Carol

May 19, 2021

I would take a water bottle, camara and a snack.

Brisja
Brisja

May 19, 2021

I would take some unsweetened iced tea, a lounge chair and my current needlework project!

Laura
Laura

May 19, 2021

I would take a hoodie for when the evening cools off and I do not want to go home. I would love to be outside till the sun goes down.

Janet
Janet

May 19, 2021

A comfortable chair and a great book.

Martha
Martha

May 19, 2021

A picnic, blanket and some hand sewing.

Maria ELENA Blecha
Maria ELENA Blecha

May 19, 2021

I would take a book and a cooler with ice tea!!!!

Jennifer
Jennifer

May 19, 2021

A blanket and a book

Jan
Jan

May 19, 2021

A good pair of walking shoes and a small embroidery project.

PHYLLIS
PHYLLIS

May 19, 2021

I would bring a blanket, a pillow, an umbrella, some cold drinks, a picnic lunch and a good book to read.

Carletta Moore
Carletta Moore

May 19, 2021

Thank you for the tutorial!

Rita Mulvey
Rita Mulvey

May 19, 2021

I would bring a blanket a thermos of ice tea or lemonade and some friends.

Dottie
Dottie

May 19, 2021

I would take a folding chair and a good book to read.

Patti
Patti

May 19, 2021

I would take a book for sure, a bottle of wine and a good friend!

Brenda
Brenda

May 19, 2021

I’d bring a blanket, or a chair, with some drinks and snacks and a good book. Or what ever dolly project is on my knitting needles. Love being outside

Carol
Carol

May 19, 2021

How clever- I could even do this with my Grandson, he loves art project & helping Grammie with her doll projects. Thanks for the idea

Kat allbee
Kat allbee

May 19, 2021

I would take a comfortable chair and a good book. Of course I would have applied sunscreen first and have a cold water bottle with me If I am lucky I would take a few great nieces and nephews and their their favorite toys and dolls.

Line
Line

May 19, 2021

Usually, when I sit outsider is for relaxing. I work in a loud place. So when I go out I take some Nice music, a book or some knitting or crochet. A nice glass of home make ice tea or some Time a glass or wine.

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