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

Amelia
Amelia

May 19, 2021

My kindle and a cold drink!

Connie
Connie

May 19, 2021

I would take a hammock and a good book!

Doll Lover
Doll Lover

May 19, 2021

I’d take a good BOOK and a safe insect repellent…

Loretta
Loretta

May 19, 2021

Bottle of wine, quilt, pillows and a book.

Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann

May 19, 2021

I would take a beach chair, a book or a magazine, a hat, a cold drink, and maybe a knitting project.

Katberine
Katberine

May 19, 2021

To relax outside, I would take a blanket, a few pillows. Some cold drinks, some snacks, and a book to read. Also since I am outside would take sunscreen do not want to burn, that would be uncomfortable.

Cherry
Cherry

May 19, 2021

Love the relaxed outlook and the blanket is so cute. I love to have a great book and a tall drink.

Allison C
Allison C

May 19, 2021

I’d pack bug spray and water! Not terribly glamorous, but it will make for a more enjoyable time!

Denai
Denai

May 19, 2021

I would definitely take hiking gear. Find a great trail that leads to an amazing waterfall!

Gail Beam
Gail Beam

May 19, 2021

I would take a lounge chair, a pillow, a book, a large straw hat, some sun screen and a small cooler filled with diet coke.

Isabel
Isabel

May 19, 2021

I’d take a hammock and a pillow! Depending on weather a blanket too and fun things to do for my kiddos so they’d stayed entertained while i relaxed

Helene Dahl
Helene Dahl

May 19, 2021

Sitting on my swing, with a book and a cup of tea! That’s the best for me.

Linda Thrasher
Linda Thrasher

May 19, 2021

I would take a glass of raspberry iced tea and lots of sun screen.

Candy Daulton
Candy Daulton

May 19, 2021

I would take a beach blanket, cold water, a book, and music on my phone.sunscreen and sunglasses.

Brigitte Collin
Brigitte Collin

May 19, 2021

Un fauteuil de jardin, un livre sous un arbre d’où je peux observer mes poules, elles me font toujours rire

Barbara Pahl Rouse
Barbara Pahl Rouse

May 19, 2021

I’d take a towel, sunglasses and some music and go sit on the beach

Donna
Donna

May 19, 2021

I would take a lounge chair, my sun screen, and a cool drink!

Kim
Kim

May 19, 2021

I live in the Adirondacks, so that’s easy…TIME. ;)

Angela
Angela

May 19, 2021

I would take my twins and beach toys to play at the beach.

Heather
Heather

May 19, 2021

I’d take a book and my latest embroidery project.

WINIFRED TURNER
WINIFRED TURNER

May 19, 2021

I Would take sunglasses a book, blanket and a pillow.

Marie-Agnès
Marie-Agnès

May 19, 2021

superbe ce tapis! ce que j’emporterai dehors: une broderie ou un tricot ainsi qu’un livre.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

May 19, 2021

Bug spray, my tablet and portable charger

Beatrice
Beatrice

May 19, 2021

That being said, I would also take a hammock and a blanket.

Beatrice
Beatrice

May 19, 2021

What great idea. I love the rug and can’t wait to try it out. Definitely easier, than weaving it.
Thank you for the tutorial.

Leanna
Leanna

May 19, 2021

I would take a hammock!

Karen
Karen

May 18, 2021

A lounge chair and an iced coffee.

Bee
Bee

May 18, 2021

A book and a big bag of almond m&ms cold from the fridge.

Rosemary
Rosemary

May 18, 2021

To relax outdoors. I would take a comfy chair, book, sun screen, sunglasses, hat, water and knitting.

Stephanie Sheridan
Stephanie Sheridan

May 18, 2021

I would bring along to vacation is a book and suntan lotion.

Cassandra
Cassandra

May 18, 2021

A blanket or towel, book, drink and sunglasses

Rose
Rose

May 18, 2021

I would take my knitting or crocheting project and a bottle of water!
Thank you for the great tutorials!

Kathy
Kathy

May 18, 2021

Id take the dogs, ha ha; probably not everyone’s idea of relaxing but I love watching them play in a stream or enjoy a hike.

Janet  P.
Janet P.

May 18, 2021

Garden tools and garden gloves, a bottle of ice cold water too. I find working in the garden to be the most relaxing thing i can do. I might even bring out my new hand clippers, so i can do any trimming 1 I know, this is not most people’s relaxation, but sitting still doesn’t relax me. but weeding sure does!

Janet  P.
Janet P.

May 18, 2021

Garden tools and garden gloves, a bottle of ice cold water too. I find working in the garden to be the most relaxing thing i can do. I might even bring out my new hand clippers, so i can do any trimming 1 I know, this is not most people’s relaxation, but sitting still doesn’t relax me. but weeding sure does!

Marjorie Mickelson
Marjorie Mickelson

May 18, 2021

I would take a good book, a comfortable chair, my reading sunglasses, and cold drink!

Janice
Janice

May 18, 2021

I would take a book and something cold to drink.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

May 18, 2021

To relax I always work on my Pixie Faire Crochet 18 inch doll patterns, have made many outfits. While listening to music.

Fiona
Fiona

May 18, 2021

I would take a book and a blanket.

Beth P
Beth P

May 18, 2021

I would take a knitting project and a cold drink and enjoy nature.

Sewbig
Sewbig

May 18, 2021

Bug spray and an audiobook.

Sewbig
Sewbig

May 18, 2021

Bug spray and an audiobook.

Deb
Deb

May 18, 2021

I would take my travel watercolor set, a lemonade, and sit at my patio table.

Angela Cash
Angela Cash

May 18, 2021

I would take a book and chocolate!

Jacquie Corrigan
Jacquie Corrigan

May 18, 2021

I always take a book!

Maurine
Maurine

May 18, 2021

To relax outdoors, I would take a cool drink, a blanket to lay on, sunglasses and hat, and an interesting book.

Janet
Janet

May 18, 2021

I would take a blanket, a good book and some cold lemonade to drink.

Gwen Moore
Gwen Moore

May 18, 2021

I would take a beach umbrella, chair and pillow, and music of Andrea Bocelli.

Nancy
Nancy

May 18, 2021

I would take a good book, a comfy chair, something to eat and drink, then find a shady spot to observe and listen to nature while I read.

Cora
Cora

May 18, 2021

I’d take a good pair of hiking boots, hiking stick, and water bottle, as I love walking in the woods.

Marylynn Thurgood
Marylynn Thurgood

May 18, 2021

Sunscreen, cold water, good book and comfy chair would make me happy.

Doris
Doris

May 18, 2021

Along with my food and drink, I would be sure to have a knitting or crochet project.

Janis
Janis

May 18, 2021

I would take a comfortable chair a glass of ice tea and my kindle and settle down to read and enjoy the fresh air under a shade tree.

Kim
Kim

May 18, 2021

I would pack a picnic lunch and spend the day at the beach with my family, swimming, playing games or reading a good mystery book.

Susan
Susan

May 18, 2021

To relax in the outdoors, I’d take some sunscreen and maybe some bug spray, and head for sunshine in a comfy chair.

Lisa
Lisa

May 18, 2021

What a great blanket.

cara
cara

May 18, 2021

my daughter and a couple of books one for me to read aloud to her and one for her to practice reading back to me and we trade chapters.

Lisa
Lisa

May 18, 2021

Magnolia magazine n some iced coffee!!

Ellen
Ellen

May 18, 2021

A good book, something to drink and my sunglasses!

Tobey
Tobey

May 18, 2021

I would take a lounge chair and some music!!

kathy
kathy

May 18, 2021

A good book and a cold drink.

Sandra Cox
Sandra Cox

May 18, 2021

I would bring my outdoor folding rocking chair, and a hand project such as knitting.

James
James

May 18, 2021

To relax in the outdoors, all I need is a pair of sunnies, a water bottle and a good book.

Laurie
Laurie

May 18, 2021

I would take a blanket and a backpack with a water jug, apple slices, a banana, peanut butter sandwich and binoculars.

Sharron Yokley
Sharron Yokley

May 18, 2021

Sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and something cool to drink.

Cindy Portie
Cindy Portie

May 18, 2021

I would take a comfy chair and a good book!

Carol
Carol

May 18, 2021

I would take a book with me!

Connie
Connie

May 18, 2021

This is so neat. Got to make!

Irene Edgar
Irene Edgar

May 18, 2021

I would take my knitting and crochet and oh yes my husband of course:)

Marsha
Marsha

May 18, 2021

To enjoy the outdoors, I would take a good friend, to have a nice conversation.

Carol Adams
Carol Adams

May 18, 2021

Reading a book is very relaxing for me as is hand sewing projects.

Heidi
Heidi

May 18, 2021

A comfortable chair, lemonade, chocolate, and a beagle.

kathy m.
kathy m.

May 18, 2021

To relax outdoors a book and bottle of water a radio and comfortable lounge and bug candle to keep those bugs away form me

Carol
Carol

May 18, 2021

A new mystery book written by one of my favorite authors.

Kittie DiCaprio
Kittie DiCaprio

May 18, 2021

I would take a good book, my sunglasses and a really cold drink.

Carol B
Carol B

May 18, 2021

A hammock, a good book and a bottle of wine!

Karen
Karen

May 18, 2021

To relax in the outdoors I’d take bug spray and a dozen citronella candles.

Adora
Adora

May 18, 2021

I would take a blanket and a book!

Alex
Alex

May 18, 2021

I would simply take my husband and 2 kids. Some yummy snacks, good food and enjoy every moment

Donna Landreth
Donna Landreth

May 18, 2021

I would take a floaty, a drink, suntan lotion, and towel and be by a lake to float. Thanks for the giveaway.😘

Mary C Bailey
Mary C Bailey

May 18, 2021

I would love a campfire for outdoor cooking and the relaxing beauty of the fire, so I would take firewood and the supplies to build a fire safely.

Mary Agan
Mary Agan

May 18, 2021

A quilt to nap on!

Melissa Travis
Melissa Travis

May 18, 2021

To relax in the outdoors, I would have to have a large glass of iced sweet tea, a book, and some knitting or crocheting project to work on.

Wendy
Wendy

May 18, 2021

I would take an iPod and a book

Lei-Ann
Lei-Ann

May 18, 2021

I would bring my watercolors and sketch pad; and a comfy lounge chair to sit on.

Melody
Melody

May 18, 2021

I would take a blanket with a picture of cold ice sweet tea. Bring my radio and go to the state park and lay on my blanket and listen to all the nature sounds and listen to calm music on the radio.

Cheryl R.
Cheryl R.

May 18, 2021

Oh I would take a book, a large glass of ice water, a lounge chair, a pair of sunglasses, and a floppy hat.

Janet
Janet

May 18, 2021

I would bring my camera and a book.

Renée
Renée

May 18, 2021

To relax outdoors I would need sunblock, a hat and a book or e reader. Thank you for the opportunity to win a gift certificate!

Krista
Krista

May 18, 2021

I would bring a good book and a picnic basket with cheese, bread, fruit, chocolate , and a refreshing drink.

Lisa
Lisa

May 18, 2021

I would bring a good book to read & cold water.

Ilana
Ilana

May 18, 2021

Just a blanket, bug spray and myself

Elizabeth N
Elizabeth N

May 18, 2021

I don’t go anywhere without a book and my binoculars! Add a hammock and a fruit smoothie for a relaxing summer afternoon.

carla
carla

May 18, 2021

something to see nature with..binoculars and don’t for get your compus and a hiking stick or cane

Vicky
Vicky

May 18, 2021

I would take a book, a drink, a comfortable lounge chair and music.

carla holland
carla holland

May 18, 2021

The best to have with you in nature is a compas and your BINOCULERS

Angie
Angie

May 18, 2021

My rabbits.

Heather
Heather

May 18, 2021

My best friend and leave our phones at home.

Karen
Karen

May 18, 2021

pillows!

Kimberly C
Kimberly C

May 18, 2021

I always need a good book and a comfy chair!

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