Saturday, September 27, 2008

fabric wall applique

Vinyl wall lettering and designs are everywhere these days. One reason they're such a hit is that they're removable. If you like removable (i.e. change your mind a lot), here is another very easy way to decorate a room wall. We’ve been wanting to try this since seeing it here.

Using liquid starch and fabric you can temporarily cover a wall without damaging it. You can wallpaper the whole wall like Michael Miller did (can you say pricey?) or you can "appliqué" small pictures like we did. We used Sta-Flo liquid starch, but you can also make your own starch. There are so many laundry starch recipes on the internet to choose from, like this one. Avoid recipes that use sugar so you don’t attract bugs (yuck!).

We used a lamb appliqué pattern from the book Warm Up to Wool: Projects to Hook and Stitch.

Using freezer paper, we made a template, cut out the fabric, then painted the back of the fabric with liquid starch. We made sure it was nice and wet. Then we stuck it to the wall and let it dry. Be sure to use a brayer or the side of your hand to smooth out the air bubbles!

Ideas for baby/kid rooms could include bugs and dinosaurs for boys and maybe princess crowns, flowers, or hearts for girls. For a more sophisticated room, try spots or swirls, or wallpaper the entire wall in your favorite Amy Butler fabric. With all the amazing fabrics out there, the options are limitless!

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4 Responses to “fabric wall applique”

Amy said...

This really is a great idea. I had forgotten all about it. Since we are decorating for the baby to be I might need to revisit this...thanks for sharing!

Audrey said...

So cool! I love this idea.

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Becky said...

This is WAY too cool! Thanks!

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