Christmas Lights Girls Jumper
Matching red glass buttons hold together the shoulders of this festive Christmas jumper. A string of lights drapes down the left side in a colorful display. I made my jumper but you could use the stencils to paint store bought clothing as well. While this is a vertical display, the lights could just as well border the bottom of a dress or top. Put your own spin on this collection of lights and make some little girl smile. I used an airbrush to apply the paint but you can do it with with fabric paint and brush or sponge.
BEFORE PAINTING, ALWAYS WASH AND DRY FABRIC (WITHOUT FABRIC SOFTENER). DURING PAINTING, COVER EXPOSED FABRIC TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL OVER SPRAY. ALLOW PAINT TO DRY BETWEEN STEPS.
step 1- Download and print out the stencils on heavy card stock or copy to blank stencil sheets. It’s your choice to cut out as many stencils as you need to fill the length of your jumper, or to cut only one and keep repositioning it on the fabric. I repositioned the stencil three times for a size five girls jumper that is 22” long. The last bulb was omitted so that it would not intrude on the hemline. The stencil is approximately 7” long.
step 2 - With a craft knife, cut out the stencil’s grey areas. Spray the back of the stencil with adhesive stencil spray.
step 3 - Layout out your jumper pattern piece, right side up on your work surface.
step 6 - Spray paint the exposed area with Black Tie paint.
step 7- When dry, remove the tape covering the bulbs. Place painters tape on the stencil’s black painted areas.
step 8 - Fabrics receive paint differently depending on their weave and fiber content. Test yours to see if your colors show up as they should. If they are faint, you may need to apply a white base coat to all the bulbs before adding each color. Experiment on a scrap to determine how you should proceed.
step 11 - Since the cord is still covered with tape, start this section by painting the bulbs first. When they are dry, remove the tape and paint the black areas.
step 12 - Continue moving the stencil down the jumperuntil you have painted cord to the raw edge.
step 13 - Use a permanent, black sharpie marker to close the open cord loops and for touch ups. See the differences in photos "A" and "B".
step 14 - Sew the jumper according to the pattern instructions.
- red fabric
- painters tape
- paper towels
- craft knife
- card stock
- stencil adhesive spray
- black Sharpie Marker
- ColorArtzairbrush kit and paint color pouches:
White Wedding, Mango Tango, Blue Suede Shoes, Blonde Ambition, Luckly Charm, Black Tie