Sheer Painted Wrap
A wrap made of sheer white fabric is a perfect accessory for a dress on a balmy night. This one was airbrushed with the stencils included in my directions. Much too big to photograph accurately, I've included close up images of details. The scaled down sketch above, which was my original design template, shows the placement of all the elements on the wrap. The curvy line falls slightly off center in brown. To the left of it, turquoise with white filigrees, to the right, several filigree images in turquoise against the white background. To add a little interest, I dusted those same images lightly with brown. The wrap measures a generous 24”X 72” without the four inch long fringe.
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 - Cut your fabric 74” long by 26” wide. Hem the long sides first. Instead of measuring and pinning the entire length, baste .50” from the raw edge using a guide on your machine. Fold and press the edge on the basting line. Turn the pressed edge .50” and sew in place close to the fold. Remove basting stitch.
step 2 - Hem the short ends by first pressing a one inch hem, then folding that hem in half. This will create a half inch hem.
step 3 - Using the stencil material of your choice, print and cut out the three stencils provided - the large filigree, the single filigree, and the accent stencil. Keep all the die cut pieces in tact for use later. I used card stock stencils for the filigrees and sprayed the backsides with repositionable adhesive. The large and small filigree stencils will need to be reversed to create mirror images on one half of the wrap. If you use stencils that cannot be reversed, you will need to cut out two of each.
step 4 - Following my sample grey and white sketch, create one 72” long curve stencil or three 24” pieces that you can piece together to add up to 72". Because of it’s size, a curve stencil is not included with my instructions. I used freezer paper for this stencil because it comes in a long roll and can be cut in one piece. The opening for the curve should measure 1/2” wide. Save the 1/2” wide die cut piece and keep it in tact to use later.
step 5 - Spray adhesive on the back of the curve stencil and apply it to the fabric. Airbrush the curve with brown paint.
step 3- Fold a length of floss in half. Slip it into a large eye needle (#16 embroidery needle).
step 8 - To cut the fringe evenly, use painters tape to secure the hemmed edge of the wrap to a cutting surface. Place the tape just above the knotted floss. Avoid putting the tape on the knotted edges of the floss (like I mistakenly did in the photo) or when you remove it, you may pull out floss along with the tape. Smooth out the fringe so that the strands are all parallel. Place a second piece of tape four inches from the hem.
Before measuring the floss in step 1, I placed a warm iron on one end of it and pulled the entire length slowly under the iron to get all the kinks out.
- sewing notions
- 2.25 yards wrap fabric
- stencil material
- 6 pkgs. rayon embroidery floss (8.7yards each)
- painters tape
- index card
- rotary blade or craft knife
- Lumiere (by Jaquard) 549 Metallic Rust & 571 Pearl Turquoise paint
- #16 embroidery needle
- repositionable stencil spray
- Aztek Airbrush