Posted 2nd Feb 2017
The arrival of March brings with it the first burst of spring bulbs and flowers, full of colour and amazing scent. Whether inside or out, our pretty projects are designed to celebrate the new season
1. Start by downloading our template here.
2. Print out the bulb template and tape onto a heatproof work surface. Tape a piece of stencil Mylar directly over the top. Use a craft knife or hot stencil cutter to cut out the stencil following the black outlines of the bulb.
3. To make the bag cut out two 25cm x 35cm pieces of natural fabric – hessian or linen are perfect as the natural fibres will allow the bulbs to breathe. Place them one on top of the other and then pin them together. Stitch three sides with straight stitch keeping one short side open; remove the pins as you sew. Natural fabrics can fray easily so we stitched a second row of zigzag stitches nearer to the edge of the fabric.
4. Turn the bag right side out and iron the seams flat. Fold and press a small double hem at the top of the bag and pin to hold. Stitch the hem and remove the pins. Next place a piece of card or plastic inside the bag, this is to stop the stencil paint bleeding through onto the back of the bag.
5. Place the stencil on the bag so the bulb motif sits in the centre. Use a stencil brush to stencil the bulb motif with dark brown stencil paint. Carefully remove the stencil – keep the liner inside while the paint dries. Fix the paint with a hot iron.
Cut master stencil tool, £24.95; A4 Mylar stencil sheets, £3.98 per pack of 10, both Amazon (prices may vary). Dark brown stencil paint, £3 per 25ml pot, Dylon