Posted 5th Oct 2017
Now is the time to embrace autumn's last hurrah as leaves begin to fall, colours fade and nuts start to flourish, providing inspiration for this month's eye-catching craft projects
1. Begin by downloading our ‘Leaf Stencil’ template here.
2. Lay the printed A4 template down on to a flat surface and place a sheet of stencil acetate or Mylar directly on top. Trace over the lines with a permanent marker pen. Remove the acetate and then use a hot stencil cutter to cut round the leaf shape.
3. Lay your fabric down and smooth flat ready to begin stencilling. Position the leaf stencil in place. Pour some green fabric paint on to a plate or smooth surface. Dip the stencil brush into the paint – it’s important to dab off any excess paint on a paper towel to prevent it bleeding or running under the edges of the stencil.
4. Dab the paint over the leaf stencil shape. Next, mix a little brown paint with the green so the paint becomes slightly darker.
5. Use the same stencil brush to paint over the tips of the leaves with the darker colour. As you work the colours will blend together and create a graduated effect.
6. Repeat stencilling leaves across the fabric until the cloth is covered. Leave to dry and then fix the paint according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
Mylar stencil sheets, £2.49 per 4 pack, hot stencil tool, £24.92, both Amazon. Dylon green fabric paint, £3 per 25ml pot, Dylon dark brown fabric paint, £3 per 25ml pot, both Hobbycraft.