Make your own curtain fabric

It's easy to makeover a set of plain curtains (or cotton flat sheets) with fabric paint and stencil. There are no fancy techniques involved; simply find a design that you like, cut out the stencil and stencil the design onto the fabric.



Find an image
If you don't have an image already, do a search on Google for stencil patterns. Once you've found a pattern that you like, enlarge the image to a good size and print it out. Transfer the design to a piece of medium cardstock, a plastic file folder, or acetate (stencil) sheet.

Use a cutting mat and craft knife to cut out.

  • Because this pattern isn't solid you will need to do an additional cut in the centre of the stencil.




  • Keep any pieces that you cut out!
  • Spray Bostik sprayable adhesive to the back of the stencil and position as required on the fabric.
  • Use a stencil brush to apply the effect. Use on small amounts of paint - have a piece of newspaper handy to dab the stencil brush onto before applying to the fabric.

DIY Tips:
Use fabric paint for any fabric painting that you want to do. Follow the manufacturers instructions for setting the paint. EG. Ironing before you wash.

I have also used Rust-Oleum 2X spray paints on fabric with fantastic results - even after two years of washing. Do mask off the surrounding area with newspaper before spraying.