Are you looking for a crafty way to decorate your table this Easter? If so, you may want to think about creating a fabric runner using batik techniques. Based on my experience, the runners look festive and are easy to create. Here’s how to do it:
In order to complete this craft, you will need a set of Easter themed cookie cutters (metal), a roll of freezer paper, Jacquard Batik Wax (1 pound) and Rit Dyes. As far as the dyes go, feel free to use whichever colors you want. You’ll also need several rolls of paper towels, a double boiler, basic sewing supplies, a clothes iron and a piece of cotton fabric. The cotton fabric should be long enough to run the length of your dining room table.
Prepare the Wax
Begin by heating up the Jacquard Batik Wax in a double boiler. Afterward, lay out a sheet of freezer paper that is large enough to cover your piece of cotton fabric. Then place the fabric on top of the freezer paper and grab the metal cookie cutters.
Create the Design
Once the wax has melted, remove it from the stove. Proceed by carefully dipping the metal cookie cutters into the wax. Then use them to stamp your design onto the fabric. Keep in mind that any areas covered with wax will not absorb dye during the coloring process. Therefore, if you want to create a design that involves multiple colors, you’ll need to plan accordingly. After the wax dries, slowly peel off the freezer paper.
Dye the Fabric
At this point, you’ll need to dye the table runner. There are several methods that may be used to create a dye bath. Among them are the stove top method and the washing machine method. I typically use the stove top method for dyeing small items like place mats and napkins. The washing machine method is often better suited for dyeing long table runners. If you have never dyed fabrics in your washing machine before, you can find a complete list of instructions posted on the Rit Dye website. When you have finished dyeing the fabric, let it dry completely.
Remove the Wax
Continue by placing the table runner in between several layers of paper towels. Then run a warm clothes iron (125 degrees Fahrenheit) over the paper towels until all of the wax on the fabric gets absorbed into the paper towels. Once that’s done, hem the table runner’s edges as desired. Afterward, it will be ready for use.
Source: Personal Experience
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