Trickier was creating the English cross of St. George/ Canada maple leaf combo flag! I wanted them both to be identifiable without losing the flag idea. Isn't it nice that both the English and Canadian flag are red?! I opted for the English flag rather than the British one for that reason, as well as the simpler design - simpler in stencilling I think is more effective and way LESS risky - especially as it wasn't a project for me, but for a wedding gift. It had to be perfect!
I cut out a separate leaf from a different print out and traced it on top of another English flag. This gave me a better visual of how to cut it out. I wanted the leaf to be in the centre, with the cross coming out from it. With these both being red, there had to be a small amount of space between the two parts so it was a very careful cutting out job!
Then, with everything cut out and planned it was time to transfer those templates onto the adhesive stencil film. It's so easy to cut out from, the only downside is the roll. The previous project I did with the roll of film was cut out before using it as a stencil another day and I placed it between lots of heavy text books in between but this time it was an all day project and I had forgotten to do that. Luckily it did flatten out over the couple of hours as I prepared everything before using the paint. But next time I'll definitely make the stencils a day or two ahead of painting day just to make sure they're really flat and smooth. But the adhesive does make it so easy to stick down and doesn't really allow for any bleeding which is just great!!
Stencils all cut out so it was show time! Time for the real deal now.
I placed a sheet of bristol board on the floor and taped it down so it wouldn't move. Then I taped the tea towel down and measured to see where the centre would be. I chose to put the design in the bottom centre of the tea towel, so that if it was folded and was hanging, for example on the oven door the image would still be visible.
I used Tulip soft fabric paint which I have tried once before in black and loved the feel of it, and how easy it was to apply. This time in crimson, poured out in a takeout container with my foam brush at the ready!
Easiest one first of course...
2 down, 1 to go...
Maybe leaving the hardest one to the end wasn't the best idea... I was nervous!
The biggest mistake I made in cutting these out was definitely not leaving enough room at the edge (seam allowance but without the sewing!) to allow for my brush to get close to the edge without going over. I had to be TOO careful and could have avoided that pressure!
But luckily all went okay and then there were three!
I left them to dry for a few days (72 hours is the instruction on the paint tube!) and then washed them in warm water on a gentle cycle. And then I dried them on a rack not in the tumble dryer. Reading reviews about this paint it seems like it holds up pretty well. Hope so anyway! Do you have any experience with these Tulip soft fabric paints?!
So, all dry and ready to be packaged up... not without the obligatory photo shoot first!
For the Canadian groom...
And for the new husband and wife team ♡
So the bonus wedding gift was all made, packaged on top of the oven-to-table set of dishes were the kitchen towels tied up with string!