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Sun Print Fabric with a Twist

By: Lynda Heines

Dyeing fabrics is a great way to customize anything for yourself. This Sun Print Fabric with a Twist project from Lynda Heines is one of those summer craft activities that will give you something personal, as well as a chance to hang outdoors. It's unique because it's a sun printing project that involves a textile paint. This ingredient can stimulate dye and give you a more colorful piece of fabric. Projects with fabric were never this diverse. Switch up your fabric dyeing with something new.

Sun Print Fabric with a Twist


  • Highly concentrated textile paint
  • Fabric -works best on natural fibers including cotton and silk, but can be used on any fabrics. For best results, wash fabric to remove any dirt and sizing.
  • Sponge brush
  • Water and water container
  • Plastic
  • Stencils, leaves, cutouts – anything you want to use as a mask


  1. First, prepare your work area. Cover a surface with plastic. This is where you will be painting.

    Sun Print Fabric with a Twist
  2. Then cut fabric to sizes. Here are some stencils and masks.

    Sun Print Fabric with a Twist
  3. Next soak fabric in water.

    Sun Print Fabric with a Twist
  4. Lay out a few pieces on the work surface. Smooth them out as much as possible. Work with just a couple pieces since they need to remain moist. If you are working out in the sun, the material will dry fast.

    Sun Print Fabric with a Twist
  5. Add textile paint. Small squeeze bottles make it easy to apply the paint. If you are using regular containers, just dip the brush in and paint onto the fabric.

    Sun Print Fabric with a Twist
  6. Now add more water to the brush to spread the paint around. Keep adding more paint and water until you are happy with your fabric color.

    Sun Print Fabric with a Twist
  7. Add the masks. This could be stencils, household utensils, cardboard cutouts, leaves, etc. Make sure to pat the masks down so they have contact with the fabric which will keep the sun from those areas.

    Sun Print Fabric with a Twist
  8. Now is the hardest part – waiting for the sun to do its thing!

    Sun Print Fabric with a Twist
  9. To set the paint, iron for three minutes on the wrong side of the fabric. You can wait for it to dry longer after that.

    Sun Print Fabric with a Twist



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want a different look on fabrics to make some unique things then check out this sun print paint technique. It looks so super cool and the hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry. I love that you can use stencils or anything you want for the print to customize the fabric yourself. Use twigs,leaves,flowers or anything you want and when fabric dries make some clothing or curtains,pillows or any home decor with it. Super tutorial and a great idea.


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