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How to Stencil on Fabric and a Royal Design Studio Stencil Giveaway!

My favorite stencil company is Royal Design Studio.

Have you seen their modern and graphic stencils?? They are amazing!

So when Royal Design Studios told me about their new Large Scallop Stencil – I knew I wanted to try it. I love the scallop pattern.

I originally wanted to stencil my entryway with the stencil, and I am still working on that concept. But in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to stencil some drapes with the Large Scallop Stencil.

I love stenciling on fabric. I found some super simple fabric panels from Target ($30 for two panels). To get the best results when stenciling on fabric, add some fabric medium to your paint. The fabric medium makes the paint softer and more flexible and also makes the fabric wash better: the paint will fade less.

Here are some simple tips for stenciling on fabric:

  1. Choose your fabric carefully. The thicker the material, the less the paint will soak through. If you’re using a thinner fabric, you can put wax paper or a piece of paper underneath.
  2. Spray the back of the stencil with spray adhesive. This helps the stencil adhere to the fabric and there will be less bleed through.
  3. I use interior latex paint when I stencil on fabric. You can also use fabric craft paint, but I’ve had great results with interior latex following the next tip:
  4. Add fabric medium to your paint. Fabric medium makes the fabric less stiff once painted. It also helps the paint adhere to the fabric – so you’ll have better results if you have to wash the painted fabric.
  5. I like using a foam roller to put the paint onto the fabric. Sometimes I smooth the paint with a sponge after I’ve rolled it on. You can also use a foam pouncer tool.
  6. When applying the paint, brush the paint from the edge of the stencil into the middle of the open area. That way you are not pushing the paint underneath the stencil (and ruining the lines).
  7. Once you have stenciled your fabric, use a hot iron to “set” the paint onto the fabric.

One of the things I love about Royal Design Studios is that they make it easy to line up the stencils. Each stencil has registration marks and to help line up the previously stenciled areas with the new areas to be stenciled. On a pillow or drapes you might not notice a small shift in alignment, but it’s really important to be able to create a straight line when stenciling a room.

Be sure to check out the Royal Design Studio site for all kinds of great stenciling ideas and videos.

I stenciled these curtains in one evening while my hubby was out of town. The next day I hung them up — and voila — I have a statement for my room PLUS they are so functional and pretty. Yay!!

And guess what??

Royal Design Studios is giving one of YOU a free stencil — up to $50 value. Yay!!

Here’s how YOU can win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have YOU ever stenciled on fabric? 

Do you have any tips you can share?? 

Let us know in the comments! 

Have a Creative Day!! 



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  10. If you could just sell me those curtains, I could finally end my search for the perfect curtains. Oh and do you have two more sets? 😀

  11. I love the color of those curtains!

  12. Halloweenlover says:

    Amazing!!! You’re inspiring me to attempt to stencil my dining room!!!

  13. Danna Garcia says:

    They look awesome!!

  14. Christina says:

    I love the Casablanca Trellis Moroccan Stencil!

  15. Heather Weston says:

    I love the scalloped stencil

  16. Heather Weston says:

    I shared on Facebook and Pinterest

  17. Bethany says:

    Love the curtains! Would love to try this!

  18. Sharon N says:

    I love the Curved Connection stencil, so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. i shared on facebook

  20. i love the scalloped stencil!!! have been searching for one for my curtains!!

  21. I want your curtains…and talent. If I were to choose, I think Acanthus Trellis Damask Stencil would be good but, I can change my mind!

  22. Love your curtains !!

  23. Aubrey Deru says:

    Love this. There are too many to choose from. Buying. New house and the is giving me loads of new design ideas. Thx.

  24. I love a lot of the Damask stencils – like Elegancia Allover Stencil

  25. I love the curtains and have always been a little intimidated by the perfection of it. But the tutorial made it look so easy.

  26. The Get Ziggy With It Wall Stencil is awesome!

  27. Thanks for inspiring me to create!!

  28. Melissa Etto says:

    It would be really hard to pick just one stencil I like the most. I really love the Hollywood Squares Wall Stencil, my husband does not love it, but I do. I already have a project in mind for that! :)

  29. Darlene McClenny says:

    I love the Bon Appeitit stencil!

  30. I love the Zebra Stripes Allover Stencil! :)

  31. sallie fitzpatrick says:

    I shared this giveaway on Pinterest!

  32. sallie fitzpatrick says:

    I ~love~ the endless circles lattice- I would use it in my laundry room for some added pizzazz!!

  33. I have never stenciled on fabric or used any of the large stencils, but your beautiful drapes and the gorgeous stencil have inspired me to jazz up my plain white boring drapes.

  34. The large scallop design would be my choice!

  35. Love this! I am sitting in my living room looking at my plain white curtains and they totally need some wow. Thanks for sharing your tips!

  36. Pinned on pintrest boards!

  37. i can’t decide between the two japanese flower gardens

  38. Jennifer says:

    I shared this giveaway on facebook

  39. Jennifer says:

    I love the Acanthus Trellis

  40. I was just looking at their website. We’re buying a new house, and I’d love to learn how to stencil.

  41. I absolutely LOVE these drapes!!! This room looks amazing and timeless! Great job!!

  42. Would love to do the same Large Scallop Stencil on some curtains in my baby nursery.

  43. So excited to try this. I’ve been searching for curtains for about a year and cant find what I like! They look amazing!

  44. Shirley Casciola says:

    I so like the stencil that you used on the curtains. In fact I want to copy-cat you.

  45. Pinned it! Great giveaway Jen! I have not tried to stencil on fabric but I would love to give it a try on some fabric for my Dining Room curtains. Fingers crossed, if I win I’ll have a reason to get over my fear of coloring outside the lines!

  46. Is win them all an option? See, I like them all. I guess if your gonna twist my arm and make me pick just one it would have to be the Hollywood Squares, oh, but I don’t know Rockin’ Roses is pretty spectaular too!

  47. It is a toss-up. I love the Houndstooth and the Hollywood squares! What a great collection! I have stenciled furniture but never fabric, I would like to paint walls and make pillows as well.

  48. I love the honeycomb stencil!

  49. Leslie Lanning says:

    Never tried to stenciled but sure would love to try making valences for my daughter’s kitchen.

  50. Jeana Cosentino says:

    I shared on Facebook! :-)

  51. Jeana Cosentino says:

    La-La-LOVE the “Get ziggy with it” stencil! So fresh and modern!

  52. Courtney Marsh says:

    Love love love! I have even wanting to paint my drapes forever- but couldn’t decide how. If I win, I’ll use the same scallop stencil with orange paint.

  53. I would love to have the Large Marrakesh Trellis Moroccan stencil for my bedroom.

  54. ckaren09 says:

    I want to win the Circling Allover Elements stencil!

  55. ckaren09 says:

    I shared this giveaway on facebook!

  56. liked the post and shared it on my wall

  57. I love the Moroccan

  58. Becky Childers says:

    I really want to try this. I cant find the curtians I want. Great way to get what I’m looking for. I shared on facebook..

  59. Terri O. says:

    I love your idea of stenciling the drapes. They look fabulous. I am fond of the scallop pattern as well as the fleur de lis patterns.

  60. Love them! Hopefully would love the Large Marrakesh Trellis Moroccan Stencil for my own curtains or rug.

  61. I would love the Royal Design Studio scallop stencil that you used on your curtains Jen! It would be such a fun project to try I think I’d like to make some in green for our dining room! Here’s to hoping-thanks for the chance to win!

  62. Love the camel bone weave stencil!

  63. Rebekah Stull says:

    I want the Large scalloped stencil.

  64. Shared via pintrest. I love your curtains! So cute.

  65. Lorraine Johnson says:

    I shared post through pinterest

  66. I shared on facebook!

  67. The herringbone stencil looks like fun!

  68. Lorraine Johnson says:

    Love it. Love it. Love it.

  69. I’d love to stencil a rug for my living room.

  70. Rhonda S. says:

    Shared with my peeps!

  71. I really like geometric stencils, among many others. I love the way your curtains turned out! They look great!

  72. I would love that same scalloped stencil!! Classic!

  73. I shared on my facebook!

  74. I am thinking I would go with the Chainlink stencils, but oh my goodness there are so many to choose from!! I may just change my mind or buy a few! :)

  75. I really love how your scalloped curtains turned out! I think I’d go for that pattern as well!

  76. I’m very much looking forward to doing this soon!

  77. Nikki McGovern says:

    Love the scallop stencil I really would love to try that one too

  78. Ashley Rogers says:

    This is such a great idea, I love it!

  79. Love this tutorial! I would love to win the Large Ribbon Damask Stencil!!

  80. i so want to try this but never give myself the time! this would be so fun!

  81. What a fun way to add character to plain drapes!

  82. Kim Warner says:

    Love the French floral damask. So many great stencils.

  83. I would love to get Bari J’s teardrop trellis stencil. I’ve been drooling over it since she unveiled it over on her blog.

  84. Shelley D. says:

    I love the springtime in Paris letter stencil.

  85. Love the scallops! Interesting design but not too fussy.

  86. Manette Gutterman says:

    I love the houndstooth stencil and the herringbone. Tough choice!

  87. This is amazing. Love it. I checked out the stencils, but am still just drawn the the scalloped one. I also like the endless circle lattice. So tough to decide…

  88. I love the curtains found you via TT&J gonna dig around your blog to find out where that light fixture is from it is fabulous!

    • WOW I really should proof read my comments found you via house of smiths, I may need sleep possibly!

  89. Christy S. says:

    I also shared about this great giveaway and stencils on facebook!

  90. Christy S. says:

    They make it hard to pick one! Love the classic Damask and the scallop you did on the curtain is epic. To try something different I think I’d choose Skylar’s Lace Floral Stencil. So many applications with this run through my mind.

  91. Love the scallop stencil!

  92. Shared via pintrest!

  93. Love the scallop stencil.

  94. brianne sheppard says:
  95. Laura Boone says:

    Love the houndstooth stencil!

  96. Kelli Tellez says:

    love the large fabric damask stencil! Beautiful!

  97. I really like the deco damask stencil!

  98. Samantha says:

    ahhh Love stencils!! is it bad I want to start a collection of them? can you every have too many?? Shared on Pinterest =D

  99. Emily C. says:

    I love lots of the damask stencils but the french inspired ones are fun too. It’s be a hard decision but I’d do it!

  100. I like the large scallop stencil

  101. I’m loving the chain link stencil. I’d love to win!

  102. I would love the large scallop stencil. I really want to try it out!

  103. Amber Peters says:

    i like the peacock fancy stencil. Thanks for the giveaway!

  104. I would love the Japanese Birds Allover stencil.

  105. Jessica Y says:

    I like the French Bee and the Japanese Hydrangea stencils. I have never stencilled on fabric, but I have some ideas if I win!

  106. This is great! I would love the Casablanca Trellis Moroccan Stencil. I’ve never stenciled before, but I have some curtains that need some sprucing up!

  107. Kelsey Hill says:

    I love the large scallops… so cute and trendy.

  108. Kelsey Hill says:

    I’ve been toying with the idea of stenciling some panels… with these tips I may just have the guts to finally do it!!

  109. I am DYING over the Herringbone Stencil!!!

  110. I stenciled a microsuede chair and ottoman last month. You can see pix at my blog proof-of-love.blogspot.com in the current post (because I am really bad about updating posts). This weekend, I cleaned out my pantry and stenciled the inside…it is beautiful! Pictures to come shortly!
    Love these curtains you have featured.

  111. The Get Ziggy With It stencil is my pick! My tip for stenciling–less is more(paint)!

  112. I’d love to win the Casablanca Trellis Moroccan Stencil so I can update my living room curtains! Yay!

  113. I tweeted about this giveaway too!

  114. Love the curtains. I’d like to win the Houndstooth all-over stencil!

  115. Arly Helm says:

    I have stenciled on clothing and lawn chairs so walls are my next mission. I would get the French Bistro set.

  116. I LOVE those scallop painted curtains! I’ve been thinking about using a stencil on fabric lately, and you made it look so easy!

  117. I can’t decide between which of the Damask wall stencils I want!

  118. I wan the Chez Sheik Moroccan Stencil. I’ve been in love with it forever and have the perfect wall to stencil.

  119. I want “Get Ziggy With It” or the large scallops, as well! :) Thanks!

  120. Lovethe torch garland classic!

  121. Wow, they look great!

  122. I’ve always wanted to try Royal Design stencils. Any damask all over stencil will do:)

  123. It’s so hard to choose a favorite. I love the herringbone but the morse code would be fun in my sons room!

  124. Jennifer says:

    I shared on FB.

  125. Jennifer says:

    Anything from the Moroccan collection — can’t decide!

  126. I’m doing my curtains tomorrow (fingers crossed), but am so in love with these.

  127. The modern Chevron wall stencil is my favorite. Always wanted to paint something chevron!

  128. Endless Moorish Circles. I shared too. Love these stencils!

  129. I’m in love with the Endless Moorish Circles Moroccan Stencil!

  130. Shawn B! says:

    The site’s down , but there’s a medallion one that I’ve been eyeing…

  131. I would love the 19th Century Ceiling Medallion stencil. Thanks for the giveaway1

  132. those scallop stencils are so beautiful! thanks!

  133. Love these curtains! The scallop stencil is beautiful.

  134. I like any of the damask stencils – I’ve been wanting to stencil for a while…just waiting for the drywall to be up in the basement :)

  135. I’ve really wanted to try stenciling and have been thinking more and more about doing some curtains! What a great post and contest!

  136. They look great! Thanks for your tips… do you do the same thing when you’ve stenciled fabric for pillows? I bought some huge white dish towels at IKEA over a year and had planned to stencil them like you did to make pillows… one of these days!

  137. alishia H says:

    i love this exact curtain idea, the scallops, gray and white. perfection :)

  138. Natalie G says:

    Shared on Pinterest

  139. Natalie G says:

    Nova Trellis or Deco Damask. So hard to choose:)

  140. Natalie G says:

    I loved this tutorial. I have seen the fabric medium and was wondering if it was worth buying. I will definitely be trying now, thank you for the tip:)

  141. I would love the Japanese flower garden stencil for my daughter’s room!

  142. I love the Moroccan Arches Allover stencil. I just bought fabric but did not like the choices at the store for a stencil. This would be perfect for my chair!

  143. Denise Fogleman says:

    I have been dying to try stenciling curtains!

  144. I would love to try the French Floral Damask Stencil!

  145. Elizabeth Wood says:

    I really want to win!

  146. Kristin M. says:

    Honestly, I’m IN LOVE with the scallop! I’m ordering it now….!!!

  147. Love the Get Ziggy With It Stencil!!

  148. i want to win this one!

  149. These are AMAZING! I would love to try doing something like this in our great room!

  150. Those scalloped curtains turned out beautifully!
    Thank you for showing how to do it ..you make it seem easy!..I’m inspired to try myself.
    And thanks for the honesty about using regular latex paint.

    Kelli – buybabydeals.com

  151. blaire lavere says:

    Awesome curtains!!

  152. Christie says:

    I love Royal Design Studio! My fingers and toes are crossed! :-)

  153. angela hempkins says:

    I love stenciled curtains!

  154. I love the French Menu lettering stencil!

  155. Hilary L says:

    Shared on Pinterest :0)

  156. Hilary L says:

    Love these curtains and Love Royal Design Studio stencils!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  157. I would love to win this giveaway!

  158. This is a perfect idea for the nursery! Hope to win to keep it within the budget! I’m sticking with the scallop stencil.

  159. Your curtains are just gorgeous! You did an awesome job!


  160. Shared via pinterest;)

  161. I haven’t stenciled any fabric yet but have been wanting to do curtains for my master bedroom!

  162. Melissa Stonecipher says:

    I would love the Large Marrakesh Trellis Moroccan Stencil. I think it would look fab as a focal wall!!

  163. I would love either the herringbone or a moroccan stencil. So many beautiful ones to choose from!

  164. Carly Delise says:

    What a great giveaway. I just made curtains in my living room and need to stencil them! Now I have the chance I need to do that!

  165. I would live the Casablanca trellis Moroccan stencil

  166. Carrie Eastman says:

    I would love to get the Large Scallop Stencil too!

  167. So many choices! I love the Chain Link and the Hollywood Squares. But your project kind of makes me want to try the scallops. Also, do you remember any details about the panels you got from Target? I’m wanting something plain to work with.

  168. I would love to stencil my dining room in Rockin Roses!!

  169. Nope, but I’d love to, and I’d love to re-create this project in my own home!

  170. I love how the curtains turned out! They make such a great statement piece for the room. I think my favorite stencil is the “Get Ziggy With It Wall Stencil” – even the name makes me smlie :)

  171. I love the Large Moorish Trellis Stencil!

  172. I shared via email! great giveaway.

  173. I like the Japanese stencil. They are all beautiful!

  174. Still in love with the Lisboa Tile stencil!

  175. I love the Deco Damask pattern. I’ve been looking for something not too busy for my sliding glass door.

  176. Stacye Hixson says:

    I shared on Facebook

  177. the endless circle lattice is pretty great,andI love a good damask

  178. Stacye Hixson says:

    I love the scallop design and thanks for your tips for stenciling on fabric.

  179. I’m having such a hard time deciding between the Fortuny damask and the Endless Circles! There are too many gorgeous stencils to choose from! Thanks for a fabulous giveaway!

  180. I pinned it!

  181. i shared on FB

  182. Sarah Greer says:

    pinned the giveaway. thanks!

  183. I love so many of their stencils, hard to pick just one. Casablanca Trellis Moroccan Stencil

  184. Sarah Greer says:

    either the honeycomb or the beehive – but they’re all so pretty! thanks for the giveaway!

  185. I would love the Morrocan stencil!

  186. Mara Yager says:

    I like the modern chevron stencils and the peacock feather stencil is pretty, too!


  187. Mara Yager says:
  188. love that stencil

  189. I haven’t stenciled before but I really want to!

  190. I hope I win!

  191. Christina Kastendike says:

    I love the scallop and the large rattan! I hope to be as creative with it as you!!

  192. I tweeted!

  193. For sure, I am telling all of the decorating addicted friends about Royal Design Studio.

  194. REBECCA G says:

    I am loving the nova trellis stencil (and the modern Chevron) ! Beautiful curtains!

  195. I love the Get Ziggy With It Wall Stencil

  196. I shared with fb! :)

  197. I’ve never tried to stencil on fabric (or really stencil at all) but our master bedroom needs curtains and I LOVE this look!

  198. LOVE this idea!!!

  199. So many great ones! I may want the Large Moorish Trellis Stencil first!

  200. I have been thinking of using the ribbon damask in the girls room for a while.

  201. I am definitely going to try this for my living room! Thanks for the tips!

  202. leigh ann says:

    I loved the large ribbon damask stencil but there were so many that I loved!!

  203. I shared on FB

  204. I’d like the herringbone!

  205. Your curtains look beautiful:)

  206. I love the scalloped

  207. I’d either do the scallops or the honeycomb stencils.

  208. So beautiful! I would never have guessed it was DIY. Good work!!!

  209. I just CAN’T choose! I love the all over pattern ones. I would need a few days to mull it over to really decide! LOVE!

  210. I love this stencil, I want to try a stab at it.

  211. Pinned it!

  212. I posted it to facebook.

  213. I tweeted it!

  214. Love it, I would love the Intricate Zelij Moroccan Stencil

  215. It’s so hard to choose! I would probably pick the new teardrop stencil though: http://www.royaldesignstudio.com/collections/new-stencil-designs/products/teardrop-trellis-wall-stencil

  216. I like the Moorish Trellis Stencil

  217. I love the Large Scallops and the Dressing Room Chandelier!

  218. I Pinned it!

  219. i love the herringbone furniture stencil. if i HAD to pick only one (;

  220. I pinned it! Great idea!

  221. These look Fabulous, Jen. It’s so funny how when you see a stencil project it makes you want to break out the paint and foam brush and stencil something..ANYTHING just to get it out of your system that is until you see another amazing project :) Can’t wait to see if you end up doing this in your entry way!!

  222. So hard to choose! I love a lot of the Moroccan allover stencils, and the modern ones too – maybe Get Ziggy With It, or Rockin’ Roses, or Honeycomb, which would be awesome in my son’s bedroom.

  223. Mariko Walsh says:

    I’ve never stenciled fabric before, but I am dying to try!

  224. I love this pattern. I’m moving to a new apartment in a couple of months and can think of so many things I’d like o do with it http://www.royaldesignstudio.com/collections/moroccan-stencils/products/arabesque-moroccan-stencil

  225. I would love to win the modern chevron wall stencil.

  226. I really want the branches stencil. I know exactly where I would put that. :)

  227. Your curtains look fabulous! Thanks for the tips, I will have to give it a try.

  228. Heather D. says:

    Love the Moroccan stencil

  229. Heather D. says:

    Coveting your beautiful drapes…love the color and stencil so much!

  230. I would love endless circles lattice moroccan stencil

  231. Your curtains look great! I keep wanting to stencil curtains or a rug and keep looking at all the stencils but just can’t decide which one to buy. Thanks for the chance to win a stencil!


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