Don’t you just love the holidays? I know I do! Everything is so pretty decorated, it finally starts getting cool here in Mississippi and most of us get to spend the holidays with family. Doesn’t get much better than that in my book. If you follow me on Facebook then you know I am still working on my cabinets and I still haven’t recovered my chairs for my table, so please remember that when looking at the pictures. The seats will be different…. someday.
When an opportunity came up for me to do a review for a Royal Design Studio stencil, I jumped on it! It’s no surprise that I love me some stencils and Royal Design Studio makes the BEST stencils. I use my chevron stencil from them all the time!!! I have tried all of them and use a Silhouette Cameo sometimes but these hold up forever!
I chose the Khanjali Ikat Fall Stencil because I love it! I originally wanted to stencil the front of a dresser but I waited too late so that will definitely be another project to do soon! I chose to do placemats bc well I needed placemats and I thought it would be cool!
Now to the fun part. You will need the following items:
- burlap- You can either buy the placemats already cut or buy it by the yard.
- Royal Design Studio stencil
- stencil brush
- scissors and sewing machine if buying the burlap by the yard
- old sheet, paper or in my case a cutting mat
I set out to buy them already cut but when I got to my local interior and fabric store (Melinda’s Fabrics/Interiors), she told me it would be cheaper to just buy it by the yard and cut it. I have a sewing machine at home but I don’t remember how to use it and I want to sell it anyway. Thankfully I have a friend/neighbor that sews:) I do not have pictures of the process but she cut it to size then hemmed a border. You can see where she sewed. She claims it’s easy peasy so I trust her on that!
I placed the placemats on a cutting mat. I have a mat especially for this but surprise, I can’t find it. This worked really well though. I have heard you can use old newspaper or any paper but I did this in my garage and wanted to put it on something other than just paper.
Then I taped the stencil over the burlap making sure to center it. I used Fusion Mineral Paint to paint the design but you could probably use anything on hand. I just really like Fusion and I am using it on my cabinets right now too. I got my stencil brush from Royal Design Studio a while back. A stencil brush is pretty much necessary for stenciling. At first I wiped off a lot of the paint on a paper towel like I would do on furniture but I found while doing this, I needed more paint. I did more of a “pouncing” technique than swirling.
Once I finished a mat, I immediately took the tape off and put the mats in a safe place so my kids wouldn’t mess with them. I know I didn’t cut it and hem it but this was so simple! If you know how to use a sewing machine then I’m sure the whole process would be easy for you.
I personally love this and I was in dire need of placemats! Win/win!
Y’all like my seat cushions don’t you! Those might get done this year:) Hopefully my family won’t notice that !
So what do y’all think? Are you ready for the holidays? I have seen lots of inspiration for fall projects. Royal Design Studio has LOTS of great stencils to choose from! Which one is your favorite??? Happy crafting!
Stay tuned for what I did with this!
*Royal Design Studio sent me the Ikat stencil to review but all opinions are mine. I bought every other single stencils and used them in a post so if I didn’t love it I wouldn’t have signed up:)