Here was my process for printing the fabric for my keychain...
I was going to use Staz-On ink for this, but I couldn't find my black inkpad. But I did remember that I had bought some black fabric paint awhile back. (I must have bought it for some project, but I can't remember what that project was).
So, you can do this with your own rubber stamp. All you need is...
- A Rubber Stamp (mine is a custom hand-carved stamp from Jackbear Stamps, but you can use any rubber stamp)
- Fabric Paint
- Foam paintbrush (you could also use a cheap foam sponge)
- Small artist's paintbrush
- Fabric you want to print on (I used both a cotton muslin and canvas)
- Small piece of scrap wood (optional)
- Iron & pressing cloth (I used a scrap piece of my cotton muslin)
Squirt a bit of the fabric paint onto the foam brush. Use the artist brush to spread the paint around and into the foam. The foam will be like a stamp pad.
My stamp was a bit larger than the foam brush, so instead of pressing the stamp down onto the foam, I held the stamp in one hand and used the foam brush to dab the paint evenly onto the stamp. (I tried doing this earlier with a regular paintbrush before I decided to use the foam brush, but the paint went on gloopy and uneven, which made for a uneven, gloopy-looking print. So I definitely recommend using the foam instead.)
Press the stamp down evenly onto your chosen fabric.
I used a piece of scrap wood to help make sure the stamp was pressed evenly.
Lift up the stamp, and Voila! Stamped fabric!
My bottle of fabric paint said to let the paint dry for 24 hours and then heat set it with an iron...but I have to confess, I only waited maybe 1-2 hours, since it seemed plenty dry, and I was anxious to make my keychain!
I cut out the design and zig-zag stitched it onto a piece of printed cotton, then made a simple, tiny pillow, stitching in a bias tape loop for the split ring to attach to.
I got this orange & white polka dot cotton fabric from a box of fabric scraps a friend gave me. I don't work with quilter's weight cotton a lot, but I have lots of scraps with different prints that I've accumulated from friends, so I am looking forward to making more of these in different patterns!