DIY Block Printing On Fabric

Have you heard of block printing? I’ve always loved block print patterns on blankets, tablecloths, placemats, you name it. But sometimes those can be so expensive. So when I found these gorgeous vintage textile stamps in my friend Brooke’s darling shop I got so excited! I decided to try my hand at some DIY block printing on fabric.

DIY Block Printing On Fabric

Fall in love with DIY block printing on fabric!

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Today I am so excited to be joining a DIY blog hop hosted by two of my favorites, Aliya from Open Doors Open Hearts, and Jen from Midwest Life and Style. And if you are coming from Robyn’s French Nest, welcome! So if you are in the mood for some fun DIY inspiration then you can check out all 8 DIY projects at the end of my post.

What Is Block Printing?

Block printing is basically a way to create patterns on fabric by hand. Large wooden hand carved blocks are dipped into paint or ink and used just like stamps to create patterns mainly on fabric. Here is some of my inspiration.

And here is some more GORGEOUS inspiration over on my Amazon Storefront!

Here are the blocks I found and used. If you are local to Northern Colorado my friend Brooke has several more beautiful ones in her shop! Brooklyn Finds Designs Co.

Gorgeous vintage textile stamps for block printing

Aren’t they just beautiful? I not only plan to use them for projects but in my decor as well.

Here Is What You Will Need For DIY Block Printing

These are the supplies I gathered to do my own DIY block printing on fabric.

  • Fabric (I used my no-sew drop cloth napkins)
  • paint (multi-surface acrylic paint or fabric paint) I found mine at Michael’s
  • wooden textile stamps or rubber stamps (Etsy has some gorgeous ones)
  • paint roller or paper plate
  • table covering
  • textile medium (this is what makes the acrylic paint washable)
  • iron (to set your paint to make it washable)
Learn how easy it is to do DIY block printing on fabric with these tools.

This is the textile medium I used since my paint was not fabric paint!

I love this textile medium for making paint washable on fabric!

How To Block Print On Drop Cloth Napkins

Once I gathered all of my supplies I decided that I better try out the wooden textile blocks on a piece of paper first and figure out the best way to apply the paint to the block. After mixing the paint and the medium I experimented with using a foam sponge brush to apply the paint to the block. It worked just…ok. But then I tried dipping the block into a paper plate full of paint and it worked better.

Pretty blue paint for block printing onto drop cloth napkins.

I decided to use the skinny block first and try the beautiful blue paint. At this point most people would either plan or mark out their pattern. But not me, I just went for it. Luckily I loved it immediately.

DIY block printing with vintage blocks

Stamping The Fabric

After loading the paint onto the wooden block I laid my square drop cloth napkin onto a trash bag (to protect my table) and placed the block on the bottom edge to begin my first row.

starting the block print stamping onto drop cloth

I continued this pattern and repeated adding the paint to my block. One 2oz bottle did one complete napkin.

DIY block printing on fabric

It took me a bit to get in a routine and figure out how to add just the right amount of paint to the block. It’s quite possible that a foam roller would have been best to roll the paint on the block but I didn’t have one.

I did this color and pattern on 3 total napkins and I definitely got better each time. For me I learned that I needed to add more paint before each stamp was pressed onto the fabric. I love the look of this pattern and paint combo.

a gorgeous paint stamped block print pattern !

Is it perfect and even? Nope. But I think that is what adds to the beauty and character of this fun little DIY project. If you can stamp or have stamped before then you can do this too.

A New Color And Pattern

Next, I tried the second vintage textile block. This one has a bit of a rounder floral look to it so I decided to spread it our on my napkins. I also used a new color, green.

Does that surprise anyone? Probably not since I seem to always use blue and green. 🙂

A vintage wooden textile block

This time I used the stamp method and the sponge brush to smooth out the paint. It worked well. Maybe it was because I had practiced with the other block. Or maybe it was because this stamp  had a bit more even carvings. I used this pattern on three napkins as well and ended up DIY block printing a total of 6 napkins.

Learn how easy it is to to DIY block printing on fabric!

The final step is to set your iron on the hottest setting and run it over your fabric to heat set the paint. You can find exact directions on the back of the textile medium bottle.  Finally,  run your fabric through a delicate cycle in your wash and enjoy them!

That’s it! Crazy easy and crazy fun.

A stack of drop cloth napkins with DIY block print patterns

DIY Block Printing On Fabric

All in all this was a rather simple and inexpensive DIY. My drop cloth napkins turned out to be the perfect fabric to experiment on for this project. I love how easy it is to do DIY block printing of fabric and of course I am already scoping out other fabrics, paint colors and projects. I’ve had my eye on my drop cloth curtains. They might need a little block stamping next!

DIY Block Printing On Fabric
DIY Block Printing On Fabric with vintage textile stamps

I love the combo of these two colors together. I think these beautiful block printed napkins would be pretty both indoors and outdoors. What do you think?

DIY Block Printing On Fabric

So are you intrigued by these vintage wooden textile stamps as much as I am? What would you stamp them onto? I really appreciate you hanging out with me today. If you had fun I would love for you to subscribe to the blog and follow me over on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram too!

Now if you are in the mood for a few more fun DIY projects make sure to visit my friend’s links below! My girl Jen from Midwest Life and Style is up next.

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  1. Kelly! We are planning on redoing our patio this summer and I’m gonna need some outdoor stuff. I’ll take an order of 12 of these AWESOME napkins! I seriously love them! I’ve seen Leslie with my100yearolshome do this and I always think they look so awesome. I need to invest in trying it out myself! They are beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us on this blog hop!! You have no idea how grateful I am for you!!! EVERY TIME! You are so wonderful!! XoXo

    1. Thank you! I love them too and was so surprised how well they turned out. Thank you so much for including me in this hop. Grateful for your friendship!

  2. What a fun project, Kelly! I love how it all turned out! Now I need to find some of these textile stamps myself so I can give it a try!

    1. Right?! I had a lot of fun and it wasn’t that hard. I hope you find some. It took everything within me not to buy 10 of them! Ha! Thanks friend for hosting!

  3. You’re a girl after my own heart! I love doing drop cloth projects, and I love painting on fabric! I’ve made a stenciled table runner and tote bag with paint, but this is the first I’m hearing about block printing. Those blocks are way cool, and your napkins are so pretty! Beautiful job, Kelly!

  4. I LOVE how these turned out! I’m pretty conservative when it comes to creating art on my own, but this looks totally doable! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this! I will be pinning this to my craft board because I will definitely be doing this;)
    Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!!!

  6. I love how they turned out. And I love the colors! Now I’m trying to think of a project.

  7. Kelly,

    Oh, my friend, these are so LOVELY! I am in awe of how they turned out!!
    I will have to give these a go!!

    Loved being with you on this blog hop, and grateful for you!


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