Printing using fabric stencils is one of the easiest ways to decorate a garment in need of a bit of excitement. To tell you the truth, the princess I “borrowed” for the photoshoot a couple of weeks ago for the Easy Princess Dress Pattern didn't like the costume at first. Who can blame her? There was no tiara, no jewels or slippers, and most importantly no bling on the dress to make her feel special.
The costume she wore was made of satin. Plain satin can be a flat and somewhat boring fabric if it doesn't have a little bling on it. Satin is like a blank canvas where you can paint, embroider and glue things to it to make it more exciting and beautiful.
So I set about to liven up the Easy Princess Dress and in the process, I wanted to demonstrate a few fun techniques. I'm using a snowflake motif and fake jewels to bling up this particular dress, but you can use these same techniques to liven up any garment.
For durability purposes, I recommend adding a small amount of glue and sewing the jewels to the skirt.
Please note that this costume is not suitable for girls under 3 years old.
- Plaid Simply Stencil Maker
- Martha Stewart acrylic craft paint Glitter 2 Oz
- Martha Stewart acrylic craft paint in Pearl
- Tulip dimensional Fabric Paint Glow in the dark 1.25 fl oz
- Deco Fabric white marker
- Gem Tac permanent adhesive
- Flat back jewels turquoise
- Flat back pearls 8mm
- Round or Square acrylic crystal
- Flat back oval acrylic jewel 8mm
- Cutter Knife
- Filbert Painting brush for Acrylic paint
- Golden Braid about 30″ for Size 8
Download the Free Stencil and Applique Template
Step One: Making the stencil
Print the free PDF template using Adobe Reader.
Tape the template behind the stencil maker so that you can trace the design through the stencil. The stencil maker has two sides. Please draw on the rough side. Follow the instructions on the stencil maker.
Using your cutter knife, cut the stencil maker to create the snowflake design. I used a razor knife with a 1/2″ long blade.
Where do you apply the glow in the dark paint? Interesting tutorial and great pictures.
In process of making similar dress for our great-granddaughter, love the bling idea. Do you think it will work on 100% cotton fabric (granddaughter didn’t want satin fabric for her child)?
Yes, it will work. Cotton is easier to paint on as well so you can really go wild.
What a beautiful idea. I would love to learn how to embellish a finished garment or other fabric project with jewels and beads. Thanks for this tutorial!
HI Mickie, you read my mind, I am working on a ready to wear a cardigan, bought it for 10 dollars and planning to make it look expensive. Stay tuned.
Thanks for the great tutorial ! Gives the dress the beautiful magical look any princess would be over the moon to wear
I want one in adult size! Little girls aren’t the only ones who like to dress up as princesses