DIY Fabric with Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint…

We posted this DIY and our participation in the “Check Out My Crafts” contest on Wednesday this week, but we have been getting complements and interest in the how to at the shop ever since so we wanted to re-post it today. Also check out some of the other creative things other bloggers have done here and feel free to re-pin anything you like to support everyone participating. What would you be inspired to create using Martha Stewart Crafts Paints or any of her crafts products.

Recently we were invited to participate in the “Check Out My Crafts” contest hosted by Martha Stewart Living. A select group of bloggers were asked to “craft” a project using Martha Stewart Crafts Products. This was an exciting challenge for us! We love crafting and there is such a wide range of products that the Martha Stewart Crafts Collection offers..

We spent some time brain-storming and decided that we would create a project using the Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint. We love to sew and get creative with fabric so our plan was to paint and create our own fabric design and then use the fabric to stitch into our Pins & Needles “Sew” Simple Skirt.

Learn how we did it below…

Materials Needed:

Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint (we used the color Hailstorm)

Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Course Glitter Acrylic Paint (we used the color Sugar Cube)

Solid Cotton Fabric (we used Michael Miller Custom Couture in Charcoal)

Stencils or design you have drawn/created yourself

Household Sponges

Medium Sized Martha Stewart Paint Brush


Fabric Scissors


1” Non-Roll Knit Elastic

Sewing Machine


Paper Plates

Newspaper/Kraft Paper to protect the surface you are working on

* All the Martha Stewart Crafts Products we used in this DIY are available at Michael’s.


1. The first step to making this skirt is to choose your fabric (we suggest using a lightweight to medium weight solid cotton) and take your measurements. Measure the circumference of your hips and multiply by 1.5 – this is the width of your fabric. Measure from your waist to where you would like the bottom of your skirt to hit and add 2.5”.

2. You will use 1″ non-roll knit elastic for the skirt. Measure around your waist or where you would like to wear your skirt to figure out the waist measurement of the skirt. Take this number and add 1”. Cut this amount of non-roll knit elastic.

For example…my hips measure 36” around (to get an accurate measurement of your hips wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your hips) and I multiply that number by 1.5 and get 54”. So the width of my skirt will be 54”. It is 20” from my waist to where I want my skirt to end so I add 2.5” to that number and determine the length of my skirt and the length of my fabric.

3. Cut your fabric out in the dimensions you have calculated above and make sure to iron the fabric to ensure that you have a nice smooth surface to paint your designs on.

4. Now you have to create your stencil or design. For our skirt we used a sponge and cut out a heart. Using a sponge to apply the paint is a easy way to paint a design. It will also leave a bit of interesting texture. You can get as creative as you would like with this and cut the sponge into a mix of shapes and sizes. We suggest dampening the sponge a bit before you cut your shape/shapes out. Use a regular craft scissor to cut the shape out – you can also cut the shape out in paper and tape it to the sponge, providing a guide to follow while cutting.

5. Once you have decided what and how you would like your design to look, choose the color story you would like to go with. We chose to keep it simple and use the pretty lavender (Hailstorm) color that is available in Martha Stewarts paint color range as well as one of the fun glitter paints in a complementary shade (Sugar Cube).

6. Get your fabric ready…once you have ironed your fabric, select the placement of your design – spend some time on this so you know exactly where you should paint. Since we wanted to have a row of hearts along the bottom of the skirt, we made sure to measure up about 1.5″ –  2” from the bottom of the fabric to leave enough fabric for a hem. If you prefer to do a more spontaneous design, this is not as necessary. Make sure that your design is placed in an area that will not be sewn over to ensure that it is visible.

7. Get your paints ready…pour some paint onto one of your paper plates and dip your sponge into the paint pressing lightly. You can also take your paint brush and paint the surface of the sponge to make sure it is completely covered.

8. Lightly press the sponge onto the fabric where you have decided to start the design. You will notice that it has an interesting look with a “sponge-like” quality. This creates a nice texture, but we wanted our hearts to be completely filled in so we painted over the sponge hearts. We will also be applying some glitter paint to create a sparkly finish. Repeat this step as many times as needed to complete your design. If you are using multiple colors make sure to wash the sponge in between so you do not mix the colors. You might also want to cut multiple sponge stencils to have on hand.

9. Let the fabric dry a bit. You may want to apply a second coat as we did, just to give it more finished look.

10. Let the fabric dry over night before you begin the stitching portion of this project. We layered a coat of Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Course Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint. We let the original paint dry for about five hours before doing this and then had the fabric dry over night.

11. Now it is time to stitch your skirt…Lay your fabric out width-wise with the wrong side of your fabric facing up. Determine the top and bottom of the skirt, which will be based on your design placement. At the top of the fabric, fold over approximately 1.5” (this will be where you will put your elastic). You can go right to pinning or press the fold in place with an iron first. After you have pinned the fabric, sew the length of the fold close to bottom edge of the fold creating what looks like a tunnel.

12. Now thread your elastic through the encasing. I like to attach a safety pin to one end to pull the elastic through – don’t forget to pin at the beginning when the elastic reaches the first side – or you will loose the elastic. You will begin to see that the elastic creates gathering at the top of the skirt. Secure the end of elastic in place at the end of the encasing.

13. Now with right sides of the fabric together, pin the one side of the skirt and sew the entire panel together. Make sure to line up the seam of encasing that holds the elastic.

15. The final step is to hem your skirt. Press the bottom a .25” and then another 1” with the iron. Pin in place and top stitch.

Voila – you have a skirt sewn up using fabric you designed and created!

3 Comments to DIY Fabric with Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint…

  1. November 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Wow, very nice. My question is does the paint wash off over time? It doesn’t seem like you could get it looking fresh for very long.

  2. Hope's Gravatar Hope
    April 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I would LOVE to know if the paint washes off too!

  1. By on November 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

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