Red Apron Stenciled With Farmhouse Style

A festive red apron stenciled with farmhouse style. If you are a regular reader then you know how I swoon over the color red. When I saw this solid red cotton apron at Homesense I couldn't resist buying two. One for the workshop and one for the kitchen.



I didn't care that they were a solid color because there is nothing boring about red. I display my kitchen aprons on hooks and while I love the pop of red, the apron felt like it needed a little something-something.



A festive red apron stenciled with flour sack stencils with farmhouse style for the kitchen plus a tutorial on how easy it is to stencil on fabric.

Stenciled Red Apron

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When Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils sent me a fabulous flour sack stencil along with some grain sack stencils, my thoughts immediately went to my new kitchen apron. The perfect combination to give my red apron some sweet farmhouse style.



Plus, I had some Christmas baking to do, so wearing a festive red apron made baking our traditional Swedish Pepparkaka Cookies that much better.



A festive red apron stenciled with flour sack stencils with farmhouse style for the kitchen plus a tutorial on how easy it is to stencil on fabric.

Even the Miniature Cranberry Loaves rose so much higher in the oven than they normally do. They must have sensed how much fun I was having wearing my sassy red apron while listening to a Christmas party playlist.



A festive red apron stenciled with flour sack stencils with farmhouse style for the kitchen plus a tutorial on how easy it is to stencil on fabric.

But I couldn't stop at just the apron. At the time we were doing kitchen renos (reveal coming soon) and I needed artwork to hang above the island. So I used the same stencils on the glass of an old sash window formerly in my home office.



A festive red apron stenciled with flour sack stencils with farmhouse style for the kitchen plus a tutorial on how easy it is to stencil on fabric.

You'll find a tutorial on how to stencil fabric along with some tips on how to stencil glass further down in the post.



These are the stencils I used and I've included a link to each under the photos.



Flour Stone Milled Stencil - Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Flour Stencil



And the three thin lines G2L stencil, second from the top. In the fall I used the first G1L grain sack stencil on a DIY Farmhouse Table Riser and I quite like that design too.



Grain Sack Stripes Stencil Series - Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Grain Sack Stencil



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Do I Have To Wash The Fabric First?

Yes, you want to prewash and iron the fabric before stenciling. Once the garment is completely dry, iron the wrinkles out of the cotton apron with the cotton heat and steam settings.



What Kind Of Paint Should I Use To Stencil Fabric?

You can use fabric paint or multi-surface paint to stencil on fabric. OR you can do what I did and use regular acrylic craft paint and fabric medium. Whatever paint you decide to use make sure you give the bottle a good shake first.



Mix one part fabric medium to two parts paint in a small jar or container and stir well.



A festive red apron stenciled with flour sack stencils with farmhouse style for the kitchen plus a tutorial on how easy it is to stencil on fabric.

What Type Of Brush Should I Use To Stencil Fabric?

You can use a stencil brush with either flat or round bristles, a foam pouncer, or even a wedge make-up sponge. My preference is a round tip stencil brush like pictured above.



How To Stencil Fabric

Fold the apron in half, as pictured below to find the center point of the apron. Mark the top, bottom, and middle of the apron with white chalk.



A festive red apron stenciled with flour sack stencils with farmhouse style for the kitchen plus a tutorial on how easy it is to stencil on fabric.

Line up the registration marks on the stencil with the center chalk marks you made earlier. Hold the stencil in place with either painter's tape or stencil adhesive spray. I'm not a fan of the adhesive residue left on the back of the stencils so my preference is using tape.



A festive red apron stenciled with flour sack stencils with farmhouse style for the kitchen plus a tutorial on how easy it is to stencil on fabric.

Dip the tips of the stencil brush into the fabric paint and dab the excess onto a paper towel. This is the most important step as it determines whether the paint bleeds under the stencil. The goal is to NOT have a wet brush.



Pro-Tip

Start stenciling in the open part of the stencil rather than along the edges. This way if there is any excess paint on the brush it will be offloaded away from the edges of the stencil where paint bleed is prone to happen.



The photo above is after one coat of paint. You may need 2-3 coats, especially when stenciling with white paint on a dark fabric like my red apron. Either move the brush in a swirling circular motion or an up and down pouncing motion. Are you a stencil swirler or pouncer?  I'm both, depending on the intricacy of the stencil.



Remove the stencil before the last coat of paint dries and allow the paint to air dry for 24 hours. When the flour stencil was finished I stenciled grain sack stripes horizontally across the pocket of the apron.



A festive red apron stenciled with flour sack stencils with farmhouse style for the kitchen plus a tutorial on how easy it is to stencil on fabric.

How Do I Wash The Stenciled Apron?

The stencil should air-dry for 24 hours and must be heat set before it is washed.



To do this set your iron to the cotton heat setting and dry heat (no steam). Place a piece of clean white cotton fabric (I use an old pillowcase) or parchment paper over the stencil. Iron for 10-15 seconds before moving to the next stenciled area. Wait at least 24 hours before washing the apron inside out in cold water.



How To Stencil Glass

It is not difficult to stencil glass and I've included some helpful tips below.



What Kind Of Paint Do I Need To Paint On Glass?

You can use enamel, glass, chalk, or acrylic craft paint to stencil on glass.



Pro-Tip

Instead of paint, stencil the glass with a clear coat of Mod Podge sealer first. This will help the paint bond to the glass better and you'll require fewer coats of paint.


A festive red apron stenciled with flour sack stencils with farmhouse style for the kitchen plus a tutorial on how easy it is to stencil on fabric.

  • Before stenciling on the glass it should be cleaned first with either rubbing alcohol or vinegar and water.
  • Stenciling on the backside of the glass will create some shadowing. I kind of like the shadow reflected on the wall behind the stencil but it's something to be aware of first.
  • Position the stencil on the back of the glass backward (in reverse) and hold it in place with tape.
  • If you paint on the front of the glass, the paint should be protected afterward with a clear coat so it doesn't come off with regular cleaning.
  • Follow the same stencil steps mentioned in the fabric stencil tutorial earlier to prevent paint bleed. If you do get some paint bleed in some areas don't fret. Dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and carefully remove the paint.


Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today! I hope you were inspired by these stenciling tips. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!



If you enjoyed the stenciled farmhouse red apron or the stenciled window kitchen sign, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your stencil ideas or farmhouse decor board on Pinterest.




It's easy to stencil on fabric and glass with this easy to follow tutorial. Demonstrating how using the same Flour Stone Milled and Grain Sack Stripe stencils with farmhouse style on a red apron and vintage sash window glass. #stenciledaprons #farmhouseapron #redapron #stenciledglass #stenciledwindow

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  1. Adorable, Marie! And you look awesome and very stylish! I love your shoes!

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    1. Oh Gail, if you only knew what was going on under that apron and above the cropped neck. No one wants to see that braless, makeupless, hair strewn vision. LOL

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    1. Thanks Tania, I like the apron so much more with the stencil.

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  3. Red and aprons together?? Omigosh...you hit all my weak spots! Lovely.

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  4. :D Love your slippers and that red farmhouse apron Marie. Mmmmmmm now I'm wondering ..... if I wear my slippers will my baking skills will improve?

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    1. Well even if it doesn't, you'll have more fun baking while clad in a fancy apron and slippers! LOL

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  5. So cute, Marie! How fun to have new stenciled projects for your new kitchen! Pinned:)

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    1. Thanks Lora, I love having both on display in the kitchen and they were fun to make.

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  6. Gorgeous project Marie. I was on Funky Junk yesterday looking for stencils but didn't see what I wanted. I will be back with my plastic to order these grain stripe stencils. So much easier than fiddling with tape all the time. Pinning

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    1. Leanna, you will LOVE the grain sack stripe stencils for that reason. So much easier and quicker and they are the most used stencils in my collection.

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  7. I love this so much Marie! Perfect for baking Christmas cookies!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! It'll be getting a lot of use today and tomorrow but I also love having it on display in the kitchen.

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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  9. Marie, this is so cute and such a great idea. Look for your feature on Wednesday Charming Homes and Gardens Link Party!
    Rachel.

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  10. Oh Marie! This apron is just the cutest, and the slippers are the perfect accessory. So happy to have you as a Charming Homes and Gardens feature this week. Pinned.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim, for being so supportive of my work, it is very much appreciated! Happy New Year xo

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  11. This is such a great apron! I love the stencil you chose!

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    1. Thank you Candice! When I saw the stencil it was like it was begging to become a farmhouse apron. LOL

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  12. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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    1. Happy New Year, Marilyn, and thanks for the pin and share. xo

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  13. Wow Marie, this might be in your 2021 Top Posts for next year. I love this! Actually love all you do. Was watching the video at the top and kept saying, wait wait - I want to see that post but it went on to the next fabulous thing. You amaze me with your creativity and know how. Seriously!

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    1. You are just the little birdie I needed standing on my shoulder today, Cindy. LOL We all have our "I can do this days" and our "WTH am I doing days". Today is the later so your very kind comment made my day - thank you! xo

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  14. "braless, makeupless, hair strewn" I can identify.

    Red apron? I'm in! :-)

    Sheila

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    1. Ha, you saw that did you! Glad to hear I'm not the only one. LOL Happy New Year Sheila! xo

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  15. I love your tutorial...I do remember way back when there was oil based paints/cremes that were excellent for fabric stenciling. I wonder if they even exist anymore...But, kudos to stenciling multiple layers...biggest mistake is too much paint...Hugs, and have a Happy New Year, Sandi

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    1. Happy New Year Sandi, may it be much better than the first week. LOL Glad you enjoyed the stencil tutorial. You know, I don't even look for fabric paint anymore because it's so handy to use the craft paint in my stash with the fabric medium. The apron is holding up well after several washings. What can I say, I'm a messy cooker. LOL

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  16. This really is the cutest apron idea, Maria! SO suitable! Making this!

    Your project will be featured on this weekend's DIY Salvaged Junk! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thank you Donna, I'm glad you like it. As soon as I set eyes on that stencil I knew it was perfect for my red apron. I love having it on display in my kitchen, which it will be year round. Thank you so much for featuring it! xo

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  17. Marie,
    I love your red apron and you look adorable in it. Congratulations, you are being featured on Over The Moon Linky Party. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2021/01/over-moon-linky-party_7.html
    I hope you stop by.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. You are so kind, Bev, thanks for the sweet compliment AND the feature! xo

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  18. Just popping back in to let you know I'm featuring this apron on the Farmhouse Friday link party. I'm certain you'll have it featured at other parties but we love it the most. - Just sayin. :) Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. LOL, you crack me up Cindy. Thrilled to hear you'll be featuring it this week and it is very much appreciated. xo

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  19. This is just the cutest apron Marie!!! Perfect for when your cooking up a storm and a messy cook like me lol!!

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring it today, Sam, I'm thrilled! xo

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  20. What a fun apron! Perfect way to dress up a solid one. A couple years ago, I stenciled on a canvas bag (not well) with just acrylic paint, but turned out pretty good for my first time. What does the fabric medium add to the paint?

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

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    1. The fabric medium prevents the paint from feeling crunchy when it dries and flaking off over time. I've washed my apron a few times now and it's held up very well. I hope this helps!

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  21. Your farmhouse apron is gorgeous. I am inspired to try stenciling an apron too.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Kippi

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