I’m a huge fan of the herringbone pattern that originated with the classic weave especially on floors, walls, and in fabric patterns too (did you know it’s named after the skeleton of a herring?) I love the modern spin with a vertical stripe running through the short diagonal stripes and colorized in two or more offset shades.
The other day I was in one of my creative moods so I painted a modern herringbone pattern with some fabric paint and stencil tape on a flour sack then stitched it up into a fall accent pillow.
I used Martha’s fabric medium and acrylic craft paints since I wanted a combination of rich caramel and taupe gray. I also grabbed a large flour sack towel at my local mom and pop hardware store – they carry stacks of them in their kitchen department for $3. Martha’s stencil tape was what I used to create the pattern, the product is designed for holding stencils in place but also perfect for creating stripes!
It’s a pretty basic pattern that doesn’t have to be exact, I eyeballed it as I went along but if you’re uncertain, you can use a small measuring tape. To make the center stripes, I cut the tape in half and ran it down the length of the flour sack cotton fabric to form three dividing lines.
I didn’t measure any angles, I just started by placing one strip across the middle at an angle connecting the thin middle stripes and then mimicking that all the way down the fabric. Creating the entire pattern took about 15 minutes, it goes fast once you get started!
Don’t worry about minor creases in your fabric, you can iron the back of it later after the paint dries, but if you prefer to work with wrinkle free fabric then use the iron first.
I mixed up the ratio of paint and fabric medium and started sponging the colors one at a time in an offset pattern. Do two coats for full coverage.
Allow it to dry for a minimum of 6-8 hours and then peel up the tape! The pattern would make a beautiful table runner for Thanksgiving!
Or a pretty tea towel for your kitchen.
I was curious about how steadfast the paint would be if I washed it and good news, a wash on a delicate cycle with detergent didn’t change the pattern.
It dried on my laundry rack and a quick press with the iron brought it back to life but be sure to iron on the non-painted side.
Are you a fan of the herringbone pattern too? It’s easy to recreate with craft paint, fabric medium, tape, and some cotton fabric!