» ¼yd each of at least 4 different
fabrics Use as many as you like;
a mix of prints and solids makes a
» Quilting ruler
» Rotary cutter (optional)
» Cutting mat (optional)
» Sewing machine and thread
» 3yds extra-wide double-fold
bias tape, ½" wide
» 5"× 7" wood block You can use scraps
or find this in the unfinished wood
section of the craft store.
» 9"× 12" sheet of craft foam
» Glue I used Perfect Glue Formula 1.
» Acrylic paint in desired colors If
you plan on washing the banner, use
fabric paint such as Jacquard Textile
Color and be sure to set it when you’re
finished printing. Otherwise, cheaper
acrylic paint is fine.
» 1"-wide foam paintbrushes
» Point turner (optional)
» X-Acto knife (optional)
Fig. A: Use the paper template to cut shapes from the
foam. Fig. B: Glue the foam shapes to the wood block.
Make the Stamp
1. Print the cupcake template available at
Use a point turner if you have one to help turn out
the corners. Press.
2. Place the paper template over the foam sheet
and cut out each shape (Figure A). For the candle,
first cut the outer shape, then cut out the inside.
You may want to use an X-Acto knife for this step.
3. Glue the foam shapes to the wood block (Figure B)
and allow them to cure for at least 1 hour. While you
let the stamp cure, continue on to the fabric flags.
Print the Flags
6. To make printing easier, decide which color of
paint to use for each flag and group them accordingly. You may want to slide a piece of cardboard
inside each flag as you print it to make sure the
paint won’t bleed through, and it’s a good idea to
practice on some scraps first to get the best results.
Photography by Linda Permann
Make the Flags
4. Cut twelve 11"× 8" rectangles of fabric (Figure C,
7. Starting with the lightest color, apply a coat of
paint to the stamp with the foam brush (Figure E).
Center the stamp over a flag and press it down for
10 seconds (Figure F). Remove the stamp to reveal
5. Fold each rectangle in half lengthwise with right
sides together and press. Stitch around 1 short and
1 long side of each flag using a ½" seam. Trim the
seam allowance to ¼", clip the corners close to the
edge, and turn each flag right side out (Figure D).
8. Repeat Step 7 to print more flags with the same
paint color. Reapply paint between each stamping
for best results. Make sure there’s no paint clumped
on the sides of the foam, or you may end up with a