Screen Print Fabric and Sew a Clutch
Intermediate | 37 min 12 sec
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Jen Hewett walks you through the process of screen printing from start to finish, and then shares how to sew a clutch from your custom-printed fabric. You will learn how to make four different print designs on a screen and how to print your fabric using a variety of two-color print combinations. Once you’ve custom-printed your own fabric, take it to the sewing machine to construct a simple, bold clutch using a patchwork technique—a great way to showcase all of your fabric designs on one accessory.
Here’s what you’ll need:
For Screen Printing:
  • Four pieces of 5 ½” x 10” acetate or translucent velum
  • One large piece of acetate or translucent velum for print alignment
  • 10” print squeegee (or at least the width of your film)
  • Rag
  • Packing tape
  • Masking tape
  • Paintbrushes to create your design (Jen uses a few smaller-sized paintbrushes)
  • Opaque ink (India Ink and Rapidograph Ink work best)
  • Small container for ink
  • Fabric printmaking ink in at least three different colors
  • Emulsion for screen
  • Degreaser and bristle brush to prep new screens
  • Muslin for test fabric
  • Light-colored fabric for printing (such as medium-weight linen, cotton-linen blend, or quilting cotton), cut into eight 5 ½” x 10” pieces
  • Popsicle stick or spatula for stirring ink
  • Paint scraper
  • Scoop-coater for applying emulsion
  • Small screen (Jen uses a 25” x 31” 110 mesh-count screen with a metal frame)
  • Batting (large enough to fit under your screen)
  • Hinge-clamps to hold screen
  • Hose or sink to rinse screen between prints
  • For Sewing:
  • Printed fabric (eight pieces of 5.5”x10” fabric)
  • 9” zipper
  • Sewing machine
  • Zipper foot for sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Muslin for the lining, cut into two 10” x 11” pieces
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter
  • Snips
  • Scissors
  • Leather lacing or thin ribbon and decorative bead for the zipper pull (optional)
  • Cutting mat
  • Quilting ruler
  • Iron and ironing surface
Learn how to:
  • Prepare a screen for silk screening
  • Create four designs on acetate
  • Transfer designs onto a screen
  • Screen-print fabric using four different designs, including a two-color design option
  • Cut and sew prints into a patchwork design to sew a clutch
  • Insert a zipper
  • Insert lining
  • Add a zipper pull with a decorative bead
What you'll get:
  • Detailed instruction on the process of screen printing custom fabric
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Jen Hewett
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Beverly Hilbert
September 22, 2022
Kathy Tamai
I loved this project but will need to find a place where I can screen print. I can't wait to try this!
More than 3 months ago
Great class! Can't wait to try this myself.
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