With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to think about making an extra special gift for dad! Recently, I shared how easy it is to personalize an apron using heat transfer vinyl and a Cricut machine, but what happens if you don’t happen to have those supplies on hand? Never fear, you can still create a one-of-a-kind apron using fabric paint instead! Here’s how…
Blank apron (I used these polyester ones from Amazon)
Step 1: Plan your design.
If you like, you can even lightly pencil it onto the apron as a guide. I decided on the words “Grill King,” decorated with a crown and a spatula.
Step 2: Prepare the apron.
First, pre-wash the apron, then iron it to remove any wrinkles. Lay it on a flat surface with a piece of cardstock or newspaper underneath in case the paint bleeds through the fabric.
Step 3: Paint!
Use your small brushes and the Fabric Creations paint to create your design.
Pro Tip: I like to use a writing style that combines lowercase and capital letters that aren’t meant to sit in a straight line. This gives it a whimsical feel and takes away the pressure of lining up every letter perfectly!
See how some letters drift higher or lower than others? Some tilt slightly left, while others tilt right or stand straight. It’s a fun effect and much easier than trying to get everything perfectly aligned. I also alternated colors.
Step 4: Heat set your fabric paint.
First, allow the paint to dry overnight. Then, heat your iron (or heat press) to the highest setting allowed for the type of fabric your apron is made of. Place the project decorated-side up and lay a pressing cloth on top. Without using steam, press the decorated fabric area for 30 seconds, lift the iron and move to another section. Continue until the entire design has been heat set.
Now, your apron is ready to gift and to use! It’s machine washable and you’ll be surprised just how soft and flexible the painted area is compared to other fabric paints you may have used before. Dad is sure to love being king of the grill with this personal present! Be sure to check out these other Father’s Day Gift Ideas too: