Pick your pattern
If you’re artistically blessed, you can simply freehand a drawing for your stencil. If you’re more like the rest of us, you’ve still got options. Look online for a simple line drawing, or find a pattern you like on a T-shirt, wrapping paper, or anything else that catches your eye. Wrong size? Just photocopy the image to blow it up or shrink it.
Draw it on
Use a Sharpie to trace the design onto thick plastic craft-store material. Or, if you’re using a design from the computer, just print it out and trace it onto the special paper.
Cut it out
Now it’s time for the X-Acto knife: Use it to carefully cut around the traced design and -- voila! -- you’ve got your stencil.
You can also learn how to frame your fabric.
Nestpert: Jennifer Bertrand, season three Design Star winner.