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Hand Painted Ombre Chevron Border Fabric Skirt

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Today I am sharing how I made this sweet Ombre Chevron Border Fabric using Shape Tape. (This post brought to you by FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape, but all opinions, photos and the tutorial are 100% mine.)

I had found this little yellow cardigan when I was out shopping the other day and added it to my basket on a whim, the color was just to pretty to resist.  I love yellow for spring.  The color is so bright and pretty, I just want to use it everywhere!

Once I got back home, I realized my daughter did not have anything in her closet to go with the sweater.  A skirt was the perfect solution and it would be a great opportunity to try out the FrogTape® Shape Tape™

I used the chevron Shape Tape to make the chevron pattern and I hand-mixed yellow and white fabric paint to get the three shades of yellow.  My Cupcake Skirt pattern is the pattern I used to sew the skirt.  (It’s a free pattern on my blog and comes in sizes 18 mo to 8 yrs.  Here is the link if you would like to use it too, but almost any skirt pattern will work: Cupcake Skirt Tutorial and pattern.)

Make this DIY ombre chevron border fabric with chevron Shape Tape and fabric paint. #FrogTape

Have you seen the Shape Tape™ from FrogTape®?  It’s a pre-cut painter’s tape in a repeating pattern, and comes in scallop, chevron and wave shapes.  A couple of years ago, I used fabric paint and regular tape to create a chevron.  The pillow came out looking great, but creating chevrons by hand was certainly more time consuming that using pre-cut chevron painters tape.

Would you like to try creating an ombre chevron pattern on fabric for your next sewing project? (or just a regular ol’ chevron.)  Here’s how I did it:

Materials needed:

  • Fabric
  • FrogTape® Shape Tape™
  • Fabric paint (I used the Tulip brand soft mate)
  • plastic or cardboard to protect your surface
  • Ruler
  • Disappearing fabric chalk or fabric maker


Step 1:  Wash dry and iron fabric.

Step 2:  Cover your work area with plastic or cardboard and lay out the fabric.

Step 3:  Determine placement of your chevrons.  To do this, I tore off the length of shape tape needed and just played with the tape until I was happy with the placement.

Step 4:  To keep your chevron straight across the fabric, use a ruler and mark the placement of the first tape.

Step 5: Remove the backing from the top of the shape tape, and apply to fabric. Once you get the tape where you want it, remove backing from the bottom of the tape.

Step 6: Use a flat edge to press along the edge of the tape to lock it in place.

Step 7:  Mix your 1st color and paint on fabric using a foam brush.

Step 8: Once the paint is dry from the 1st chevron color, apply the tape the same way as above and paint the second color.

Step 9.  Repeat steps 5 through 8 until you have used all your colors.

Step 10.  Remove the tape and follow the directions of the fabric paint on how to set/dry/wash your fabric

So cute and perfect for spring, don’t you think? Like this project? Don’t forget to pin it!      

I’m currently redoing my craft room, so my next project with the Chevron Tape is for a trio of chevron canvases as artwork for my walls.  What would you use the  Shape Tape™ to create?

Visit the FrogTape® page for more FrogTape how-to here, or you can follow FrogTape® on Twitter.


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  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! How adorable!! I am totally with you on yellow. This looks totally do-able, even for me lol. If you have a moment, would you please link this to my Monday Morning Madness party? Please and thank you.
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  2. How did I not know that there was such a thing as Shape Tape! What an awesome tool!

  3. Very cute. I've never seen it done this way. Pinned it!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. How pretty! The skirt looks beautiful, love the bright cheery yellow!

  5. This is so cute! I always want to play with fabrics and DIY textiles, but never seem to get around to it. I didn't know this tape existed! I pinned this post to my textiles board- all my "I want to do it someday" fabric design projects live there:)