Woodland Creatures Stenciled Skirt

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Learn how to stencil fabric and make your little one an adorable stenciled skirt.  Skirt tutorial includes measurements for sizes 2 to 8.

See how to make an adorable and original skirt using fabric paint and stencils!

I was shopping at Hobby Lobby a while back and came across this adorable stencil.  I loved the heart details on little tree and animals.  I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but for $2.99, I tossed it in my basket and would figure it out later…


I’ve been contemplating my next project, I thought it might be another Sienna Dress.  I’d ordered some cute new knit fabrics for a fall themed dress and have been patiently waiting for them to be delivered.


(Actually, 12 days later, it turns out Fex Ex has completely lost this package…  33 yards of premium and gorgeous knit fabrics – gone!  They are still searching around the “overgoods” department. {The overgoods department is kind of like their lost and found.} Really though, where could the package have gone?  It was supposed to be on a truck from California to Texas, but somehow, mysteriously disappeared.  Did they forget to bolt the back of the truck, and it just “fell” out?  )


Has this ever happened to anyone else?  As I type this little rant, it is currently 9:30 pm on Friday and Fed Ex promised me a call back.  Think I’ve gotten that call?



Anyway, I am sure you remember the little stenciled dress I did for Plaid recently.  That dress came out so cute, I was completely inspired to do another fabric stencil project.  The woodland creatures stencils would be perfect!


I don’t have very many solid fabrics in my stash, but I did have a XXL pumpkin orange t-shirt.  (The t-shirt was described as Burnt Texas Orange on Amazon, but whoever named the color must have been colorblind, because the color is clearly pumpkin orange!)


To make this skirt, I basically followed my flirty fall skirt tutorial with just a minor change in the skirt.  I wanted the bottom of the skirt to be super-full to show off the stencils and I made a casing for the waistband instead of sewing the elastic directly to the fabric.


how to stencil on fabric


If you want to make a similar skirt use these fabric measurements instead:

Sizes 2 to 4: 
Waist band: should be 3.5 inches tall by the waist measurement + 4.
Main skirt fabric: should be your length measurement (+.75 inches for seam allowances and hem) by 48 inches wide.

Sizes 5 to 8:
Waist band: should be 3.5 inches tall by the waist measurement + 4.
Main skirt fabric: should be your length measurement (+.75 inches for seam allowances and hem) by 55 inches wide.

The waistband casing was a standard casing using 3/4 inch elastic.  (If you need help on how to make a casing, check out this tutorial.)

diy stenciled skirt

So cute right?  It took me an hour or two to finish the stenciling only because I was using the bottom of a t-shirt and had to let one side dry before flipping it over and stenciling the other side.  If you were to use regular fabric, you could sew the skirt together on one side, stencil the fabric and then sew the other side of the skirt together.


The stenciling is really easy, just make sure to put a piece of cardboard under your fabric and don’t start out with too much paint on the dauber.  Line up the stencil along the bottom edge of your fabric and go to town!


how to stencil on fabric
I do plan on making at least one more of these stenciled skirts.  Maybe for her birthday.  I’m thinking cupcakes on a hot pink skirt…  What do you think?


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  1. oh, that's adorable! so perfect for fall! I want one in my size 🙂

  2. How adorable!!! Your daughter is so pretty and a little top model 🙂
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  3. Katie @ Creatively Living says:

    Love the skirt! Beautiful pictures too! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday. Pinning it to our board.

  4. caseperlatesta says:

    sooo sweet! I've to try!

  5. Felecia Cofield says:

    Hi Jamie! Your daughter is adorable and so is the skirt! The color is so pretty for Fall, and the woodland animals are too cute! I think a pink skirt with cupcakes is a great idea! Hope your fabric gets to you soon! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week! Blessings from Bama!

  6. Jill Shepherd says:

    What a beautiful skirt!!! Love the idea of stencilling on the fabric.
    And I do hope FedEx finds your fabric!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  7. This is precious! I think I may have to give this a try. =)

  8. Jenya @ While she was sleeping says:

    oh! love it!

  9. The Sparkle Queen says:

    I want one! 🙂 I think cupcakes on hot pink would be so cute, can't wait to see that!

  10. Our Pinteresting Family says:

    Absolutely adorable

  11. Jessica Anderson says:

    I love this SO much!!!

  12. srpprcrftr says:

    How in the heck does anybody lose 33 yds. of fabric? Unless they delivered to wrong address? Sounds like you need to keep bugging them or they'll conveniently forget about your pkg. Can we trust anybody with our fabric anymore? That had to amount to a nice amount, can you reorder if they reimburse you? Sure hope so. What a bummer.
    Your skirt and stenciling are cuter than a new puppy, so's your very sophisticated model. You are a savvy sewer gal. I used to make lots of clothes for my kids, no kids to make clothes for anymore. Youngest grand daughters are 16 and 13 now so they're not interested in what Grama can make for them anymore. Your placement of the stenciled images is great, not too much and not too little. We were just at Walmart and HL tonight, do you think I remembered to look at stencils? Of course not, won't be going back to town now til payday on 23rd. Keep us posted on your lost fabric ok? Hope it shows up really soon. Call FedEx back and give 'em the devil. Happy weekend

  13. Such a cute skirt! I love how you placed the animal stencils. You have inspired me to try something like this as I am a complete beginner to sewing.

  14. amy mayen says:

    Such a cute skirt!!! The whole outfit- it's very kid couture. I'm trying to think of the word I want, it feels very fashiony like something my daughter would wear and love, and the rare outfit that we'd agree on! Great pics too:)
    33 yards lost? I'd get ugly, they just don't know how we feel about our fabric do they?!

  15. Wow, love it! I had a package of knits get lost in a train derailment by ups but they found them eventually.

  16. Your daughter and the skirt are adorable! Love the color no matter what they called it. Great job and thanks for showing us how you did it!