How to Make a Block Print Table Runner

Try your hand at this 2,000-year-old printing technique.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time

1 hour or less

Skill level
Beginner
Time
1 hour or less
Written By

Courtney Weston

Always Rooney

Written By

Courtney Weston

Always Rooney

Block printing originated in China nearly 2,000 years ago. This ancient art yields beautiful detailed patterns formed by hand-carved blocks. In this project, you'll get an introduction to the printing process and learn you how to make your very own table runner. Ready to try printing?

You will need

You might already have

Paper bag
 

Step 1: Measure and cut fabric

Measure the linen to 12 in. / 30 cm. x 60 in. / 152 cm. or to the measurements of your table. Use a ruler to draw a line to guide your scissors. Tip: Iron your fabric before to ensure you get an accurate measurement and an evenly printed design.
 
Cut the linen along the line.
 

Step 2: Roll out ink

Pour ink out onto the paper bag. Cover your rubber brayer by rolling it back and forth in the ink.
 

Step 3: Ink your stamp

Transfer the ink to the stamp by rolling the ink-covered brayer back and forth on the surface of the block stamp. Rotate the stamp and roll the ink on again to ensure the whole stamping surface is covered.
 

Step 4: Begin stamping

Fold the linen in half to find the center. Line the stamp up with the center and press firmly. Pull the stamp away slowly and evenly.
 

Step 5: Create a pattern

Before stamping the table runner again, roll the brayer in ink and re-ink the stamp. Press the stamp firmly beside the first stamp impression. Continue stamping to create a pattern all the way across the table runner until you reach the end.
 

Step 6: Allow to dry

Allow the ink to dry fully before using. If specified on your fabric ink packaging, heat-set the ink to your fabric. Hand wash and line dry.
 

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About the Author
Courtney Weston

I’m Courtney, I love creating anything and everything. Because of this, I started a DIY blog called Always Rooney where I share tutorials of home decor projects. I joined my love for making and business in 2013 by opening my first Etsy shop where I sell leather travel accessories. I love that my job allows me to make for others, but I still have time to try new things and stretch my creativity. When I’m not making, I am usually cuddled up with my husband and puppy at home or out mini golfing.