Leaf Printing Revisited

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been spending a lot of time weeding and mulching. When I finish weeding I take all of the weeds down to the bottom of our property which is a wooded area. On the edge of the “bottoms” are several sassafras trees. Every time I take loads down there I admire the leaves. When I think about leaf printing I think about fall leaves, but why not go ahead and print some of these now?

If you would like more information on leaf printing, check out my tutorial HERE. I’ll attach the link to my You Tube tutorial at the end of this post.


I usually use Jacquard Textile Paints. I love how they look on fabric. For the first several pieces of fabric they worked great. However, I had purchased some Artistic Artifacts Fluid Textile Paints awhile back and decided to see how they would do. I was concerned that they might be too thin, but I was wrong.

I liked how I could squirt they right on my palette. And the colors were beautiful. I loved how the colors blended depending what paint was left on the leaf.

When printing I wasn’t concerned about the placement on the fabric. All I needed was enough room to sew each leaf and then cut out.

I let them dry overnight and then ironed on interfacing. I tried several and decided I liked Pellon SF101 best. It gives the leaves stability, but they aren’t real stiff.

Then it was on to the sewing machine. I added a Supreme Slider to my machine to help with the free motion action. I also like using those gloves. I chose gray thread. I wanted the thread to show the veins, but not stand out.

I sewed some of the leaf veins and then outlined them.

Then cut them out.

I had so much fun doing this that I had another printing session.

So now I have this big bunch of leaves!

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them. I could make them into a wreath, add them to a hat, purse or shirt, make them into a scarf, or add them to an art piece. For right now I’m just enjoying them and listening to see where they want to go.

Here is that video I made awhile back on leaf printing. If you are reading this blog via email, you will need to come to the blog to watch it.

So much fun!

I’m linking up today with Off The Wall Friday and Finished or Not Friday. Check out the link for other creativity!