When I talked about the burlap runners we’ll be having at the tables, I mentioned I might try to stencil them to indicate the table number. Since the runners were finished (sewing-wise) several weeks ago, I decided it was time to stencil them and call this project officially done. So when I stumbled upon this tutorial for numbered burlap placemats, via iDIY, which included the link to the free font they used, I decided to give it a go. I love the font and it is perfect for stenciling (because if I were to use a more traditional one, when I cut the number 8 for example, I would be hard to cut out the holes. I hope that makes sense…)
Anyway, the first thing I did was to download the font, CutOutlsFLF. I created a document and typed all numbers 1 through 9 (since we’ll be having 9 tables, tops). I measured the tip of the burlap runner to make sure I used an appropriate font size (I ended up using something like 500pt or 600pt – until the numbers measured about 7 inches in height). Then I had to decide what color I would be using. I was hesitating between white and black but after seeing the original tutorial I liked the black so I went with that. Plus, it was easier because it meant I could use a Sharpie, and the numbers are probably more visible in black than in white. I printed the first sheet of paper (numbers 1 and 2) in case I decided I wanted them bigger or something went wrong, and after doing the first runner I printed the rest of them.
With the number printed in a thick piece of paper, I cut out the first stencil using scissors (the original tutorial uses an X-acto knife but I didn’t have one, so I cut carefully using scissors and it was fine). Then I placed it on top of the runner where I wanted it to be – centered on the tip and as low as possible but still leaving an inch or so for breathing room on each side. I sort of eye-balled where I wanted it to be, but since I stenciled the number on both tips of each runner I was careful so that they’re all placed more or less at the same distance from the edges.
I taped the stencil where I wanted it and traced the edges with the black Sharpie. When the edges were traced, I removed the stencil and colored the inside – you’ll probably want to be careful and place another sheet of paper between the runner and the table you’re using since the marker can bleed through the fabric.
Once the first side was done I did the other one using the same stencil, and then I started with the second one – again, same process: cut the stencil, tape it to the runner, trace it, remove stencil, color the inside, repeat. When I was doing number six I realized that it was exactly the same as number 9 but rotated 180º, so there’s no need to cut the 9th stencil! Just use the number 6.
And here they are, all done! I love how they turned out. What do you think?