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Add Shimmer to a No-Sew Summer Wrap

Brush, stamp, or stencil metallic paint onto an organza panel
Threads #222, Summer 2023

Summer dressing, for me, tends to fall into the relaxed, easy-to-wear realm. But sometimes I want a look that feels special, even if it’s not a traditional special-occasion outfit. That was the inspiration for this  wrap: It’s light as a feather, has a bit of shine and texture, and can be worn in a number of ways. 

This wrap is made with nothing more than silk organza and fabric paint. My first idea was to create a perfectly geometric, linear pattern with a paintbrush. Instead, I found that applying the paint with a foam stamp created irregular motifs I liked much better. I then cut along two edges of each motif so that, when the scarf is twisted or wrapped, the stamped marks stand up slightly, adding texture. The paint seeped through the fabric so both faces shimmer.

I’ll show you some methods I tried, and I encourage you to experiment with paint colors, motif sizes and shapes, and cutting configurations. 

Select Your Materials

You’ll need fabric and paint, as well as painting and cutting tools. Check your craft supplies, as you may be able to make do with items you already have in your collection.


Silk organza is available in dozens of colors (EmmaOneSock.com), and two yards yields two large, 20-inch-by-72-inch scarves. Tear across the ends to straighten them. 

You can also use polyester organza; it has a glassy shine, which gives a different effect. Chiffon and georgette aren’t ideal, as the painted motifs stiffen the fabric.


For fabric paint, I like Lumiere by Jacquard (DharmaTrading.com). It’s easy to apply and to clean up and sets with heat. 

Finer, consistent lines are achievable with a DecoFabric marker (DharmaTrading.com). The markers don’t deliver as thick a coating, however, so…

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