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Plaid Fabric Tutorial by AllFades Plaid Fabric Tutorial by AllFades
So I've had a few people ask me how I made Finny's pants, more specifically the plaid fabric the pants were made from. Since my Anchor tutorial seemed to be helpful I decided to do one for making plaid fabric as well.

Hope this helps someone! I'd love to know if it does so I know that the time making this was well spent. =) And again if anyone has any questions feel free to ask, I'll respond as soon as I can!

Good luck!

Edit - I forgot the put in the tutorial that you when you paint (kind of obvious so I didn't put it) it's just a thin layer enough to cover the fabric but still be able to see the weave under the layer.
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moonlightwolf52 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hello! I may be a little late here but do you have any idea on how I'd make something like this but without using stripes? I need sort of a 'picnic blanket' style but with blue,yellow,white, and orange squares instead of just red and white. I can't find a fabric like this anywhere so I'm assuming I'll have to craft my own, any advice would be wonderful!
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AllFades Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes! You can do the same thing with squares I recently made my own checkerboard print you do it the same way with measuring and taping off the areas to paint.  What you should do is color the pattern you want on a piece of paper and then plan out how big you want the squares and then go one color at a time.  Otherwise it's about the same =)  If you need I have pictures of how I did the checkerboard and can put them up for you to see =)  Let me know! Hope this isn't too late for you sorry! 
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Kyuukochii Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
I love you for this tutorial, since I'll be working with plaid soon and I'll have to resort to this if I can't find the exact kind I want! :happybounce: 

I'm a little confused about the tape part though.
Did you use just plain old duck-tape, or something special for fabric?  Sweating a little... 
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AllFades Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I'm glad you can use the info! I used masking tape that you used on walls when painting! I made sure I got the kind that sticks really well though because you'll need to be careful that the paint won't seep under the tape to make your lines wonky.  Just get the kind that sticks well and then make sure you press it down well on the edges and you should be fine! You might want to test it first to make sure you can figure it out too! =) Hope that helps!
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Mio-Kitsui Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much. this will come in handy for my nanami haruka skirt <3
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Lovecharmed Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Thank you very much ;w;
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Ronigirl Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is amazing!  I love it! <3  I think I'm going to try this with acrylic paint and fabric medium. :)
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ShadowYin-Yang Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I was planning on making Finny for Halloween and I was getting frustrated because of the stupid pants! But someone directed me to your tutorial and I'm all "WHAT IS THIS MAGIC?!" 

Ah, you life-saver. orz. 
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AllFades Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! I'm glad it helped! =)
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Miladayday Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Does the paint fade over time?
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AllFades Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not really, it's pretty much like any screen painted t-shirt. =)
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Squibbers Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Those pants look amazing! You did a fantastic job! I really want to try this method on my Stocking (Panty & Stocking) school uniform skirt. :3
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AllFades Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should! It'd worked great for all kinds of patterns I've needed to make over time~
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SpinkellaSapphire Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I wanted to do a plait fabric myself, but sadly I don't think we have that kind of fabric paint in our country. v___v
I was thinking bias tape. Lots of it. But since I don't have a working machine, I don't know really.
This looks like a lot of work. I hope it didn't tire you bad. ^^ If I do decide on this, the pleated skirt I need would be easier to do. :D
Thanks for sharing!
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AllFades Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This method works with really any kind of fabric paint as long as you get the kind that's meant to act like a screen print instead of like puffy paint if that makes sense? Your country probably has something similar! =D  I hope you can find what you want if you do decide to try it~
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SpinkellaSapphire Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
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I think I understand. Thanks! I'll try my best, I think I have some ideas for this textile paint! :)
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toxiccandymanson Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I needed this :)
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Marabunny Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Hi I want to make Borsalino Kizaru cosplay from one piece and I wanted to know if I should buy the fabric light yellow and paint the lines golden or buy the fabric golden and paint the lines light yellow?
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AllFades Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I can tell you right off the bat that it's usually easier to paint a darker color onto a lighter one then vise versa so I'd paint the golden lines on a light yellow fabric =)
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Marabunny Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Thank you so much! ^-^

awesome tutorial! :D
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AllFades Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem! Hope it's helpful~
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Cattibalistic Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm going to cosplay Finny someday, so this is perfect!!!
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AllFades Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Hope it helps!
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terezigrell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg your crazy
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AllFades Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha! But I like perfection! =D
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ninjaneko93 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
OMG THANK YOU!! This is going to help me out sooo much :3
Um also what type of fabric did you use?
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AllFades Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!! I'm so sorry for the late reply! You can do this with any fabric I used plain cotton in this and it did show on the other side but it wasn't a problem for me but I've also done it with twill and poly blends so you can use whatever fabric you need for the job just remember if it's thinner fabric you may be able to see the paint through on the other side so do a test to see how it works first! =D hope that helps!
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elissamelissa96 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh and some questions...
What tape did you use?
Does any kind of tape works and what tape would you suggest to use for this project?
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AllFades Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely just used masking tape, just make sure you rub all the edges down so the paint will be less likely to seep under it. =)
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elissamelissa96 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. Thank you for the reply. If I ever did paint the fabric, I'd definitely will use your tutorial and I'll link back to you. :3
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elissamelissa96 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for making this tutorial. I've been looking for this like forever. This has helped me in so many ways. Thanks again
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AllFades Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem! =) I glad it could help!
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MidnightDestiny04 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ZOMG!! :iconshockedplz:
This is so awesome!!
Darn it!! I want my sewing machine nao!!
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linami Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
you have so much determination!
and it turned out beautiful!
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AllFades Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! =)
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Aiika Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student General Artist
This might actually be helpful to me a WHOLE lot. I'm making myself an Alice madness returns cosplay and i just can't find the right charcoal coloured black pinstriped fabric. can find it the other way around, or with lighter ones, but can't find black striped charcoal one<< was thinking of sewing the lines but I'll probably cut the pattern and make the stripes on it accordingly. Gota see if i can find myself the proper pain and do some tests since i need the stripes pretty thin.
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Robotic-change Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was just wondering, what is the name of the pattern that you used?
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AllFades Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh...I don't remember anymore sorry. It was just a pattern for jeans I think though. Sorry.
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Robotic-change Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its ok ^^
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AlcheaNemesis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
A wonderful cosplay!! *-* And a awesome tutorial, but... Can I ask you something?

How do you manage to use only the layer enouch to cover the fabric? I'm paiting in a blue skirt with white... So I'm afraid of need many paint, or putting so much, and lose quality.

Thanks, really ^^
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AllFades Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It does make a difference if you are doing darker colors on lighter fabric or vis versa. You'll want to add enough to cover the blue for sure just try to add enough to cover but not so it's bloby if that makes sense. Like just enough that the blue is covered and you may end up having to do a second coat. I had to do gold on blue for one and I had the same problem, some of the paint did want to flake a little bit but I haven't noticed it doing it anymore than the first time washing it, I hate to say it's trial and error but it is a little bit. I hope that helps some. Good luck! And feel free to keep asking if I'm not good enough at explaining I'll try again ^^;
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AlcheaNemesis Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
I'm thinking in a paint roller, for control >_<

Thanks!! *-* Yeah, I will ask in the future, probably. Now I don't have the fabric >_<
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kakashifanchiyo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
woah very creative :O when I made my Finny trousers, I sewed every streak onto it with hand <.< haha next time I will use this result! XD
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AllFades Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you but oh wow! I almost think that's more work then what I ended up doing owo good job!
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TheRoachSalad Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Its amazing just by all the work you've done with this!
youre very awesome C:
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AllFades Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I just hope it helps people =)
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DatAznKid Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So wait, I'm kinda confused. You used bias tape and painted over it with simply screen fabric paint and let it dry. And then you ironed it on there? Like you didn't sew it on there or anything? Please relpy, because I really need help. :P
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AllFades Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No, no bias tape at all. You go and get like masking tape to mask out the areas you don't want painted then you paint the area left uncovered with the fabric paint. Once the paint is dry you can peel off the tape and then iron the paint to heat set it into the fabric so you can wash it like normal fabric. Does that help?
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DatAznKid Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That helps A LOT. Thank you very much! I understand it completely now! You're like, THE ONLY tutorial on plaids I can find. I'm so happy. :D
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AllFades Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh good! I'm so glad I helped! I love making things but I really love helping other people make things too! =) I hope it turns out beautifully!
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