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Easy Batik tutorial

Last year around this time (Thanksgiving on the mind) I got it in my head that I wanted to make a special Batik tablecloth for Thanksgiving. I wanted to get an inexpensive drop cloth and go crazy customizing it with patterns and prayers of thanksgiving.
That never happened because I was afraid of the mess I’d make melting wax.

How to Make a Faux Batik Table Cloth


Regular Elmer’s glue or blue gel glue

Rit dye

The Elmer’s glue works as the resist (alt to melting wax)

Step 1: Trace a design or draw it freehand using the squeezable white Elmer’s glue. Let the glue dry completely.

Step 2: Then dye your fabric according to the directions on the dye box.

Step 3: You may need to rewash your fabric to get all the glue out.


I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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3 Responses to Easy Batik tutorial

  1. Laura September 25, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Sooo cool! Dying to break out the glue bottle now!
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  2. Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab September 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial. Can’t wait to give this project a try.
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  3. Jeanne September 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Whoa! What a simple, easy technique! And if that T-shirt in the photo is what you can do with this, I am really impressed! I’m trying this for sure! Thanks for the tutorial.

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