DIY Tribal Leggings Tutorial

Leggings!! Let me tell you how much I love leggings! I love to wear them myself and I love to put them on my cute little Desi Jane! With fall coming, they are the perfect addition to any wardrobe because they can be paired with almost anything. Especially with babies! They’re great over onesies, with a shirt, or layered under a skirt or dress. When Silhouette announced the new Stamping Kit, I knew immediately what I was going to do to all Desi’s little leggings…turn them into the cutest Tribal leggings! So cheap and easy to do. I’ll show you how!

DIY Tribal Leggings

DIY tribal leggings

I love snagging cheap leggings at my fave store {you know, the one with the bullseye ;) for around $5 or less. Add a design or pattern using my Silhouette CAMEO + the new Stamp making kit = designer leggings on the cheap! Plus, it took only a few minutes to do.

tribal leggingsHere’s how I made DIY Tribal Leggings for my little one….

How to Make Tribal Leggings

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1. Design what pattern/shape you’d like to cut for a stamp in the Silhouette Studio Software. I chose a simple arrow. {designs that have thick lines or are an outline of a shape work best.} Then put the stamp material onto the stamp cutting mat {comes in the stamp kit}. Don’t stretch the stamp material! Simply press straight down when applying it to the cutting mat. Then load into your Portrait or Cameo.

*Note: If you are using a Cameo, you’ll need to move over the white rubber roller to the 8″ setting, as shown above.

2. Cut with your Silhouette cutting tool on the “Stamp Material” setting OR change your settings to Speed: 1, Thickness: 19, and Blade: 9.

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3. After your Silhouette has cut the design, remove the excess stamp material.

*Note: the blade may not cut all the way through the stamp material, but it will break away easily where it should. Just be careful when picking out a slender design as it can rip past the cut….Yes, I know this from experience! 

4. Apply the stamp material to one of the clear stamp blocks provided in the Stamp Kit. The lines on the blocks are great to help line up your design.

*Note: It does NOT matter which side of the stamp material you put against the stamp blocks. Which is why you don’t have to reverse or mirror letters/numbers when you cut them out :)

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5. Press your stamp onto the StazOn ink pad and remove any excess ink with a wet cloth or wipe.

how to make tribal leggings

6. Then press your stamp onto your leggings in the pattern you’d like. You could totally mix and match stamps for your own design.

*Note: its a good idea to test the ink on your item in a hidden spot, like the inside of the waist band. You can see where I tested the ink on the waistband in the second picture from the top.

heat set

7. Place a piece of fabric on top of your leggings and then use a hot iron and heat set your design for a few seconds over the entire item.

easy tribal leggingsYou could have lots of fun creating your own designs and patterns with different shaped stamps. I’m going to stamp some other leggings with triangles, another with different aztec shapes, and I want to add some polka dots to some of my tights! Aw, you can create almost any sort of pattern you’d like! Simply use your Silhouette to cut out the stamps in the size and shape you need and go at it!

What pattern would you put on leggings or tights?

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    I would love to make custom stamps with names or monograms to match stationary I make or to match party themes I create!

  2. 2
    Diann Ruesch

    I would make stamps for cards as well or for my piano studio. That would be fun!

  3. 3

    I don’t know what I’d make. I didn’t know it was possible to make stamps with a Silhouette. How exciting! I’d probable use it to make a monogram for my gallery wall I want to make someday (if I ever get a Silhouette!). I also have a headboard that I made out of a shutter room divider and I hang all kinds of interesting things on it. I could use the stamps to make a great background! Uh Oh, now my head is starting to fill up with all kinds of things I can do…

  4. 4

    hearts would be cute!

  5. 5
    Alejandra Carrera

    This is the cutest idea ever!! How creative. The seal for the ink to not fall off is putting the iron over it?

    1. 5.1

      Hi Alejandra,
      The hot iron sets the ink so that you can wash the garment. Is that what you were asking?

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