Saturday, March 19, 2011

Fabric crayon t-shirt

My oldest son spent the week at day camp during March Break. He and I have never spent full days apart like that, so today, on top of a trip through the animal barns at the Canada Agriculture Museum and a yummy breakfast out at Cora’s, I decided a special craft was in order while my youngest napped. Enter fabric crayons and yet another plain white t-shirt just waiting for some kid-friendly embellishment.
my family tshirt
In case, you’re wondering, the orange one with strangely misshapen legs is me!
fabric crayons
I found these crayons in a local art supply store after having no luck at Michaels and Walmart. The pack was less than $4 and should last ages. To use them, you can either draw a picture on white paper and then turn it over and iron onto fabric, or draw directly onto fabric and heat set with an iron. We used the draw-on-paper method. My son drew the picture, and then I went over the lines to make them a bit darker before bringing out the iron. Josh drew stick figures, so the colours aren't super vibrant, but not bad at all for a quick craft. The package suggest polyester if possible, and this t-shirt is 100% cotton, so maybe that also contributed to the mild colouring. When finished, the shirt is washable, but shouldn’t go in the dryer. Something tells me I’m going to forget and put it in there at some point. Hope the mess isn’t too big.
My son LOVES all the t-shirt crafts we’ve done (applique, painting, and now crayons). He wears his shirts with pride, tells everyone that he and mama made them, and sometimes he even kisses them goodnight. So yeah, more to come!

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  1. Such a cute craft to do with your son! Nothing like a little "mommy and me" time!

  2. I never knew Crayola had fabric crayons. Great application Tanya.
    That sounds like a really fun camp, I hope you both enjoyed it!:)

  3. I am going to have to go get some of those!! I like the little orange mommy:)

  4. Oh my gosh! That is the cutest idea ever! What a great product. The stick figures are absolutely sweet :)

  5. Awww, I think you look great in orange :). I think that's one of the cutest shirts I've ever seen.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. That is so cute! Lucky find with the fabric markers! Happy Spring! Angie xo

  7. First I want to tell you that is such a sweet shirt! You should keep that and make it into a quilt some day. Sooo precious! Second I want to tell you what a great idea it is to purea (sp?) the veggies! No one will ever know. The tomato soup sounds so yummy. And third I want to admit that my craft room looks a lot like your pile... only WORSE! I am ashamed of my craftroom. To my defence it is the size of a walk in closet but still... I can hardly walk in it. I have to step over things to get to things. So sad, lol. Have a great week!!