Thursday, July 2, 2015

Crayons And Fabric!

We finally had an almost sunny day, so I thought I'd show you how I color on fabric.  There are tons of tutorials out there, I'll just add mine to the mix.

I've been using crayons and paint on fabric since the early '90's.  The first wall-hanging I ever made was painted with acrylic paints, and hand quilted.  It was over six feet long and my own design - I got sick of looking at it after a few years and threw it away. (gasp)

So let's get started - the first thing you'll want to do is gather supplies.

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Freezer paper, parchment paper [or copier paper, any paper will do], your design, a non-heat erasing tracing pen [I used a Zig Millennium 03 brown], fabric, crayons, and your iron.

Trace your design onto your fabric.

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Cut a piece of freezer paper smaller than your fabric, but big enough to cover the entire design.  This is going to stabilize your fabric while you color, and also keep the crayon from going through the fabric underneath when you're heat setting.  Making sure the shiny, plastic side is next to the fabric, iron it on the back of your design fabric.

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Double-check it before you iron - you don't want that plastic gunk on your iron.

Now you can pull out your crayons!  Color in the tiny bits first, it's easier to do those while the crayon is sharp, unless you have a sharpener.  If you want light color, use a light touch - you can always add more color after you've heat set, but you can't take any away!  [Oops, I went outside the lines....]

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Cut a piece of parchment paper [or copier paper, or a brown paper bag] and cover your design - placing design side up on your ironing board.  Press with a hot iron to heat set the crayon.

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The crayon will melt into the fabric.

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If you want to add more color, just repeat the steps until you get the saturation you like.

While your fabric is still warm, peel off the freezer paper.

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Using a pressing cloth, this is when I add my fusible stabilizer to the back, and start stitching!

Now wasn't that easy?  I believe some company makes fabric crayons, but honestly, any crayons will work just any mother knows who's tried to get crayon out of clothing.  You can mix colors if you like, just layer them lightly until you get the effect you want.  I've also used metallic crayons with great success, so pretty!

And now I'm going to put my inner 6-year-old away and go make lunch....all that coloring made me hungry!


Nancy J said...

What a grand idea, and you have made it all so easy to follow. Maybe something to put away in my " Do this later" folder.

sunny said...

It's that simple? I bought a stitchery pattern recently that will benefit from coloring, and now I can feel confident doing it. Thanks so much!! Happy 4th of July.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Allie. Hugs,xx

West Michigan Quilter said...

I love coloring. Isn't it fun being a six year old again! Great tute. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi Allie Thankyou for sharing your tutorial with us,I have not used crayons on fabric before.xx

Lin said...

Thanks Allie. I have not tried ordinary crayons on fabric before but shall remember this for when I want to add a little bit of colour. xx

Michele McLaughlin said...

Allie, thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! I've been wanting to use crayon on fabric for a long time but was very nervous about it. I won't be now! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! Hugs Mickie

Rachaeldaisy said...

Thanks for the fun tutorial. I was interested to hear that any crayons would work, but then laughed when you pointed out how hard it is to get crayon out of clothes, so true!! :)

Fiona said...

Amazing.. I always thought you had to buy expensive fancy things which I didn't want to incase I didn't like it... can quite happily give this a try... thanks so much


Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I've used crayoning quite a bit and as you show, it works like a charm. And what a great tutorial on how it's done; thanks for sharing.

Jocelyn said...

Very cool idea.

Kaisievic said...

Great tutorial, I am definitely going to give it a try one day soon. Thx so much.

Anonymous said...

Good tutorial. Made me smile, remembering when my first year teaching I had my entire sixth grade class make crayon quilt blocks - and we just used brown grocery bag paper, an old iron and their drawings. They were Navajo and the drawings were super! This is much more likely to last!

kiwikid said...

Thank you for the tutorial...that is a wonderful idea.

africanaussie said...

what a lovely idea - thanks for the tutorial! My little grand daughter wants to embroider but does not have the patience! I think I might start her on something like this first! she loves colourinig in!

Linda in Calif. said...

Thank you for doing this tutorial. There may be a bunch out there, but yours is the one I found. :-) I had no idea you could use regular crayons. I'm going to give this a try.


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