Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Crayon Tutorial and Sugar and Spice Fabric

First up is the latest fabric from fabulous designer Amanda Herring.   This lovely bundle is called Sugar and Spice and it is just gorgeous.   I don't know how I am going to make  a quilt from it when I refuse to remove the ties.  

Now try not to faint, but here are her laminates!  Aren't they to die for?   You are just going to have to take my word for it that they are soft, smooth as butter and oh so very pliable.   I have a super secret, super sensational tutorial planned for them.

Crayon on Fabric Tutorial

Second to beading, crayon on fabric was the most sought after tutorial being requested.  So I finally found a spare moment to demo it for you.

Piece of light coloured fabric
several sheets of blank paper

Either trace or draw out a picture or design on your light fabric.  A light pencil is great if you don't want your lines to be visible.   I used a marker so you could see my work better.  Your pencil line will be covered up when you quilt it anyway.

Tape down onto a hard surface.

Start colouring.   I pressed fairly hard as I wanted it to be quite dark due to the fact when you iron it, that will lighten it up.   But you could do light and dark areas with one colour to give nice balance and contrast.   I ususally outline the shape first and then colour it in, trying to keep the strokes going in one direction.

You will find you have to sharpen your crayon frequently so it is easy to get into corners and near borders.

I used Crayola Crayons as I know they work.  Other brands may work too, but keep in mind, sometimes the cheaper ones have a higher content of wax and less colour, so your picture may not be as vibrant.

When you are done colouring, gently blow off any loose flakes, don't rub them off as they may leave a mark.  Remove the tape and head to the ironing board.

Set your iron on the highest Cotton setting, but no steam.  Place a piece of blank paper under it and one covering it.   Press the iron on the paper, moving slowly around.   I held corners of the paper, so it didn't slide around, smearing the crayon.

Once you have  a good amount of crayon residue on the paper, remove it and put a clean piece of paper on top.  I continued to do this until there was no colour on the paper.   It only took a minute.

Remove and voila, you have mastered colouring on fabric with crayon.   Turn it into a pillow or cute wallhanging by quilting it with fun colours to match!


sandra said...

Hi Jackie, where did you get the laminates ? If you got them online through the mail was it expensive to have them sent. I haven't been able to find a quilt shop around Stratford that carry them and I would love some. Cute tutorial. Sandra

Mama Pea said...

I can't open mine either! LOL. Great tute!

Caryl W said...

great tutorial...also enjoyed the beading tutorial!! Thanks for taking the time to share this info!!

Stormy Days said...

Can you ever wash a crayon wall hanging? Maybe hand wash in cold water? I'm remembering the time my daughter left a crayon in her pocket, the entire load of laundry was a beautiful streaked mess of turquoise with sparkles.

jlk said...

Great little tutorial! I have wondered about crayon on fabric.