The first thing to do is get the supplies together. I like to pick up paints, markers, stencil…..all kinds of fun and creative things to have on hand for a crafty day. Also buy a cheap plastic tablecloth to protect your table.
I also washed and dried some muslin and shirts for the girls to work with. A while ago I won a $10 gift certificate from Sassy Kid Blanks and bought a couple of these cute shirts for my grand-daughters. These short sleeve shirts are cotton knit and really washed up nice. I bought a size 6 and 7. The girls are aged 5 and 7 and they fit perfectly. The company seems to be out of business so I removed the link to their site.
I couldn’t forget about my daughter or…..me…..so I had a couple t-shirts for us to play with. Make sure you cover your table, the paints that we used really had a over-spray. The first thing I did was give everyone a piece of muslin to practice on. We put pieces of foam-core board behind the muslin.
It was fun to just let them chose their own colors and do what they wanted.
Sometimes they got a little silly…..
Look at the concentration!
I kept the iron hot and ready to use. I put a old towel done first and whenever there seemed to be too much paint on the muslin I pressed it and heat-set the paint. I believe the directions said to wait 4 hours but…..we were impatient and heat-setting works wonders. Then it was time to try out the stamps.
After using the stamps I did the same thing……heat set the piece. They even used the colored pencils and fabric markers on the designs.
Can you see how she is trying to decide what she wants to put on her shirt…..it was interesting because at this point the younger one already had the front of her shirt done. This would be me….contemplating.
We had to get the shirt ironed right away so she could try it on. She picked out the stencil and colors on her own.
The girls wanted to do the backs too and the kitty stencil…..disappeared (I finally found it today.) so she went with this little butterfly and flower stencil.
I found it very interesting that neither of them used the stamps on their shirts.
Here is the back of both of their shirts.
Whenever my grandchildren come over they seem to head to my quilt room first…..they know there will always be lot of colorful fabric, paints and crayons for them to use.
Now are you wondering what my daughter and I made…..here is a piece she made that I think would look great as a little tote. We both also made t-shirts and…..we used the stamps.
I still have the pieces of muslin and I’ll make them into something. There is my t-shirt too.