Another great summer activity is decorating T-shirts. I used to do this a lot when I worked in summer camps, although it tended to be the dying them. This week we had my charge’s cousins staying with us, so these crayon printed T-shirts worked well with an age range going from 5-15.
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To make your own crayon printed T-shirts you will need:
Draw your design onto your sandpaper. Remember if you are writing words or numbers you will need to do them back to front. You need to make sure that you push down really hard. That way more crayon will transfer over, and therefore more will end up on the t-shirt. I used a pencil to draw out my design first, you can easily get rid of the pencils marks by blowing them away.
To iron them on you will need to put a piece of cardboard on the inside of your t-shirt. This is to stop the crayon going all the way through and staining the back. If you can’t find any cardboard at home, then a piece of kitchen paper towel will do.
Place the sandpaper, with the drawing facing the fabric, on top of the t-shirt. Put a piece of kitchen towel over the top, and iron it on hot for about 20 seconds. Remove the sandpaper, place the paper towel back over the design, and iron it for another 20 or so seconds. This should set the crayon.
For each t-shirt you do, you will need a fresh piece of kitchen towel.
Washing your crayon printed t-shirts
When it comes time to wash them, put them on a cold wash, or better yet, hand wash.
Do not tumble dry.
If you need to iron them, then place a piece of kitchen towel over the design.
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