adventures with crayons

Did I mention the other day that I had purchased a few of those ridiculously long/cheap shirts at The Gap to use to make t-shirts? So that means I need to be creative and use whatever craft time I can find during this week to finish up my strange little goal.

So here’s t-shirt design idea #2: crayons. I had seen these fabric Crayola crayons in the sewing section previously, promising that you could iron any design you drew on paper onto fabric! Well, after reading some reviews online, it sounded pretty darn neat to me, so I decided to give it a whirl.

For this project, I figured a plain ‘ol Mickey Mouse design would work well. I was hoping I could wear the shirt under a cardigan/open sweatshirt, so an easy center design was best as well. I printed out this Mickey design on vellum (probably not the best thing to use, but I was short on time as far as positioning was concerned), flipped it over.

IMG_1140 by you.

I traced the outline I wanted and then filled in the black parts with purple. Lots of crayon shavings went awry (probably due to the vellum), but I was still able to color quite heavily.

IMG_1142 by you.

After coloring, I flipped the design over again, and ironed it down on my shirt for about a minute on the cotton setting.

IMG_1138 by you.

When I peeled up the design, I ended up with this:

IMG_1146 by you.

It’s definitely a very light transfer of Mickey, but since I was going for ‘subtle’ doses of Disney, I think it works out great. Kind of like a sketched out piece of artwork… but not as obvious as a screen print. In the end, I’m pretty darn impressed with the ease of using the crayons for design.. so one more tool in the arsenal, and one more shirt on my back!

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  • Reply Zoe January 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Cute!! :)

  • Reply Tali January 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant! I haven’t seen those crayons before, and am really excited to try this out! I actually really like the subtlety of the art on the shirt!

  • Reply Tali January 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm


    Right after I closed this post in my RSS reader, this was the next item I saw and had to share!


  • Reply Kelly January 29, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    What an awesome idea! Very cute and subtle. I bet the WB readers would LOVE this idea to make his/hers or bridal party tees. :-)

  • Reply Jenny Louwheeze January 30, 2009 at 10:43 am

    How fun! Do you think the design will be machine washable? Have great time at D-Land! Tea-cups, wohoooo!

  • Reply janie January 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    you are sOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO awesome! i smooch you long time! =)

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