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Fabric Transfers

Fabric Transfers Activity

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Your kindergartener will love creating fun holiday-themed designs on fabric using fabric crayons and an old iron. Any cotton fabric will do for this project: try decorating a stocking, making a fabric ornament for the tree, or get creative by designing a holly-bedecked fabric Christmas wreath for your front door. Or for a more complicated project, make several individual squares and sew them into a colorful holiday quilt. The possibilities are endless!

What You Need:

  • Fabric crayons
  • White paper
  • Piece of fabric such as an old sheet, muslin, a T-shirt, or pillowcase
  • Old iron
  • Small stack of newspaper for ironing

What You Do:

  1. Draw or color heavily with fabric crayons on a sheet of white paper. (Follow the directions on the fabric crayon box.) Try drawing holiday designs like a snowman, Christmas tree, or snowflake.
  2. Place the fabric on the stack of newspaper.
  3. Place the drawing face down on the fabric.
  4. Press the paper with a warm iron. Press firmly, keeping the iron in place rather than moving it back and forth. The picture from the fabric crayons will transfer to the fabric.
  5. Remove the paper from the fabric. The wax from the fabric crayons will have melted into the fabric and the heat will have set the color.

Fabric crayons are available at all fabric and craft stores and often in the art supply areas of stores that carry regular crayons. A drawing made with fabric crayons will not look the same as a drawing made with regular crayons, but the colors in the transferred design will be bright and true. As with any ironing project an adult should either do the ironing or be on hand to supervise.

Adapted with permission from "Preschool Art: It's the Process, Not the Product." Copyright 1994 by MaryAnn F. Kohl. Used by Permission of Gryphon House, Inc., Maryland. All Rights Reserved.

Updated on May 10, 2013
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