You will need FABRIC MARKERS AND SHARPIES, cardboard or old mat board (optional), butcher paper, masking tape – the brown kind or blue removable, scissors, coffee cans with plastic lids, rubber bands and a spray bottle with denatured alcohol & water mixed. REALLY!
We do these squares at events like Race for the Cure and actually bring sewing machines and sewed them at the event! It was a great attention-getter. Good for class projects, auctions, opportunity drawings, too.
- CUT OUT 8″ squares of cotton or muslin – 100% cotton works well. OLD SHEETS works well, too.
- If you are using tables, such as at an event, cover the table with butcher paper – THICK paper.
- Get your brown tape and TAPE the squares onto the table at 2′ intervals. This creates your sewing border AND holds it in place for the kids.
- Let them draw messages, pictures, etc. REMOVE TAPE, reload.
IDEA 2: TIE DYE SQUARES
This is when you need the spray bottle, the coffee cans w/lids and rubber bands.
- CUT the inside of the lids so they still fit on the can, but have an open space. Try to make them a clean circle. If that botches up, no problem – use the rubber bands.
- Time to repeat the first project and let the kids draw on the squares; but have a PENCILED pattern the approximate size of the lid opening for them to try to keep their drawings contained within.
- If you rather use rubber bands, that’s OK, they have more space to draw and it will spread better – I prefer using rubber bands.
- Let them draw.
- After they are done, they load up the can by stretching their square OVER the can and then lid or rubber band over fabric and can so it is drum-like.
- Spray the fabric with the denatured alcohol – straight works best. If you have to mix, no more than 1/4 water. Don’t soak – just mist – it will do it’s magic to spread the ink
- Let it dry on a sheet of butcher paper.
- Reload cans with next squares to be sprayed.