I just received a question from Stacy who visited my website www.kidsart4kidsrooms.com wanting to know how she could use the art from the children in her Kindergarten class to make a blanket.
There are a several ways you can do this and I thought it would be fun to share this with you all.
First, you can have the children create the art directly onto fabric squares using fabric paints. If you are working with such small children however, your results will be best if you stick to simple designs such as ‘finger painted’ squiggles in two or three colors. When the paint is dry, heat set by ironing the back side for a minute or two.
You can also use fabric felt pens. I find the felts look a little ‘hokey’, but that can be fixed by ‘over-dying’ the ‘drawn on’ fabric with fabric dye. This gives the art a more professional look.
Another cool thing you can do to put kids art onto fabric is to use fabric wax crayons. Designs or pictures are colored onto regular white paper with the special crayons, and then ironed onto the fabric like you would an iron-on transfer. The colors melt into the fabric and permanently dye it.
For a more high-tech way to transfer kids art to fabric, use your photocopier. You can then use these color copies in two different ways.
You can print color copies onto regular white paper. Then using a transfer medium found in arts or crafts stores that looks like white glue, transfer the image onto the fabric. This is a very cool thing to do with children depending on their skill levels.
The medium is spread thickly onto the front of the photocopy, and the laid onto the fabric. When dry, the fabric is put into water to soak off the paper. With a little rubbing the image appears. The kids will think it is quite magical!
The other way to use color copies is to print them onto photo transfer paper. You can find this in office supply stores and the transfer paper can go into your own ink-jet printer. The transfer paper is then ironed onto the fabric.
Anyway you choose to make your kid art blanket or quilt, you will be forever capturing the precious art of your children in a cozy, cuddly, comforting form.
I’m not sure if Stacy is a teacher or a parent, but I think it is wonderful that she would like to memorialize the children’s art in such a treasured way!
Good luck with your fantastic project Stacy! Send us pictures if you end up making a kid art blanket with your Kindergarten class!