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Date: 9/19/12 5:20 PM

my toddler is just starting to be interested in potty training, and he has a couple of books that feature drawings of many, many pairs of underpants. his favorite are the ones in each book that have various kinds of rainbows--one has a rainbow *on* it, and the other is a pair made in rainbow stripes. and by "made," i mean, "drawn"--they're just drawings.

as you might guess, there are not a lot of 2-3T boy underpants with rainbows on them commercially available--although i did find a pair on etsy! i'd like to applique a six pack of plain white briefs, but i'm not sure of the best method . . . everything i've done for him with purchased iron-on appliques hasn't done well in the wash. if i *make* the rainbow and attach it to the undies with fusible web or by machine, i'm concerned that the super stretchy knit of the undies will be compromised by either the material or the stitches/adhesive. advice?

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Date: 9/19/12 6:03 PM

You could use fabric paint or marker pens. Stretch the pants over cardboard and be as artistic as you like! Your son could even help.

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Date: 9/19/12 7:08 PM

Thinned acrylic paint is a terrific fabric paint.

I have found the crayola fabric crayons to be terrible. the color is weak and looks disappointing. fabric markers too tend to dry out quickly especially when painting on a thirsty fabric like cotton .

You can use sharpies...

Alternatively you can paint the rainbow with acrylic paint and then outline it with black sharpie...outlining will make your work look much more professional ...even if it is actually messy. I learned this useful trick from an Israeli potter who was teaching arts and crafts with me in a camp in 1981. it was good advice then and I follow Hanna's advice advice to his day.

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Date: 9/19/12 8:24 PM

I had to be the bad guy here, but I wouldn't use markers near sensitive areas such as a child's booty. My son was very sensitive to dyes when he was little, as well as the plastic covering in disposable diapers, and it was awful! It still pains me to think about it and he's over 30!

What I can suggest is that you make the rainbows, fuse Heat N Bond or Wonderunder to the back and then fuse the rainbows to the underwear. Then stitch around the rainbow, using a wide multi stitch zigzag stitch or even a stretch stitch. Don't pull or stretch the fabric when you are fusing; just press.

I wouldn't worry about compromising the knit with this method; you are working with a small area.

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Date: 9/21/12 4:06 PM

Any reason you need to get him boys' undies? Children's place website has girls rainbow undies.

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Date: 9/21/12 4:22 PM

If you decide to go the applique route, then just use a zig zag stitch, or stretch stitches if your machine has them and you shouldn't have too much trouble with compromising the stretch (provided the applique is stretch too)

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Date: 9/21/12 8:51 PM

I would be concerned that the applique would be stiff and irritate sensitive areas. . . What about finding a rainbow fabric and making the underwear?

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