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Date: 1/9/13 1:25 PM

A while back, I won a couple of bags from giveaways at the GreenBagLady.com (she does giveaways as part of a green the earth project) and people really LOVE those bags. They're cute, simple to make and nice bags so I decided to make a few "book bags" for giveaways from my own blog.

They went over big, but I was also adding my little logo (a bear) in the bottom corner or center. I drew it with chalk and then stitched it. Thing is, it's the most time consuming part of making the bag. I'd also like to be able to add "Bear Mountain Books" and there is no way I'm stitching that every time.

I looked into embroidery and even had the Bear and text done up in one of those special files. But it's 10 dollar per bag, which is more than I want to spend on most of the giveaways.

I tried cutting out a bear and adding it, but the loose ends look bad.

I'm now to the "draw it" stage. Are there stencils or inks that work well on fabric? I freehand draw the bear all the time, so that isn't an issue, but I want something that won't bleed and that looks decent. Any ideas?

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Date: 1/9/13 3:35 PM

What about iron-on transfers? You could print the logo (along with the name!) on any inkjet printer, as many times as you can get it on an 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper. It would be a heck of a lot quicker than trying to draw it every time, and it would always come out perfectly! You just need to remember to reverse your image when you print, so it will iron on the right way.

You should be able to get the transfers for a reasonable price at just about any office supply store. And it wouldn't surprise me if they have them at JoAnn, etc, too.

Good luck!

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Date: 1/9/13 4:35 PM

I draw and paint all the time on fabric.


you can make a stencil and use shiva oil paint sticks ( ( use a stiff brish to trnasfer the color from the paint stick to the fabric)...I find that stenciling with paint to be a bit messier...if you are comfortable with it ...it seems like you are---you can also draw the design with pencil and then paint over it with thinned down acrylic paint. ( Thinned to the consistency of full fat milk and work with a dry brush)

if you put sandpaper beneath the fabric it won't slide around quite so much. It'ss much quicker than applique

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Date: 1/10/13 2:02 AM

For the bear you can you use a double sided fusible like Steam a seam sheets. You peel off one of the paper covering and stick it to your fabric. Draw the shape of the bear on the remaining protective paper. You can draw a sheet of bears. Cut out the bear and stick it to the bag. It' sticks very well and doesn't fray. I've used it on onesies many times and they've held up great.

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Date: 1/10/13 1:28 PM

Thanks! Some good ideas for me to try out! Appreciate it very much.

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Date: 1/10/13 2:16 PM

I draw freehand on fabric with Ultra Fine point Sharpies.
The original ones used to say very specifically "not for use on fabric" they don't now.. Only the "ultra" work well for me and they will bleed if you hesitate during the "creative process/ drawing". You have many colour choices, and they are colour fast even in the washer and dryer.

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Date: 1/10/13 4:31 PM

I have found acrylic paints to just look cleaner than sharpies...there is less bleeding. The paint gives a more professional looking look.

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Date: 1/12/13 7:59 AM

Do you use any kind of fixative (no-staining) for something that might be washed? I know they use it for doll faces, but often they are not the type for play.

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Date: 1/12/13 5:59 PM

I will press what I have painted. heat setting makes it super duper permanent. The acrylic paint really sits in the fabric. I suppose the kid could eat the dolly face and ingest the paint but i would think that eating the dolly face is a bigger problem than ingesting the paint.

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Date: 1/13/13 6:43 PM

What about the iron on crayons that you can use to do quilts.
They are permanent and easy to use.
You can draw on paper and then just press it onto the fabric...or even a ready made bag
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