SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Forum > Beginner's Forum > writing/drawing on fabric? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
writing/drawing on fabric?
how to?
MariaESchneider
MariaESchneider
Beginner
Member since 11/30/12
Posts: 34
Send Message

      



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?

------
I don't sew, I just shout and plead with fabric. Sometimes something wearable results. BearMountainBooks.com

stirwatersblue
star
stirwatersblue
Intermediate
Kansas USA
Member since 12/13/08
Posts: 3473
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



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!

------
~Gem in the prairie

sarah in nyc

sarah in nyc
Advanced
New York USA
Member since 1/8/05
Posts: 1776
Send Message

      



In reply to MariaESchneider <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


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

------
sarah in nyc
www.sewnewyork.blogspot.com

NhiHuynh
starstarstar
NhiHuynh
Intermediate
California USA
Member since 1/4/11
Posts: 797
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



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.

------
I finally have a blog. www.detectivehoundstooth.com :)

MariaESchneider
MariaESchneider
Beginner
Member since 11/30/12
Posts: 34
Send Message

      



Date: 1/10/13 1:28 PM

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

------
I don't sew, I just shout and plead with fabric. Sometimes something wearable results. BearMountainBooks.com

Pamela R
star
Pamela R  Friend of PR
Expert/Couture
Ontario CANADA
Member since 6/22/07
Posts: 679
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



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.

sarah in nyc

sarah in nyc
Advanced
New York USA
Member since 1/8/05
Posts: 1776
Send Message

      



In reply to Pamela R <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


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.

------
sarah in nyc
www.sewnewyork.blogspot.com

gramma b
star
gramma b
USA
Member since 7/25/08
Posts: 3127
Send Message

      



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.

sarah in nyc

sarah in nyc
Advanced
New York USA
Member since 1/8/05
Posts: 1776
Send Message

      



In reply to gramma b <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


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.

------
sarah in nyc
www.sewnewyork.blogspot.com

Pamela R
star
Pamela R  Friend of PR
Expert/Couture
Ontario CANADA
Member since 6/22/07
Posts: 679
Send Message

      



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
-- Edited on 1/13/13 6:45 PM --

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Beginner's Forum >> writing/drawing on fabric?

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Online Class
Fun with Fitting - PANTS
Fun with Fitting - PANTS

Class Details

Online Class
Create a Jacket Muslin
Create a Jacket Muslin

Class Details

Jennifer Stern The Perfectly Fitted Shirt by the Cup-Full Pattern ( Size 16-24(Cup B-DD) )

Jennifer Stern The Perfectly Fitted Shirt by the Cup-Full Pattern ( Size 16-24(Cup B-DD) )

More Info
You Sew Girl 150mm Poppet Purse Pattern

You Sew Girl 150mm Poppet Purse Pattern

More Info

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.