Skilly Spark: Let’s look at this t-shirt. It doesn’t look too special, does it? Do you think you can make it into something unique? Chat about what kind of drawing would look and feel good on it. What designs, shapes or colors would you use? How can you make it especially your own?
Let your child practice their special design on a few pieces of paper.
On a solid surface like a table or a large cutting board, hold or tape the shirt down so that your child can draw directly onto the t-shirt. Use as many different colored crayons as needed to make the desired drawing or design. Press hard so that the crayon marks are heavy and dark. The colors might look a bit dull when first applied, but they will brighten up when they are ironed.
When your child is finished, be sure to brush or shake off any crayon dust before ironing, or it will become part of the permanent design.
Now, put the t-shirt on the ironing board with one piece of paper under it, to protect your ironing surface. Then place your 2nd paper on top of the fabric, covering your little one’s designs completely to protect your iron.
Press the iron over the picture for 1 to 2 minutes, following your fabric crayon’s directions. To avoid smearing the design: Do not roll it over the paper like you would when you usually iron a garment. And be sure to not let the paper move.
When you are finished with the iron, to set your child’s drawing a bit more, put the t-shirt in the dryer for a few minutes on high heat.
Let the t-shirt cool at least an hour, then wear it with pride!
Your child's picture will stay on indefinitely, even with washing. Just use warm or cool water in the gentle cycle without chlorine bleach and air dry.
Keep the fun going
Make a matching set-- use light colored bottoms, like shorts or pants to go with your top!
Keep customizing. Adults, if your child's vision calls for it, use sharp scissors to add fringe to their shirt’s sleeves or hem, maybe add a v-neck or cut off the sleeves … What do you think?
Gift it! Transform cloth tote bags found here online or from your local dollar store into holiday or birthday presents with your little one’s art. Or, use fabric squares and make throw pillows for super cute souvenirs.
Flip it! Ask your young one to draw their design directly on the paper. Then, turn it over and iron it onto the t-shirt. See how the design is reversed?