3 Fabric Craft Ideas!

Fabric craft ideas for all ages:

Fabric Craft Project 1: Glue Batik Shirt

Usually, batik uses melted wax. But, as this is not kid-safe, use glue.

What you need for this fabric craft project:

  1. White T-shirt
  2. Cardboard sheet or newspapers
  3. White glue
  4. Paintbrush
  5. Cold water dye
  6. Spray bottle
  7. Rubber gloves

Fabric Craft Ideas For Project 1: What to do...

This project is just right to be done outdoors, in pleasant weather. But, if indoors, choose a well-ventilated work place.

Place a cardboard sheet or several newspaper sheets inside the T-shirt. Glue-paint your designs on one side of the shirt. When fully dry, paint the other side with glue...

Mix the dye and pour into the spray bottle.

Hang up the shirt and spray dye onto it. Use gloves to keep your hands dye-free.The dye won't stick to the glue parts. The thicker the glue, the whiter that part will stay.

The dye may run off in places and color unevenly - but this will only add to the batik look of the design.

Let the shirt dry overnight.

Rinse the shirt in cold water to remove the glue and excess dye.

Then, wash in hot water to set the dye.

Leave to air-dry.

Fabric Craft Ideas Project 2: Stenciled Tote Bag

  • You need
  • Fabric tote bag
  • Permanent color fabric pens
  • Design stencils (try cookie cutters - they are great to use and have simpler shapes)

What to do for this fabric craft idea...

  • Iron tote bag to remove creases.
  • Trace stencil shapes with fabric pens.
  • Now, let your kids decorate the bag by adding colors, designs or even their names.

Fabric Craft Idea Project 3: Fabric fan...

  • What you need
  • Liquid starch
  • Rectangular pieces cut from different waste pieces of fabric
  • Heavy book covered in foil paper
  • Trim Tassels

What to do...

  1. Dip the rectangular pieces of fabric in liquid starch till they are fully saturated.
  2. Lay the strips in a fan shape on a clean slab. Make sure that the sides of the strips run over each other handsomely.
  3. Place the foil-covered book on the fan shape.
  4. Leave the weight for at least an hour to allow the starch to dry, and the fabric strips to stick to each other.
  5. Decorate the base of the fan with tassels.

You can now mount the fan on the wall. It will make a particularly colorful wall hanging if the fabric pieces have been chosen at random. The best fabric fans are those that use the wildest color patterns.

Did you enjoy these fabric craft projects? Let us know :-)

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