Finally, I’ve got something to contribute to the Iron Craft!

I’ve been following each weekly challenge, and I even made one, but since I couldn’t get it posted by the Wednesday post date, I didn’t contribute it.  This week, I still missed the Wednesday deadline, but I decided to post it anyway since I liked my completed project.  Hopefully it will get placed in the roundup at Iron Craft.

I wanted to show you this craft anyway, since it’s a great one to do with kids.  It’s so easy, and you end up with a really funky, cool product.

Essentially, you take a piece of sandpaper– coarser is usually better– and you draw on it with crayons.  Then you iron it onto a t-shirt.  What you end up with is a pebbly, textured image.  It looks fantastic with kids’ drawings.

The theme for this week’s Iron Craft challenge was “Hometown.”  So I decided to make a t-shirt from my old hometown high school, Ridgewood High.  We were the Maroons… isn’t that a random mascot?  Colors were maroon and white.

I bought a nice cotton tee in light gray from Gap, and I used a varsity-lettering-looking font to print out a big R.  I used the R as a template to draw on the sandpaper, and then I ironed it onto the tee.  After that, I used my Silhouette and the new iron-on vinyl I ordered and cut out the word “Maroons” in white typeface.  I ironed that on the t-shirt below the R, and here’s what I got:

I thought it was totally cute.

Here’s a close up so you can see the pebbling:

And I hope you will enjoy the stop motion video of me making the crayon design.

Did you like the music again?



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  • February 24, 2011, 5:44 pm Becky

    Yay! You’re linked up over on Iron Craft. This is really cool! Now, why the sandpaper, purely because of the pebbly texture? I really like the result.

    And the video, AWESOMEBALLS! I loved it when the camera followed you down the hall. Production!!!

    • February 24, 2011, 6:08 pm bethpc

      Yeah, the sandpaper is just for the pebbling. Yay, I’m glad you likes the video! I did it all by myself, too. Amazing what you can do with a tripod & a remote!

  • February 24, 2011, 10:04 pm Eva

    The video is amazing! And I love this technique — your shirt looks great. Is it permanent? Any special washing instructions? LOVE the effect.

    • February 24, 2011, 11:09 pm bethpc

      Really, the only special washing instructions I give are to wash in cold. I have several shirts the kids have made over the years that still look pristine. It’s definitely permanent. I think it makes a cool effect, too.

  • February 25, 2011, 12:10 am Chinnu

    This is such a smart idea and love the look.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this. Am all set to give this a shot!!

  • February 25, 2011, 5:38 am kathrynstrong

    I can’t believe it’s permanent, and it really turned out looking fantastic. Also, your hair looks so much better in a ponytail than mine does … !

  • February 25, 2011, 7:56 am Lydia @ The Loop

    Excellent! I love the video, even without sound (at work, shh!). This is going on the ever-growing list of STUFF TO MAKE.

  • February 25, 2011, 10:28 am Keely

    Your musical selections slay me. They’re unbelievably perfect.

    I have too many t-shirts as it is, so I probably won’t make this one. But it’s a neat idea!

    • February 25, 2011, 10:34 am bethpc

      I’m so glad you like the musical selections. I got a little freaked with the viral video talk at Blissdom about the rights thing, so I found all this crazy royalty-free music. My kids were seriously blowing a gasket when I played that video for them, they were laughing so hard at the music.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:40 am Amy

    What kind of crayon do you use? Is it a fabric crayon? Or just high quality Crayola because of the high pigment content in them?

    • March 2, 2011, 7:49 am bethpc

      Yeah, any crayon with good pigment works great.

  • March 6, 2011, 11:06 pm Fancy Lads

    This is amazing! What a unique iron on process,I can’t wait to try it!

  • July 22, 2012, 5:28 pm Angela

    I know this was over a year ago but I’m really curious, do you put this shirt in the dryer or just hang dry?

    • July 22, 2012, 7:07 pm Beth

      Hi Angela! I put them in the dryer. Haven’t had any trouble!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • August 7, 2012, 9:23 am Liz

    Just saw a link to this on Facebook, and can’t wait to let my 8 year old girl go nuts with this, this so up her alley! Designing her own clothes. Here comes the homemade Christmas gifts! Thanks so much for sharing!