You will need:
1. A fab idea!
2. Freezer paper (I love Reynolds brand. Just under 6 quid for more than you could use in a lifetime! I buy it from Amazon.
3. A craft knife, a firm-ish paintbrush and water for clean up
4. Fabric paint (Can’t go wrong with Dylon, it doesn’t go hard, so your fabric remains soft after painting)
5. An iron (hot hot hot and on a dry setting)
6. A hairdryer (entirely optional, but handy for the impatient- like me!)
Step One > Firstly, choose what you’d like to print on to. Pale fabrics work best, and cotton or cotton rich is a must. I chose a natural cotton tote bag, but t-shirts, pillowcases or anything with a seam free area big enough to accommodate your design will be perfect. Make sure your fabric has been washed, without fabric softener for the best result. Secondly, choose your design. I freehand drew a Fab-like iced lolly, but if you aren’t confident doing freehand you can simply print an image from your computer. Bold and simple works best. Skull and crossbones, boats, cars, hearts, stars, arrows, clouds… the list is limitless.
Light fabrics with a tight weave are usually the most successful.
It’s easy to get confused as to the negative space when cutting out a design. If it’s your first time, practice on a plain piece of paper and see exactly where the paint will go when you do it for real.
Use multiple colours, mix custom colours, print out big letters, or get your kids to do a funny drawing for their own bags or t-shirts.