Looking for a low-cost Halloween or autumn craft for young children? How about coloring fabric pumpkins? You can buy all sorts of fabric-ready crayons, markers and paints these days. But we wanted to try the old fashioned craft of coloring with ordinary crayons.
I drew and cut a simple pumpkin shape out of scrap muslin (100% cotton) fabric for each child. They drew whatever they wanted onto the fabric. The crayon goes on easily as long as the fabric is held taut. This was a little harder for the youngest preschoolers.
I put a layer of paper over the top and ran a hot (cotton setting) iron over each piece of fabric for about three minutes to set the color. Caution: don't overheat and do this away from children. The color set enough that it did not wash out of my test piece of fabric after I washed it. Although the color was not as bright as with some of the newer media, it still worked. I understand that some people like to have the children draw onto paper and then transfer from paper to the fabric.
I finished each pumpkin by sewing a small machine blanket stitch around the edge.
Labels: craft, education, parenting, Scrappy Sprouts, sewing