Pinterest is addicting isn't it? While browsing one day I found this really cool technique on Alphamom and I just HAD to give it a try! You use sandpaper and crayons to make a rad print on knit fabric!
Here is how I made the chevron pattern for my onesie jumper.
You will need:
Crayons (at least two colors)
Iron and Ironing Board
Onesie (or other knit fabric)
First I cut out my sandpaper in the shape of my onesie piece. I cut it out before coloring so I would have a good idea where the pattern was placed. Then I colored the sandpaper in a random chevron pattern. I wanted it to have a more tribal feel instead of the sharp and perfect chevrons I've been seeing around. If you try this, remember that anything you leave blank will be the color of your shirt, in this case white.
Next I trimmed the sand paper so it wouldn't color the trim because I decided I wanted to leave that white.
I laid the sandpaper crayon side down on the onesie and I ironed away on high heat.
Once I finished that I repeated all of those steps on the front side, making sure to tuck the sandpaper under the shoulder flaps. I also put a paper towel under the onesie to prevent the crayon on the back side from staining my ironing board.
You can use the same piece of sand paper over again if you like, but each time you iron you have to re-color it with the crayons.
Make sure you iron it GOOD. Get every little corner, and make sure each part gets at least 30 seconds of iron time.
Next you make a sandwich. I put the onesie between two paper towels and ironed it again. This helps set the color.
Finally you put it through the dryer for 20 minutes to make the color nice and permanent.
I was blown away by the results! This technique is so easy and quick, I'm afraid I'm going to be quite addicted to it.
Next up, the onesie jumper construction tutorial! Stay tuned :-)