Six thousand kilograms of clothing and textiles are being sent to landfill every ten minutes in Australia. This is a shocking statistic, and it’s time we re-think the cycle of not only garments but all things textiles.
At A Fitting Connection, we are determined to become part of the solution, and have developed the ReFashioned Fabric Painting Kit, that utilises unwanted fabric and turns it into purposeful works of art. You can find them for sale in our store. They also make a great fundraising product for kinders, schools, sports clubs and other not-for-profit organisations.
Printed image OR
Small bowls for paint
1. Draw your own design in pencil on a piece of A4 paper and then trace over it with the lines with a black sharpie;
Print out your image. You can also use a children’s colouring page.
NOTE: For children under 8 years this project works best if they work with simple patterns that require 2 to 3 colours at the most.
2. Place one fabric sheet over the top of your design. For younger children they may find it useful if you tape the sheet and paper to the table or a piece of cardboard to prevent movement.
Trace over the lines of your designs with the line paste.
TIP: For best results, try to ensure there are no brakes in the lines and the lines are as even as possible.
3. Allow to dry for 24hrs to dry (the lines will feel gummy when dry).
4. Lay your sheet on top of cardboard.
5. Mix a pea sized amount of paint in a small bowl with 10-15ml of water (2-3 teaspoons).
6. Dip your brush into the paint, running your brush along the edge of the bowl to remove any excess paint from the brush. You don’t want your brush dripping.
7. Start painting from the centre of each section, allowing the paint to bleed towards the lines.
TIP: Try to avoid painting the lines. If the lines become too wet they will break down and the paint will bleed through them.
8. Remove fabric from cardboard and allow to dry, then rinse under water to remove the lines.
9. Hang your fabric out on the line and allow it to dry.
And there you have it. You’ve created your own beautiful artwork! You can now frame your fabric to hang on the wall, or use it to wrap small gifts for your family and friends.