Have I got a neat trick to share with you!
PROBLEM: Duoplex, our go-to main bra-making fabric is plain-Jane fabric, even though the colours are gorgeous when made up. I wanted pattern, colour and prints! Sorry, duoplex...but you weren't getting my mojo going anymore!
SOLUTION: Print my own fabric!
This was so easy - your kids could do this and they would love it! Here's how I did it.
Use any permanent fabric marker. I chose Setasilk from G&S Dyes in Toronto. Don't get hung up on the brand. I went to Wal-mart and Michael's and they both had LOADS of permanent fabric markers in TONS of colours. Pastels, brights, earth tones - you name it! Who knew?
Then get a rubber stamp - I got a collection of small stamps at Michael's. I picked this wee bow
Wet the stamp with the marker......
And stamp the right side of the duoplex (quick - before the marker dries). How easy is that?
Of course, once I stamped the cloth, the background looked kind of sparse. Even though they say "less is more", I decided that MORE is more! I added small dots to the background by using the point of the marker in between the bows.
Once the fabric was completely printed (it took maybe 20 minutes total since the fabric quantity for a bra is not very big!) and dried (about 1 minute), I pressed it on the right side
And again on the wrong side, just for good measure. Now that the print is heat set, it is permanent and can be washed without worry!
And here is the bra Erin made with the finished fabric. isn't it lovely? I was super pleased with the way this print turned out - now I want more, more, more! Hmmm....can you see more rubber stamps in my future? lol
Already I have a number of ideas of how to make fabric more fun! I plan to share them all with you, so stay tuned!
If you try any of the techniques, I would love to see what you do!