Skirts awash with colour
30 September 10
The girls have been asking for opportunities to do some more painting, and I was motivated enough by the thought of new, colourful skirts to walk them through this activity. I let the girls draw and paint on a length of fabric and then sewed it to make three entirely unique skirts.
Later I discovered that the fabric markers soaked through the cloth and onto my countertop, so protect your surfaces first before laying out the fabric!
Brioni liked to colour in my simple drawings. Calista was more interested in drawing on her own hand. And Aisha drew very complex pictures on her cloth.
I offered the girls several different colours of paint. As we started to run out of paint, I started to combine the colours to create new shades.
I enjoyed the interesting sensation of painting the fabric too. The paint would bleed freely, covering a wider area than the brush-stroke, so precise lines were not possible.
Once the fabric was dry, I brought it in and ironed it to help the colours set well. Then I folded over the seams to begin sewing the skirts.
After sewing the hems, I threaded through the elastic for the waist, and they were done!
Mummycraft factor: 8. Painting always involves more mummy-supervision than other projects, plus there was the ironing (!) and the sewing with this project. However, it was good fun, so if you have a sewing machine anywhere, I’d suggest you do this with your kids… Even if you don’t have a sewing machine, painting on the fabric was so much fun — give it a go! (The Mummycraft factor tells you how much of the craft the mummy ends up doing. 10 is full-on-Mummy-does-the-craft and 0 is walk-away-and-come-back-to-a-finished-craft.)
The idea for this project came from my new favourite inspirational blog: Filth Wizardry. Swing on by and check out Lindsey’s projects — she’s so creative!