I am always looking for fun ways to make handmade presents from the kids for family members. Whether it is grandparents day, Christmas, Father’s Day or birthdays – it makes the kids feel so special to be able to give a present that is truly made by THEM to their loved ones.
Recently I have started snapping photos of the massive amounts of artwork my kids bring home from school every day. It lessens the guilt of me throwing them in the garbage when they aren’t looking – lol. But I also figure I can work my way towards a large handmade kids art quilt one day with them! But first, we need to turn that kid’s artwork into fabric.
Turn kids artwork into fabric.
Skill Level: Beginner
Time Needed: 1 hour
- Crafter’s Image Photo Fabric
- Inkjet printer
- Camera or scanner
Step Two: Open up the printing window, and make sure the artwork is set to scale, or fit printable area.
Step Three: Unroll the photo fabric and cut to your desired size. If you have a printer that can handle banners, then length is not a problem. If not, then cut the fabric paper to paper size. (legal or standard size paper).
As the fabric paper is sold on a roll, it tends to curl up on the ends. To rectify so that it lies flat in your printer set your iron to gentle heat, and iron over the fabric paper. Allow to cool.
Step Four: Place the fabric paper in your printer as you would normal paper, making sure the fabric side of the fabric paper is facing the right direction! You may want to do a test run on paper first to ensure which direction you need to place your paper. (Mine is facedown, so fabric side facedown)
*Tip – To do a test run first, make a mark on one side only of your regular paper. Run it through the printer with your child’s artwork printed out. Depending on the side that the artwork prints on, you will know whether to place your paper face up / down based on which side the marking comes out on.
Step Five: Print.
You are now left with a perfect piece of cotton fabric to make any woven project with.
Turn a bunch of drawings into a fabulous quilt, make a custom tote bag, pillows for the home, or more. Makes the perfect grandparents gift, Father’s Day gift, or of course – handmade Christmas present.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…