Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Project Teddy Bear

At church I am a behind the scenes person. I am naturally kind of quiet, preferring to help plan & create, set up for an event.....and then disappear! This project is for a preschool fellowship in the fall. It will be a pajama party. No sleepovers, just everyone in their pjs. I am working on 50 Teddy Bears to use as a favor for the event. I did a similar project when my girls were young.

15 years ago I drew on the Teddy bear faces and stitching lines by hand using a permanent marker. I am happy to have a new and easier technique this time. Did you know you can print on fabric in your computer? I am SO excited about this way of doing it!

The process is simple! You will need freezer paper.

1. Cut a piece of freezer paper to 8 1/2 x 11 inches.

2. Iron the piece of freezer paper, shiny side down onto the back of your fabric.

3. Now cut your fabric around the paper.

4. Run it through your printer. Easy peasy!

The paper peels right off when you are done. I did leave it on for cutting because the stiff fabric was easier to cut on.

I was concerned that it wouldn't be colorfast. I had several reject bears so I washed one of them. (Takes me several "trys" to get one looking right, with the lines in all the right places.) It came through the wash fine. The only thing that washed out was the red. Now this bear only has black and red so if you're going to print lots of colors on a project and you want it to be washable I would probably make a tester.

The bears are simple. I think they will be a fun hand out!
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Sunny Day said...

The bears are cute. Glad you gave instructions. Right now I don't know what I would use this type of printing for, but you never know.

LipstickRocks Blog said...

How creative and how adorable!! Thanks, Marlene, for sharing that information- I never heard of freezer paper- I did not know you could print of fabric either! :)


Avante Garde Parenting said...

Oh wow! Those look great- you are so crafty!

Flamingo K said...

How Cute! I'll have to try this technique.

Anonymous said...

Those are adorable! Marlene, have you heard of Etsy? You should sell those and make a few extra bucks!

Lori said...

They are too cute! The girls will love them! How awesome that you give or your time to make a differnce is the lives of others. :)

Anonymous said...

Those are such cute bears, great job:)


Anonymous said...

What a great project - Who does not Love a Bear? I love how you describe your service gift. Loving behind the scenes, helping it all to happen. I bet you are a joy to work with:)

I especially love bears - one of my son's names is Barrett - this year I have officially made his birthday "Hug a Bear Day" - Needless to say, my teen is not thrilled - but I love the idea!