Weekend Project: Bend the Rules Spring Break Style

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This may qualify as old news, but I love Amy Karol's Bend the Rules with Fabric.  I have reached for it more than once this week, looking for projects that might keep my nearly six year-old busy while he pined away for school.  Spring Break can be heartbreaking for a Kindergartener.  It delivered for Mr. Antsy Pants and got me thinking about the projects I want to start after he's tucked in at night.  I have my at home screen printing stuff on order.

These are no sew projects, BUT you could quite easily change that on the t-shirt by following her instructions for drawing with thread, or by putting your embroidery thread and running stitch to good use.  I wanted to avoid tear away stabilizer for such a, uh, interpretive piece (Batman, cousins fight Batman, cousins fighting with Batman?! and some sleeve decoration). These are also *starter* projects; as in, they are works in progress perfect for messing around with in stages.  I think I'm going to use the linen for making up some napkins and Sam already has another shirt going (this time with a bleach pen).  

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I asked him to draw a design on a hand-me-down t-shirt using a water soluble pen-- he's at that place in life where he will abandon work if he feels like he messed it up (I'm probably still at that place), so I wanted to give him an out if he needed to start over.  After he was done drawing, I went over his design with a sharpie.  We made sure to let it dry and then I let him have at it with the fabric paints.  I used Jaquard Dye-na-Flo and Jaquard Textile Color (it's thicker and we carry it at Bolt) in combination for the linen and just the Dye-na-Flo for Sam's shirt.

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Amy also details how to use resists when painting directly on fabric and how to get different effects using stamps and squeeze tubes (the linen and flowers).  I love using the resist and I definitely want more practice with the paint.  That's one of the reasons that I appreciate this book-- the techniques work and the projects are sweet, but more than that I just get to let go and see what happens. 

We carry a stack of both Bend the Rules Sewing and Bend the Rules with Fabric.