Crayons! Yes, Crayons and quilting have gone together since the 1930s! Embroidered quilt blocks and other embroidered items were often tinted with regular crayons by coloring on the fabric and then heat setting with an iron. Contemporary quilt designers often use crayons to tint their embroidered and stitched blocks. It's even possible to use crayons to tint plain or printed fabric for piecing or applique. Crayola crayons work best for this method, as well as fabric paint crayons such as NeoColor II.
Benefits of Crayons
- Crayons can add a vintage look to embroidered pieces
- Crayons can tint printed fabric to enhance and add dimension to applique designs
- Crayons can preserve children's artwork on a quilt!
Tools and Supplies for Crayons
- Paper towels
- Stabilizer or sand paper to hold the fabric flat to ensure smooth drawing or shading
What I Wish I Knew When I Started using Crayons
CRAYON Quilts should be washed carefully, new stain fighting soaps may remove crayon.