Batik Fabric from Crayons

by Rachel Baker on March 22, 2014

I have really just begun to come into my own with a sewing machine. My mother says that now that I have begun accumulating a fabric stash, I am official. I’ve begun dyeing my own fabrics, I cut things up to see what its like sewing with the particular fabric (I’m just upcycling) and I am trying my own designs and figuring out how to make patterns better.

One of the things I’m really enjoying is trying out different ways to dye fabric naturally, but I haven’t really found “the color” vibrancy yet that I am looking for. So, I keep searching everyday for some way to accomplish what I am seeing in my head.

I just ran across this post by (difficult url to type correctly) about how to make your own Batik Fabric using Crayons, and can’t wait to try it. I don’t know if I want to necessarily make the designs she’s got the tutorial for, but I love the use of the crayons and want to try experimenting with them.

I’m always looking through my vintage craft magazines for fresh ideas, and every now and then I pick one and run with it. As a quilter, I’ve always had a preference for batik fabrics. I love the vibrant colors! Well, if you have been following my blog for any time, you probably already know that I love me some color. And the idea of using a resist to block color in areas is something that I love doing with my Ukrainian eggs. So, a mix of color and resist dyeing with crayons just seemed right up my alley.

Now before I go any further, I’m betting there was probably an easier way to do this. But I will tell you how I did it, using my instructions that came from a 1956 Workbasket magazine and a few edits thrown in from me when I ran across some minor roadblocks.

Read more on how to do this, here:

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