Glue Batik, Again {Tutorial}

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homemade banner that reads love with hearts
The boys and I were looking back at some of our past tutorials, and they were anxious to revisit the glue batik craft that we created last Summer. This time around we decided to use plain fabric squares instead of t-shirts because they wanted to turn their creations into pillows. We repurposed an old bed sheet and cut it into 14″ squares.
outline of trampoline design for banner
First, choose a design that you like and draw it on your fabric using Elmer’s Gel Glue. It must be the blue gel glue as regular glue will not work! Sawyer wanted his pillow to depict our trampoline and shooting stars…sort of a long story, but essentially it reminds him that he’s not scared of the dark anymore. Once you finish drawing your design, allow it to dry completely (overnight works well).
child with custom outline for banner
Sutton chose a Mario toadstool, naturally!
paint added to banner
Cover your work surface and your clothing, and paint your fabric with slightly watered down acrylic paint. If you choose to use contrasting colors you’ll want to allow it to dry (at least slightly) between colors to avoid a muddied look.
pretty revealed banner hanging outside
Hang up the fabric and allow it to dry completely.
child washing paint off of hands and brushes in sink
Now the magic really happens! Submerge the fabric in warm water for about 10 minutes, and then scrub off the gel glue. An old toothbrush really comes in handy for this step. It takes a little elbow grease!
child holding up diy banner
Time for the big reveal!
kid made outdoor banner
Hang it one more time to dry and then do what you wish with it! We chose to make pillows this time because the boys wanted some practice on the sewing machine, but we’ve also made t-shirts with this technique, and we’re hoping to make a set of prayer flags for the garden too.
kid made pillow cases covering pillows
All stitched up and ready for bedtime!

signature from Heidi, Happiness is Homemade

One Comment

  1. This is such a neat idea! Thanks so much for posting! My son will love this craft šŸ˜‰ And I will have a pillow to snuggle with when he leaves for college (Why am I even thinking about that now! He’s only 4 1/2!)

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