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Thread: Crayola - What am I doing wrong?

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    I have five sisters, and for our reunion that is coming up in July, I decided to do each of them a quilt, with 6 different little sunbonnet sues, each different, one quilt a bunch of 6 baloons with Sues on them with each of our names, one a bouquet of 6 flowers with Sues in the center of each flower with each of our names, etc, you get the idea. I thought I would make a center panel with crayons, then do hand embroidery embelishments, then hand-quilt each one. Good idea, right? Well, I did the first, the baloon bouquet, and it was as cute as it could be. 6 different colored baloons, 6 different little Sues, the strings tied with a big bow. And I did everything right . . .
    Cotton fabric - check
    Washed - check
    Dried with no fabric softner - check
    Ironed freezer paper to back - check
    traced design on front and colored in with crayolas - check
    Paper towels on ironing board - check
    panel face down on paper towels, iron set on "cotton", heat set all work - check

    then I decided to wash it again before I did all the other work - embroidery, etc. and !!! Gone! All of it --- washed away!!! What happened??? Any ideas?

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    You used fabric crayons, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyKat
    I have five sisters, and for our reunion that is coming up in July, I decided to do each of them a quilt, with 6 different little sunbonnet sues, each different, one quilt a bunch of 6 baloons with Sues on them with each of our names, one a bouquet of 6 flowers with Sues in the center of each flower with each of our names, etc, you get the idea. I thought I would make a center panel with crayons, then do hand embroidery embelishments, then hand-quilt each one. Good idea, right? Well, I did the first, the baloon bouquet, and it was as cute as it could be. 6 different colored baloons, 6 different little Sues, the strings tied with a big bow. And I did everything right . . .
    Cotton fabric - check
    Washed - check
    Dried with no fabric softner - check
    Ironed freezer paper to back - check
    traced design on front and colored in with crayolas - check
    Paper towels on ironing board - check
    panel face down on paper towels, iron set on "cotton", heat set all work - check

    then I decided to wash it again before I did all the other work - embroidery, etc. and !!! Gone! All of it --- washed away!!! What happened??? Any ideas?
    wow... my biggest fear of doing one...

    ummm make u didnt press long enough or hot enough? or maybe it needs to " cure"?

    I'll be watching.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by debp33
    You used fabric crayons, right?

    No. Most of the sites I read, and the fabric crayon packages say that with cotton, you're not supposed to use fabric crayons, that the fabric crayons are only for poly/cotton blends. Is that wrong?

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    You didn't use washable crayons did you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyKat
    Quote Originally Posted by debp33
    You used fabric crayons, right?

    No. Most of the sites I read, and the fabric crayon packages say that with cotton, you're not supposed to use fabric crayons, that the fabric crayons are only for poly/cotton blends. Is that wrong?
    I don't know if it's wrong, but I have a quilt my class made for me when I was student teaching. It was made from a white cotton sheet with pictures they drew with fabric crayons.

    That was 18 years ago and it's been through many, many, many washings. I can still see the pictures and still read the students names on it. It's still my favorite go-to blanket - I use it several times a week when watching TV in the basement.

    Do regular crayons "take" on fabric? I'd think they might wash out?

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    At quilt show I went to in Aug. they used regular Crayon crayolas. They did use paper towel on top the picture and behind it. They pressed several times till all the loose crayon came off. They said these will wash forever.
    I wonder if you used washable crayons which do wash out for sure.
    I have a friend that uses fabric pens from JoAnns and they wash up very well over the years.

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    I've done the fabric crayons on pillowcases.. which are probably poly blend (didn't check the label) which turned out fine, and used to use regular crayola crayons to do some pretty leaves on muslin which also worked well.

    Questions: Did you leave the iron on the crayon/fabric panels until the heat of the iron bled the crayon mix into the paper towels?

    Were the crayons Crayola brand?

    Why? Because you need to melt the wax completely to release the color. If the heat didn't put the melt into the paper towels you didn't leave the iron on long enough to set the color. It will definitely smell like burning crayons! In this case that is a good smell, because it means you are melting the wax.

    Crayola brand crayons have more dye in the crayon than other brands of crayons, so they tend to "stain/dye" the material better than other cheap brands (which I have tried and did NOT have good success with).

    You may want to just use fabric markers at this point if you don't want to try the crayon version again. I've used all three (markers, fabric crayons, and Crayola crayons) at one time or another and had good results.

    Good luck!

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    I love fabric markers.

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    I bought the 'special' crayons for fabric at a quilt show....big waste! My friend did a very elegant quilt top with leaves & flowers & just used regular childrens crayons & heat set it. She was an awesome artist so of course this turned out beautiful. She's passed away now or I'd ask her what all she did. So sorry to hear that happened to you. Better luck with the next set.

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    This is a thread someone posted recently. I sounds like she did what you did. Maybe you could pm her with your question.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-145643-1.htm

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    just a silly thought - did you use crayola WAX crayons?!!

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    Have you tried color pencils, and you set them with painters medium (I want to say Delta) found in the craft acrylic aisle at micheals not the painters aisle.

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    Wow!!

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    plain old crayola crayons...last for many washings/years....

    I place the paper towel right on top of the crayon coloring and heat set it...if it looks like I need more color, I do it then......once heat set, I usually do not wash until the piece needs it..which is rarely! BUT I do have some placemats that needed it right away...still...they look great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janedee
    just a silly thought - did you use crayola WAX crayons?!!
    You know, I'm not sure. I had my iron set on 'cotton' and I left it fooorrrreeeevvvveeeer! It got really hot, but nothing came off onto the paper towels. . . no wax, no color, although a little color did bleed through to the back of the fabric. The box just says "Crayola Crayons" It is the 96-crayon bonus box. It does say "nontoxic". Are there different kinds of Crayola crayons? Wax and non-wax?

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    here in the uk we have ordinary colour pencils and wax ones so would guess you do to!!
    Quote Originally Posted by KyKat
    Quote Originally Posted by janedee
    just a silly thought - did you use crayola WAX crayons?!!
    You know, I'm not sure. I had my iron set on 'cotton' and I left it fooorrrreeeevvvveeeer! It got really hot, but nothing came off onto the paper towels. . . no wax, no color, although a little color did bleed through to the back of the fabric. The box just says "Crayola Crayons" It is the 96-crayon bonus box. It does say "nontoxic". Are there different kinds of Crayola crayons? Wax and non-wax?

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    I used fabric crayons and they faded before a wash!! I got fabric markers and had much better luck.

    Kyia

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    from the picture they are definitely wax ones and it sounds like you did everything right so am completely stumped now as to why it didn't work

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    Hm, that is weird. Maybe you didn't have enough of the color on the block to begin with. The way you described is exactly how I learned.

    The fabric crayons work a little differently: You draw the design on paper and iron it onto the fabric. I tried that once and it came out really light as well.

    Can you re-color? I would get a set of fabric markers (NOT Sharpie!) and color the designs. I have some that work like felt tips.

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    Sounds like the iron wasn't hot enough and left on long enough. Try doing it on a test and hold it there until you see melt off on the paper towels. If you think it needs more color then, add the more color and set the iron back on it with a diff paper towel so you know when it has lifted it to the paper towel. Then as a added bonus when I get all done, I soak mine over night in vinegar. And wash. When I take it out of the washer, if i think it needs more color I go ahead and repeat the steps above. I love using crayons.
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    Thanks I haven't washed mine yet either. Didn't know I had to leave the iron on it longer!!!

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    When I did the finishing up of my mom's hope chest one I ironed it between sheets of waxed paper with a really hot iron. The colors lasted through many washings for over 20 years.

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    My wife has done several quilts with crayons and used craft paper or a brown paper grocery bag and made sure to heat set them good...the wax would melt into the paper and the pigment stayed in the fabic...its been several years now and they are still as vibrant as the day she did them...maybe there wasnt enough crayon on the fabric or the heat wasnt high enough

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    I made a quilt for my mom with Crayola school crayons.
    When I heat set, I put a brown paper sack on my ironing board.
    Then I lay my block (crayon on unwashed, unbleached muslin) on the sack,
    WITH THE CRAYON SIDE UP, then a paper towel on top of the block.
    PRESS WITH A HOT, DRY IRON. (Remember PRESS not iron)
    When the towel shows crayon color wax, lay on a clean paper towel and press again.

    If you lay the crayon side down on a towel it melts the color wax down into the towel and away from the fabric.

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