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« on: September 05, 2007 08:28:07 PM »

I bought 30 artist smocks for our local library to use in tehir Storytime.  They paint after each session and have been using old t-shirts as smocks.

Anyway, the smocks I bought are made from Tyvek, so an iron on is out because Tyvek can't be heated.

Any ideas on how I can prsonalize them easily and quickly?  I was thinking maybe silk screen, but you have to set the ink with an iron, so I assume that's out too.

I was thinking of just somehow putting "storytime"  in some fun font or a picture of a book and bookworm on them, but can't figure out how to get an image on them.

ANY ideas on how I can personalize these things would be great.  Even better ideas that "story time" or a bookworm pic would be appreciated, (that is if there is a way to get an image on them...)

« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2007 08:46:01 PM »

Wonder if you can talk a local sewing store to embroider them. Not ye ole fashioned embroidery, but those super-turbo programmable sew-rific 3000 machines. I always see them doing demos... why not demo and do a good deed?

Figure out with them, maybe you buy materials and/or a small setup fee. Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2007 08:57:01 PM »

Cut a simple shape out of felt,but use bright colors,and sew it on. Felt doesn't ravel. You could use pinking shears for a scalloped edge.A book with a smile,you could glue on googly eyes with jewelry glue. A paintbrush,an artist's palette,a bookworm wearing an artist's beret,the name of the library.Or much easier-just the word art-in capital letters and exclamation point. ART! Simple,bright,says it all.
I've never used fabric paint-does it need to be ironed on? If not,fabric paint and a simple stencil.
And I think it was great of you to buy smocks for the kids!

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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2007 10:30:47 AM »

if you want to do the iron-on idea why dont you iron them on pieces of fabric and sew them on the smock or enclose the iron-on transfers in the plastic fabric and sew it onto the smocks.


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