Fun with Fabrics

From chokers and slap bracelets to butterfly clips and mood rings, the style of the ‘90s proved unique and carefree. But there was one style that stood out among the rest for its creativity: clothing colored with fabric glue. Using glitter pens or glues in different colors allowed us to generate our own sense of fashion and fun.

Fabric arts lend themselves to creativity and are a fantastic group or individual summer activity. Here are some fabric arts to explore this season.

Tie Dye

This is the one fabric art you’ve most likely already experimented with at some point in your lifetime. Turning a white T-shirt into a masterpiece in a wild range of colors outside at summer camp or at your monthly sleepover has been a rite of passage for decades.

The limits on what to tie dye do not exist; dye your T-shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, aprons, bags, ribbons, jewelry and more. Thousands of tutorials and how-tos exist online when it comes to tie dye, so if your creativity runs out, take to the Internet for some more great ideas.

Watercolor SilkWatercolor Silks

Create works of art to display in your home or to wear with watercolor and silks. From scarves to paintings, silks offer a wide variety of different projects to try, allowing you to tell your story in watercolor.

Watercolor is a unique form of painting that adds an intriguing touch to your wardrobe or home. Sure to turn heads, this type of art lends itself to freedom of expression and style. Check out our Expressions on Silks class this summer to explore this art form and develop your skills with this type of fabric art.


For a quicker, easier craft, look into iron-ons for your T-shirts, bags, scarves and hoodies. Iron-ons help you express your personality with letters, symbols, cartoon characters, logos, animals, flowers and more. Whatever your style and preferences are, you’re bound to find what you need to show what you like and who you are.

Many modern iron-ons can be easily made at home using an ink jet printer, allowing you to take any design you make with your computer and transfer it seamlessly to your apparel. Search your local crafts store or try your luck at larger chain stores to find some easy-to-use iron-on transfer paper to get started with your own unique project.