Here’s how you can design your own fun costume. There’s a certain Bohemian charm in being ones own avant-garde fashion designer. One can recycle and feel good about creating such an exquisite Native American themed poncho for an enjoyable Powwow. I and my designer kids enjoyed doing this easy-to-do project and so will you, for sure .
- A vintage T-shirt.
- Crayola nontoxic fabric crayons – 8 count.
- Sharpie black marker – fine point.
- Parchment paper.
- Electric iron.
- Take a vintage T-shirt of your choice and with the help of scissors cut lots of thin long strips in and around it’s border as fringe.
- Cut lots of thin strips around the sleeve for the fringe as shown in the picture above.
- Using a black Sharpie marker draw an outline of your design.
- Using Crayola’s fabric crayon fill the color inside the lively patterns. Press hard as you color. Gently brush away the extra specks of fabric crayons, if any.
- Prepare the ironing area. Place the poncho flat. Place the parchment paper above the colorful patterns on the poncho, as shown in the picture below.
- With the heated iron press on the parchment paper for 6 to 9 minutes. Repeatedly press without lifting the parchment paper.
- Continue to press for 6 to 9 minutes. Once, finished lay down the iron to rest.
- Now remove the parchment paper. Voila! What do you see? Self designed colorful patterns, just the way you imagined!
If needed, the costume with the fabric-crayon design can either be gently hand-washed or machine washed on gentle cycle, cold setting. It should be line dried. A dryer should not be used.
To go with the poncho my daughter created this beaded necklace with a unique flare. We got the brown wooden beads and yarn from Michael’s craft store.
- Wooden beads.
- Tapestry needle.
- Thread the yarn thru the eye of the tapestry needle.
- String the beads one-by-one.
- When the desired length is achieved, cut the yarn leaving an inch or so for the knot.
- Bring both the ends of the yarn together. Finally tie a double knot. Wowza! What do you see? A truly indigenous necklace.