Here is a picture of my boring trousers, so dull I didn’t bother to get them in their full, uninteresting glory. Next I got hold of some fabric pens, an iron, some scrap paper/news paper, and a tea towel/cotton cloth.
I then found some inspiration, I used William de Morgan and some Turkish tile floral motifs.
Before I begun the doodle I placed a bit of paper between the fabric of the trousers so that the pen ink would not seep through one part of the leg onto the bit of the leg below. I then started my doodle at the top of the leg around the waist and worked my way down. I was careful to make sure flowers ‘grew’ in every direction and when I got to the bottom of my leg I had more flowers growing up the leg to bring the observer’s eye back up the leg again.
Once I had finished all the doodle I wanted on the trousers, I lay the cotton cloth over the doodled trouser leg and set the iron on hottest setting and ironed over the cotton cloth and trouser leg for 2 minutes to set the fabric pen permanently. Keep moving the iron around so as not too burn any where.
And now the ‘tadaaa’ moment…the finished article.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and have seen how easy it can be to make your tired clothes into real unique statements items. Other ideas you could try is just doing a design at the bottom of trousers, down the button area of a shirt, or a little decoration on the collar, on a plain neck tie (careful with the hot iron on silk!), or a handkerchief (if any one still uses them), on your kid’s clothes, the possibilities are endless.