So… I made some tea towels for my sister’s baby shower using Solarfast and a photo of her sonogram.
Solarfast products are really easy to use and fairly affordable. In total I spent about $30 for the solar film, dye and wash. I spent another $12 on the fabric, a woven cotton that has the texture of a linen. Of course, it was important to find cotton since it dyes well and as a towel, it’s absorbent.
Since I had the materials out, I made some prints of my cat too. Darling, isn’t he?
The directions call for the black ink to sit in the sun for about an hour any time from 11 am to 2pm. I found these needed much more (2-3 hours) and I think in general this would probably be a better summer project. I had to keep shifting the prints as the sunlight changed.
The end product is much more faded, but probably not as faded as it appears in the pictures which were taken in the evening.