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    • gardenia101
    • By gardenia101 12th Aug 12, 12:41 PM
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    Keeping Autographs on T shirt - How Do I wash It?
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    Keeping Autographs on T shirt - How Do I wash It? 12th Aug 12 at 12:41 PM
    My DS has a white cotton T shirt which was autographed by members of a BMX team & he wants to keep those autographs - BUT beeing a 9 year old the T needs washing after its first wear as hes such a muck magnet.

    What can I do to keep the autographs & make sure they are not washed out? I think they are done in biro. I usually wash everything at 30 unless it is really honking, & will wash it inside out but was wondering if it is worth going over the autographs with a permenant marker & if so, which one?

    I've never tried to keep biro stains on clothes before, & have rarely used stain treatments as my machine just seems to get everything out without much effort!

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    I'm not sure about the best way to wash it but is there any way you could stitch over the autographs? That way it wouldn't matter if the biro came off as the stitched autograph would remain.
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    I would do a very gentle hand wash, avoiding scrubbing the biro etc.
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    You could go to somewhere like hobbycraft and get one of those fabric pens to go over the sigs with. Even with careful washing my kids end of school polos ended up with blurred patches rather than signatures.
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    • By PixieDust 12th Aug 12, 4:26 PM
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    It never occurred to me that people actually wore these signed shirts....I thought that once they were signed they were put away as a keepsake......?
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    It never occurred to me that people actually wore these signed shirts....I thought that once they were signed they were put away as a keepsake......?
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    my daughter wore a t/shirt and got some band members to sign it when she met them in the bar. I have washed it but used non-bio & although slightly fainter, you can still the autographs.

    She only wore it to their gigs anyway but now she doesn't even like them anymore
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    If he really wants to wear the t-shirt again I would be inclined to stitch over the autographs so it can be washed, otherwise I would suggest top him that he use it as a keepsake (you don't need to wash it) my son has a similar t-shirt that he wanted to keep but it had some mud on, we just brushed off the mud and it is now pinned up on his bedroom wall as a memento of the day.
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    just brush off the worst of the dirt and then frame the t-shirt.
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    • siaoeh
    • By siaoeh 15th Aug 12, 11:58 PM
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    how about steam cleaning it if you have a steam cleaner? might not take stains off but at least it will be clean.. anyway if he is going to get it dirty and stained again then it doesn't matter right?
    • reluctantworkingmum
    • By reluctantworkingmum 22nd Aug 12, 11:54 AM
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    write over them in fine tip permanent marker (sharpie)
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    • By gardenia101 22nd Aug 12, 7:41 PM
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    I would do a very gentle hand wash, avoiding scrubbing the biro etc.
    Originally posted by Bitsy Beans
    It will need far more than a gentle handwash - my DS is an enthusiatic eater!

    It never occurred to me that people actually wore these signed shirts....I thought that once they were signed they were put away as a keepsake......?
    Originally posted by PixieDust
    I've hardly been able to get him out of it as he loves it so much.

    I think I'll go for the stitching option if the Sharpie pen fails - although that means it may disappear into the mending basket & he may well outgrow it before I get around to doing it.

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    • By Augustus the Strong 23rd Aug 12, 3:07 PM
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    It never occurred to me that people actually wore these signed shirts....I thought that once they were signed they were put away as a keepsake......?
    Originally posted by PixieDust
    Yeah, don't wash it - frame it. If you like, buy the kid a replacement and forge (or trace over) the signature yourself in indelible felt tip.
  • monathevampire
    I'd use reverse batik (wax). All you do is drip white wax over the autographs, let it set, drip it over the inside over the back of the autograph, once dry give a wash, then frame it ~ signed clothing do become a keepsake
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    Sharpie wont wash out, so I'd write over with that, and keep washing in non bio on 30degree washes if he insists on keeping wearing it.
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