Astar's Craft: Handmade art work for a child's bedroom
Handmade art work for a child's bedroom
Things to gather
From Spotlight in the furnishing department they have a wonderful array of nursery rhyme printed fabric.
For today's project I'm using the thermal back fabric - the reason being that its much heavier and will hang nicely.
Fixing ribbon or tape - look for something that tones or contrasts with the base colour of printed fabric.
o-rings - to hand stitch to hanging tape/ribbon
Card to make a template, pencil and ruler
Optional extra if you wish to further embellish - self sticking images
Note - for light weighted fabrics you will also need to purchase sufficient iron on fabric stiffening
Ensure that all wrinkles and creases have been removed from fabric.
Determine how big you wish your images to be, then make up a template pattern.
To make the one I am using today, take a piece of heavy card 14cm wide across top x 18cm long.
To form the flag shaped point at the bottom.
Measure across to 7cm (middle) at the top and mark.
Measure down 10cm from top on both sides and mark.
Now use the ruler to draw a diagonal line from the 10cm mark to the middle bottom mark.
Repeat on other side.
Cut along this line to remove surplus card to thus form a pointed base.
Lay this template over printed images. Use the pencil to trace around image.
Cut out marked images.
Now if the fabric is too limp and requires stiffening
Back each image with the iron on fabric stiffening.
Note - there is a sticky almost raised backing which is ironed on to the reverse of top fabric or printed image.
Make sure you get the right surface against the printed image and that your iron is not too hot, as the heat of the iron will melt stiffening fabric, + the wrong side to the iron will take you ages to remove.
Tip - I usually place work on top of a piece baking paper, then again on top of work to ensure nothing gets onto the face of my iron.
Once images have all been cut out it's time to mount work.
The number of images required will depend on the actual area where it will finally hang.
With this measurement in mind, cut length from binding/hanging tape or ribbon.
Lay out flat, then take the cut images and lay these with equal distance spacing along ribbon. Leave a good several cm for fixing o-rings.
Tip - I like to allow a cm space between each image.
Take work to the sewing machine and stitch images so that images
are stitched to back of ribbon.
Hand stitch an o-ring to each end of ribbon.
Further embellish with the aid of self sticking stickers.
Use 3M self sticking hooks to fix to wall, then hang completed bunting.
(Broadcast 17 May 2012)