My guest artist for this blog is my daughter Rosie. She is 7. She wanted to show you how she made her Christmas present for her cousin Lil' Nat! I was really excited to watch this progress from her idea to a finished project and I know she was really proud of her achievement knowing that it was her idea. I had been feeling rather guilty lately because I had thought that I wasn't taking enough time to teach my children some of what I know. I am feeling a tad better about things after watching this and now having her ask me to teach her "everything" that I know. lol!
A couple of things to keep in mind. First, my girls have been around sewing and cutting tools since they were born and we always talk about how to use these tools safely and what they can touch or cannot touch. We have never had an issue. Where I feel quite confident in leaving my things in view, this may not be safe for other children. You be the best judge. When the girls work in my sewing room, I am always there in case they need assistance and to make sure that they are using the equipment safely. Never do I let them use the cutter! They are extremely sharp and I have seen the damage done to hands of adults that have forgotten to drop the blade. Although it is wonderful to let our children create and to try new things, we need to keep in mind their safety.
How to Sew A Personalized Art Pillow Rosie Style
Decide on project and draw a picture on a piece of paper. If you would like you can colour the picture in so that you know what colours to use later on. Then, using a light table or taping your drawing to a window, tape a piece of fabric over top (we used white cotton so it would be easier for her to see her lines). Trace the drawing onto the fabric.
|Transferring her drawing. |
This little table is something I rigged up years ago using a milk crate, a lightbulb and some plexi glass. Inexpensive and easy to do (especially if you have a friend that is an electrician)
Once you have your drawing transferred, pick out your favourite crayons and start colouring. I prefer to use Crayola crayons. We just used the regular ones. I have never used their "fabric crayons" because I have found that these work just fine and have never had a problem yet.
|Colouring her drawing on the fabric.|
You can either do this step before or after colouring. I usually do it before but Rosie wanted to colour first. Trace around the drawing with a Permanent Fineline Sharpie. I did this for her because I was able to trace the lines faster; if you are slow then you run the risk of the marker bleeding into the fabric. This step just sets off the drawing.
|Comparing the original paper drawing to the fabric drawing.|
|...and Voila!!! Complete coloured and inked! |
(with her little notes "And it's right here...It's almoste finished.)
|Heat setting the drawing. |
Make sure to explain to your children how to use the iron safely.
|Creating a kid-size workspace by bringing the equipment to their level.|
|Using a pressing block after ironing for a smooth finish.|
|Trimming the ends. |
Not the best picture to demonstrate cutter safety. Unfortunately it is the best I can do right now until I finish unpacking.
|Squaring up the finished piece.|
|....and Voila!! Finished top ready for backing.|
|Pillow backing pinned with finished edges overlapping creating the split back.|
|Clip all four corners for nice corners when turned.|
|Turning right side out.|
|Making sure to get corners out. You can use a knitting needle to work them into place or a blunt tool so that you don't rip your fabric.|
|Putting the pillowform into the case.|
|A pillow to be proud of! |
Time to Celebrate!