If you are looking for a fun project to try over the school holidays, why not try a paint and sew project? It's not only fun, the results are adorable and you can teach the kids some practical sewing skills such as sewing on buttons and basic stitches.
Here is a list of what I used for my project, but you could adapt using whatever you have and choose you own colour scheme.
- 20 X 25cm stretched canvas (choose the box shape with thick edges so you can easily hang your project when finished.) I recycled an old canvas from a previous project I no longer required - I just painted over it with black gesso.
- Owl Stencil, you don't have to choose an owl, there are plenty of different stencils available in craft shops. You can always draw your design free-hand, but I think stencils make things easier and more fun for kids.
- Piece of calico or white cotton fabric big enough to paint your stencil on.
- Fabric trims, buttons etc
- Embroidery strands for decorative stitching
- Printed felt piece (mine was from Spotlight)
- A selection of Pebeo SetaSkrib markers and fabric paints. I used light blue and dark blue markers, light green and dark green markers, orange and black markers and white Pebeo Setacolour Opaque fabric paint.
- Small round paintbrush (if using fabric paints)
- Tapestry needle (or similar)
- General sewing thread (to sew on trim and buttons)
- Spray adhesive.
Step 1. To start with choose your canvas. You can buy a new one and leave it unpainted, paint in the colour of your choice, or like me recycle an old canvas thats no longer required.
Step 2: Iron your calico and fabric and begin by tracing your stencil, I use the black setaskrib marker.
Step 3: Now is the fun part - getting to colour in your stencil! The first thing I did was fill in the black lines to make them solid. It's easier to colour in if you have "sections" to work on. For the Beak I used an orange Pebeo SetaSkrib marker. For the body I used a combination of light blue and dark blue SetaSkrib markers. You will find that the colours will blend in together on the fabric if they are still wet which creates a really nice shading effect and gives dimension to your painting. Start by doing a line of dark blue on the outide, the go over it with the light blue. Practice on a scrap bit of scrap fabric to see how it works. I did the same on the feet using light and dark green SetaSrib markers. For the eyes I used white Pebeo Setacolour Opaque paint and a small round brush.
Step 4: For the head I used my light and dark green markers again a drew in some parallel lines for an interesting effect.
Step 5: The wings were done by overlapping bands of colour, light green and light blue markers. Its fun to blend the colours together, but its a good idea to test out the colours first on a scrap, as blending the wrong two colours together could end up making a muddy unattractive colour!
Step 6: Added some white dots on the wings with the white seta colour fabric paint to make them look "feathery".
Step 7: This is an optional part, but a fun way to teach your child to sew on buttons. I used a couple from my stash of oddments, but there are plenty of really cool buttons around.
Step 8: I used a tapestry needle and some orange embroidery strands to do some basic decorative stitching. You could take this as far as you like it you know embroidery stitches, but I kept it very basic.
Step 9: Once you are happy with your finished design trim it down to a size that looks right. Remembering you want to leave room for a trim and also be able to see your printed felt underneath. I first used a tacking stitch to attach my design on to the felt. Then I pinned my fabric trim on to cover the tacking stitch (no need to remove it) and the raw edge of the calico. I used general sewing thread to hand stitch my trim on. (You could machine this if you have one). I used white thread and was careful to bring my stitches in and out on the white lines of the trim - which made my stitches invisible. I did this on both the inside and outside lines of the trim. How you attach yours will depend on the style of trim you choose...
Step 10. Trim your felt down to the right size to fit on your canvas. Use a spray adhesive to attach the felt to the canvas. Follow the instructions for your adhesive, but generally, you spray both surfaces, wait a minute or so for the glue to become tacky, then press the surfaces together for a permanent bond. Now hang it up to enjoy!