Firecracker and I have been up to a little experimenting...
This is a project I've been wanting to try all year...painting on fabric.
As much as possible, I like to decorate for Christmas with as many reminders of the Nativity and Christ's birth as possible. So last Christmas I fell in love with this little wall hanging that I saw on MADE as soon as I saw it. I emailed Dana to see if she could give me more details about it. It's a hand painted manger scene that her mother-in-law bought and gave to her...so she didn't have any details about how to do it or where I could find the pattern.
So I started looking around. I couldn't find any clip art that was quite right. Then I decided to try drawing my own...and it's a lot harder than it looks. Then I stumbled upon Twin Stitchers and this pattern (Unto You).
(Twin Stitchers has an awesome 50% off deal going on, so be sure to head over and check out the Christmas patterns.)
I've been collecting long skinny frames all year at Goodwill, and figured I better try painting to see if it would work. I decided to just start with a small part of the pattern for experiment...
I need to do a little more experimenting before I do a tutorial, but I wanted to throw this out there in case it inspires any ideas for you (or if you have suggestions for me, I'd love to hear them!)
I started by tracing the design onto muslin with my favorite fabric pen.
And of course Firecracker wanted to paint her own on paper.
And after trying it on muslin, I had to try on a T-shirt too. Besides...Twin Stitcher's Dash Away Pattern was calling my name. The main thing I learned here, is that I need to be more careful outlining with my pen...it's easier to make mistakes on the knit...or at least this one.
But the painting worked great.
And I added a "Santa's Lil' Helper
Now I just need to find a small enough button for the nose and some ribbon for a bow.
It will probably be a week or so before I'm able to try do any more with these projects since I'll be scoring SAT's for the next week and a half, but I can't wait to show you how the full Nativity turns out.
If the painting seems too intimidating for you (or you don't want to go buy a bunch of paints), you these patterns would look great using my faux embroidery tutorial that uses crayons and a fabric pen to recreate embroidery patterns in a fraction of the time.
And if you're interested in other Nativity Crafts, you might want to check out my Nativity Blocks...
Symbols of Christmas Tin
family's nativity stockings (which I realized I need post the patterns for...hopefully a little later this season)...