01 October 2008

Cute, Fun and Useful

Art. I'm not so good at art. Ella needs an art project for school though so yesterday we made hand painted napkins. Check it.

First, you need some plain muslin cut 18" square. You'll need a coordinating backing fabric. Or you can be like me and just use some fabric that you had the most of. I think I had about 7 yards of the red and brown gingham. I love that fabric, I use it a lot. Now I'm going to have to buy more.

Materials. Plain muslin, a backing fabric, paint, paint brushes, masking tape, water and stencils.

Here's our set up. I taped the four corners of each kid's cloth to the table so it wouldn't move when they painted. You might want to use newspaper or something under it if you care at all about your table because the paint bled onto my table quite badly. Fortunately for me, I couldn't possibly care less about the looks of this table. In fact, I think the more paint and stains and nicks and scratches, the better.

I know, I know, gratuitous shots of my cute kids painting. So not fair.

I taped the lovely pieces of art to my window so the afternoon sun would help it dry. Then when it was dry I threw them in the dryer for a little while because I've been told that it helps set the paint. I don't know if that's true but it sounded good to me.

Pin the backing fabric and the painted front right sides together.

Trace a rounded edge if that's your pleasure.

Sew 1/4 inch from the edge. Clip edges.
Turn right side out.

Iron the edges down. See all ironed; looks nice and flat.

Sew close to the edge all around the outside. I think I did about 1/8 inch.
The finished product. Use at will. I did wash and dry mine before I let them use the napkins.


Marie said...

Very creative! Did you come up with that all by yourself?

Joanna said...

Well, I was browsing for art projects for homeschoolers and found this website that had some art idea for fall. They cut stamps in leaf shapes out of potatoes and decorated premade napkins. So I just ran with it from there.

Tina said...

Oh, Jo you are too good! That is great. Your kids are lucky to be doing such interesting stuff for art... did they get a kick out of using them?