Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
step 2 / Fuse Peltex to the back of your fabric pieces according to the product instructions. Using your word processing software, create tracing templates for each of Baby’s initials. (I used Rockwell Extra Bold at 550 pixels.) Cut out your templates, then use your washable marker to trace them in reverse onto the back of your fused fabric piece. Cut out your letters, and then machine stitch around the edge of each with your machine outfitted with your jeans needle, if desired.
For the animal shapes, create templates by hand, or find some images you like on the web. (See my notes below for things to keep in mind when creating your templates.) Cut these templates out, and trace them onto the back of your fused fabrics, just as you did for the initials. Be sure to mix and match your fabrics to give your wall hangings a vibrant, whimsical feel. Cut out each of the shapes, and stitch around these as well (optional).
From the scraps of fused fabric you have remaining, cut various triangle shapes, approximately 5 for each canvas, depending on the size of your triangles. These will be used to form a pennant banner at the corner of each of your wall hangings.
step 3 / Arrange all of your cut shapes onto your dry canvases: your initials, your animal shapes, and your pennant triangles. Once you are satisfied with the overall layout of your design, use hot glue to adhere each element to your canvas. Apply rick-rack over your pennant banner, as shown. Embellish your animal shapes with buttons, rick-rack and other items, if desired. (I used button eyes for my animals, as well as rick-rack antennae and legs for my caterpillar.)