Friday, 30 January 2015

Sunshine Wall hanging

If you saw my post on how to add colour to a room with washi tape you will know that I am trying to make our bland rental a little more vibrant for Sebastian. Read about my washi tape walls here.

When you live away from family it is nice to find ways to bring them into your life and home. There is twenty years between my sister and I and I would sing you arr my sunshine to her all the time and when she started to talk she would sing it back to me, it was adorable. It is a special song for us and it is nice to carry on a tradition with my son and tell him that myself and his aunt India used to sing it together.

Using a selection of vintage fabrics and calico I made this wall hanging for his room.
I hand drew the letters, the rough and ready look was ideal for this project. I attached them to the calico background with bondaweb, you can never have too much bondaweb in your house. I hand stitched around the letters with embroidery floss, I liked the way the hand stitching looked and it served to make the letters more secure, after all I hope this becomes an heirloom item so I want to make it to last.
After stitching all of the letters I pressed the calico and decided to add a backing. This would cover all of the stitches and as the calico was so thin you would get a hint of the vibrant patter showing through. Luckily I had more of the old orange and brown curtains I used in the letters. I placed the right sides together and sewed all the way round on my machine leaving a small gap. I turned the piece the right way round through the gap and pressed it again before closing the hole by hand using a ladder stitch.

When you create your home in particular a room for your child try to make personal pieces and fill it with meaningful objects that have a story.


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