Category: SYTYC

March 30, 2011

Nursery Canvas Tutorial

Filed under: Crafts,Decorating,SYTYC,Tutorials - 30 Mar 2011

Finally, a tutorial!!

To make Chloe’s nursery canvases, I used a mixture of paint, paper, and fabric to create completely unique art for her wall.

I started with the fully painted canvases.

I found an image from one of the fabric prints that I liked, then I blew it up on my computer to the size of my canvas, and traced it on computer paper.

Then, channeling my elementary school art days, I flipped it over and filled in the back using a regular lead pencil tilted at an angle.

Then I flipped it back over, taped it to my canvas in a few places, and made little reference points on the canvas to make sure I returned it to the exact same spot each time. I started with the green pieces, so I traced them first.

Then painted.

Once it was dry, I moved on to the next color, in the order that made the most sense.

Then I washed off the reference points and it was finished!! I followed the same steps for this canvas, also from one of the fabric prints, except it was much simpler to do. I painted all the pink, then went back and added the red on top.


And for the “C” I simply painted the whole canvas pink, went back and taped off 1″ spaces with 1″ painters tape and added the green stripes. Once it was dry I used the same tracing method to draw the C on top of the lines, and filled it in with brown paint.


The apple and pear are painted backgrounds, with paper pieces glued on top.

I enlisted some help with the painting for these while I cut the paper.


Then starting with the bottom shapes, I glued (using Mod Podge because I couldn’t find my Aleene’s) the pieces on.




(I forgot to take a picture of the step where I added the stem and the leaf)


Then to let them dry without rippling, I turned them over and placed a heavy book on the back of the canvas so it would be perfectly flat.

Then for the owl, I used only fabric (other than the painted background).


I traced the shapes on regular (red) Heat n Bond and ironed them on at the same time.


I covered the whole canvas with a scrap piece of fabric and ironed lightly, until all the pieces stuck.


Then turn the whole thing over and iron from the back side to get a good seal on the Heat n Bond.


And lastly, the birds. I used a mix of all the previous techniques to make my birds.

First I freehanded the branch with brown paint. While it dried, I cut the leaf shapes from scrapbook paper and glued them on. I cut the birds from scrap fabric on Heat n Bond and ironed them on, then painted their beaks and feet.

And that’s it!! I already had all the fabric, paper, and some of the paint, so I just bought the canvases (50% off at Michael’s) and a few bottles of paint! It cost me less than $20 and a few afternoons of crafting to create this adorable wall art!


March 15, 2011

Felt Playhouse

Filed under: SYTYC - 15 Mar 2011


Wow, what a whirlwind this has been!! Thank you to everyone for your support, votes, and words of encouragement. I loved having this experience with Meredith, and making it so far with her was a victory for our entire family. I proud of you, Mister Sister, and I love you! And it was fun to go to the finals against someone who was not my family! Thanks for the fun, Amy! You’re such a sweet girl and I love your blog!

I’m doing the really unexciting task of getting our house ready for a walkthrough on Sunday. We renewed our lease for another year so all the little things I’ve been ignoring for months, as well as the messes I haven’t cleaned up during the past 10 weeks, are finally getting taken care of. It feels (and looks!) great, but it’s exhausting and time consuming. I’ve been working on my tutorials at night as I relax in my bed, so start looking for them in the next few days!

In the mean time, here’s my entry from the finals!

When I was a little girl I really wanted an awesome playhouse. I’d build tents and forts out of blankets and chairs and in my mind, turn them into grand places that occupied my time for hours. So when I started brainstorming ideas for my final project, I decided to build my girls the playhouse I’d dreamed of as a kid.

Made from PVC pipe and felt, this adorable house features 4 different sides for endless hours of play. It is fully customizable to the games they like to play the most.

Already getting plenty of play time, our house has a post office with in and out boxes complete with fabric envelopes stuffed with crayon-scribbled notes of love, a market with fruits, vegetables, and breads, all ready to be selected and enjoyed, a flower shop with gorgeous fabric flowers, and a house with curtains, window box, and a door that really closes.

One of my favorite things about the playhouse is that it can be completely disassembled for easy storage when not in use. Taking only minutes to put back up, your kids can enjoy the house without sacrificing permanent floor space. We’ve played inside and outside and have been having a ball with it. And it thrills me to know we’ll all enjoy the house for many years to come!

March 7, 2011

Happy Monday!

Filed under: SYTYC,Tutorials - 07 Mar 2011

Sorry, no tutorials yet! I got my project submitted to Missy Friday night and spent the weekend catching up with my family. It’s been a long, but wonderful, 10 weeks and here we are at the finale! Please head over to SYTYC and cast your vote! It’s been a fun competition and I wish Amy the best of luck!

Also, my Game Day Gym Bag has been featured on the cool blog We All Sew. It’s sponsored by Bernina and is a total honor!

And lastly, I always love seeing what people create using my tutorials, so I was elated to find this video!! This is Kristina from kwernerdesign and her cosmetic bag came out precious (and her blog is to die for, no?). The fabric she lined it with is Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane–which is what I did Chloe’s nursery in–so it has a special place in my heart already! It’s such a joy to see these kinds of things! Thanks Kristina! I’m glad Mannie likes it, too!

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