This is one of four fabric art exploration ideas for kids featured at Lessons Learnt Journal. The sequins are such a fun way to add color and texture to a child's drawing on burlap and great beginning sewing practice.
In conjunction with Family Fun, Craft Hope, and Enchanted Makeovers, we made superhero capes for children living in shelters. In the Dec/Jan issue of Family Fun magazine, there is an article about the work of Craft Hope and Enchanted Makeovers. Craft Hope is an online site that coordinates crafters with charity projects and Enchanted Makeovers does makeovers for shelters by making them more homey and comfortable. The capes are gifts to the kids that are staying in shelters that have been made over by Enchanted Makeovers.
The capes are made from cotton jersey so you don't have to worry about frayed edges; just cut the rectangle, fold over and glue the top edge to make a channel for the ribbon, and add a superhero emblem using Heat'n Bond, stitching, or fabric paint. We used the Heat'n Bond and it worked like a charm. Add velcro dots to the ends of the ribbons and you're done! The full directions are in the Dec/Jan issue of Family Fun magazine or here at Family Fun online.
There were nine of us, including my sister and her four kids, and we had a lot of fun making the capes together, plus, it feels good knowing you are creating something that will go to a little one in need.
Get a group of your own together and be cape-making superheroes!
I really love these stitched doilies and think it's such a great way to upcycle these items that aren't always easy to do. These precise, symmetrical stitches are wonderful but I think random abstract stitches would make a nice contrast too. If you're looking for a good side-by-side project to do with the kids then this might be it and just think how great they will look displayed together for wall art! Found at Wholly Kao. P.S. If you don't happen to have any doilies on hand, then make a run to the thrift store!
If you've wanted to do some dyeing with your kids but are maybe a little confused with all the techniques available and which one to choose, well, Rachael Rabbit has done the work for you! She experimented with Kool-Aid, Easter egg dye, tissue paper and Tulip liquid dye and shares the results and how-to's.
This stitchery is very kid-friendly since you are using burlap and yarn and stitching with a running stitch, probably the easiest stitch there is. Younger kids can learn how to pull the strings to make the fringe and then older ones can work on the stitching - a real family project!
You can also see I made a few red burlap coasters which involve no stitching at all. Just cut the burlap squares a little larger than you want for the coaster (these measure 6"x6" including the fringe), and then pull the threads for the fringe. Run a line of glue around the edges, just like the table runner, to prevent unraveling.
4th of July Sashiko Table Runner
Materials: white or red burlap (purchase by the yard from the fabric store) red, white, and blue yarn tapestry needle (has a large eye and dullish tip) glue that dries clear scissors iron for pressing measuring tape if desired
Directions: 1. Prepare the Burlap *Iron the burlap if necessary.
*Decide on the shape and size of your table runner then add about 2" on all sides. Cut it out.
*Working on one side at a time: pull threads from the edge of the burlap until you get one thread that runs the length of that side.
*Pull several more threads until you get a fringe length that you like; repeat on the other three sides.
*Run a line of glue at the base of the fringe to keep it from unraveling, let the glue dry. Repeat on the other three sides. The side with the glue will be the back of the runner.
*Cut a piece of yarn that is the length of your burlap and add about 6".
*Knot one end and thread the other into the tapestry needle.
*Insert your threaded needle into the top side of your burlap, then, using a running stitch (the kind that goes up and down through the fabric) make a straight line of stitches the length of the burlap. Tie a knot on top of the burlap when you reach the end.
*Repeat the running stitches parallel to each other in any combination of colors that you choose until you're done.