If you have bought our first kit you may have caught the embroidery bug now. If you have yet to make a start this can work as an alternative first project for you as you have most of the materials you need right in front of you. If you didn’t get a chance to get the kit, I’ll include where you can find what you need.
Our little family has recently moved house and although we absolutely love the new location the house doesn’t feel like home quite yet. My 3 year old is starting to forget the old house already and the baby will never think of anywhere else but here as home, which makes me a little sad. The old place was the first home my husband bought and he rented it out before we met. A year after first meeting, we moved there together and over the years we have had some absolutely amazing lodgers. We renovated that place room by room on a tiny budget, at first we agreed on absolutely nothing but five years on our tastes and styles had almost aligned… I still can’t stand the football memorabilia. We brought our little baby and our not so little baby home from the hospital to that house and probably became proper adults in the process. So to commemorate the house I wanted to have a little something hanging on the wall in my son’s room.
What you will need:
A wooden dowel - available in our kit, on eBay or Amazon or if you have a wooden clothes hanger the cross bar can be sawn off and sanded down. Another great alternative is a straight-ish branch.
Off-white cotton fabric - available in our kit, IKEA has some great plain fabric you can get cut and weighed, or an old sheet
Black embroidery floss - available in our kit, any craft shop, John Lewis (UK) or online
Embroidery needle - same as above
Embroidery hoop - same as above
White thread - same as aove
Green embroidery floss - same as the black but not included in our kit
Black watercolour - or any paint you have to hand, I used my son’s little paint palette
Scissors, a pencil or pen, sewing machine (optional), iron
I really like simple house illustrations so I kept my sketches as simple as possible but included enough detail to make it recognisable.
Find the centre of the fabric by folding it in half in both ways and use the crease as a guide. Trace your sketch lightly with a pencil or a heat erasable pen. Using two strands of black floss backstitch the main outline of the house. Using one strand of back floss backstitch the outline of the windows. Fill the squares for windows with two strands and a satin stitch.
Depending on how neat you want the finish to appear you can be as careful as you wish when applying the paint. For watercolour you will have less control the more water you use. Fill in the roof space starting at the centre and working your way out. My paint bled past the roof line but I really liked how it looked.
Underneath the house illustration write the words you would like, I chose “our first home” but if you are still living in your first home that might not suit. Try “home is where you are” or maybe even the name of your house if it has one. Decorate with some leaf designs in the green floss, using two threads and a backstitch or stem stitch for the stem and a satin stitch or lazy daisy stitch to do the leaves.
Measure your dowel and then cut your fabric the same width plus 3cm. Cut to this size making sure the illustration is always centred. I chose to give the banner a point at the bottom so I folded the bottom corners of the fabric up to the centre line and then creased it. Then I unfolded it and folded the corners to the new creases I had just made. This gives you two 45 degree angles. Trim the corners off at the new 45 degree lines. Take your fabric back to the ironing board and fold all of the edges (apart from the top edge) backwards at 2cm from the outer edge and press. Fold the top edge down at 3cm. You may find it easier to mark your lines with a pen or pencil first.
If you have a sewing machine sew your edges down 1.5cm in from the edge along the left, right and bottom edges leaving a 2cm gap at the top. Sew 2cm along the top of the banner to create a tube for your dowel.
If you do not have a sewing machine, use the white thread to backstitch along the edges at the same measurements making sure the neat side of your work is on the same side as your embroidery.
Cut a length of black floss and wrap it around both ends of the dowel and secure with a tidy knot. There you go! If you have any tips or great ideas please share with us on Facebook or Instagram with #sonnicrafts or #craftedformykid