Friday, May 6, 2011

Fabric Circle Wall Art

It's too bad that all the good blog names about loving nap time are already taken, because this blog has really become all about the stuff I do when the kids are asleep! Oh well, my purpose still is to make my life more simple. I guess that isn't always possible with the level of crazy I experience on a daily basis! Someday though...someday...sniff.

In the meantime, here is some wall art for you to enjoy.

This craftastic art piece was made with paper, fabric, and thread. Wanna see how I made it?

It all started with this a brown piece of paper. Then, I started singing a song, something like "What should I make today?" (this is where I find my inspiration) Okay, not really. I had been looking a cute little iPhone cases  at iHeart my iPhone etsy shop...not that I actually have an iPhone. It was one of those blog rabbit trails, you know what I mean? Anyway. I loved the idea of using thread graphically and wanted to try it in my own project.

Back to the brown paper. This little treasure was left over from a roll of wrapping paper. It was a nice size and weight and I knew I could use it somewhere.

Next I looked in my sewing basket for fabric scraps. I had a few really cute remnants from a quilt I made a few years ago that I really liked and knew would go  nicely on the bland wall of the boy's bedroom.

I found an old frame and traced and cut the brown paper to fit the frame. Brown paper needed a little color, so I painted it with some blue-gray paint I had. I could have used decorative paper instead, but I wanted to honor the brown paper instead of toss it in the trash.

I then took that fabric, which was already cut into triangles and fixed heat and bond to the back. I wanted to cut them into 1 1/2 inch circles and the heat and bond will keep the shapes from fraying. iHeart heat n' bond!!

heat n' bond paper

Ironing the fabric to the heat n' bond
I used a roll of thread to trace the 1 1/2 inch circles on my fabric and then cut them out until I had a pile of 48 circles.

With my blue-gray paper laying flat (this took some double-sided sticky tape magic!) I placed the circles in a pattern on the paper. When I had the pattern I liked a attached the circles with double sided tape.

 After all the circles were attached I wanted to map out the graphic lines I was going to sew into the paper. Using a toy bowl- Hey! Sometimes you just gotta use what you have handy!- I traced a large circle pattern over the small circles.

I popped that paper in the sewing machine an sewed over the lines I traced on the fabric and paper...

 ...and Ta Da!! Put intot he frame and there you have it: Fabric, paper, thread wall art!

Have a lovely weekend!!

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