I’m a big fan of embroidering over my kids’ artwork. In the past, Ive turned my sons’ Halloween drawings into trick or treat bags, their birthday art for Nana into a pillow, and a holiday doodle into our family Christmas card. I love the look of pride in their eyes when they see their drawings come to life through fabric & thread!
This year, my daughter’s old enough to hold a pen herself so clearly, it’s time to add her artwork to the embroidery mix. With Christmas time upon us what better way to showcase pint-sized pictures, than on a pine tree? Here’s how I changed her scribbles into a a one-of-a-kind ornament–you can do it to! Just think of it as baby’s initiation into the handmade holiday hall of fame!
Cotton Fabric Piece
Embroidery Floss, Needle & Hoop
3″, Wooden Embroidery Hoop (for hanging)
Craft or Spray Paint
- Tape a small square (at least 5″x5″) of fabric to a piece of cardboard.
- Saddle-up baby in a highchair, give him/her a marker, then let ‘em have at it.
TIP: Don’t let them draw for too long; the more scribbles the tougher it is to embroider. As my editor once said to me, “Think pithy.”
- Remove finished masterpiece from cardboard and place in larger embroidery hoop. Use Split Stitch to embroider over scribble lines and French Knot stitch any scribbled dots.
- Spray or hand-paint smaller embroidery hoop, desired color. I chose silver, ’cause I’m fancy like that. Let dry.
- Cut embroidered piece into a circle that’s at least an inch larger in diameter than the hoop.
- Place embroidered piece into hoop. Tie a piece of thread to top of hoop; on on tree and admire!
Tip: These also make great, grandma gifts for any holiday!