How to… Create Your Own Personalised Art

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Welcome back to this week’s “How To”. Today we have a very pretty Guest Post from Stacey at Scamp. Scamp is a gorgeous website that sells handmade and personalised new baby gifts. Each is lovingly made and beautiful. From bunting, to mobiles… Really worth a look! And today we are lucky enough that Stacey shares her gorgeous Personalised Art design. I think they are beautiful and wonderful and oh so pretty. Especially the little tag (you could add a newborn’s weight and size to it).

I love that this idea “looks” like a sewing project, but is in fact “no sew”!

Over to Stacey!

What you will need:

  1. A picture frame – I like box frames as it gives a more 3D effect but you can use any frame with a suitable sized aperture
  2. Pencil
  3. Petal template
  4. Bondaweb ( a fabric adhesive that can be bought from most Haberdashery or craft shops)
  5. Fabric  Scraps
  6. A button
  7. Masking Tape/Sellotape
  8. Needle and Embroidery Thread
  9. Gift Tag

Getting Started:

Personalised frame

1. Draw your petal template – make sure the size of the petal you create will fit into the space in the mount when you have made 6 of them. My petal fits into an aperture of 12cm x 12cm and is 4.5cm long and 3cm wide (at the widest part)

Personalised frame

2. Get your Bondaweb out and draw round your petal template 6 times and cut them out

Personalised frame

3. Now the fun part! Choose your fabric scraps – basically anything goes

Personalised frame

4. Place the cut out petals on to the ‘wrong side’ of the fabric (i.e the side without the pattern). Make sure you place the rough side of the Bondaweb downwards onto the fabric and then press with an iron for approximately 30 seconds which will stick the petal shape to the fabric

5. Now you can cut out your 6 fabric petals

6. Choose your backing fabric (ie the fabric you will use to stick your completed flower on to). I usually make this plain to ensure the design is the main focus

Personalised frame

7. Choose a button for the centre piece of your flower. Arrange all the fabric pieces and button on to your backing fabric whilst it is all placed within the mount. This ensures the end result will fit!!

8. Carefully remove the mount and take the backing off the Bondaweb. Press over the Bondaweb with the iron for approximately 30 seconds to ensure the petals stay put.

9. Stitch the button in place

Personalised frame

10. You could finish your picture at this point but to make it look a bit more special I would finish off with a running stitch round each petal in a complementing colour of embroidery thread. (A running stitch is worked by passing the needle in and out of the fabric. Running stitches may be of varying length, but typically more thread is visible on the top of the sewing than on the underside)

11. Hurray, you should be very pleased with yourself now. All you have to do is place the finished piece into the mount and tape it to the back. I find masking tape best but it doesn’t matter.

12. Finally, write your name tag and stick on to your picture and into your frame.

Personalised frame

Aren’t these just lovely? Thank you Stacey for a gorgeous Guest Post! And if you feel inspired, but not quite enough, you can buy personalised new baby gifts from Stacey direct!

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