Tuesday, March 17, 2009

embroider your kids' artwork

My son drew a picture a while ago of a boy picking apples. I saved it, but it is getting a little scrunched. So I found a cheap and easy way to make it last a little longer! It's called an Embroidery Transfer Pencil, and it is a fun, easy way to turn your child's (or your own) artwork into a treasured keepsake.

Embroidering Your Child's (or your own) Artwork Tutorial

What you'll need:

*Drawing you want to transfer to fabric
*Light-colored fabric of your choice (try white muslin)
*Embroidery transfer pencil
*Iron
*Needle
*Embroidery floss

1. Trace over your drawing with an embroidery transfer pencil. Joann has a lot of options for pencils, and they are only $2-$3. Remember, your image will be transferred in reverse, so avoid images that won't look right backward.

2. Place your paper face down on your fabric and iron with a dry iron.

3. If you have an embroidery hoop, put your fabric in it. If not, you can still do it, but it will just be a little less stable when you're stitching. Stitch over the lines of your image, changing colors when necessary.

4. Leave it in the hoop or frame it for an adorable keepsake!


I may try to do some of my kids' art on dishtowels. There are so many possibilities. It is a good way to save your child’s art. Grandparents will love this!

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44 Responses to “embroider your kids' artwork”

Xazmin said...

Oh, I so love this idea! Thanks for sharing it!

Xazmin

Missie Krissie said...

That's a great idea. I think I'll wait a while tho, my 2 year old does scribbles and they would take a long time to do!! :)

Lisa Westphal said...

I love this idea. It brings back great childhood memories for me. My Mom once did this, but instead of framing the completed work, she made a pillow to give to my Grandmother. Just another idea. : )

*katie* said...

Cute idea! What a great way to save children's artwork. Thanks for sharing.

My Precious Peanut Designs said...

What a cool idea!

Brenbren said...

I can't wait to make a dish towel for grandparents. What a great idea!

Kindershop said...

Great idea! I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

SRA said...

In our family, we use the same kind of idea on the "Thanksgiving Tablecloth" Everyone signs it (with year behind their names) and before we wash it, we embroider the names as they're written. The first year we did it, we used Orange Floss, the next year, Green, then Blue, Purple, Red, Pink, Yellow, Brown, Lavender, and next year will be "Lime Green!" It's such a cool keepsake...but we're running out of room, so it looks like we'll have to start another one here soon! Thanks for sharing this darlin' idea! I think it would be a great gift for Grandparents, and Godparents!

ange said...

This is a great idea ! I think I am going to do this for Mother's Day gifts !
Thanks so much !

jenjen said...

What a great idea. I love it!

Thanks for coming over and saying hi! Your blog is so much fun. I am excited to get to know you!

XOXO
Jen

Laura said...

Great idea! I want to go find a bunch of my sons old drawings and get busy.

Small fry & Co. said...

Great idea. Like you say there are so many possibilities with this. Thanks for sharing.

Tiffanie said...

Cute Idea!!! I have wondered what to do with my precious picturs from my kids!

LiEr said...

That pencil! I wish I'd had it when I did my own stitched art embroidery (with machine, though). I must procure it ASAP! Thanks for sharing this tip and thank you for all the wonderful ideas on your blog!

Since I mentioned it, here's the stitched art I did last summer:

http://ikatbag.blogspot.com/2008/10/fabric-buckets-and-stitched-art.html

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, what a great idea and a fabulous keepsake. I love this! I'll be linking.

Pam said...

This is so adorable and a great idea. :)

Katie said...

My six-year-old drew a picture of her teacher and then embroidered it herself as a Christmas gift for her teacher. We used a the window-as-lightbox-trick to trace her picture onto a piece of muslin. We framed it with a wooden embroidery hoop backed with fabric. It was lovely, especially since she did the stitching as well as the drawing.

the undomesticated wife said...

That is such a fantastic idea!

e.c said...

such a cute idea!

p.s. i stalk your blog...love your ideas!

Chrissie said...

What a fabulous idea. My girls' doodles are such treasures and this would be a great way to honor them!

modsmods said...

great!! I like this pattern

Katherine Aucoin said...

Thanks for visiting my blog from SITS. All I can say is WOW!!! your blog is amazing! I'll be here for hours checking out all the great posts ya'll have!

Synergy Girl said...

What a fun idea!! SOOOO creative!

NYCrochet said...

Your son must feel so special and loved to have you immortalize his work that way. I still remember how proud I was when my mom framed one of my childhood drawings!

Sharlene said...

Totally awesome idea!

Katie Busken said...

This could make a super cute quilt!I'm excited to try it out.

aurora said...

Love, love, love this idea! Thank you for sharing. I put a link over on my blog-- more people need to see this. Yay!
PS- love your blog. My blog wants to be like your blog when she grows up. :D

veronica said...

ooooooooooh! i love it.

what a great idea. i'll do squares and a nice quilt.

and give these out for momma-daddy day for the g-parents.

thank you!!

cara said...

This is SO cool. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! What a treasure you have created!

I did something similar years ago and then made the artwork into little wall quilts. Here is the link:

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/jaminacema/197328/

Bee and Rose said...

LOVE THIS IDEA!

Amber said...

GREAT idea!! Thanks for sharing!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

girl, you are killing me! Stop being so darn creative.....You make the rest of us look bad. (snicker)

Love this idea! I am going to try it.

Linda

SWIRL said...

My grandmother actually did this for us ( my siblings) when I was growing up.. as soon as we could write our alphabet... we would write it all out- and mail it to her...then she embroidered it and framed it for us and mailed it back.
I still treasure it... she died when I was only 5 years old.. so it is a touching memory I have of a grandmother who I didn't see very often.

Nancy Face said...

OH MY GOODNESS! Thank you so much for this! I never in my life would have thought of such an awesome idea! My kids are all older now, but I've saved some of their special pictures they've made...and I even like doing needlework! :)

By the way, Aurora from Sunny Side Up sent me over! :)

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

i am SO in love with this idea - it is FABULESS! My goal will be to do this for the grandparents at Christmas...YAY! :)

Angi said...

Love it!

Bonnie said...

Just popped over from Sandra's blog. This is such a cute idea !

Allie Z said...

Just stopping by from familycorner.blogspot.com!

Question on this... Why not use a back light on the child's drawing to ensure the image transferred is the same? I would have a tough time looking at the work on the wall, knowing it was reversed! :)

Great blog!

~Allie

Hand made lover said...

Hey there! I just lved this idea! My daughter is now 3 years old and I was wondering how to make her draws stay forever... And it's also a great idea for a gift.
Thank's for shearing it...

Tessa said...

What a brilliant idea!! That's precious! :)

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JennaB said...

LOVE THIS! i'm new to your blog, so i'm glad i found this while browsing your top tutorials! now i know what g'ma's getting for mothers day! =D

Jenny said...

I have the perfect drawing for this! I would have never thought of doing this. Thank you for sharing!

Ms Racho said...

Another idea, put them on a Tshirt http://www.etsy.com/listing/68045007/personalized-tshirt-wear-your-child

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