Jul 1, 2010

Child's art turned softie

**Check out my giveaway for one custom art softie featured on www.adelle.com.au, through August 15, 2010!


These softies were designed using my daughter's art. This idea has been floating around in my mind for a while now, and I finally found time to pull them together, and I'm so glad I did. I love seeing her art come alive and watching her squeeze, toss, hug and love on these.

She recently drew the bird, which was the inspiration image that prompted me to get on this project, pronto. I secretly confiscated the drawing from her art table and then worked on it that night after the kids were in bed. 

She squealed with delight when she saw it the next morning, and then she insisted that her brother have one too. We took her art book down from last year and she picked out the perfect image from the archives - a dragon monster she drew that she insists he will love, when he's a bit older, because he might be too afraid of it right now. 

I discovered a really nifty way of transferring the art directly onto fabric using my printer, and it's not mirror image like some of the ways I've seen for transferring. Here's how I did it:

child's art
freezer paper
white cotton - i used a thrifted sheet
rotary cutter
cutting mat and ruler guide
iron
coordinating fabric for back
embroidery hoop, needle and thread



1. Print your child's art directly on fabric using freezer paper and your printer! 
Cut white fabric a few inches bigger than 8.5x11" sheet of paper, and tear off an even bigger sheet of freezer paper. Place white fabric on a towel, place freezer paper glossy side down on the fabric, and iron on medium-high heat to adhere freezer paper to white fabric.

Let cool, then place your sheet on a cutting mat and using a ruler guide and rotary cutter, cut your fabric into a "sheet of paper" 8.5x11" in size.



2. Scan your child's art into your computer. I had to do some inverting, screening, desaturating and deleting and who knows what else or in what order to isolate the lines of the bird from the red paper - I have no idea how I did it once I finally figured it out, it was trial and error, so my suggestion is to start with a drawing from plain white paper and save yourself the headache =)


For the dragon/monster drawing I bumped up the saturation before converting it to grayscale to make the lines easier to see.


When printing, I decreased the opacity to 25% so that it would print faintly on the fabric.



4. Embroider it. Remove freezer paper from back of fabric, and now you're ready to embroider. I didn't have all the right shades of color to recreate the softie using the exact colors of the original art, but Delaney helped me out with the color selections, carefully picking colors she thought her brother would enjoy most. I used the backstitch entirely to embroider the bird. For the dragon monster, I did the backstitch to outline, but it didn't look right when trying to fill in the body sections. I've never embroidered before, so I probably should have researched it and found a better way than how I went about it with the long, loose lines. For the final section of the body, I decided to sew a fabric piece in place that coordinates with the fabric I backed this with - it thought it was a nice touch to tie it all together, and it was a faster fun way to finish this off!

5. Sew it up. Draw a pillow-y shape around the drawing, cut, then trace and cut a matching piece from a colored/patterned/coordinating piece of fabric for the back. Put right sides together, machine sew leaving a small hole for turning, turn, stuff, then hand stitch closed. 



P.S. Delaney wants you to know that we tucked a bell inside her bird softie, and that it jingles and sings to her all day long, but she doesn't know how to put a roar inside the dragon monster, but thinks that will be better for Liam.

P.S.S. I love looking at them side by side, to see Delaney's artistic progression from the past year. And now that I've finished these two, you should see the pile of pictures she has left in my "inbox" insisting they all be made into softies. Oy vey!

While we're having fun playing with softies, Liam's found his own new toy!


Where my new mad embroidering skills may lead...

More embroidered keepsake art treasures:
   ★ art hanging by Soule Mama
   ★ art quilt also by SouleMama =)

Teaching Delaney to embroider too? These two links make it look fun:
   ★ embroidering with children by maya*made
   ★ teach children embroidery by House on Hill Road, via Skip to My Lou
   ★ child sewing basket by The Toby Show

79 comments:

  1. this is AMAZING! you're so clever! you should so offer this in an etsy shop...you would make a killing!

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  2. I love these! Delaney's drawings are amazing.. my daughter is amazing at drawing too. She would love to see her drawings made into toys like this. Another of your projects firmly on my to-do list :)

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  3. Oh Camille!!!! I Love Love Love this.... what a treasure!!!! Thank you for taking the time to photograph and give such detailed instructions!

    I love how you incorporated fabric... the bright colors... and of course Delaney's adorable drawings!!!!!!!!

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  4. Okay, I've been meaning to embroider my daughter's artwork for some time...I seeeeeeeeeeew have to get going....these are way too adorable...

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  5. Oh mad those are so great!!! Awesome job!

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  6. I love this, like everything on this blog! I love children's art, yes it is very inspirational! Awesome. Happy Transformation Thursday <3

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  7. This is a great way to capture a moment in time - it is truly an heirloom

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  8. That is AWESOME!!!!!!! What a great memory for them to have and keep! Thanks so much for linking to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

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  9. That is such a sweet way to preserve your child's art, and for them to proudly keep them:)
    Visiting from justsewsassy.com

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  10. What a great idea. I am enjoying your blog.
    Pam

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  11. what an awesome project they are so cute! Is your printer specially design to print on fabric? This is too cool!!! Anyway.. I am following you now thanks to Friendly Friday!! It would be nice if you would share back the love here! Happy Friendly Friday!

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  12. this is such a great idea.

    wow. you are creative!!!

    i love your blog.

    honestly. it is a complete gem!

    i can't wait to see what you post next!

    -ang

    greensubmarinediydesign.blogspot.com

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  13. Saved this link - a wonderful idea!

    Thanks :)

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  14. WOW - that's awesome! What a great blog - following you from New Friend Friday, I invite you to follow back. Enjoy your weekend! :)
    Nicole

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  15. Your blog is adorable! I found you through muffintinmom and im your newest follower

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  16. Oh yes, putting a big ol' fat star next to this one! Great idea!

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  17. those are so cute! I love the picture where your daughter is looking at her creation. That's a beautiful bird! And adding the material on the front of the other one is a great idea.

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  18. I am here from FF and your newest follower. I'd love it if you could come visit/follow me at:

    www.momsbalancingact.com

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  19. SO CUTE! I love this idea! What a cute way to preserve those cute drawings! I am excited to follow your blog!

    www.pbandjoy.com

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  20. Fantastic idea! I'll definitely have to keep this one in mind for down the road.

    I love the idea for printing on fabric, I never would have thought of that.

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  21. i LOVE this :) i think it is adorable! great job!

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  22. following you through friendly friday
    http://mommalovesmee.blogpot.com

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  23. This is really amazing! My daughter is 2 and I cant wait to make a softie of her first drawing!

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  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my embroidered children's art, came over to see yours. :) These are super cute! We made something very similar a while back, but my kids draw the softies themselves with fabric markers:
    http://nurturingthetenderyears.blogspot.com/2009/11/making-our-own-animal-softies.html

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  25. What a great idea! Love softies!

    I'm stopping by from Friendly Friday - I hope you'll follow me back.

    http://KellysLuckyYou.blogspot.com

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  26. This is so fun. Love it!!!! I am also so impressed. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing.
    creationsbyladeeda.blogspot.com

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  27. Hi! You’ve got an awesome blog here. I’d love it if you’d stop by my blog sometime. I host a link up party every Tuesday for crafts, activities, recipes and ideas for toddlers. I’d love for you to link up some of your cool ideas:
    http://www.mydeliciousambiguity.com/
    Have a great day!

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  28. These are so cute! I love the spikes on the dragon. Your son is beyond precious :).

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  29. 33 comments and counting! I would say you have stumbled on something really great! I, for one, instantly fell completely in love with the idea!

    A simple, easy and brilliant idea! And perfect for making Christmas ornaments that will be keepsakes for year to come. I just have to link in November in my round-up.

    Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  30. Oh I adore this project. It is going in my style file for sure!

    Happy 4th of July!

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  31. These are so precious! What a wonderful idea and such a treasure for your kids to have as they grow up. And, the fact that your daughter wanted to make one for her brother is so sweet.

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  32. Well done!!! So good idea!
    And I have to say perfect realization, so similar to draw!
    Good work, kisses from Italy, Rosi

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  33. Oh, so cute! Thanks for sharing the how-to.

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  34. I'm in love!! These are THE best little softies ever!! And your daughter's art is too stinkin' cute! I'm definitely going to bookmark this! Your blog is so much fun! So glad we've met : )

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  35. I LOVE them! She is quite the artist. You are pretty talented too!

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  36. This is amazing!! I am so going to do this!!

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  37. Brilliant! Just insanely cute. Wish my kids were still little so I could make these for them. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday!

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  38. I loved the idea.
    Thank you for sharing!

    Kisses from Brazil

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  39. Very cute and what kid wouldn't want their very own stuffy they designed?! Thanks for linking up this week to It's Party Time Thursday@PonyTails&FishScales!

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  40. Beautiful inspiration!
    So cute!
    Elisa from Brasil www.albabarbosa.com/site

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  41. Oh man that's cute! You did a great job and what a fun idea!!

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  42. These are adorable and such a fun way to keep artwork! I love your tumbler file - SO many great ideas! I'm a Montessori teaching - fiber loving - craftaholic and your blog is RIGHT up my alley!! Thanks for sharing all of this.

    Warmly,
    Mari-Ann
    Counting Coconuts

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  43. These are soooooo cute!! I wish my kids were still little - I'll have to have a drawing party with my neices!!
    I also wanted to tell you that I got my coasters last week and I LOVE them! Thank you so much - they are adorable. :)

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  44. This is one of my favorite things to do with kids artwork, hands down. It never gets old and is always different and a great keepsake!

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  45. Sooooo amazing!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  46. That is such a CUTE idea! LOVE it! Wish I could sew! (=

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  47. I love your blog and have passed along the Sunshine Award to you. You can check it out at:

    http://www.pbandjoy.com/
    Enjoy your day!

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  48. i love it all, what a great way to save art in a 3d way... I am going to try this.. where did you get the bland books to draw in with the border.. I love that too... and your little guy at your laptop is precious...

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  49. Camille, you are so talented! I have no doubt that you will either become a writer, artist, web-developer, or a combo of all three. Keep going. Your talent and willingness to freely share will reward you before long.

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  50. This is just amazing!!! My daughter would LOVE IT if we did that to her art work. It's definitely on my to to list now. Thanks for linking up!

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  51. LOVE this :) I am featuring you next monday!

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  52. LOVED THESE AND HAD TO BLOG ABOUT THEM! Check out your feature below:

    http://superstinkyboys.blogspot.com/2010/07/childrens-art-to-lovable-softie.html

    Feel free to snag my featured button and hope you'll visit me soon! These softies are so cute!

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  53. What a brilliant idea! I love it so much!

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  54. What a fabulous idea! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

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  56. Super! Thanks so much for linking up on Craft Schooling Sunday! This is a great project and so happy to learn the freezer paper trick, thanks for sharing. All the best, and hope to see you again this week!

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  57. This is wonderful and clever and just simply fantastic!

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  58. These are so cool!! Do you make these if we send the art work? What's the price? I love them! Found you on Tickled pink. :)

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  59. hello this is the first time that i bumped into your blog. i think this is a great idea! :D

    other than that, your baby is really cute too!!!!!

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  60. I LOVE it! a great project for a beginner to embroidery. thanks and following now from look what i made ;)

    www.home-mom.com

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  61. Wow wow wow! Amazing! Thanks for linking up!

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  62. This is awesome!! Thanks so much for the detailed instructions!!!! I cant wait to do this with my daughters drawings! :)

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  63. I love this idea! And your daughter's artwork!

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  64. I love it!! If you'd like to be featured on my blog please visit..

    http://www.adelle.com.au/sunday-superstar-2

    for all the details!

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  65. I'm featuring this on my blog today! Come on by and grab a button!

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  66. Amazing idea!!!! I'm totally doing this!! Smart momma!!!

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  67. Liked this and will be doing this with all those drawings and making some cute shirts too!

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  68. oh my goodness i love this sooo much.
    i found you today through prudent baby.
    i am so happy to have a new fun colorful blog to see today.
    can't wait to go look around!

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  69. LOVE IT! I 've putted a link on my site (will show up on sunday) with off course credit for your arty work ;) ! Beautifull!!

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  70. I am so glad that I found your blog. WOW! And your photos are amazing!

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