Friday, April 29, 2011


I'm making a small quilt for each of the kids to put in their "treasure box" for when they are older.

Each quilt will have embroidery of drawings, numbers and spelling from their first year at school when they were 5 years old.

Here's how I'm doing it:

Firstly find those school books and drawings that you simply can not throw out, spend lots of time going through them and thinking about how far they have come, sigh!!!! Pick out your artwork.
Now it's time to transfer those precious pieces of art to fabric. The way I do this is to use my glass sliding door as a light box, great for during the day, not so great at night. The pictures I wanted to transfer were on coloured papers and I couldn't see them through the fabric so I copied them onto white paper first, then on to the fabric with a water erasable pen.
Remember to be true to your child and their drawings and copy them exactly as they are no matter how strange they may look. I love the quirky drawings, the back to front letters and numbers of a 5 year old.

Stitch around the work, I'm using three strands of DMC, colour 844. I like this colour as it's a dark grey/blue and looks nice of the cotton/linen I'm using.
When finished stand back and admire your child's artwork and think of a design for a quilt to incorporate it into. Rinse off the pen under cold water and wait for it to dry.
Of course you can turn it into whatever you like, I'm choosing a quilt as I have so many of these treasures I want to add.

Have fun :)


  1. what a fantastic idea!!! totally stealing it!

  2. How amazing are you!!! what a tresure for them to keep x Pam Qld


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