This nine-square picture is designed for a kid’s room and can be free-standing or hung. The squares are individual canvases padded with batting and fabric. The corner designs are appliquéd and the child's photo is inkjet-printed to a special cotton fabric. The canvases are secured together with a plastic backing and then again around the perimeter with ribbon.
Four appliqué designs need to be chosen for the corners. There are 7 templates accompanying this tutorial: a star, heart, car, bird, flower, boat and apple. Select from these or devise your own. I used the first letter of the child’s name in the example above.
If you don’t want to print a picture, why not add a fifth appliqué in the centre square?
When you are making the canvas, remember to factor in some drying time. Printed fabric often needs a number of hours – or even overnight – to dry. Likewise you will need to allow a few hours for the craft glue to dry.
This is a very easy project. Your main tools are scissors, an iron and a staple gun.
If you are not confident with the embroidery component, try using a big running stitch like I have or - depending upon the design - omit the stitching all together.
· Computer with inkjet printer
· Staple gun
· Sewing needle
· Cutting mat or similar for working on
· Digital photograph (in my example I used very basic photo editing to cut out the little girl’s image and place her on a white background)
· Printed appliqué designs provided with this tutorial (see below for downloadable PDF - avoid printing with scaling as this may alter the size of the pieces)
· 9 small canvases 10 x 10 x 2.5 cm (4 x 4 x 1”)
· A4-sized (or Letter sized) sized piece of commercial inkjet printable cotton (for example, AC Craft’s Premium or Avery’s Printable Fabric).
· 4 pieces fusible webbing 10 x 10 cm each (for example, Vliesofix's Wonder Under or Craft Cubby's Applifix)
· 4 scraps fabric about 12 x 12 cm for appliquéing
· 9 pieces batting 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4”)
· 4 pieces fabric 23 x 23 cm (9 x 9”) suitable for the corner squares
· 4 pieces fabric 23 x 23 cm (9 x 9”) suitable for the contrast squares
· Embroidery floss in a colour/s to complement your appliqué
· 115cm (45”) ribbon, between 1.5 and 2.5 cm (⅝ - 1”) wide
· Craft glue suitable for glueing fabric, plastic and cardboard
· 30.5 x 30.5 cm (12 x 12”) piece template plastic
· 30.5 x 30.5 cm (12 x 12”) sturdy cardboard
Pattern and tutorial by Liesl at Hoppo Bumpo