Last week the kids were on spring break and I managed to line up a bunch of contractors (locksmith, electrician, TV mounting techs). I also got a lot accomplished in my mudroom, which is the only room in the house where I am removing the wallpaper and painting the trim (we paid a professional to do the rest of the house). I'll post more on that later, but the bottom line on wallpaper removal is - never. ever. again.
Today, I thought I'd take a little break from the house to share a project I completed for a friend shortly before moving - some original textile art for her daughter's room.
Her daughter recently turned three graduated to a big girl bed. On a recent shopping trip to Ikea my friend and I spotted this duvet cover.
She didn't end up buying it, but she really liked the colors. Her daughter's room has grey walls, a yellow bed, and a very colorful rug. I really liked it too and it inspired two upholstered wall hangings.
I had four thin 2.5'x2.5' pieces of wood that came in the bottom of West Elm boxes that were used to ship my new barstools. Each piece was a bit too thin for the staple gun, so I used two pieces of the wood (stapled together) for each wall hanging.
To assemble them, I cut a piece of batting to be slightly larger than the wood, then placed a piece of white cotton fabric on top of it all.
I flipped it over and stapled the batting a fabric layers to the wood, like you'd do if you were upholstering a dining chair seat.
I cut a bunch squares out of five colors of quilting cotton (yellow, orange, pink, grey, and blue) backed with Heat N Bond (ultra hold). I cut my squares by hand, but you could also use a Silhouette machine to cut them. I actually would use my machine to cut them next time around as it would ensure that all of the squares are the exact same size.
I played around with my pixel images and settled on a butterfly and a heart. Once I was happy with my designs I ironed them on to the white upholstered squares. You could also use a graph paper to plan your design.
Here's the finished project on my mantle. My friend hung them up using 3M Command picture hanging strips. I need to get over there to take a picture of them hanging in the room!