Davina here - I wanted to make something for our new arrival from the whole family and did some research and mainly found lots of hand print collages etc. I didn't really like the idea of using handprints visually but it gave me the idea to use finger prints. I asked all our close family members (Elfie and Bonnie's grandparents and uncles and aunts) to help me make a patterned fabric by printing their finger prints all over plain fabric. I then turned that fabric into the background of a banner to welcome baby Bonnie, which we took to the hospital and hung up by her cot.
Materials and Equipment:
- Light coloured felt (then you don't have to worry about hemming it)
- Fabric paint or normal paper paint if you don't plan to wash it ever
- Fabric scissors
- Bondaweb or fabric glue
- Stencils or freehand letters (here is a simple tutorial how to cut fabric out in your desired font)
- Some kind of stick/ pole to hang banner on
- Invite your family to help you print the fabric (choose how big you want your banner to be first and then work out how much fabric needs to be printed)
- Allow to dry
- Cut fabric in pendant banner shape or whichever shape you like
- Choose motto and cut letters out (if using bondaweb then apply bondaweb to letter fabric first)
- Fold top of banner around stick/ pole tightly and either sew or glue down.
- Tie twine to either side of pole to hang.
Note: I used the background fabric (but plain) to make letters, which in truth I regret as its to subtle. I would pick out one of the paint colours next time to write the message.