Fabric Scrap Wall Art: Recycling the “Junk”
It is getting out of hand.
The pile of fabric scraps that is.
One night each week I disappear into my studio to design and create gorgeous play things which I sell on Etsy. It’s my night off. It’s time to myself and a chance to bring to life all these creative ideas that swarm around in my head.
It’s also about time to do something with these fabric scraps that I refuse to throw away because you see, I might need them some day.
Well, today is the day. We’re going to make ourselves some serious fabric scrap wall art.
I came up with the idea of turning one of my daughter’s drawings into fabric scrap wall art. When I made the suggestion, she was beyond excited about the prospect of getting her hands on some of my precious fabrics. I think a love of fabric might be in the genes.
Let me show you how we went about our work that day:
How to Turn a Drawing into Fabric Scrap Art
I got a few little canvasses and invited Noa to make a drawing on one of them. Any drawing will do. I bet you can even create something magnificent out of the scribbles of your toddler.
I used canvas because it looks so arty and I thought it would work best in combination with glue and fabric. You’ll need a solid background if you want to glue fabric onto something. I’ve seen people use wooden boards as a base for their fabric collages.
Here’s the drawing we started out with:
We got the fabric scraps out and started sorting through them, carefully selecting colours and patterns that we liked.
We gathered all of our favourites into a basket.
Then I just let Noa have a go.
She played around with the glue (regular craft glue) and fabric for a while. It took us some time to figure out it was best to cover the canvas in glue first and then place bits and pieces of fabric on top.
The process of covering the canvas with fabric consists mainly out of layering: add some glue, add some fabric, add some glue, add some fabric, …
At times we lost sight of the drawing, but Noa had an idea of what had to go where and as we we progressed things kept changing up a bit.
Layering helps to give this art work some depth. We talked about the parts of the drawing that were on the background (and needed a layer of fabric first) and which parts were on the front.
The concept was quite complicated for a 4 year old! So I showed her what happened if we placed the grass over the legs for example, and the other way around.
After trying a few things out for a wile, things started coming together.
It was incredible to see how the final result turned out to be a truly stunning piece of fabric scrap wall art! I’m not sure if the image is capturing all of the magic and maybe it’s because we put so much work into it, but we LOVE it!
Noa even took it to her Montessori preschool the next morning. She showed it to all of her classmates and I heard her explaining the ins and outs of our art work process to her teachers.
She was very proud. And so was I.
Fabric Scrap Wall Art: Making it Together
I can not tell you enough how much my daughter and I love our ‘making time’ together. It’s such a great way for us to connect as we brainstorm for ideas, gather materials, figure out our techniques and most of the time improvise our way through the process of creating something.
I can highly recommend involving your children in whatever you are creating. It gives them the opportunity to explore different materials and experiment with different techniques.
The most important aspect of making things together is the partnership between you two. Oh, how children thrive on being involved and on being listened to, on having their opinions matter.
So don’t fear! Whether you feel creative or not, this is all about the journey and you can figure it out together. Whatever the result turns out to be, it will look wonderful to you because of the memories it holds. So give it a go and see what happens!
You can find heaps of inspiration on the Art for Kids board on Pinterest.
Have you done any art projects you’re proud of lately? Feel free to post them on the facebook page, I’d love to see.
Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your day,
This post is part of the 60 Days of Junk Play blog hop series hosted by Best Toys 4 Toddlers. Click on through to find an amazing collection of ideas for play with all kinds of recycled materials.
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