It’s the school holidays, and my daughter’s been piling up the house with papers of drawings. As a mom, there’s a part of me that would love to hoard every piece of imagination, but as a mom, there’s a part of me that screams at the sight of a mess. So I try my best to filter the drawings down to a neat stack, and am constantly finding new ways to keep or use them.
Today, my daughter drew me a daschund. I loveeeee daschunds, and I loveeeedddd the drawing, so much so that I decided to wear it around my neck. Yup. Since I had some iron-on transfer paper on hand, I decided to make a little project just for her and I.
Materials required for this doodle necklace is iron-on transfer paper (I got mine at Officeworks for about $40 for 12 sheets), Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, an inkjet printer, an iron, some elastic string, stuffing, an old tee or fabric remnants, and any other bibs and baubles you’d like to throw onto your necklace.
What you need to do is snap a picture of your kid’s doodle, and open the image file on Photoshop or Illustrator. Clean it up, and resize according to your personal preference. I reckon around 3″ length x 2 inches width is a good size, otherwise it might get too bulky. Since you don’t want to waste an entire piece of A4 transfer paper on one doodle, you can fill the page up with other drawings or writings to test with. NOTE: before you print, always flip your images if they have words. This is because once you’ve placed the image onto your fabric, it will be mirrored.
Once printed, cut the images out, leaving a gap between the lines for possible shrinkage. Grab and old tee or fabric remnants, and place your images – front facing fabric – on top of them. I used parts of a basic tee, because I find it easier to work with stretchy fabrics. Follow the instructions on the iron-on transfer sheets carefully to ensure a strong and smooth transfer.
When you’re cutting out your shapes, make sure you double the layer. One will be your front, and the other, your back. You will also need to leave some seam allowance, about 0.5-1cm. Refer to the above sample.
Turn your fabric pieces, front facing front, and sew around it, leaving an opening so that you can turn the whole piece inside out. Prepare your stuffing. Since I’m a mom on a budget, I tend to reuse a lot of unwanted items. A friend gave me this Krusty doll, and told me to do whatever I wanted with it. So I killed it. And yes, that’s my baby trying to stop the massacre.
Stuff your little pillows of adorableness until they’re nice and fluffy. Hand stitch the opening shut. Then just attach your elastic string, or even a plain chain necklace to both ends of it.
Now I can proudly parade my daughter’s artwork around, and she can proudly point out to everyone that she designed this baby. You can attach the pillows to anything, from bag tags, to headbands, to just leaving them as soft toys that your kids can cuddle to sleep.
My Bulla one (drawn for a recipe post, up soon!) turned out a little bigger than expected, so I used it as a hair tie by attaching it to an elastic string. Yes, I love cream that much.