Anna here! What a fun week of art at Camp Doll Diaries! It has been fun to see the different types of art inspiration and craft ideas! The thing about art and creativity is that sometimes it stretches you to try something new. There are just so many things to try and experience in creativity and art! Like the saying goes, “The sky’s the limit”! Every time I try something new, it opens up new possibilities.
This week was one of those weeks for me! I tried something I don’t have very much experience with, iron-on’s. Do you know what? I discovered iron-on’s are something I definitely will be using more of! They are easy to use and give a project a nice finished look. I am just bubbling with ideas of new possibilities! I hope today’s project serves as inspiration to stretch your creativity, encourage you to try something new (whatever that may be :)), and have fun creating!
Now on to the doll banner! The inspiration for this project are these little iron-on’s. They are made by Plaid and are called “Me and My Peeps”. They are totally doll sized at 3″ and come in an assortment of poses with different props. Laura Kelly (this weeks sponsor) is the artist and designer behind these cute little characters. She sent me the assortment pictured above, along with a few other goodies, to try out.
I love making doll scenes, so a banner first came to mind.
Whether you like swimming, gymnastics, soccer or ballet a banner would make a cute room decoration for a doll or to display that team spirit on a stand.
Come with me and I’ll walk you through how I made this little banner!
- wood cutting board or a piece of unfinished wood
- paint brush
- craft sticks
- white fabric
- iron-on transfer (Me and My Peep’s from Joann or Plaid)
- buttons (mine are from Laura Kelly Buttons)
- craft paint
- puff paint
- paper (not pictured)
- glue (not pictured)
Let’s take a closer look at the iron-on transfers from Laura Kelly. These are the cutest little characters and at 3″ they are a great size for dolls!
Let’s get started!
I’m going to show you the iron-on process. I followed the instructions on the back of the package. Not all iron-on’s are the same, so please, please, be sure to read and follow all of the instructions on the back of your iron-on!
As for this iron-on by Plaid, Me & My Peeps, lay a piece of fabric on something hard and heat tolerant. The package suggests a wooden cutting board. I did not have one so I used a piece of unfinished wood. Decide where you want the transfer to be and lay it down with the rough side facing the fabric. Using a dry iron set to the cotton setting, iron right on top of the plastic for 40-60 seconds. Let it cool and then gentle pull back the transfer paper. Re-iron if any spots are not working.
Cut a pattern out of paper in the shape and size you would like your banner. Use it as a guide for cutting the fabric. Lay the cut fabric on a piece of felt and cut around your fabric leaving a felt border. Use a little fabric glue on the corners to attach the white fabric to the felt.
Now to decorate! Use these ideas for inspiration and come up with your own fun combinations!
- Border– I glued a thin ribbon on the edge of the white fabric. I did not want to sew the white fabric, and it was fraying a bit. Lots of things would work as a border. Try strips of felt, jewels,or buttons, just to name a few.
- Lettering– Puffy paint works well. Practice on a scrap to get the hang of it. Once you paint, set it aside to dry, believe me I know this first hand! I made my lettering on a piece of felt that was cut first to fit the space. That way you can have a second,(or third , or fourth,:)) chance if you need it.
- Decorate– Add a few embellishments! I used multi colored buttons. Decorate with whatever you like or have on hand. Maybe jewels, sequins, or flowers are your thing!
- Ribbon-Add ribbon cut to different lengths, to the top two corners.
Now you can display your banner by simply hanging it up. If you would like to make a stand for it, to display on the “field”, I have a craft stick version. I totally made this up as I went along and you can too! I will give you a few pointers.
The post was made by gluing craft sticks together to the height I wanted it.
For the top I glued 2 sticks, one on each side, to the top of the post. At the point I glued them to the post, I glued a strip of felt wound around that joint. That secured it nicely.
For the base, I glued the craft sticks to either side of the bottom of the post. Glueing a craft stick perpendicular to each end, the base was secure!
Glue a craft stick to the back of the banner and then glue it to the stand.
Now we have a fun little team banner for Morgan, our soccer player!
Now I have iron-on’s figured out! They are really quite simple and best of all I’ll be trying them out again soon! I hope you will try something new and enjoy creating!
Just in case you are interested here are a few more details about today’s post.
- Doll- AG #25
- Outfit- Soccer Outfit and shoes are from Springfield Collection. Mesh bag and hair band are crafted by Anna.
Create something new today!