When we were children, my mother used to make silhouettes of our profiles from paper. She would tape paper onto the wall, we would stand very, very still, and she would trace our profiles along the shadow on the wall.
I made these cute, updated silhouettes of my children yesterday and I love how they turned out.
You will need:
Pellon Wonder Under
Background fabric (I used a Moda Bliss white dot print on 2, and osnaburg for the other 2)
Fabric in a colorful print for your silhouette
Optional - Light Fabric Transfer Paper or Embroidery floss if you would like to add a name.
Here is how I did it:
I began by taking profile pictures of my children; I had them sit up tall, looking straight ahead (this was the hardest part of the whole project!)
Using photoshop I cropped and resized their head and shoulders to around 8 inches high by 5 inches wide.
Print the picture and carefully cut all around the profile.
Next, iron the Wonder Under to your colorful fabric. It comes with detailed instructions, but basically you iron the rough side of the Wonder Under to the wrong side of the fabric. Let it cool.
Trace the photo of your little cutie onto the Wonder Under
using a pencil.
Carefully cut along your pencil lines. Be sure to use sharp scissors.
Cut your background fabric 2 inches larger than your
Decide on the placement of the silhouette, I put mine right in the middle.
Now, you need to peel the paper off of the back of the Wonder Under. This will leave a light webbing stuck to the wrong side of your fabric. This can be tricky, start from the bottom, and be patient!
Lay the silhouette down on top of the background fabric. Place a damp cloth over top, iron, fusing the image down onto the background.
If you'd like, embroider your child's name under the silhouette or, print the name Fabric Transfer Paper and iron it on. (be sure to set your printer to mirror image.)
Stretch the fabric onto the embroidery hoop, and to hide the raw edges, loosely stitch by hand all around the edges. Pull tight to gather it all up and knot it off.
I love how the little one's pony tails turned out! And, making them in embroidery hoops is so simple and unique. Definitely goes with the theme around here...we are always stitching away!