This is me ~ Save the Children art meme

This is a super easy make for the Save the Children this is me awareness raising meme. If you don’t already know what the No Child Born to Die campaign is and what all this crafty blogging has to do with it here is what the charity say’s about it;

Save The Children & “No Child Born to Die” Campaign

In January Save the Children launched it’s most ambitious campaign to date, No Child Born to Die. Every year 8 million children under five die from illnesses we know how to treat or prevent, such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. Save The Children is focusing on the provision of vaccinations and healthcare workers. In June there is a meeting in London hosted by David Cameron and attended by other world leaders. Save The Children aims to make as much noise as possible to ensure the funding shortfall for vaccinations (4.7 billion) is met by all the donor countries. If this funding gap is met the vaccines that could then be provided would save the lives of millions of children. This week 3 bloggers/ vloggers are going to Malawi to follow the journey of a vaccine from the coldstore in the city right down to a rural community. They will write about their experiences, the children and families they meet and the challenges of “cold” vaccinations in hot countries.

The meme is to encourage awareness and to have some fun, please do stop by and sign the Save the Children petition here.   The idea is for your child to draw a self portrait.  I was tagged by Maggy at Red Ted Art and I did warn her that I am the meme slayer, whenever they reach me they all seem to die a death, but clearly liking a challenge or maybe taking pity on a hopeless case so she tagged me anyway. I was wondering what I could do with Isabelle to make her self portrait stand out as she seems to get a bit bored when doing crafts with me, but she’s happy enough doing drawing and colouring in for hours on end so I thought I’d just play to our different stengths; her pen-toddlership and my sewing abilities. Here is what I came up with.  Isabelle drew her picture and I scanned, printed and ironed it onto a plain fabric that I made into a cushion cover.  It will be on its way to her dad for Father’s day. There is a short how to after the pictures, but please excuse the lack of picture steps.  I’ll be adding the cushion cover how to in due course. So super simple how to turn your children’s drawing cushion cover.

  1. Cajole or bribe child in any way you can to do a drawing, in this case it was Isabelle’s self portrait.  I guided her creativity by handing over the correct coloured pens for body parts, Isabelle is going through a gothic phase in her art and I didn’t think gloomy black blobs were quite the ticket here.  Depending on the age of your child they can either do the next stages themselves, help you or watch cbeebies.
  2. Scan the picture in and make any adjustments you wish to do.  I cropped slightly from full A4 to slightly more squat rectangle, I also used an auto colour adjust to sharpen the colours.  You don’t need a fancy programme to do this as there are basic tools in Windows photo gallery using the “fix” function.
  3. Following the instructions on your transfer paper print the image to transfer paper, I did a black and white test run first to make sure it was the size I wanted.  I used WHSmith own brand paper and found that I didn’t need to mirror the image, which was great, what I printed out was what I was going to get on the cushion.  There might be other brands that you would have to mirror/reverse the image to ensure that any writing came out the correct way round.
  4. If you want to trim the paper image down to size, you can use pinking shears or fancy edged craft scissors to give a fancy border style.
  5. Following the instructions for your transfer paper iron the picture onto the front panel of your cushion cover fabric, my instructions were pretty straightforward, peel off backing paper, position on fabric over a firm surface, I used a thick sheet of cardboard, lay grease proof paper over the top and iron.  Unfortunately I had thought I had turned off the steam function but I hadn’t, not the end of the world I turned it off and pressed dry.  It did make peeling the backing off a little more difficult and some of it stayed on but these can be picked off, it’s a bit of a faff but not the end of the world, I imagine any residue will come away in the wash.
  6. You could now sew up your cushion cover.  I chose to embellish with complementing ribbon, partly because it looks nice and partly to disguise the mistakes from leaving the steam on.
  7. Your child could also embellish with fabric pens, fabric glitter, buttons, sequins, whatever you wanted really.
  8. Once satisfied with your front, sew up your cushion cover and pop a pad in.
  9. I chose to use contrasting green buttons down the side as a closure but you could use any closure you like or even just sew directly around the pad.

Don’t forget to head over to Red Ted Art to see the other self portraits.

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One Response to This is me ~ Save the Children art meme

  1. maggy, red ted art May 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Oh the cushion is LOVELY!! So sweet! I want to “make” something out my kids drawings one day… but my son won’t draw at the moment!! Just colouring and “you do it”..

    Thank you for supporting this fabulous cause!

    Maggy x

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