|Favourite childhood teddy|
I ended up using 2 double flat sheets, one very lightweight summer duvet, about 3 packs of Giotto fabric pens and a few weeks of my life!
First, I pinned up the sheet on the wall with masking tape and drew out a few images in pencil to give me an idea where to place things.
I marked off the edge of the double sheet at the width of a kingsize duvet cover so I knew where to stop drawing.
I quickly realised that the pens would run through onto the wall, so I then took the sheet down and used a book wrapped in a sheet of plastic to draw on.
I had a lot of help from her wonderful sister (whose present I am already plotting about) who snuck photographs of teddies, gave me new ideas about pictures I could include, like one of a dolphin, and was so supportive and encouraging as she always is - so welcome, as she is an amazing crafter with a great eye for colour and design.
Finally, I finished drawing, and hung the sheet up. But it was missing a little something. I decided to use her love of astronomy as inspiration, and filled all the white space with little coloured stars. I ironed it all over to fix the colour, then washed it to get out any pencil marks, and ironed again.
I then pinned the edges together around the lightweight duvet, got out my long suffering Singer and sewed it together. I overstitched around a few of the items to make them stand out, sewing in the ends by hand.
Finally, I handed it over. Here it is on the bed (lightness is due to flash, the colours stayed fairly bright), and I have to say, I was pretty delighted with the finished look - and thankfully so was my friend!
Hope you enjoyed - and if you are crafting today, hope you have fun