In exciting news today is the blogs birthday! Happy birthday blog! You are now a 3 year old!
Over the last year I have gotten more into the grove of blogging. In recent months I am blogging less but I still feel like the stuff I am making has a good quality to it. Ive been trying to blog two or three times a week. So far this is working out great for me.
Rohan doesn’t exactly have a nursery. The room we thought we would use for the nursery has poor heat circulation so during the winter it has been constantly cold. So now the nursery is a tiny corner in our bedroom. So with limited decorating space I made a banner for baby Rohan.
I knew I was going to screen print the image onto a banner. I found my image online and used a third party website to print the picture onto two pages. I wanted it larger than what would be on one page. I even made a smaller image one before deciding that larger was the way to go.
It took me about 30 minutes to carve all of my lines out. I used my larger screen so the extra pieces of paper on the sides of the horse are just protecting the canvas fabric from the gold paint. Ive made the mistake before of using the larger screen and not protecting the sides. You pretty much get paint everywhere.
I only had the green canvas fabric on hand so I ordered gold paint. I had gold thread on hand but decided it wasn’t sparkly enough. I also saw that SewKateSew had used gold binding on one of her quilts. I wanted to use that gold binding! So off to Joann’s I went. I was able to get the gold binding and a sparkly gold thread. Success!
I didn’t use a pattern for the shape of the banner. I pretty much winged it and made sure it was even on both sides.
The sparkly gold thread (left) pretty much matches the gold bias tape. Like super perfect.
So with all of my utensils on hand off to screen printing I go. I did not take any pictures of the process but I did do three layers of gold paint. I did the first two layers and then waited a few minutes before doing the third. I did not move the screen or image during this time. I think it turned out perfect!
I usually use an old library card for my squeegee. I had some how lost or misplaced it so I used my old Chicago Transit Card. Hooray CTA!
Look at that gold paint! It makes me want to make everything with gold paint!
Once I was done printing my image- I gave it a few hours to dry. Once the paint was dry I added my bias tape. Sewed that baby up with the sparkly gold thread.
For the top I folded over the green canvas about an inch. This made it so I could add a doll (stick) for hanging the banner. The one I have on hand was just a tiny bit short.
I love this banner. I cannot wait to start hanging stuff in Rohan’s little corner. I think the bias tape added a weight that was much needed for the banner.
After this was made the husband asked for a shirt with the same design! Eeep! I love that idea! Maybe by next week we will all have matching shirts!