Meanwhile, I'll share my very first "because I want to" sewing project - Liam's LaUgh banner.
Amanda Soule's "Handmade Home" was my inspiration. That, and Liam's woefully empty wall. It's really a very easy project. I used my husband's cast-off wool sweater and appliqued the letters leaving exposed raw edges. the hardest part was figuring out how to attach it to the wall. Amanda used a drawer pull, but my husband couldn't figure that out (least of all me), so we opted for some cool upholstery tacks.
The letter materials are from his retired crib set and some fabric I had used to recover our glider. (Sniff, sniff... oh the days of rocking my babies to sleep!) So nice to keep those memories around. I read my then 2-year-old some of the words on Amanda Soule's idea list and he grabbed onto "laugh". Perfect for him. The word called for an off-kilter capitalization, don't you think?
The lion applique was the most fun. Liam loves to pretend to be a lion, or pretend to be a zookeeper tending to a pack of lions. And lately, he's had imaginary friends too. The boy knows how to pretend!
If you've done this project before, did you felt the wool backing? SouleMama didn't say to felt the wool, but now that I've seen other projects, I'm wondering if that's what she intended. Oops!