How to Turn a Child's Drawing into a Softie.
This tutorial is a joint effort of my niece Dana (7) and myself:
1. Dana began by drawing a pretty butterfly.
2. I transferred the drawing onto fabric
using a tracing pad, a fabric marker and an iron.
3. Then came the fun part - the embroidery.
4. Once that was done, I cut around the finished butterfly,
leaving a small seam allowance, and used that as a template
to cut a piece of yellow felt for the back.
5. I sewed them together, leaving a small opening,
filled the butterfly with fiberfill and closed the opening.
5. Dana drew a garden for the butterfly and we set it free.
6. Finally, not necessary but nice, we wrote a little story:
There once was a butterfly
who was a little shy,
he liked to fly
but not too high.
The flowers said:
it is silly to be afraid,
there is nothing up high
but the big blue sky.
The busy bee
had to agree:
do use your powers
stop playing with the flowers.
The shy butterfly
gave a small sigh -
I do beg your pardon,
it is cozy in the garden.
And I like to be at ease
with the flowers and the bees.
But I'll give it a try -
look at me fly high!
7. And then Dana drew a picture of a lion girl
so that we could show you that if you want instant color
the same could be done with felt.