Sweet-Pea Baby Blanket
- Plaid FolkArt Brush-On Fabric Paints: Asphaltum, Azure Blue, Brilliant Blue, Fawn, Fresh Foliage, Licorice, Magenta, Orchid, Thicket, Vintage Orange, Wicker White, Yellow Citron, Yellow Light
- Royal & Langnickel Aqualon: Round, Series 2250, #1, #3, #5, #8; Liner, Series R2595, #1
- Thin white cotton or cotton blend fabric, 1/2 yd.
- Baby blanket of choice
- Mechanical led pencil
- Cardboard, 9"x12"
- Featherweight interfacing, 12"x16"
- Cotton batting, 9"x11"
- Matching ribbon: 1-1/2"-wide, 2 yds. (Optional: Grosgrain ribbon, 3/4"-wide, 20" length)
- Embroidery floss: blue, green
- Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine; thread; scissors; sewing needle
- 1. Wash and dry white cotton fabric; do not use fabric softeners or drying sheets. Dry and press smooth. Cut two 12"x16" rectangles from fabric. (Note: One piece will be used to paint design on, the other as backing.)
- 2. Print out pattern; use mechanical pencil to lightly transfer basic pattern lines onto one fabric piece. (Transfer details as needed.) Wrap cardboard with plastic wrap. Place fabric over cardboard; pull taut and use scotch tape to secure excess fabric to back of cardboard.
- Artist's Tips
- 1. Use dry or damp brushes; fabric paint should not be thinned with water. Too much water will also cause bleeding. Remove mistakes on areas not intended to be painted immediately with a wet brush and soap. Most of painting technique for this project was done using a wet-on-wet technique; this technique will allow you to blend colors together softly to achieve a variation of color, giving more depth and contrast. Paint may be applied heavily and still dry soft to touch. Use blow dryer to speed drying time.
- Pod and Pea
- 1. Base Yellow Citron; while wet; blend Fresh Foliage, and use Thicket for shading. While wet, use small amount of Wicker White to pat and blend very light highlight in center of pod and in area just above fingers on pea.
- Face, Hands, and Feet
- 1. Undercoat Wicker White. Dry. Use small flesh tone mix of Vintage Orange + Wicker White + Orchid (1:1:1) to base each. (Note: Adjust color as desired.) While wet, use Fawn and small round brush or liner to shade face, hands, and feet, and to define ear, nose, toes, nails, and eye areas. Deepen Fawn with a touch of Asphaltum if needed.
- Mouth, Cheeks, Nose, Top of Ear, and
- 1. (Note: Right foot is foot closest to base of flower exposing bottom of foot. Left foot exposes top of foot with nails.) Add Magenta to above flesh tone mix for a brighter pink shade; paint mouth. While base coat of Face, Hands, and Feet areas are still wet, pat Magenta mixture to define cheeks, nose, top of ear, and bottom of right foot with tip of small round brush or liner.
- Eyes and Eyebrows
- 1. Base eyes Wicker White. Dry. Use equal mix of Azure Blue + Brilliant Blue to base iris. Dry. Base pupils Licorice. Add tiny Wicker White highlight dots. Use flesh tone mix from Face, Hands, and Feet plus a touch of Fawn to paint a thin line under each eye to accent and define. For eyelids, use same mix to paint a thicker line slightly covering top of eyes, but translucent enough to allow pupil and iris to show through. Use liner to paint brows Fawn.
- 1. Base Wicker White; while wet, blend in Yellow Light. Use Fawn then Asphaltum to deepen and give contrast closer to bow. Use mix of Yellow Light and Fawn to very lightly shade top of head above ears.
- 1. Base Wicker White; while wet, work Brilliant Blue into basecoat. Use more Brilliant Blue to shade and define. Add Wicker White to highlight.
- Flower, Leaves, and Stems
- 1. Use Wicker White to base balls at base of stem, leaf, and flower. While wet, blend Yellow Citron and shade Thicket; be sure to leave lighter area for contrast. Add Wicker White dots and while wet, blend Azure Blue. Base stems Yellow Citron; add shades of Thicket. Working one leaf at a time, base Wicker White; while wet, blend Yellow Citron. Add Fresh Foliage and shade Thicket. Paint veins Thicket. For "calyx", base Wicker White; while wet, work in Yellow Citron and then Fresh Foliage. Pat in small amount of Thicket at base to shade.
- 2. Base flower petals Wicker White; while wet, blend Brilliant Blue on left side and Azure Blue on right side using pat blend technique. (Note: If highlight in center is lost, simply pat in more Wicker White once you are satisfied with all petals.) Dot tips of petals Brilliant Blue. Base stamen Fawn; paint over with Yellow Citron to highlight.
- 1. Allow paint to cure 24 hours. Heat set with iron using a pressing cloth; do not use steam setting. Do not wash for at least 72 hours.
- 2. Assemble appliqué as follows: sandwich interfacing between painted fabric (right side up) and backing fabric. Pin and sew together for a finished size of 9"x11"; trim edges leaving 1/2" allowance on each side of appliqué. Note: If you choose, you can slightly round corners of appliqué or sew as square corners. I chose to round corners because my blanket had rounded corners.) Place appliqué over batting. Turn appliqué edges under batting; pin and sew in place. (Note: You may need to clip corners to reduce bulk allowing corners to lay flat.) Pin appliqué to blanket and sew or hand stitch around edges.
- 3. For ribbon frame, hand stitch 1-1/2" wide ribbon around appliqué. For more interest, use photo as guide to stitch three embroidery floss strands around ribbon to gather. Add optional ribbon bow.
- 4. Hand wash blanket in cold water.
by Cindy Mann Vitale