Beading / Jewelry

Beaded Baby Announcement

By  Linda Wyszynski  for  Wichelt Imports

size: 10"x8"

  • Beaded Baby Announcement
  • Diagram

Materials

  • Pale yellow cardstock, 8-1/2”x11”
  • Wichelt Imports Mill Hill Seed Beads, 11/0: Yellow, Christmas Green, Black, Crème De Mint, Brilliant Shamrock; Petite Black, 15/0
  • Light grey silamide, size A
  • Keepsake Calico Cotton Fabric, 12”x10”
  • Pellon TP970 Thermolam Plus Sew-In Fleece, 10-1/2”x 8-1/2”
  • Acid-free mat, 8”x10” with 5”x7” opening
  • Green buttons, 3/8”, six
  • Cardboard, 1/16” thick, 9-1/2”x7”
  • Wire, 24-gauge

Tools

  • Rotary cutter with cutting mat
  • Beading needle
  • Computer and printer
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, duct tape

Basic Supplies

  • ruler, scissors, straight pins, black permanent pen

Pattern - Beaded Baby Announcement

  • 1. Print out full-size pattern. Print pattern on pale yellow cardstock.
  • 2. Use bead row stitch with Crème De Mint beads to outline buggy. Use two Petite Black beads to work buggy handle. Use one Black bead for buggy knob and one Petite Black bead as stop bead.
  • 3. Work diagonal left to right lines on buggy with Yellow beads using bead row stitch.
  • 4. Work diagonal right to left lines on buggy with Christmas Green beads using bead row stitch.
  • 5. Attach four Brilliant Shamrock beads using single bead stitch in center of each tire.
  • 6. Attach three Black beads using bead row stitch in rows around outside of wheels. Pull snug, but do not go back through these beads a second time. Work clockwise around wheel.
  • 7. Fill out information on birth announcement using black pen. Use tiny drops of fabric glue to adhere baby's photograph. Refer to photograph for placement. Set aside.
  • 8. Use fabric glue to secure fleece to front side of mat. Adhere in place with small dots of glue. Trim edges if necessary and cut out center area.
  • 9. Use Frame Finishing Diagram and yellow fabric to cover mat. Adhere edges of fabric on back using fabric glue. Check front to be sure fabric is smooth across mat before adhering in place. Work each step as shown in Frame Finishing Diagram.
  • 10. Attach buttons on mat front placing three buttons in upper left and three buttons in lower right corners. Refer to photograph for placement. Let dry.
  • 11. To make hanger for frame back, measure down 2-1/4" from top left and over 1-3/4". Punch hole using straight pin. Repeat on right side. Slide wire in left hole, bringing to front across to right hole and down into pinhole. Adjust as needed for a slight curve. Trim wire ends, leaving 1/2" to turn sideways against cardboard. Adhere wire end in place with duct tape.
  • 12. Center announcement right side facing up in mat opening. Adhere announcement to frame back using fabric glue; let dry. Adhere cardboard with wire hanger to back of announcement; let dry. Weight design with heavy book while drying.
  • Tip
  • 1. Use grey silamide doubled with beading needle to attach all beads. For best results, use beading needle to punch hole on front side of pattern to make each hole for bead placement before bringing needle/thread to front side. Pull each beaded stitch snug before placing next stitch.