Here’s a fun project to preserve those sweet little handprints of children & grandchildren! A friend & I worked as the art docents in our kids’ classroom, so we were able to put this together for a teacher gift, but it’s a great time to start working on those holiday gifts!
We used this book for the idea & pattern
And here is the inspiration for the ‘umbrellas’, although you can see a little peek on the page to the left of kites made into a quilt- and that’s the pattern we followed for the quilt!
We had blue & white fabric blocks, I believe they were cut to 10” squares, but the size is really up to you! The fabric was washed & dried before it was cut. We used fabric paint & a fabric pen.
We let the kids pick 3 colors & we painted their hands & made a handprint. Then we let the kids do the bottom of the umbrella (they are kindergarteners, so their interpretation was pretty fun!), as well as sign their names.
Once they were dry, I set them out to decide on the placement
Start sewing those blocks together! This is easy-peasy since the blocks were all cut the same size- I simply sewed a ½ “seam. One trick this book suggested was pressing the seams one direction for each row. You quilters out there already knew this, but it was new to me!
We had 19 squares, so for our 20th I painted a sun & added a little dedication to the teacher. Here’s where those umbrellas get their adorable 1/8” black ric rac handles! We used 6” for each handle. I used fabri-tac to glue them down, but went over them with machine stitching so they’d be more secure & washable.
Now, since this was a team effort, the other mom added the border, batting, back & binding. Wow, as I type this it seems like I got the much better deal on that! There is also squiggle paint for the little detail at the top & bottom of the umbrellas. The nice thing is the book we used was pretty specific about the directions on how to do it!
I can tell you that the teacher was VERY moved- and I’m pretty sure anyone receiving this type of gift would be!
Thanks for your time- I hope you’ve been inspired!!!
Blog post by: Jen Shears