Hi, I am Gemia Carroll from Phat Quarters. I am so thrilled to be here today and to be contributing on Sewing With Boys! I have a fun project for you to create with you little ones for the 4th of July. Firework Hand Towels.
I am in the thick of little kid messes, tantrums, and dirty hand prints on the walls! Yet, as I wipe those dirty hand prints off my walls for the 80th time, this week, I can’t help but think that soon they will not be in my home. So, today we are going to preserve the tiny hand prints on Tea Towels. These festive towels will not only look great in your kitchen or by the BBQ grill, but they can be mementos for years to come.
The first thing that you need to do is fold the tea towel n half and mark where you want the fireworks to be. You can use a fabric marker, chalk, or pins to mark them. For the best visual impact you want to have 3-5 fireworks that form a visual triangle(s) on your towel. Make sure that you are leaving enough room between each marking for the hand size of your little one.
Next you have to gather the rest of your supplies, including the children, and make sure that the tiny hands are clean. Then apply the paint onto your tiny hands using a foam brush. You will need to paint the hands evenly.
Once the paint is applied, and the giggling has stopped, help your little one place the center of his palm on the marking that you have made.
Press gently on his hand to ensure that his entire hand print is pressed onto the towel. Pull his little hand straight up and off the towel and then reapply paint. BEFORE you place his hand down again rotate the towel 90 degrees so that the painted fingers are in a new position.
Now place that sweet little hand down again with the palm in the same spot. The little fingers should be on a blank portion of the tea towel, NOT over the prints you just made. Rotate the tea towel 90 degrees again repeat the hand painting and pressing two more times. DO NOT forget to rotate your towel in between each.
Now you can choose a new child and a new paint color (or just one of those) to make the next firework on the next marking on your teat towel.
You repeat this same process for the last firework as well. Once all your fireworks have been painted onto the towel you will need to let it dry COMPLETELY!
Once the towel is dry you can choose to use fabric markers to draw details onto your fireworks, add painted stars, or anything else that you want. Once the tea towel is completely dry use an erasable fabric pen to draw details on to the tea towel. These will become your stitch lines.
Cut your patriotic fabric to match the size of your tea towel then pin the two pieces right sides together, leaving a 2″ gap along the top short edge.
(When I was cutting my fabric to match the tea towel I noticed that the towel is not really a nice rectangle. So I decided to square up my tea towel before I stitched it to the fabric.) Sew the fabrics together, turn them out, clip the corners, press the towel well, and then top stitch the sides.
Now you can use your sewing machine to stitch all the extra details onto the towel. Have fun and switch up the thread colors, use decorative stitching, and just have fun with it. If you want to really go crazy you could skip sewing the towel to the fabric and do the detail stitching first then bind the towel!
Once you are all done playing show your little ones what ‘they’ have created and see the joy in their eyes! Thanks for letting my be your camp instructor today! If you would like to keep in touch you can find me over at my blog Phat Quarters, on Facebook, Etsy, Pinterest, and Instagram!