Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Linda’s How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Alpacas Rock, Babies Splashing In The Rain, It’s Raining Baby Boys, and It’s Raining Baby Girls Custom Fabric Wall Panel Picture New Free E-Book


I just love custom fabric.  Especially when it can be used to make quick and easy picture decorations and was so pleased with the way my Babies In The Pumpkin Patch Wall Panel Picture came out that when I was designing my Babies Splashing In the Rain Fabric Collection and Alpacas Rock Fabric Collection I decided to create several baby fabrics and one alpaca fabric that could be used to create several custom fabric panel pictures.

Last week I finally had some time to create some and decided to start with my Alpacas Brown Panel Fabric which creates a 9” by 12” custom fabric wall panel decoration. It was very easy to make so I proceeded to make my Babies Splashing In The Rain  Fabric Panel Small, my It’s Raining Baby Boys Fabric Panel, and my It’s Raining Baby Girls Fabric Panel.

Here's how I made my Alpacas Rock Custom Fabric Panel Picture:

SUPPLIES NEEDED


For The Alpacas Rock Custom Fabric Panel Picture

Fat Quarter Alpacas Brown Panel Fabric - http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/1951451
9" by 12" Stretched Cotton Canvas (I Used Artist's Loft)
9" by 12" Decorative Heavier Paper-stock For The Backing



For The Babies Splashing In the Rain Custom Fabric Panel Picture

Fat Quarter Babies Splashing In The Rain Fabric Panel-Small -http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1623197
11" by 14" Stretched Cotton Canvas (I Used Artist's Loft)
11" by 14" Decorative Heavier Paper-stock For The Backing



For The It’s Raining Baby Boys Custom Fabric Panel Picture

Fat Quarter It’s Raining Baby Boys Fabric Panel - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1621246
8" by 10" Stretched Cotton Canvas (I Used Artist's Loft)
8" by 10" Decorative Heavier Paper-stock For The Backing



For The It’s Raining Baby Girls Custom Fabric Panel Picture

Fat Quarter It’s Raining Baby Girls Fabric Panel - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1620718
8" by 10" Stretched Cotton Canvas (I Used Artist's Loft)
8" by 10" Decorative Heavier Paper-stock For The Backing

Other Supplies Needed For All Four


Staple Gun (I used an Arrow Heavy Duty Staple Gun Tacker Model T50)
1/4" Staples (I used Arrow brand staples)
1 3/4" Picture Hanger With Saw Teeth
Double Sided Tape
Hammer
Paper Cutter (I used a Fiskars Scrapbooking Rotary Paper Trimmer - Deluxe Portable Design With Swing-out Arm)


DIRECTIONS - Updated March, 2015



1) Cut one fabric panel out of the fat quarter.


 2) Place the right side of the artist’s canvas on the  wrong side of the panel so it is centered and evenly spaced horizontally and vertically.


3) Wrap the two vertical sides of the fabric panel around the sides of the artist’s canvas to the back. Pull the fabric panel around the artist’s canvas so that it is evenly spaced and such that it is taut to all sides of the artist's canvas. Do not pull too tightly as your vertical lines won't be straight. Load the staple gun with the 1/4" staples and then with the fabric taut around the artist's canvas place 1 staple in the middle of the two back vertical sides.


4) Pull the fabric taut on the bottom left vertical side making sure the vertical lines on the front are still straight and then square the corner of the bottom left vertical side as shown in the picture and staple to hold.


5) Pull the fabric taut on the bottom right vertical side making sure the vertical lines on the front are still straight and then square the corners of the bottom right vertical side as shown in the picture and staple to hold.


6) Pull the fabric taut on the bottom horizontal side making sure the horizontal lines on the bottom front are still straight and then staple the left and right back bottom corners as shown in the picture to hold.


7) Repeat steps #6 and #7 for the top horizontal side and then pull the fabric taut on the top horizontal side making sure the horizontal lines on the top front are still straight and then staple the left and right top back corners as shown in the picture to hold.


8) Make sure the vertical and horizontal lines on the front of the fabric are straight. If they aren't remove the staples and repeat your steps. Once you are satisfied that your lines are straight staple each of the vertical sides two to four more times to hold the vertical sides taut. Once you are satisfied that your lines are straight staple the horizontal top and bottom sides one or two more times to hold the horizontal sides taut.


9) Turn your picture over and make sure that your vertical and horizontal sides are all straight and taut. If not remove your staples and repeat your steps.


10) Cut a piece of the decorative heavier paper-stock approximately 9" by 12" for the Alpacas Rock Custom Fabric Panel Picture backing. Place the decorative paper so that it is evenly spaced on the back with 1/16" showing along the vertical and horizontal edges. Trim as necessary.

11) Cut two strips of the double sided tape to fit the vertical sides and then tape them 1/8” away from the back vertical edges. Cut two strips of the double sided tape to fit the horizontal sides and then tape them 1/8” away from the back top and bottom edges.

12) Center the decorative heavier paper–stock on the back and then press down to tape it

13) Center the 1 3/4" picture hanger with saw teeth in the center of the top of the panel back and then hammer it to fasten it.

14) Hang your wall panel picture.


Since I was making them anyway I decided to create an e-book tutorial showing you how I made the Alpacas Rock Custom Fabric Panel Picture. All four of the custom fabric panel pictures are made the same way. They just use different size fabrics and different size cotton canvases so follow this tutorial for each of them.

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