June 24, 2013

Our Weekly Calendar

 This is what I've had floating around in my head the last few months (yes, I said months!).

I wanted to make a weekly calendar to help Mimi understand the days of the week as well as help her know what's happening each day, and this is how it turned out.

I wanted each day to be a different color, so I chose 7 colors of flannel for each day's background. I had these in my stash, I guess that sort of tells you how much sewing I do (and how much fabric I have).

I used my cool, cool Silhouette Cameo to cut out the lettering. I love that machine, by the way. I am not a scrapbooker, but I use it for so many things.

I ironed the lettering to the backgrounds. I have to tell you, picking the right colors for the lettering was really difficult. You just don't know if you'll be able to read them until they're on the fabric. I redid most of the days at least 1 or 2 times until I was satisfied.

Next, I sewed them all together and chose a border and background (also from my stash). I used flannel on the back so we could flip the calendar over and use it as a big felt board too.

I made the little activity pieces using iron-on transfer paper for my printer and some cool images I found mostly online. I added the lettering myself. I just ironed the images onto white felt and cut out the shapes, easy.

I sewed some pieces of rick-rack into the top so I could hang our calendar on a dowel. Mimi still hasn't seen it, but I think she'll be pretty excited. Right now it's out of her reach, but at some point I'll find a place to put it where she can access it better.

What d'ya think?