Thursday, May 17, 2018

DIY No-Sew Fabric Keepsake Handprint Gifts

For my mother and mother-in-law this Mother's Day I decided to make some fun keepsake items: DIY Fabric Kid Handprint Gifts.  They captured each of our four kids handprints in their actual sizes right now.  It's extra special since the tiniest one is our new baby:) 

And I made sure each hand was named:

I used some fabric scraps I had left from my DIY 3-D Candy Wall Art project:

That wall art is still my favorite project of 2018 so far (apart from my little guy!):

Now, here's how I made the handprint gifts:

- Cotton fabric scraps
- Heat n Bond Ultra Bond fusible
- Iron
- Paper, pencil, scissors
- Optional: Heat transfer vinyl, Cricut Easy Press, Cricut Explore (for lettering)

I traced each of my kids' hands and cut them out.

I ironed some Heat n Bond Ultrabond on the back of each fabric.  It's a super strong paper backed fusible that will then fuse fabric to fabric.  It takes just seconds for it to adhere, but it fuses really well, so it's perfect for adding fabric to finished fabric items when you can't stitch them on.

I took my hand patterns and traced each one on the paper side of the Heat n Bond and cut them out:

When you peel the paper off, you can see the nice shiny layer that now makes it fuse so well.

I arranged the handprints to get an even design balance for my items. 

I pressed my blank tote & cushion cover nice & flat to be wrinkle free.

Then it was time to fuse the hand onto the items themselves.

I decided to add a little extra detail by cutting out each of the kids' names with heat vinyl transfer on my Cricut and then heat pressing them onto their hands so they'd be able to remember whose hands they were years from now. 

They were a big hit with both grandmas and a project this busy mom could knock out during a brief nap time.


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