When I was younger, I used rubber stamps SO MUCH. I loved them and probably overdid it a little, so I use them far less now. But there's so much good that can come from this useful tool. At Christmas, they are perfect for making cards and tags and gift wrap and more. Today, let's make something from that "more" category!
What will it be? A little fabric banner to wish your friends and family be merry!
You will need:
Alphabet stamps & a holiday stamp (I'm using a little tree that my friend designed!)
Stamp pad (a fabric pad is great, but a washable pad will do)
Cotton fabric (with a tight weave)
Perle cotton embroidery thread
Here's what you do:
Cut out as many pieces of fabric as there will be letters in your banner, plus a few extra. Cut them at an appropriate size for your stamps. Mine are about 2 x 2-1/2 inches. Use pinking shears to cut the bottom edge.
Practice stamping on a scrap of fabric. The harder you press, the more likely it is that the ink will bleed, but if you don't press hard enough, the image won't stamp properly.
Carefully stamp one letter on each fabric piece. Stamp a few holiday images to use at the ends if you'd like.
Cut a piece of perle cotton that is long enough to accommodate all of your letters with about 12 inches extra. Thread your needle, then start adding the banner pieces onto the thread, going from back to the front to the back again.
Tie loops in the ends of the string for easy hanging, and you're all set to be merry!