This is a very simple, yet effective way to display kids artwork, whether it be at home or school.
The twins preschool teacher asked me to put this one together a couple of weeks ago. These pockets are perfect not only for displaying paintings and drawings on paper, but also for holding other artwork such as decorated paper plates, puppets, pasta or beaded jewelery, and small clay creations to name a few.
A large piece of burlap
Embroidery thread and a needle.
Lay a standard sheet (8.5 x 11) of paper over the vinyl. Rule about 1cm extra around each side and cut out. Use this as your stencil.
When you have cut out enough vinyl rectangles to fill the Burlap, lay each piece of vinyl down and mark the corners with a fabric marker so you don't lose their positioning as you are sewing.
Using embroidery thread and a needle stitch the sides and bottom of each piece of vinyl to the burlap. The seam should be approx 5mm. This will allow a little extra room for projects that have items stuck to the paper.
Tip: Make a narrower one of these to hang on the back of your kids playroom or bedroom door to display their artwork as they bring it home. A couple of eyelets at the top will enable you to hang it on small hooks.
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I love this idea Tonya – I may try it for the boys bedrooms.
Beautiful, Tonya! Looks so like a quilt, and just as sentiment inducing!
I noticed that my project was featured on a number of sites this morning and one question being asked was whether it can be sewn on a sewing machine.
I’m sure it can, however my little sewing machine couldn’t handle it. I’m not sure if it was a combination of the vinyl not feeding properly under the foot, the thickness of both the burlap and vinyl combined or something else, but after several attempts I resorted to hand-stitching with a double strand of embroidery thread.
Thank you to everyone who has linked to it.
What about using regular fabric instead of the burlap?
Absolutely Mandi, you could use fabric, I’m thinking it would have to be a heavier weight though so it would hang nicely – maybe something more along the line of canvas?
I used burlap because that is what my kids preschool provided for the project.
Beautiful! I want to try this. Where do you get vinyl? Just at the craft/fabric store? Thanks!
What a fun idea! I may do this in our schoolroom.
I’m adding this to my Tumblr site so I won’t forget. 😀
Yay. If it inspires one person then my post has been worthwhile. Send me a photo if you end up doing it, I'd love to see.
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You have some amazing ideas 🙂 Thanks for sharing these!!