What do you do with a treasured article of clothing when it no longer fits? Instead of carefully packing it away, upcycle it into a canvas artwork, so it can be put on show for all to see.
A few years ago, the kids painted pictures on pre-cut fabric, and I sewed them into t-shirts (tank tops). They thoroughly enjoyed the process of adding their designs with fabric paint, and were very proud of their t-shirts.
I definitely consider the t-shirts to be amongst my most successful sewing projects, as the t-shirts were worn until they no longer fitted.
My clever, creative daughter recently surprised me with the two t-shirts turned into canvas artworks - a very special gift, and one I will treasure.
I'm proud to display the kids' paintings and drawings - whether they be artworks that have been laboured over, or quickly scribbled notes.
I get pleasure from seeing those notes, cards, drawings and paintings on the fridge and in my sewing room. And I always loved seeing the kids wearing their painted t-shirts.
Now I get to hang their fabric painted pictures in my sewing room, so I can see them everyday - memories of a special day spent painting with the kids, combined with feelings of happiness at receiving such a thoughtful and special gift.