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Make your own fabric sun featuring Sunnyside

I am super excited for the release of my fabric collection Sunnyside for Windham Fabrics and to celebrate, I'd love to show you how to make your own fabric sun with it! This is a really fun project to try on the weekend if you want something eye-catching for your wall! This would also look great in a nursery, making a perfect baby shower gift. 

What you'll need:

  • Sunnyside Fabric from Windham
  • Scissors
  • 12 inch ruler
  • Pencil
  • Mod Podge Matte Glue
  • 20 in. x 20 in. Canvas
  • Blue acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • 1 flat paint scraper or a piece of cardboard
  • 1 white square of felt
  • CD
  • 1 Paintbrush
  • 1 Small Foam Brush
  • Spray bottle
  • Paper Plate or other surface for gluing
  • Drop cloth to protect the floor

Place your canvas on a drop cloth and begin creating your sky background by adding some blue paint. Pour the paint directly onto your canvas, then smooth it out with a scraper tool, piece of cardboard or a plastic knife. Spread the paint around adding texture. Using some water and a foam brush continue spreading the paint around on the canvas until you have covered the entire canvas. If you want, spray a bit of water on it when you are done and let the water soak into the paint, leaving splatter marks for added interest. Let it dry.

While your blue background is drying, take your fabric and flip it over. On the back side of the fabric, take a 12 inch rule and draw two straight lines angling out slightly to create your first sun ray. Cut them out one by one  into about 12 inch strips. Feel free to vary the widths of the rays for added interest.

Optional: Take a break from cutting your sun rays to add a layer of white paint over your blue background after it's dry. Pour some white paint directly onto the canvas. Spread the white paint with your scraper vertically and horizontally to create a cloud texture over the blue sky. Spray some more water to give it texture. Let this dry and continue cutting out your sun rays.

Once you are done cutting your sun rays, take a CD and draw a circle around the yellow fabric for the sun center. Take a white piece of felt and draw a circle around that too. Cut out your sun centers.

Once your canvas is dry, take your sun rays and begin to place them on the canvas. Arrange them however you like. I like to alternate warm and cool colors to give it variety. Once you're happy with the layout, remove the sun and set it aside for later.

Using Mod Podge Matte glue, an old paintbrush and a tray or paper plate, begin to glue the rays one by one. Lift up one ray at a time. Add some glue to the canvas and place the ray onto the glue. Add some glue over the top of the ray and smooth out the fabric with your brush. Repeat for each ray all the way around your canvas. 

Once all of your rays have dried, add the white felt circle to the center of your canvas. Add glue beneath it, place the felt onto the glue then add more glue over the top. Now add your fabric sun center to the top of the glued felt. Once dry, add more glue to the top of the sun center. Now your canvas is almost ready! 

Continue glueing the rays around the edges of the canvas to the back of the canvas. Once it's all dry, your sun is ready to hang! Don't forget to sign and date it on the back.

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