We love fall — changing leaves, farmers’ market apple cider, crisp morning air. One of the best things about the season are all the amazing 2011 calendars that start appearing in our favorite shops and from our favorite letterpress companies. We got inspired to make our own calendar this year to give as gifts to friends for the holidays, with the theme of eating seasonally. To get more use out of the calendar, we drew a dotted line to encourage people to cut off months once they have passed and keep the top halves for decoration or cooking ideas!
While we picked this theme for our calendars, you could go with any theme you like. We used an old painter’s cloth for the canvas and then iron-on transfers and hand-stitching to adorn them, but you could use paint, markers, iron-on photos — just about any medium to create your own style and theme. We will show you what we did, but we hope you take this project on and make it your own! — bbbcraft sisters
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- painter’s drop cloth or large piece of canvas, enough for thirteen 8.5 x 11″ sheets
- fabric scissors
- Sharpie, fabric pens or markers
- iron-on transfer paper
- grommets and grommet punch
- twine or fabric tape
- iron and ironing board
- needle and thread in various colors
1. Cut thirteen 8.5 x 11″ sheets from your piece of canvas (one will serve as the calendar cover, if you plan on giving this as a gift, as we do!)
2. IRON the canvas! We learned this the hard way, and forgot to iron until we started stitching.
3. Punch grommets into the top two corners for hanging. If you don’t have a grommet punch, you could just as easily cut holes and weave twine through, or stitch ribbon on either side to create loops for hanging.
4. In the center of 12 of the pieces, use a straight edge and a Sharpie to make a dotted line. We drew scissors to encourage people to cut off the top half and reuse it at the end of each month.
5. Print out the 12 months on iron-on transfer paper. If you use this technique, be sure to flip the text before printing, so that when you iron it on, it is facing the correct direction. You can either use a setting on your printer or a graphics software program to flip text or an image. You can also just as easily write out the months by using a straight edge for spacing and straight lines.
6. Now have fun and decorate the months. We chose a different seasonal fruit or vegetable for each month and included some simple ideas for how to use them. You could print out photos on transfer paper and iron them on, create line drawings, print out full recipes, paint images or create your own stitched design. For our calendar, we used a combination of simple stitches for the fruits and vegetables and iron-ons.
7. On the thirteenth piece of canvas, create a cover page for the 2011 calendar using stamps, iron-ons, stitches or paint.
8. Attach all of the canvas sheets by pulling a ribbon through the holes or grommets and tie off. For a gift, roll up and tie off with twine.