See how you can turn one of Bonnie's adorable Santa Buddies (and free lettering) into a Christmas countdown board!
Bonnie's Santa Buddies set is so darn cute. I decided to use Santa 6 for this project and added the lettering above (you can download it here) as well as a heart-shaped piece of chalkboard cloth so that you can change the days as you go.
Stitching Santa 6
I embroidered Santa as directed on a piece of white 13x16 inch holly-print. Before embroidery, I fused a layer of Pellon Shape Flex 101 to the back of the white fabric for some extra stability.
Once embroidery is finished, I removed fabric from the hoop and trimmed away stabilizer close to the design. I also pressed the embroidery so it was free of wrinkles for mounting.
The Mounting Board
A 9x12 inch canvas board works well for the backing. It needs to be sturdy since you will be writing on it with a chalk marker.
Position the embroidery on the board, making sure it is centered. When you are happy with the placement, fold edges to the back and secure them as you like. Next time, I think I would use something like ModPodge to glue the fabric smoothly to the canvas surface.
Adding the Chalk Fabric
You can certainly cut your chalk fabric by hand or with an electronic cutting machine. I used my AccuQuilt GO! and the 2,3,4-inch heart die.
Place the chalk fabric on the die, cover with a cutting pad, and turn the hand crank.
Out pops a perfect shape.
Glue the heart onto the Santa background. You can pop this in an easel, or add magnets to each corner and attach it to the refrigerator.
Let the countdown begin!