Oliver is already 3 months old, and I still haven’t started sharing pictures his nursery! If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve seen a few sneak peaks, but I never got around to putting all of the finishing touches. Right before he was born, I did a handful of fun DIY projects to decorate his “happy cloud” nursery. These weather related “hello sunshine” and “umbrella” embroidery hoops make great wall art and are really quick and easy.
These are both great beginner embroidery projects, since they only use one basic stitch. Just sketch out your design onto the fabric. I used a light pencil which worked well. Then stitch over the designs. I ended out using a single thread of embroidery floss for the hello sunshine letters. I also like the hand drawn look, so I made the sun’s rays all slightly different and not perfectly spaced.
The umbrella hoop was even simpler. I just sketched the outline of the umbrella, using two different shades of gray (one for the umbrella and one for the handle). I then used some artist’s markers to fill in the different parts of the umbrella with different shades of blue. To give it more of a watercolor look, I painted some plain water over the markers. However, it made the colors bleed slightly more than I had planned, so next time I would use less water, or keep the water away from the edges of each section.
I want to make a third one to complete the set for Oliver’s happy cloud nursery. I was thinking of doing some balloons or maybe an airplane. What would you do?