Every Easter when I was a child, my siblings and I would scour our property looking for eggs and baskets. We each had our own basket marked with our name. If we found someone else’s basket, we had to leave it alone for them to find, but could still tease them that we knew the location. One way to mark Easter baskets is to make small name scrolls. The children can keep the scroll to hang on their bedroom wall or door.
One of my favorite ways to put designs on fabric is with bleach. I will show you how to make name scrolls using bleach. Make them for Easter baskets or make larger ones for gifts.
What You Need:
Small paint brush
2 – 8″ long and 5/16″ round dowels
1″ letter stencils
1) Cut the fat quarter to 7″ by 9″.
2) Fold over the left and right sides 1/4″ and sew from top to bottom. Hemming the edges keeps the material from fraying.
3) Fold the top of the material down 1/2″ and sew along the very edge of the material. Do not sew the sides. You want an open tube along the top. Repeat with the bottom of the material.
4) Slip the dowels into the tubes at the top and bottom of the material.
5) Rest the scroll on newspaper and make sure it is flat.
6) Place the first letter stencil at the top of the scroll near the dowel.
7) Dip the brush into the bleach and brush over the letter stencil. At first, the material will just look wet. Remove the stencil and let the bleach sit a few seconds to lighten the material.
8) Continue with each letter working down the scroll.
1) Fat quarters work great for this project because they are cheap, usually one dollar, and bleach really well. If you want to use different material, I highly suggest sticking with cotton. Other materials bleach differently or the bleach will spread too much creating a puffy letter.
2) If you want to hang the scroll, tie string to the ends of the top dowel. You could also glue a frame holder to the back of the top dowel.
3) Want to make a larger scroll as a gift? Cut the fat quarter to 13″ by 19″. The dowels need to be at least 14″. Use 2″ letter stencils. The rest of the steps remains the same.
Simple attach the scroll to the handle of the Easter basket and hide it. The child will have fun finding the basket and will love seeing their name displayed so vividly.