You have fun making this decorative fish to hang over a baby’s cot. You will need:
- 45 x 33 cm (18 x 13 in) card
- Drawing pins (thumb tacks)
- 60 x 60 cm (24 x 24 in) cotton fabric
- Wooden frame
- Wax and wax pot or brain- Marie
- Fabric dyes in red, yellow, green and blue
- Needle and thread
- Non-toxic, flame retardant polyester filing (batting)
- 2 wooden beads
Steps to follow:
Step # 1
Scale up the template onto the card and cut it out. Pin the fabric onto a wooden frame or board using drawing pins (thumb tacks), ensuring that it is held firmly in place. Place the fish template onto the fabric and draw around it twice to produce 2 fish shapes.
Step # 2
Melt the wax in a wax pot or in the brain- Marie placed over a low heat. Use a brush to paint the wax around the 2 fish outlines. Then paint wax stripes onto the fish. Makeup dyes following the manufacturer’s instructions. You will have excess dye to use for another project as you need very little for painting the fish design. Paint both fish using 2 different colors for each. Allow drying then cut out both fish shapes.
Step # 3
Set an iron to its highest setting and place some newspaper on an ironing board. Sandwich each fish between 2 sheets of paper and iron over the top, pressing evenly throughout. The paper will absorb most of the wax. Hands wash the batiked cloth in mildly soap lukewarm water to remove the excess dye. To remove every trace of wax, dry cleaning is necessary.
Step # 4
Place the 2 fish shapes right sides together. Pin, tack (baste) and sew them together, leaving the upper fin open for stuffing and to attach the cord.
Step # 5
Turn right side out and stuff the fish from the open upper fin. Knot the length of the cord and attach 2 beads in the center with a knot between and on either side to ensure that they are held firmly in place. Turn in the fin edges and sew, placing one end in the center of the cord and securing it in the final stitching.