13 July 2016

Love You To The Moon & Back Canvas Art

I never imagined that back in March of this year when the Sweet Tea Fabric line was 

launched that I would be part of this exciting fabric challenge using

KariAnne's Sweet Tea Fabric Line.

This fabric is truly such a sweet, sweet fabric and the colors are pure Summertime joy.

One of the real nifty parts about all of this, is that this friendly Texas craft 

challenge really did all begin over Texas sweet tea, pound cake and a group of gals 

chatting and laughing at our Texas Art and Craft retreat.

wooden moon, burlap and lace bow, fabric, DIY

One of the gals,  Carole from Garden Up Green initiated the notion and well, the rest is 


Don't you just love a good heartwarming story to go along with a project...

Art, flowers, decorating

We were all given charm packs at the Art and craft retreat to use for this project. 

If you are unfamiliar with a charm pack they are collections of pre-cut 5 inch squares of 

fabric, which can be used anyway you would like, the sky is the limit on how to channel 

your inner creativity.
blogger challenge, Thistlewood Farms, Hoffman fabric, at home with jemma

I channeled my inner creativity by combining the charm packs with leftover fabric from 

my DIY Spring Banner Project where I used Hoffman and Thistle Wood Farms

Simply Eclectic  line.

While the sweet tea fabric includes a variety of colors, I chose to use blue tones.

I was so inspired by the tones and hues of this fabric to create a night sky on my canvas 

with crescent moon and three star flowers.

You see, I live out in the country now and the stars shine bright and so does the moon.

The Name of my art is Love you to the Moon and back Canvas Art.

step by step instruction for creating art using fabric, burlap, lace and modge podge

I am just going to share the steps with you and the supplies needed for this fabric overlay 

art project.

Step 1.

Using pinking shears cut 20 (5"x 5") charm squares into  2"  strips.

You will have about a 1" piece of fabric leftover, save 9 of these  1" strips to use for

Star burlap flowers which for me symbolize stars in the midnight sky.

rotary cutters, self-healing mats, beginner tools for sewing

Step 2.

 Before applying the modge podge experiment with patterns you would like to have on 

your canvas.

creating canvas art with fabric

Step 3. 

Pour modge podge into a container and using a 1" brush apply modge podge in

sections on your canvas.

size of brush to use and steps on apply modge podge

Step 4.

 Apply one layer of 2" strips. I sort of weaved mine in and out to give it a 

Patchwork pattern.  You could easily create a herringbone pattern or stripes.

Cover with modge podge and repeat these steps until the canvas is completely covered 

with fabric.

Let dry for 2 hours, then repeat.

Hoffman fabrics, thistlewood farms and at home with jemma

Step 5.

After canvas has dried, experiment with the placement of the moon and flowers.

When you have decided on moon placement apply Tacky glue to the back of the moon

and let it dry overnight.

How to make your own art using fabric and modge podge

Step 6.

Making the bows/stars.

While modge podge is drying I enhanced these purchased lace and burlap flowers.

Using the leftover 1" strips from step 1, gather these strips together with a needle and 

thread and sew them to  the lace and burlap flowers/stars.

This takes about 7 minutes per bow.

Tutorial on creating flowers for canvas art

Step 7.

Attach the 3 symbolic flowers to the Canvas art with tacky glue. 

 artist canvas, charm pack, tacky glue, modge podge, pinking shears

Supply List

1. (1) 16 x 20 artist canvas
2. Charm pack
3. Assorted fabric remnants
4. Tacky glue
5. Modge Podge
6. Pinking shears
7. Needle & Thread
8. Burlap and lace bows
9. Love you to the moon & back moon or wooden letters of choice

needle, thread, glue, bows, fabric, canvas,

And, there you have it, my canvas art project using the sweet tea fabric line.

Thank you for joining me on our sweet tea challenge!

Voting Begins Thursday July 14th at 6:00 a.m. Eastern and lasts for one week.
Just follow this link to vote.

Thank you!

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Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.


  1. Love this idea and the overlay of fabric is so fun. That retreat was a fun afternoon and it's super neat to watch this challenge unfold. I don't go live until tomorrow morning. Enjoy a Great Wednesday!

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

    1. Thank you Carole, it was a great day and a delightful fabric challenge!

  2. Wow, you are creative. I love that you can see the moon and stars so readily!!! You are blessed!
    Sweet tea, pound cake and friends is a winning combination!
    My favorite color is blue so I love all the fabric swatches. Your project is adorable. I'm impressed.

    1. Bonnie,
      Thank you! I am a blessed Lady to see the moon and stars and this fabric line was perfect for this art project:) happy, happy!

  3. Jemma what an original piece of art. I love how you created this from scraps of fabric and just some simple things. And of course this has such special meaning for you. Pinning.

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  5. What a fun project and one you can really make your own! Enjoy your week sweet lady! Hugs, Diane

    1. It is true, it was very enjoyable, thank you for the sweet visit too!

  6. Love it! Would be cute in one of the Grands bedrooms! Very clever & sweet!

    1. Thank you Laura, I was thinking the exact same thing:)

  7. Mary,
    I just had the most enjoyable experience creating this artwork.
    I appreciate you sharing your thoughtfulness with me today, thank you!

  8. What a adorable project, I am pinning it too, I love it to the moon too.

    1. Maria,
      Thank you, it was a really fun one too!

  9. What a adorable project, I am pinning it too, I love it to the moon too.

  10. Oh I adore this project. The fabric is beautiful indeed but I must say...I do that phrase...I love you to the moon and back! Just makes my old heart melt. Thanks for sharing with us. What an inspiration you are! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. I can just see you saying this sweet phrase to your precious family!
      Thank dear friend for visiting me today:)

  11. Good afternoon sweet Jemma,
    Hope your weather in Texas is nicer than Philly, today rain, tomorrow and Friday 97 degrees, YIKES! I'll be inside writing to finish up my fairytale. I've gotta say you have become the craft princess. I just can see you smiling and enjoying your day creating. Always enjoy my visits to see what you have been making.

    1. Hello Vera!
      I would take a few raindrops today...97 degrees here and tired and wilted flowers.
      My gardening days are slowly coming to an end for a few months.
      I love the title you have given me! I have never been a princess before, so if this is my one opportunity I am running with it!
      Thank you so much sweet Lady!

  12. Hi Jemma, LOVE this darling design. The fabrics are beautiful and I love the colors. Your creation is awesome. I love that quote too. Thanks for inspiring. Blessings xo

    1. Good Afternoon My Texas Friend!
      Thank you so much for such kind sentiments.
      This fabric really did something for me, we sort of connected, and I bet you being an artist know exactly what I mean.
      Blessings to you too!

  13. Absolutely adorable! Pinterest will be buzzing!

    1. Eilis,
      It was great fabric to work with wasn't it!
      Thank you:)

  14. I love it! It's just adorable. Very clever use of the charm packs!

    1. Cecilia,
      I have enjoyed the challenge and I just know you did too-we need another one now!
      Thank you:)

  15. I love this. I love the texture and the embellishments on your artwork. Plus who doesn't love the saying, right? Fantastic job!!!

    1. Debra,
      So happy to see you here today, I really appreciate your thoughtful visit!
      By layering the fabric and adding the embellishments it really did give the Canvas Art a dimensional feel.

  16. Jemma,
    What a creative project! Thank you for hosting the Art and Craft retreat where all of us became inspired as a group to take on Carole West's idea for the challenge. The gathering and ideas flowing are just what I need periodically to connect with other bloggers. Looking forward to seeing everyone's Sweet Tea Challenge project and to more gatherings.


  17. What a beautiful piece of artwork! Great job, Jemma.

  18. What a fun project!! so pretty & thank you for linking up to Waste Not Wednesday!!

  19. Oh my stars and garters this is cute! Did you make the moon yourself or can it be purchased? Have a wonderful day!

  20. Jemma,

    I say this to my daughters all the time! I adore your project and your new profile picture is the very cutest! Thanks for hosting the event and thanks for participating!!!!!!

    Happy day!

  21. Jemma, such a sweet project. love the quote as well. I see you got your creativity on and it is lovely. Such a great idea to have your Texas Craft retreat. It looks and sounds like so much fun! Happy Thursday sweet friend. xo

  22. The "love you to the moon and back" canvas art is delightful. And it looks very nice against the blue background. I've always loved blue in the home. The blue mason jar is sooooo pretty. I know they come in different colors, but haven't come across this pretty color yet. You are always working on many creative projects. Keep creating, dear Jemma. Your home will be filled with all the goodness you make.

    love, ~Sheri

  23. Your project with the charm pack fabrics is so creative, Jemma! I love how it turned out and it makes for such a pretty art piece in your room.

  24. Well you know this is my favorite project! Love you to the Moon & Back Momma!

  25. I love how you overlaid the fabric squares in such a great pattern. The moon and stars are so creative and perfect for such a sweet saying.

  26. I love the creativity of this project! The fabric is the perfect backdrop! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Brag About It! Pinned to share.

  27. Hi Jemma! This is so cute... I used to say that to my little boy all the time...now he's grown. Thank you for sharing at DI & DI :) We love having you!

  28. This is SO cute!

    I’d love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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