TA-DA! :) A wall hanging!
Getting the girls' handprints was a little bit difficult, especially Sam's - she kept wanting to close her hand up, and I had to have Dave trace really fast while I held her hand down. :p Natalie was slightly easier, all I had to do was bribe her to hold still with a piece of candy. ;) Needless to say I'm holding onto those paper templates for a while (until their hands grow, anyway) just in case - I don't want to have to do that all over again if I should need them for some reason.
I backed the fabric hand cutouts with Heat'n'Bond, and applied them to my hand-embroidered fabric. The words up top don't look quite as wonky in person (the camera angle - NO I'M NOT JUST BLAMING THE CAMERA - the angle and the way the hanging lies made it a little curvy) but I did freehand them completely so they're not perfectly straight anyway. And they may not be 100% evenly sizes and spaced. Plus also that's supposed to be a heart between them, but I think it could have used a few more lines...? But I like it so there.
The back is red cotton, and I found a piece of felt for the batting - keeps it a little stiffer, so I think it'll hang nicely. Plus it's not too thick and puffy, I wanted it to look more like one piece of fabric than like a pillow.
I (briefly) considered hand quilting the cutouts down, and then I considered, also briefly, machine stitching them and the machine won, because a) I've never hand quilted anything, b) my hand stitching is abysmal, and c)
Oh, well. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do as far as attaching something to hang it with, and then I'll have to find a place for it.
Goodbye, 2013! Now onto the first sewing project of 2014, as soon as I stop dithering around (that's a fun word, right?) and settle on something. So many projects, so much time, such a small attention span!