Thursday, July 31, 2008
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Friday, July 11, 2008
You will need:
- felt pieces
- a fabric scrap (approximately 3.25" by 3.25", or 8.25 cm by 8.25 cm)
- a bottlecap (I used a cap that measured 1.25" or 2.5 cm in diameter; mine came from a soda bottle)
- a small ball of polyfil
- needle and thread
- scissors (ruler and pen are optional)
- glue gun
- small magnet
Step 1: Make yourself a template for the petals. Mine were approximately 2" or 5 cm tall. The template can be out of paper or felt, but you want to make sure all your petals are the same size.
Step 2. Cut your felt into 5 petals (or more or less, depending on how many petals you want your flower to have). Sometimes it helps to accordion or roll fold the felt and cut all the petals at once, fixing them individually afterwards.
Step 3: Once you have your petals ready, you can cut your fabric! Cut out a circle with a 3-3.25" diameter (approx 7.5 cm). To make it easier, you can use a fabric marker to mark where you're going to cut. It doesn't have to perfect.
Step 4: Hand sew all the way around the circle leaving a 1/4" (5 mm) from the edge. Pull tight on the needle and thread (gather) so that a little cup appears. Make sure the printed part of the fabric is on the outside of the cup (as in bottom picture).
Step 6: Now you are ready to assemble your flower. Warm up your glue gun!
Step 5: Fill the cup with as much polyfil as you can and knot the thread as tightly as you can... try to leave as small a hole for the polyfil to escape from as possible. Sometimes it helps if you go over your stitches again (while they're pulled tight) just to reinforce the sewing.
Step 7: Glue the petals into the inner part of the bottlecap, spacing them as evenly as possible. Remember, quite a bit of the bottom part of the petal will not show as it will be covered by the fabric pom button you made. I know, my glue gun is gross; but it works!
Step 8: Once the petals are glued in, place a large amount of glue in the bottom of the bottlecap and put the magnet in it... be careful, the bottom of the bottlecap will be hot!
Step 9: Place a ring of glue (fairly thickly) around the upper edge of the inside of the bottlecap; you will be applying glue onto the petals but that's okay, it will be covered by the fabric pom button. Actually, the more glue here, the better.
Step 10: Place the fabric pom button into the bottlecap, carefully making sure none of the edges from the part you sewed up are sticking out. Push and hold the button down for a little bit; this will give the hot glue a chance to dry a little.
Step 11: Clean up the petals by trimming off any rough edges.
Step 12:Although this is optional, you can cut a strip of felt that matches the width and height of the outside of the bottlecap to for a stem; just use glue to secure it to the bottlecap, under the petals.
Step 12: Enjoy your new pincushion!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
What to do with such awesomely good fabric? It's obviously much too big for my usual zippered pouches or clutches, so I made some groovy shorts! I used a pattern that my mom had bought ages ago to make us walking shorts when we were little, but the problem was that I've since gotten bigger, and the pattern makes shorts that are granny in a big way- very high waisted, poochy at the crotch and almost to your knee in length! Blegh! So, I had to waste some of my junker fabric to make a new pattern; I find that I work better with patterns if they are in fabric (with fusible webbing ironed on the back to make it stiffer) than if they are on that tissue-paper like pattern sheet, which I usually end up tearing or cutting into in my frenzy to create. After making the pattern, these shorts were a breeze to make and took me about half an hour from cutting to stepping into the leg holes of my newly sewn shorts for the first time.
Please forgive the crappy hanger and brightness... but I absolutely love the way they came out! They are made with about 3/4 of a yard to 1 yard depending on your size (maybe even 1/2 a yard of fabric if you are tiny) with enough left over to make something small out of the scraps. There are only 4 peices, and the top part of the shorts folds over to be sewn into tubing for an elastic waistband (tres comfortable), which you can then embellish with a sweet ribbon or button. I left this one plain though, the print was enough already!