Thursday, 11 April 2019

News About My Tutorial Archive

I've decided to retire a few of my old blog tutorials - or, rather, to put them out to work to help pay my bills!

Most of my archive of free crafty tutorials will remain as it is, but the following projects will soon be vanishing from my blog and reappearing as printable PDF patterns in my shop.

Three floral designs:

The felt flower headband, and the accompanying flower embroidery pattern. UPDATE: click here to view my Romantic Flowers pattern in my shop.

The felt dahlia brooches, and the festive variation: felt poinsettia brooches. UPDATE: these flowers are now available as part of a bargain bundle of 3 flower tutorials.

And the large felt flower brooches. UPDATE: click here to view my fabulous felt flowers pattern in my shop.

Plus three Christmas designs: 

The felt snow globe ornaments, and the accompanying snow globe embroidery pattern and ornament tutorial. UPDATE: click here to view my snow globes pattern in my shop. 

The felt angel ornaments, and the accompanying angel embroidery pattern and angel card tutorial. UPDATE: click here to view my angels pattern in my shop.

And the embroidered mistletoe ornament.

All of these projects will be removed from my blog on or after May 1st, so if you'd like to make them for free please get any instructions and templates/patterns printed out or saved before then!

The PDF versions will be in my shops from May. All the free tutorials here on my blog are intended for non-commercial use only, but you are very welcome to sell any items made using patterns purchased from my shop as long as you make the items yourself and credit me as the designer.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Felt Barn Owl Brooch Tutorial

The next free project for my pattern newsletter subscribers is gonna be...

... a little felt barn owl!

I made this fella a couple of years ago as part of my (rapidly abandoned) 100 Day Project. I thought it was high time I turned him into a pattern and I'm really looking forward to sharing it with you guys.

I'm still running a bit behind with my "monthly" patterns but I'll hopefully catch up soon. The emails might land in your inbox at slightly unexpected times but you'll still get a free project for each month this year.

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Click here to visit my tutorial archive for lots more free patterns and project ideas.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

A Year of Wreaths: April Felt Flowers Wreath Tutorial

This month’s wreath is all about bright and zingy spring colours! The layered felt flowers and embroidered green leaves really pop against a wreath base wrapped in neutral linen-blend fabric.

make a wreath decorated with felt flowers and leaves

You could easily adapt this design by adding more flowers and leaves, or by using different shades of wool blend felt to change the mood of the wreath. The individual felt flowers would also make great brooches or hairclips.

This tutorial originally appeared on The Village Haberdashery's blog - visit their shop for lots of crafty goodness! I'll be sharing all twelve seasonal wreath tutorials here on my blog as the year progresses.

You will need:

The template sheet provided (click here to view, download and print the PDF)
A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
Half a metre of linen-blend fabric (I used Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed fabric in Flax) or other fabric of your choice
Green felt for the leaves
Orange, pink, and purple felt for the flowers (or three shades of your choice)
Embroidery thread to match the flower colours
Sewing scissors
Embroidery scissors
Sewing needle and pins
A glue gun and glue
A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
Optional: a piece of twine or co-ordinating ribbon for hanging the wreath

To make the wreath:

1. Use the templates provided to cut out the flower and leaf pieces from wool blend felt in orange, pink, purple, and green.

Cut the flower pieces in the following colours and quantities:

Flower A: 1 x orange, 2 x purple.
Flower B: 1 x pink, 1 x orange.
Flower C: 1 x orange, 2 x pink, 2 x purple.
Flower D: 1 x orange, 1 x pink.
Circle E: 1 x orange, 1 x pink, 1 x purple.
Circle F: 2 x purple.
Circle G: 3 x purple, 1 x orange, 1 x pink.
Circle H: 1 x orange, 1 x pink.

Layer the pieces to assemble seven flowers, using the photos as a guide. Then cut out 24  green leaves: 12 large and 12 small.

Tip: embroidery scissors are perfect for cutting out fiddly felt shapes!

cut out the felt flower pieces

2. Embroider the leaves with half strands of embroidery thread (i.e. for six-stranded embroidery thread, just use three strands). Use three shades of embroidery thread to match the felt flowers (orange, pink and purple), and decorate a third of the leaves with each colour (so, four large and four small leaves for each shade).

Sew a line of stitching down the centre of each leaf, finishing your stitching neatly at the back and trimming any excess threads. Use backstitch or sew a line of running stitches then sew back in the opposite direction to fill the gaps and create a continuous line of stitches.

embroider the felt leaves

3. Sew the flowers together with contrasting embroidery thread, as shown. Use half strands of thread, sewing radiating stitches from the centre of each flower. I stitched nine stitches for each of the the larger flowers, and six for the smaller flowers.

Tip: use the position of the flower petals as a guide when spacing your stitches.

embroider the felt flowers

4. Use the template provided to cut out 25 pieces from your chose fabric fabric for wrapping the wreath base. You may need to cut a few more strips later to finish wrapping the wreath, but it’s better to cut fewer strips to start with than end up wasting fabric!

cut out the fabric strips

5. Add the fabric strips to the wreath base one by one, using a glue gun to secure the ends at the back of the wreath. Overlap the fabric strips so there are no gaps where the polystyrene base can show through. For each fabric strip, add a dab or two of hot glue to the back of the wreath then carefully press the fabric into position.

If required use the template to cut more fabric strips, adding them until the whole base is covered in fabric.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

wrap the wreath base with the fabric strips
wreath based wrapped with fabric strips

The wreath base will now look something like this:

wreath base wrapped with fabric strips

6. Arrange the felt leaves on the wreath as pictured, covering up the section where you started and finished wrapping the wreath. Start with six small leaves in the centre then add three pairs of large leaves either side, and then a trio of small leaves at each end of the arrangement. Alternate the thread colours, so you get a nice mix of the three shades across the leaves.

Pin the leaves in position with one pin towards the bottom end of each leaf. Place the flowers on top to check that you’re happy with the final arrangement, make any adjustments needed then set the flowers aside.

add the felt flowers to the wreath

7. Use the glue gun to attach the leaves to the wreath. Work inwards, holding a leaf back and applying a small dab of glue to the wreath then lightly pressing the outer / top half of the leaf down so it sticks in place. Then remove the pin from the bottom of the leaf and glue the lower half.

When you reach the central cluster of leaves, glue all the outer / top halves of the leaves then remove the central pins and glue the inner / bottom halves of the leaves one by one.

With the leaves glued in place, the wreath will now look like this:

spring wreath with felt leaves added

8. Position the flowers on top of the leaves so they overlap as shown, then use the glue gun to glue them in place.

add the felt flowers to the wreath

9. If needed, cut a length of twine or co-ordinating ribbon and knot it securely around the top of the wreath. Use this to hang the wreath in your chosen spot, or just hang the wreath directly onto a hook or nail.

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to make as many wreaths as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial / share my templates on your site. Thanks!

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