Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
I start with contoured hairclips available in drugstores, etc. The one I am using here is a Goody brand clip. I trace each one because every brand is shaped slightly differently. I open the clip, turn it over and press down a bit as I trace.
Then I do one of two things. I either pin it to the felt and sew on the line, or cut around the paper and stitch close to it (see below). The first way is more precise but will make your needle less sharp. You could just reserve an old needle for this purpose. You could also try one of the disappearing inks. Fold the felt so that one piece is shorter than the other (see below). Stitch.
This is what you get. Then trim close to the stitching, evenly all the way around.
Please feel free to post links to your clips in my comments section. I'd love to see them.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I made these little felt hairclips for my 3 year old daughter to wear around Easter time. They are just made of felt, embroidery floss, googly eyes and pompoms. If there is any interest in a tutorial, I will put one together. It's fun to come up with different ways to decorate hairclips. I normally make more hairbows attached to either clips or barrettes but every now and then I get on a roll with these.
My 6 year old son put together the picture below for comic effect.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
7” x 13” piece of fabric
scrap of felt or fleece or other non fraying material
6” length of narrow ribbon (3/8” grosgrain used here, can use narrow rick rack)
30” length of wider ribbon (7/8” grosgrain used here)
fray check product such as Aleene’s STOP Fraying
1. Cut out pattern pieces A and B. See here for pattern: hairclip hanger.pdf
2. Place pattern piece A on the 7” x 13” piece of fabric that has been folded in half, right sides together.
3. Fold the ribbon that will be used for the hanger and place it at the top of the flower and pin. Fold up the longer ribbon and pin the excess together (use a safety pin if you are smart). Place it at the bottom of the flower and pin.
4. Stitch close to the pattern edge, leaving a small opening to turn.
5. Trim and clip the edges. Turn flower and press.
6. Stuff and handsew opening.
7. Sew on button. I hid the knots under the button to made a more finished looking back.
8. Cut 2 or more leaves using pattern piece B, from non fraying material. Pin along ribbon.
9. Using embroidery floss, I made simple stitches around the edges of the leaf and down the center. These stitches served to attach the leaves but also as embellishment. You could choose to be fancier with your embroidery.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I tend to be one of those planning types who likes to do things in advance. I can't help myself. So, I had begun thinking about making my daughter's Easter dress recently when I came across the "Bunny and Bird Squares Pink ~ Hannah" fabric on clearance in the sewmama shop! I couldn't resist. I thought it would make an adorable dress.
I made a simple dress that shows off the fabric. I used McCall's pattern 8675 but added ties and a bow in the back. My daughter is happy with it because it twirls so nicely. It has a huge circle skirt. The pattern used three yards and the dress actually feels a little bit heavy because the skirt is so full.
Monday, February 16, 2009