Category: diy

DIY: embroidered mini pouches

A while ago I got my hands on a sheet of beautifully woven cotton fabric. I wanted to do something embroidered with it, because the woven structure was simple yet interesting enough to take a closer look. I ended up cutting it into pieces of roughly 15x10cm/6x4inch then embroidered some simple motifs on it.

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To turn it into a pouch sew together the sides and bottom but leave 2,5cm/1inch open at the top of the side seams. Fold these towards the middle and stitch it in place. Then fold the top of the pouch twice and sew it at the bottom line of the fold. This makes a tunnel for the drwastring you then add.

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I use mine for various herbs from the garden and the meadows. I usually have only small quantities of these, because I don’t need that much over one year. You can change the size for your own pouches of course. I think of them as little embroidery samplers in action 🙂

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Tutorial: How to make a Pompom

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Cut 2 circles of cardboard. For this hat we need a size of 8cm/ 3.15inch in diameter. The hole in the middle must be centered and measures 2,5cm/1inch.

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Cut long pieces of yarn and fold it in the middle twice. Then begin to wind it around the cardboard donut. Repeat until you the middle hole is too thin to pull the yarn through. Use a crochet hook to get the yarn through the hole when it’s to thin to pull it with your hands.

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With sharp scissors cut the threads along the two cardboard circles.

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Wind a sturdy thread around the pompom between the cardboard circles. Pull it really tight and knot together. Repeat once.

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Pull the cardboard circles out or cut them open if you don’t want to use the circles again. Cut off outstanding threads and make the pompom even. Be carefull not to cut the attached strings as you will need them later.

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DIY: feather hair clip

My chicken are molting right now and the upside to their nakedish new look is I have a lot of feathers to make stuff from.

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When my little daughter got the chance to work with pigeons in the circus her school organized, I knew I wanted to make a tiny accessory for her to wear at the show. So this feather hairclip was proudly worn when she made her tricks with the pigeons in the arena.

How to make a feather hairclip

Materials:

2 feathers

1 hairclip

circle of felt about 1x1cm / 0.4×0.4inch in diameter

several sequins and beads

scissors, glue, needle & thread

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1. Choose the right size of your feathers and flatten them with the scissors or pliers where you want to glue them to the hairclip. I chose a rimmed hairclip so I had to flatten the feathers where they would go through the rim.

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2.Cut the felt to the size of your hairclip and sew beads and sequins to it. You can glue these, too, if you are lazy too excited to wait any longer.

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3. Glue the felt circle to your clip. I chose very strong glue to make sure it really sticked to the hairclip. I recomment using liquid glue, because of the feathers height.

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4. Wear your hairclip with pride!

If you feel insecure about using fresh feathers from a bird, put them in a bag into the freezer first to kill potential stuff you don’t want to have in your hair. Storebought feathers will be totally save though.

DIY: stamping with acryl colors

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Materials

  • paper goods to stamp on (envelopes, notebooks, craft paper)
  • acryl paint
  • paint brush + something to mix your colors on (I use a small cutting board for this)
  • stamp carving rubber or a big rubber eraser
  • carving tools and a cutter
  • a glass of water
  • a pencil

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draw your motif on the rubber base and cut out the shape roughly with your cutter

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Carve out all lines carefully and cut out all parts, that should not be seen in the end (outside parts of the motif).

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Depending on your rubber you’ll notice a more or less amount of rubber crumbles. Gently wipe them away with a soft piece of cloth. Don’t rub it off, it will produce more crumbles again.

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Mix your acryl colors on the palette. For darker paper it’s best to mix in some white to make the colors pop out.

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Depending on your paper mix more or less water into your paint (you need a more paste like consistency with craft paper and smooth surfaces and a more fluid consistency with textured and fibrous paper). Test the stamp on a sheet of waste paper first. Don’t forget: apply the paint gently or the rubber could produce crumbles again.

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Here you can see my tests with consistency. The upper left one has too much paint. If paint gets into the lines, you should use less paint on the brush and apply it softly next time. You can clear these tunnels with the carving tool.
The middle one is better, but still too much paint at some places.
For the bottom one I used too much water. The color is too pale (for my taste) and paint got into the lines again.

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Do you see the difference between the 2 kinds of paper? The smooth white envelope is a delight to stamp on. I used a more paste-like consistency here.
The other paper has a lot of texture going on and eats the water like chocolate, so use more water to mix the paint for this one.

 

 

Tutorial: Felt flowers pattern

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These two felt flowers are easy to make and don’t need a lot of preparation or material. They were very popular at the workshop because they are so fast and easy to make.

For one flower you need:

– 11cm / 4.5inch x 3.5cm / 1.4inch of felt

– scissors

– sewing needle and thread (or you cheat and glue it all together, but you have not heard it from me ;))

When you cut the felt in step 2 make sure to cut in more than half way (about 2 thirds) or the stem will be too large. For the large brooch make the felt strip longer and wider. To glue the flowers on hair pins I used power adhesive ( I don’t know if that’s the right word, it’s very strong glue).

You can find the lollipop colored hairclips here and the vintage looking brass ones here in my Etsy shop.