Happy holiday crafting!
I played around with the tassels & flowers in different arrangements. I liked the tassels on the bottom of each flag best because I thought it allowed the Witches to show off more. Here was my testing wall:
The tassels are hand stitched on the back of each flag. The flowers are also hand stitched onto the binding tape.
it was a labor of love but, I love this project! It came out exactly how I wanted it to & it's definitely something that I will use year after year.
Happy holiday crafting!
Are you starting to see where I'm going with this? :o) Tomorrow you will see the completed project. Here's the supply list for this last piece of the puzzle.
Step 2: Cut out your Witches. I started by marking my Witches up with 1/4" lines to cut on (later I went in & decided to cut them down closer). I used my trusty clear grid ruler & disappearing ink marker. Then I cut those out with pinking shears.
Step 3: Pick out your colors or facing fabric. I'm not into the whole orange & black halloween, so I use multiple colors to decorate. It all works out in the end. I've got orange, gold, green, copper, purple, blue & midnight blue all mixed in there somehow.
Step 4: Now cut out all your fabric. I used black broadcloth to back mine (so cut 6 of those). Cut out 6 of your front facing fabrics (my were multi-colored). I made a simple 8"x10" triangle template & then added my seam allowance before cutting them out - 1/2" on the sides and 1" on the top (to allow for binding tape).
Step 5: Sew your pennant flags together. Start by sewing your facing fabrics to the black broadcloth (right sides together). Start at the mid top, stitch around & end back on the top leaving an opening to turn. Finger-press open all your seams, clip your corners & turn your flags right side out. Press.
I put one little stitch in the bottom point of my flags. That give me a little wiggle room for turning it out & making sure I get enough of my face fabric to show in that little point.
PS - I ended up clipping the seam allowance even closer than this shot shows.
Step 6: Lay out your pressed pieces with the Witches on top. Figure out your design (if all your flags are different like mine). Pin them down & get ready to head over to the sewing machine again.
(I'm a messy Crafter & I don't care who knows it!)
Step 7: If you've never done so, say hello to your zipper foot :o) Set it so that you can easily see the edge of the applique Witch fabric. I used ivory thread & bobbin to blend in with my Witches, and I stitched in between the lines on the pattern so my stitches would be discrete. I wanted the fray edge look, but not the stitches.
Step 8: The binding. I used 1 yard of black fleece binding, but you can use any binding tape, or cut your own. you don't even need tape, you could just tack the flags to a piece of ribbon, but the weighter the fabric, the better for holding the shape when it's all done. Start with the center point of your tape & work your way out. Place each flag the same distance away from each other & pin them down. Then take it to your sewing machine (still using the zipper foot) & stitch the entire thing (now you know why I didn't have a step in there to close up the openings in to top of those flags - this will get'er done here).
Wanna see what it all looks like together? You'll have to wait until tomorrow!
(I'm so mean)
Welcome to Part 2 of my feature Halloween craft. My little run-in with that tassel DIY inspired me! I've made a batch of mini tassels from wood cups & fabric scraps. These are sooooo easy!
Step 2: Draw up the end of the hemp cord & tie it around the center your fabric scraps. Make a couple knots.
Step 3: Drill your candle cups. The cups come with a small hole, but if you use a drill bit (anything larger than the hole) to open it up, it makes it easier to draw your cord through.
Step 4: Paint your cups. I used nail polish to do mine. I put the cup on a 1/8" dowel that has a rubber band wrapped around it about 1" down (it keeps bead & the cups from sliding down the dowel) to paint & then let dry. I dried mine overnight. My cups are copper with splashes of green, green glitter, black & purple (yes I have all those colors in nail polish)
Step 5: Pull your cord through the hole & make a knot (or two) on the outside. Make sure your know doesn't slip back through the hole.
That's it. Done. If you want to hang your tassels, just knot together the ends to form a loop & hang them. For my use, I put a 2nd knot about 1/4" up & trimmed off the excess cord... you'll see why when we get to the end. Stay tuned!
This is part 1 of a series of my 2012 Halloween feature craft. This piece involves making some layered flowers with melted edges. There are several tutorials on the web for making these, so I guess mine will just be one more :o)
First gather the things you need:
Step 1: Cut out some crappy circles - I mean crappy. Don't make them nice & neat, make them so that you're not even sure they qualify as a "circlesque" object. Make them all different sizes (mine vary from about 2.5" to .05")
Step 2: Melt the edges of your circles over the candle flame. I like a soy candle because the flame stays lower & there's no residue smoking up from it. It's much easier to manipulate... soy candles just make a craft friendlier fire.
I like to lay my circles out on the scissors & gently move it around the flame. You need to hold it with something because it will get crazy hot. Synthetic fabric will burn & catch fire if you're not watching it, so keep your fabric moving. PS - you will have some jumpers. Just plan to loose a couple to the wax :o)
Step 3: Stack them up & pin them in place. I made a mix of all kinds because I wasn't sure how I wanted to stack them. They all stacked a bit differently
Step 4: Stitch them together. I like to stitch a little "X" in the center - then I begin with my beads. For these flowers, I didn't want the center to draw too much attention, so I used beads the blended in. I strung 3 beads to make a bridge & then added one bead to each side of the bridge - 5 beads per flower. Tie your knots off to the back.
To knot the back, put your needle through some fabric, loop the thread around it 3 times, then pull you needle straight. The 3 loops will scrunch down & form a knot.
Here's my batch of dark flowers... stay tuned to find out what I'm going to do with them.