You can't go wrong with a project that only costs $1.57!
One sheet of eco-fi at .29
one skein of embroidery floss at .29
and one spool of grosgrain ribbon at .99 (I found a whole section of these at Joann Fabric and Crafts and that's regular, not sale price)
Snowflake cookie cutter
Trace around and cut out your snowflake shapes. I was only working with a partial piece of felt so I got 9 of them using a 3 1/2 inch (aprroximately) cookie cutter.
My next step was to add some extra wintry-ness (I'm just going to make up words now) to them by using some bright blue thread - very polar looking - to stitch around the edge. I tried finding a good whip stitch tutorial for going around the edge of something but couldn't find one! So I'm not sure what kind of stitch you'd call what I used because I kinda just winged it.This actually had a cool side-effect of making each arm of the snowflake curl up and gives it a nice three-dimensional look. Yeah I totally meant to do that! *cough*
To make these a garland, I cut a length of grosgrain ribbon 8 inches longer than a yardstick. Why that length? Because 9 snowflakes fit just right on something 36 inches long. The extra 8 inches are to create two, four inch loops on each end for hanging.
Again using the yarstick as a guide, I marked where I would sew on the snowflakes.
Then I came through the back of the ribbon and stitched a loop through the ribbon and felt layers to both secure it, and cover my pen mark.
I'm sure you could use some washable ink but I was making this at someone else's house and I was quite limited on the supplies front!
In no time at all I had them all stitched on!
I think to really finish it off I'll add some fabric to the backs of the snowflakes to hide my stitches. I'm still quite new to hand-sewing and it looks pretty messy.
Strangely I didn't feel any cooler making snowflakes in 89 degree heat. ;)
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