Friday, July 24, 2009

Christmas in July - Day five

Snowflake garland tutorial
You can't go wrong with a project that only costs $1.57!

Supplies:
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

Instructions:

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*


Using a regular old pen, I drew an asterisk shape on the back and used that as a stitch guide to make my center embellishment. Some of them looked better than others...
Like my cute pincushion? I bought it from the Rosy Retro etsy shop.

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. ;)


Check out the HUGE list of gift ideas Missie has posted for today!

6 comments:

Nora Johnson said...

Dear Molly!
First of all, I hope you’ve had a great Christmas in July! Secondly, thanks so much for your lovely comment at my place and just to let you know you are included in the once-in-a-lifetime random draw on July 31st (I'm not quite sure but think you went for the REAL(!) Boris answer?!) for the coveted (*wink* *wink*!) Christmas in July giveaway!! But can’t stop now unfortunately ‘cos still visiting all the participants and other visitors!

Have enjoyed my visit to your gorgeous site - will be back again to check it out further! Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to check back at my place next Saturday to find out if YOU are the lucky winner!!!

xxLOL LOLA:)

PS Congrats on yr 100th post (I'm almost there myself too!)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, that is darling! I love it, I'll be linking.

Missie/Crafting with Cat Hair said...

Somehow I missed this post, but thank goodness I caught it on One Pretty Thing!

Your banner turned out great! Don't you just love projects that cost less than $2.00?! I love that you used a cookie cutter. I bought a black cat cookie cutter last Halloween at Crate & Barrel. I just might have to add some black cat garland to my to-do list!

Kara said...

That turned out so cute! I am having fun checking out all your Christmas in July projects!

Dot said...

Love this! I'll be linking to it on Dabbled today.

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway :)

I love these felt snowflakes, I'll have to keep them in mind come winter. Too cute.