It's nap time and I have a moment to spare...
I've thought about buying a mobile. There's so many cute and wonderful mobiles out there, but with a limited budget, I decided to make my own.
Here's a quick tutorial...
-felt balls of different colors and sizes
-lovely doilies (purchased here)
-stiffener (to stiffen the doilies so it would hang nicer)
-the outside hoop of an embroidery hoop
-various colors of embroidery thread
-glass beads (not shown)
-hot glue (not shown)
-twine to hang the mobile
-24 gauge soft jewelry wire (not shown)
-jewelry crimps (optional). You can just tie a knot.
First, following the directions on back of the fabric stiffener, I stiffened several doilies. It took a couple of days and several coats of stiffener to get to the desired stiffness. I then wrapped wire around the hoop, kris-crossing each strand (shown in first photo).
On the other side of the doily, I glued a felt ball.
Then I hung each one with a different color embroidery thread at different lengths to the wire on the hoop. I also used the larger felt balls with a glass beads on the ends to hang as well.
Once I was satisfied with the hanging pieces, I glued ribbon around the hoop to cover the wires and used twine to hang from the ceiling.
A special mobile for little LaLa!
Lala's waking up...
see you soon!
A happy Tuesday to you!
As I had mentioned the other day, we are going to sew a scarf, a bolero and a shawl. 3?! THREE pieces, you say?
Oh, no my dears! Just ONE.
This one does it all.
So let's get sewin'!
-1 yard of (54"-60" width) fabric.
*It can be either stretch knit or cotton.
-1/2 yard of (54"-60" width) fabric for the outside and 1/2 yard of (54"-60" width) coordinating fabric for the lining.
-1 ft of 1/4" OR thinner elastic for the loops.
Next, you will need to measure for the width of the shawl. The book calls for a 16" width which worked out fine for me.
***This is completely optional and you can skip this part and move on to the next step. For those who would like to add ruffles, stay with me...
So if your shawl is a 16" width, than the length of your strips should be 32". For the width of the strips, I recommend 1 1/2".
32" x 1 1/2" should be your dimensions.
In most cases I would do two rows of a gathering stitch, but for this one, you could get by with one.
Repeat to the other remaining 5 strips and set aside.
Once all the ruffles are sewn, remove the gathering stitches and it should look like this.
Repeat these steps for the other three ruffles on the other end of the shawl.
***Okay, for all of you who didn't want ruffles, come on back!
Set the buttons aside and grab your elastic.
Sew the other three loops on the other end of the shawl, on the opposite side.
DON'T sew your buttons on just yet! That will be your last step. Just set them aside.
***Leave a 3" opening for you to turn your fabric inside out.
Trim the corners.
Turn inside out.
Now add our buttons,
Hello my dear friends!
Want more ideas for packaging? Hop on over to Buggie and Jellybean for more packaging tutorials. I have three new ideas!
Go see and say hello!!!
Happy Tuesday my lovelies! 2 reasons to be happy: ONE, just three more days until the weekend and TWO, it's tutorial day!!! You can find soooo many great tutorials throughout blogland on Tuesdays and if it wasn't for YOU sharing ideas and crafts... I would be a lost soul.
I have been wanting to do a tutorial on packaging for a while. There is just so much that needs to be addressed and so many cool ideas that I don't know where to begin. Packaging is (I think) a vital part in any retail business. It's the "icing" on the cake and your last opportunity to wow your client and make your last impression one they will talk about, spreading the news like a bad rumor wild fire.
Imagine if you will, a shop full of beautiful products. It tells a story. You fall in love and buy. And when you receive your package, it's just so-so. Once floating on a cloud of anticipation, romanticizing of being part of that story, only to be brought down to earth with an unexpected ending.
I like happy endings.
As mentioned earlier, there are so many ideas out there. I will post a list of other great links to inspire you at the end of this tutorial. Also, I'll be hanging out with Buggie and Jellybean with more neat ideas on packaging later this week so please do come and visit and say hello!(I'll keep you posted)
Phew! Too much talking... let's get craftin'!
First, before we even go to packaging and especially if we're dealing with fabric, let's start with folding. Now this is where all my GAP experience is paying off... you've probably seen it on SNL skits bagging on GAP employees and their folding skills (among other things), but seriously, it kinda helps here. (Don't laugh... I see you...)
This is how I fold all of my aprons. It's "apron-igami"...
Freezer bags are awesome. I use it for many reasons:
-It's fairly cheap.
-150 square feet of it , which translates to MANY bags.
-It has a thin lining of wax on one side so during transit, if your package gets wet, it will have some protection.
-Freezer paper is used in multiple crafts (i.e. screen printing fabrics) so it's recyclable.
-It's white paper. A clean palette to decorate and make it your own.
*You can use brown paper bags, newspaper, plastic grocery bags, pages from a magazine, construction paper... many, many choices out there. RECYCLE-REUSE. A trend that's here to stay!
Back to packaging...
With the dimensions from the apron, I will add 2" in the length for seam allowance (yes, I'm going to sew the paper) and triple the width.
I use a scallop edge to give a finished look. You can leave it, use a different style of pinking shears, whatever you fancy. You could even fold over the edges and then stitch for a more reinforced edge.
I have made my own custom stamps (so easy to make). I'll use them and sometimes combine them with stamps I already have.
GOLDEN RULE #1: ALWAYS leave a business card.
You could stop there, but why? Can you imagine, waking up Christmas morning and seeing all the gifts under the tree not wrapped? NO pretty paper? NO mystery? That's no fun.
Let's take one more step...
Okay... NOW you can send it on it's way!
Here are some really cool sites to bring more inspiration:
Do you have any cool packaging ideas?
See you at Buggie and Jellybean with more ideas!!!