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Felt Cactus Tutorial

Hello all!

Today I decided to share the process for making a decorative felt cactus for a friend. I also took this opportunity and (finally!?) made myself a pincushion.

As with all my projects, this too began with an illustration which also gave me the opportunity to dabble with my new watercolor set (Yay!!!).

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Then, I set out to find the right container. I found this really nice one with fake plastic flowers in it. I cut the flowers (Morticia Addams style…) and just left the stem to provide some support.

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Then I cut the piecesĀ (two of each) of felt and arranged them in the desired shape like so:

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Next I added simple v-shaped embroidered spines:

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Now it was time to assemble –

I started with sewing the smallest pieces and filling them –

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Then, I attached them to the larger pieces before filling them –

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Now I filled the base of the cactus and glued it to the base of the pot with the stem inside.

It turned out pretty well, in my opinion –

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Here you can see it along with my new pincushion šŸ™‚

 

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Halloween Is Coming

So, it feels like a million years had passed since I posted my last post (it has been two years!?), but better late than never I guess.

Halloween is upon us and I thought I’d share a costume I made for myself for Purim last year that turned out really well.

The idea came to me because of this dress embelishment I had used for one of my designs for the fashion design course I had taken.

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I thought it was very 1920’s style and decided to make myself a flapper inspired costume with a hair accessory using this embelishment. The next step was a sketch.

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Now I had to figure ot the design of the dress. My one rule was for it to be a dress I could actually wear more than once. For this purpose, adjustments had to be made. 1920’s style doesn’t actually go with my full figured body type, so it had to be 1920’s inspired with more of a 1950’s silhouette – think “Some like It Hot”.

Here is a sketch of the design for the dress:

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I went with a black form fitting mesh dress on top of a pink silk satin slip. i like the texture the transparency of the mesh fabric creates with the shine of the satin underneath. I also added a lacey top beacause the slip was too revealing for me.

And voila!

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Another Valentine’s Day Project!

My sincere apologies for running so late with this post. A lot happened over the past week. I finally found a new job! I needed to get used to waking up early everyday and working… Not sure I’m quite there yet, but I’m definately working on it. Wish me luck!

As promissed, here is the second part of my three part Valentine’s day series. Today, we will make a conversation heart couch cushion. A super simple project that will get you right in the romantic mood.

Step 1 – PatternĀ 

For this project you need a half heart shape which you will cut on the fold. I started with a circle shape and and added the pointy edge by free hand, but a simpler way to do it is by printing a heart image and folding it in half for the pattern.

Step 2 – Cutting the Fabric

Now we fold the fabric and pin the pattern to the fabric with the straight edge along the folded edgd of the fabric. Now we cut. This stepp should be repeated twice for the front and back of the cushion.

cutting the pattern

cutting the pattern

Step 3 – Adding the Writing

For this part you can get creative. I decided to add writing on both sides. One side with a romantic message and the other with a not-so-romantic message. This way, I’m prepared for any occassion.

For adding the writing I used fabric markers. You can also embroider the wiriting.

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Writing

Step 4 – Sewing

Now we take the two pparts of the heart and sew them to each other right sides facing. Don’t forget to leave an opening a couple of centimeters long so you can turn it over.

Before turning it over I recommend clipping the edges and cutting the corner of the pointy edge of the heart for an extra sharp corner, Careful not to cut into the stitches…

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clipping the edges

cutting the corner

cutting the corner

Now we are ready to add the filling and hand sew the opening shut.

Enjoy!

for a romantic mood

for a romantic mood

For a not-so-romantic mood

For a not-so-romantic mood

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Valentine’s Day Series

Valentine’s day is right around the corner, so for the next three weeks the weekly post will be dedicated to projects of the more “romantic” nature. Luckily, I have yards of pink satin which would be perfect for the occassion.

Project #3 -DIY His and Hers Satin Blind Fold Tutorial – Make Your Own Pattern!
This is a super easy project. You can complete it within an hour or two if you’re really slow. It is also a small project and therefore excellent for using up scraps.
For this project you’ll need some fabric – I used satin for the outside of the blind fold and cotton fabric for the lining. The choice of fabric is up to you, but I recommend using a breathable material for the lining cause that’s the part that comes in contact with your eyes and you would want it to be pleasant to the touch. You will also need some padding material. I used cotton batting, again for reasons of breathability. lastly, you will need some elastic band long enough to fit your head.

Step 1 – Pattern

This is an easy to make pattern. Sinceit is symmetrical, you only need to draw half of the shape and cut it on the fold. Begin with a straight line for the top and continue with rounde edges for the sides and bottom. You should make it slightly bigger than you’d like the final product to bein order to allowĀ for seam allowences of about 1cm.

Step 2 – Cutting the Fabric

Now that we have the pattern we need to cut the fabric. We need to cut one pattern piece of satin (or the fabric used for the outside) and one piece of the lining fabric. The pieces are cut on the fold. Then we need to cut some padding. For this I had to cut two pieces of cotton batting and attach them in the middle cause I didn’t have a big enough piece of cotton batting to be able to cut on the fold. I used a zigzag stitch.

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The padding piece should be slightly smaller than the other pieces. This makes it easier to sew. I just trimmed about a centimeter from the bottom edge.

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We also need to cut some elastic band to keep the blind fold in place. To know the length to cut you need to place one of the pattern pieces on your face and see where it reaches the sides of your face. Then take the elastic band and stretch it comfortably tight to wrap the back of your head from one side of your face to the other.

Step 3 – Assemble

First, we need to baste the padding to the wrong side of the lining right at the edge so it wouldn’t be visible on the outside once we attach the lining and the outer fabric.

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Now we attch the elastic band to the lining. I used a serger for that, but a zigzag stitch would be just fine.

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Now we attach the outer fabric to the lining right sides facing. Two things to remember – 1)The elastic band should be inside (on the right side of the fabric) and away from the edges while sewing (to avoid getting it caught in the stitches) and 2) leave a small opening to turn it over so that the right side of the fabric will be on the outside, This opening should be hand stitched at the end of the process.

All Done!

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I made one in black and one in pink – his and hers, respectively. You can use it for sleep or all kinds of naughty games šŸ˜‰

Enjoy!

P.S. If you use interesting lining fabric, you can also turn it over and wear it with the lining fabric outside. The possibiities are endless, Well it’s basically just these two but whatever…

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