Monthly Archives: March 2013

Spring Garland {Tutorial}

Spring is really rolling in here, in the afternoon my new flat is bathed in sunshine and it just feels so nice sitting by the window (still a bit cold to sit outside!)

So I wanted to share a tutorial to celebrate spring, and have really been enjoying making garlands the last two months, so made a spring birdie garland.

felt bird garland

Material
Felt in spring colours. I used wool blend from Sew Sweet
Thin white ribbon (about 160cm)
Pattern (download here)

Making this garland is very simple, it is just the time cutting out all the pieces really.
So begin by downloading the pattern and use it to cut out your bird shapes and flower shapes from felt.
You need to cut out 5 flowers and 6 birds.

When I am cutting out delicate shapes like this, I like to cellotape the paper pattern to the felt and cut around it. You can be very accurate, leave no pen marks etc. And you can reuse the paper pattern.

Take your ribbon, and in one end make a loop and knot it. (You can skip this if you want to tie it up etc)

20cm from your knot, position your first birdie over the ribbon. Pin the birdie to the ribbon. Continue down the ribbon adding a flower and then a birdie. Leave a 2cm gap between each felt piece.

Then get out the sewing machine (or you can do it by hand).
Sew carefully along the ribbon, securing each of the felt pieces to it.

Trim any threads. and measure 20cm from your last bird, and add a loop and knot at that end of the ribbon to match the other end.
All done! And the place is feeling a lot more like spring!

 

Puppet Finished

So this weekend I finished off my puppet!!

Finally he is all done, after more than 20 hours of work, and he turned out fab!!
He is now with his new owners, and is going to be giving English lesson to young school children later this month.

There is a hole in the back of his head for your hand to go in and move his mouth.

His hair took forever to do, every single piece was hand cut from fleece and hot glued on. And his eyes were done using heat transfer paper.

It was sad saying goodbye, but awesome seeing how much his new owner loved him. (He even got put in the car with his seatbelt on!)