Category Archives: Spring

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!

 

Something for the weekend – button flower bracelet

The weather here is still a bit chilly, but that isn’t keeping these flowers hidden in their buds!!!

I pass this bit of park every day after I finish delivering the mail and it just makes me smile looking at all the bright happy colours. So I took this “smile making moment” and made something to remind me of it every day (even when the flowers are gone).

Materials:
Felt – I used white and lavender felt from Sew Sweet
5 Yellow buttons
White ribbon that will tie around your wrist
Basic sewing supplies, needle thread etc

1. Cut out circles from your felt. I cut out a mixture of white and purple circles, two white 3cm, three purple 3cm, three white 2cm and two purple 2cm diameter circles.
2. Lay out your felt circles, mixing up the circle colours. Then add a yellow button on top of each flower

3. Fold your ribbon in half to find the centre, and sew your first flower in the middle, going through the two felt circles and button.
4. Add two more felt flowers to each side of the centre one in the same way.

Your bracelet is finished and ready to wear. You could always make it using different colours to match your wardrobes colours! And if you are making it for kids, then only sew on 3 felt flowers.