Homespun Hearts Part II

In case you’re curious, here’s the backside of the two hearts I posted yesterday. They’re hand-stitched and really so easy a child could make one. In fact one of these would be a perfect gift for a teacher.

Homespun Hearts on JanMadeIt

I used plain muslin for the backsides. That somewhat uneven tan running stitch is how I attached the back to the front. I stitched it right sides together and left the raw edges exposed.  I don’t figure they’ll see a lot of use so I think the raw edges will be OK.

I stuffed it tight. I crammed it with fiberfill and closed it up one stitch at a time.

Homespun Hearts on JanMadeIt

I used white thread and stitched the lace to the front. I stitched along the original seam to reinforce it. When I finished I attached a loop of ribbon for a hangar.

Homespun Hearts on JanMadeIt

I attached the buttons on the front as a final touch. Don’t trim the lace “to fit” until you stitch it on. You’ll have to gather and pleat the lace around the curves and corners, so don’t trim it until you get it all attached.

That’s all there is to it.

Enjoy.

Jan

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Sew a Softie Paisley Bird

Maybe it’s my hippie roots showing, but I don’t think I’ve ever met a paisley I didn’t like. So while surfing through some of the crafty, sewing, DIY blogs I’m addicted to, a little bird caught my attention. It was a clever little bird with lots of body parts and fancy stitching.  It was more trouble that I was up for at the time, but the wing was in the shape of a paisley. And voila. This little bird was born.

I started doodling paisley patterns and came up with something I liked. This tutorial is part of the ‘ Sew a Softie for the Festive Season‘ tutorial hop. Check out the list of other softies over at Coloured Buttons,

I literally made this little birdie out of scraps, but if you’re new at this stitching stuff and don’t have a stash to raid, you’ll need two or three colors of crafting felt and a smidge of cotton fabric. Pick one color for the bird, one color for a wing, one color for the beak, and a scrap of cotton.

Paisley Bird Softie on Jan Made It

Use regular all-purpose sewing thread for the basic assembly. You’ll need black and matching or contrasting colors of embroidery floss or pearl cotton. The bird will hang on a scrap of ribbon, cord, twine or other trim. A handful of fiberfill is all you’ll need to stuff it.

The tools you need are basic: sewing needle, embroidery needle, some pins, and scissors. Small scissors will help you manipulate the curves a little easier.

So download this pattern and get started.

Paisley Bird Ornament Pattern-JanMadeIt

Cut out the pieces and start with the top layer.

Paisley Bird Softie on Jan Made It

I used white sewing thread to tack the scrap of calico to the wing. I stuffed it with a tiny bit of fiberfill as I made my way around the shape.

Paisley Bird Softie on Jan Made It

OK, I know that’s not a tiny bit, you know how things will take more stuffing than you think they will. But you’re right, most of that didn’t go into the wing. In fact, a little snippet of quilt batting, just a bit smaller than the scrap, would probably work as well.

Anyway…

Paisley Bird Softie on Jan Made It

After you get the calico wing attached, stitch it to the body of the bird in the same way. Start at the back and stuff it as you go. Notice I’m still using the white thread which is practically invisible on these colors.

Paisley Bird Softie on Jan Made It

At this point I realized the checked homespun was going to fray more than I wanted, so I appliqued it with a satin stitch to seal the ragged edge. I used red pearl cotton.

Now pin the front to the back and put the body together. I used the same red thread and a blanket stitch. I started at the center back and did the tail first. I had to stuff it along the way to get stuffing pressed firmly into the tip of the tail. Use the eraser end of a pencil or other pointy object, but not your scissors, to cram the stuffing all the way to the corner.

Paisley Bird Softie on Jan Made It

Keep stitching and stuffing your way around the body. As you get to the face, have the beak handy and pin it in place.  I used two little triangles for my beak, but you only need one to do the job.

Don’t forget to stitch a little black eye.  A cluster of satin stitches or a French knot will do the trick.

Paisley Bird Softie on Jan Made It

Fold the ribbon in half and insert it at the back of the head. If you put the ribbon on the top of the head his tail will droop when you hang him. Center the ribbon between the front and the back of the bird to keep him on an even keel when he hangs on your tree.

Isn’t he cute?

This is the first time I’ve included a pdf pattern with one of my posts. The illustration is rather primitive, but now that I have my feet wet I’ll get better. In the meantime, it will do the job.

Let me know what you think and if you make one, I’d love to see how it turns out. If my instructions aren’t clear, just ask.

Hope you enjoy this little guy.

Jan

 

 

 

Summer Sun Wreath

Here’s my August wreath.

If you don’t have a stash of fabric to dig through to make one of these, I’m so sorry to hear that. But you can go to the fabric store and buy what you need. You’ll need about two yards and a fat quarter of fabric, straight pins, a needle and thread, and a Styrofoam wreath form.

Pick out a collection of yellows, I used solid colors, but blenders and calicoes will work too. Buy widths of 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 yard, to come up with a total of 1–1 1/2 yards of yellow. Get the most of your favorite, with other shades just to make it interesting. Find a half-yard of a contrasting print for the center, and select a fat quarter that goes with all of it for the sunspot.

Summer Sun Wreath on Jan Made It

First the Stars and Stripes wreath had to come apart. My nieces were at the house for a few hours one day last week and Riley took it apart for me and started this one by wrapping my handy-dandy Styrofoam ring in a strip of yellow fabric.

Summer Sun Wreath on Jan Made It

Then I ripped different shades of yellow fabric into strips about four inches wide, give or take. Some strips are about 45 inches long, the width of the fabric, and others, from scraps, are shorter.

If you bought fabric, use the 1/8 yard as is; rip the quarter-yard in half; and rip the half-yard three times to make four strips. You can cut some of these strips in half if you want shorter strips for more variety.

I hand-basted a loooong running stitch down the middle of each strip and pulled each into a ruffle. I pinned one end of the ruffle to the wreath and randomly gathered it and shaped it as I pinned it to the wreath.

I folded some strips in half length-wise and then basted, gathered, and pinned them to the wreath; others I left open and pinned them down the middle with gathers on both sides.

Summer Sun Wreath on Jan Made It

Since it was sooooo yellow I finished it off with about a half-yard of orange and yellow calico.  I folded it with the raw edges into the center and then folded it in half and draped it loosely in the center of the wreath and pinned it into place.

Summer Sun Wreath on Jan Made It

I found a fat quarter of batik, red with yellow flowers to make a sunspot on my sun.

Summer Sun Wreath on Jan Made It

I made the sunspot by pulling the corners of the fat quarter—wrong sides under—and stuck it to the wreath with a pin through the center, catching the four corners underneath. I formed it into a little puff, held it in place by hiding a few pins inside the folds.

Summer Sun Wreath on Jan Made It

That’s about all there is.

I’m brainstorming for my next wreath subject.  Something for September before I roll into Halloween.  Don’t know what kind of wreath I’ll make either. So far I’ve done fabric a few times and crochet.  Maybe something with paper?

My only criteria is to make it on this same foam wreath form, and to be able to use the parts for something else once the season has passed.

Any suggestions?

Jan

 

 

Turkish Flat Weave Part II

I’ve figured out this Turkish Flat Weave beaded bracelet.

Turkish Flat Weave Beaded Bracelets on JanMadeIt

How ’bout them apples?

Turkish Flat Weave Bracelets on JanMadeIt

It was an easy process, but with the small beads all the same, my first attempts were a bit twisted. (See my previous post and you’ll know what I’m talking about.)

Turkish Flat Weave Blue and Pink bracelet on JanMadeIt

So I picked out larger beads and I threaded them on the cord in an A B pattern. I wanted to use that checkered wooden button so I picked the yellow and blue with the pink cord. I bought the cord in multi pack and the description was on the wrapper and not on the spools, so I’m not sure of the weight. Based on the .o5 inch blue cord below, it might be a .01 cord?

Turkish Flat Weave Pink and Blue Bracelets on JanMadeIt

Using the A B pattern of beads, it was very easy to keep my place. Every other “row” connected a blue bead, then a yellow bead. Easy peasy.

Turkish Flat Weave Red and Gold Bracelet on JanMadeIt

Then I had this red and gold button I wanted to use so I found some red and gold beads and decided on a black waxed cotton cord. Again, easy to keep my place.

Turkish Flat Weave White Bracelet on JanMadeIt

The white bracelet was made with nylon cord that’s used for Roman shades and other decorator window treatments. The bracelet is all white, but I created the A B pattern with white beads and clear beads. I used a vintage cuff link button to close this one.

Turkish Flat Weave Yellow and Lime Bracelet on JanMadeIt

Then I wanted to use the green stripey beads but I didn’t have enough of them to go all the way around so I added three different green beads to make that row long enough.

Turkish Flat Weave Yellow Lime Bracelet on JanMadeIt

I used a toggle clasp for this one. I’m not a fan of toggles. I’ve had a few fall off my wrist, but this one is small enough I think it will stay on.

Turkish Flat Weave pt05 Nylon Cord 1 on JanMadeIt

Then I wanted to play with making a wider bracelet so I started with larger cord. This is .05 inch nylon cord. I bought this spool on clearance awhile back intending to crochet a little purse with it, but that has yet to happen.

Turkish Flat Weave Pt05 Nylon Cord 2 on JanMadeIt

I had a tube of 2mm multi-colored blue Czech beads and I sorted them into a pattern that I liked. I also changed the single crochet stitch to a half-double crochet.

Turkish Flat Weave Turquoise Bracelet on JanMadeIt

The pattern has two beads on one side and one bead on the other. And look how well that flower button matches.

Turkish Flat Weave Turquoise and Pink Bracelets on JanMadeIt

Then I got brave enough to try something without the A B pattern thing going on and I made the pink one.

Turkish Flat Weave Pink 2 on JanMadeIt

I wasn’t bold enough to use all the same beads, but I used pairs of random pinks and purples. I also downsized to a Size F crochet hook.

Turkish Flat Weave Pink Bracelet on JanMadeIt

And then I found a teeny tiny pink button to use as a clasp. I put a single pink bead on top.

Turkish Flat Weave BlackGlass 2 on JanMadeIt

Then while sorting my beads to put them away I found a strand of black and brown glass beads I had to use. I matched them with simple round glass beads and used the 1mm rattail cord.

Turkish Flat Weave BlackGlass 1 on JanMadeIt

I stuck with the smaller hook (F) and kept my stitches tight.  And look at that cool chevron pattern that emerged.  It had been there all along but with the smaller cord and looser stitches it wasn’t obvious in the other bracelets.

Now I’m ready to make over the first two bracelets I made all twisty. They’re in a very special place and as soon as I can remember where that is, I’ll get right on it.

I have some beads I really want to use but the bead hole is very small.  I can use a reamer to smooth out holes that are a bit tight, but some are out of the questions. Does anyone know if I could drill out a bigger hole? I think I have a set of teeny tiny drill bits. It probably depends on the type of material the bead is made of. Any advice?

I might use two strands of cord. String the beads on a skinny little cord and align it with the larger cord I want to use. Then I’ll crochet them together with the beads on the smaller cord that’s practically invisible while the bracelet is made out of the larger more visible cord.

If you’re interested in doing this here’s the video tutorial where I found it. Her bracelets are much smaller and tidier than mine, but I’m still learning.  My goal was to make a beaded bracelet and I achieved that. I’m not very good at following instructions.

 

Oh, I couldn’t find C-Lon cord.  Not at JoAnn’s or Michael’s, which are my two options. I used cord I have on hand and picked out some other options. I have some bamboo I want to use, but it’s pretty thick.  I’ll have to find beads with large holes for that one, or use the double strand technique I mentioned.

Anyhoo.

If you make some of these (it’s addictive!  Like crafters need another addiction!) I’d love to see what you come up with and how you did it. It’s fast and simple once you pick out your beads.  I can make one in about a half-hour and then I have to decide on what kind of clasp I want.

I’ve shown you mine, now you show me yours!

Jan

 

 

 

 

 

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