Monday, December 15, 2014

Making the Bow...

Supplies Needed:
Ribbon/Chenille/Twine/Cording (whatever you want to make into a bow)
Straight Pin
Tacky Glue

take your ribbon and make your first "leg" of the bow.

make the second "leg" of a bow. This sort of like making a pretzel. Now "play" with it. Is the loops the right size? Are they equal? Does it look good? Cut your ribbon off the bolt now. 

thread a needle and knot the end (this is good to have read and waiting) and come up from the back.

Begin to wrap it around the center. 

Hold the bow firmly and wrap the tread around the center, pulling FIRMLY to pinch the center of the bow. 

Take a couple of small stitches through the ribbon and under the circling wrapped threads and end off; cut thread. 

Hey look! It's a bow!!

flat (hard) projects: (like ornaments, flatfolds, wallhangings, etc.) I like to put a straight pin straight through the middle, place one drop of glue on the spot that you want it on your piece. And push it in - I use the small hammer in the background there so that my fingers don't get sore and bloody (believe me- it happens!)

Soft projects (like pillow ornaments, felt layered ornaments, etc) I actually will not cut off my thread and sew the bow in place on the project. 

No matter how you do it: You'll have perfect bows every time!

If you want a cluster bows...just either make two bows and sew them together at the center or make TWO "legs" on each side of the center and go on as above. That makes bows that look similar to this one:

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Layered Tag Ornament...

Supplies Needed:
Large Quadrant Ruler
Cutting Mat
Mat Knife
Straight Pins
Mat Board
Spray Tacky Glue
White Tacky Glue
Cotton Batting
Grommets and a Crop-o-Dile
Twine or Cording
Complimentary Fabric
Stitched piece

Step 1:
measure your stitched piece to determine size of top layer of tag ornament.
(You can see that a 3 x 3 inch ornament will fit nicely the design)


Step 2:
Make your plan...


Step 3: Cut your top layer mat board (mine is 3 x 3 inches) spray lightly with tacky spray glue.


and put a layer of cotton batting on the mat board and trim to edge of mat board


Step 4: Mount your stitching and glue sides to back with White Tacky Glue

(*hint* I put my glue upside down in a large mouth mason jar to always keep it ready for use rather than having to shake it down multiple times and squeezing. Saves my hands and joints!)


Step 5: Cut the "tag" pieces. You will need two pieces the same size for front and back of the tag.
As per my blueprints above mine is: 4 x 5 inches


Step 6: using a ruler find a "center" for your tag, mark the center area. Since mine is 4 inches wide, I use a center space of 2 inches. You change this center space according to your own personal measurements and projects.


 then, rotate 90 degrees and make a mark on the side corner 1 inch down from top edge on both sides.


You will have something looking like this:


Taking a straight edge match the edge of the corner marks

draw a line:


and cut! Now this will be your corner template for all the other corners so that all corners match on your tag. Please View the following photos to understand the "template" theory.

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You will end up with two "tag" pieces:


Step 6: Now spray the two tag pieces LIGHTLY with tacky spray to cover the boards. Let set a few seconds (in fact I pick them up and fan them a little. You want the glue "tacky" not wet... Then mount on your complimentary to your stitched piece fabric for the "tag", gluing with white craft glue the sides to the back. Cut as much  of the "extra" fabric off as you are gluing the fabric to the back. Cutting the "extra" fabric off at the corners especially will help the pieces to lay flush.


They will end up looking like this:


Step 8: Now we are measuring the center of the "tag" make a small mark on the fabric


using your Crop-O-Dile, bite and punch the circle:


It will end up looking like this:


Using the first bitten "tag" as a template, mark where to "bite" the back of the tag:


You will end up with two "tags" front and back like these, place the grommets and crimp



Step 9, Using Tacky Glue, spread it all around the edges of the tag and then sandwich together.


Step 10: Now layer (mount) the stitched piece on top of the tag. Use white craft glue to glue it down.


It will look like this:


Step 11: Make some cording or use purchased cording, find the center, then glue in the bottom center laying a small line of glue first up one side to top center and using straight pins (if needed - with twin you need to use straight pins) edge the stitching with the twine/cording. Continue on the other side in the same manner.


It will look like this:


Step 12: Make a Bow, place a single dot of glue, and using a straight pin attach the bow to the ornament.

(*hint* You will notice in my photos a small hammer (that I found in a scrapbooking section of the craft store) I use it to save my finger tips when pushing in pins in any of my finishing! Get one, your sore, bloody fingers will thank you! Mine did!)


Step 13: Now make the hanger, by taking twine or string, cutting a length, folding in half and at the fold pinch it and shove it through grommet.


tie a knot in the end with the two "legs" of the hanger and thread it through the pinched center loop


Pull tight and there you have your Layered Tag Ornament!



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Country Cottage Needleworks "Snow Love" Ornament Finishing...

Supplies Needed:
Mat Board
2-3 skeins of DMC white floss (for cording)
Complimentary Material for backing
Cotton Batting
Fiskars Circle Template (OR ruler and glass and/or bowl to act as a template to make curved top of ornament)

Stitch the ornament entitled "Snow Love" as directed in the pattern by Country Cottage Needleworks. The pattern may be purchased at your Needlework store of choice.

"Snow Love" is simply a flat ornament with a curved top to create an "arch". You may simply follow  The Flat Ornament... to create your "Snow Love" creation. The only difference is you will use a Fiskars Circle Template (found in the scrapbooking section of any craft store) to help you make the arch part at the top of the ornament. The template looks like this:

You will choose the circle that will incorporate the entire width of the ornament then using the circle draw a half circle on the mat board. Then from the side of the half circle use your quadrant ruler to draw straight line down on either side then one across the bottom. Cut it out, use it as a template by drawing around it on the mat board to get the second back part of the ornament (to make the sandwich) . Then go about following the Flat Mounted Ornament instructions.

To make the cording, please follow: The Cording... tutorial. I used 4 lengths of 6-stranded DMC floss to create the cording for this ornament.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Country Cottage Needleworks "Dear Santa" Ornament Finishing...

Supplies Needed:
Stitched piece
Red Material with tiny white polka dots (or your personal choice)
Green 1/2 inch Ribbon
Green 3/16 inch Ribbon (for hanger)
Polyester Fiber Fill
Rotary Cutter
Large Quadrant Ruler/Self-Healing Cutting Mat
Sewing Machine
Fusible Interfacing
Corner Tool
Chopstick (or long (12 in) dowel Rod) for stuffing

Stitch the ornament "Dear Santa" as directed using Country Cottage Needleworks design purchased from your Needlework Store of choice. "Dear Santa" is simply a pillow ornament. You may follow the general instructions for finishing a pillow ornament using the pictorial tutorial authored by myself on this site, entitled: The Pillow Ornament

*NOTE* I have piece a 2 1/2 piece of red/white polka dot fabric on the right-hand side of the ornament. After viewing The Pillow Ornament tutorial for general instructions and "know how" follow these simple steps to create your very own "Dear Santa" ornament.

Step One:
Taking your completed stitched piece, Trim all sides to 3/4 inch from stitching. Cut a piece of the complimenting fabric for the right hand side to the same height as the ornament and 2 1/2 inches wide. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew the fabric to the right-hand side of the stitched piece. Press with iron.

Step Two:
Cut a backing piece and two pieces of fusible interfacing (one for front and one for backing). Set aside.

Step Three:
Take a length of 1/2 inch green ribbon, fit on top of the seam made from stitching the polka dot fabric, center it, then sew using a 1/16 inch seam along the edge of the ribbon next to the stitching, then again next to the polka dot fabric. Press lightly with iron.

Step Four: 
Press the interfacing onto the back side of the stitched piece and the backside of the backing material.

Step Five:
Cut a length of 3/16 green ribbon (for the hanger) how ever long you want the hanger to be, I would suggest cutting about 8 inches and then play with the length before you sew it determining the length you want. Using pins, measure in 1/2 inch from top right and left hand corners of ornament. You will then pin the end of the ribbon on each corner, you will sew the ribbon into the seam. To do this make sure that your ribbon makes a "U" (from corner to corner) against the face of the ornament. When you sew the pillow ornament and turn it out the hanger will come out so that when it hangs it will be an upside down "U".

Step Six: 
Use the tutorial "The Pillow Ornament.." to sew your ornament.

Step Seven: 
STUFF, STUFF, STUFF firmly using a chopstick to to get all the corners firmly stuffed.

**HINT** I firmly pack all four corners, paying attention to getting them heavily stuffed and pointy. Once all of the ornament is stuffed, turn your iron on steam and FROM THE BACKSIDE steam iron, pressing FIRMLY to shape and smooth the stuffing. This is a huge hint and one that I've learned from over the years. This will cut down on the "fatness" of your ornament, but will smooth the ornament perfectly.

Step Eight:
Blind stitch your ornament closed. Steam Iron again to straighten any seams.

Step Nine: 
make a bow and tack it onto your ornament front as shown in picture above.

~Admire your beautiful work~

Country Cottage Needleworks "Angels" Ornament Finishing...

Supplies Needed:
Stitched Piece
Backing Fabric
1/2 inch White Ribbon
3/16 inch White Ribbon
Pearl Headed Pins
Craft Glue
Cotton Batting
Mat Board
Utility Knife
Large Quadrant Ruler and Self-Healing Cutting Mat

Stitch the ornament "Angels" as directed using Country Cottage Needleworks design purchased from your Needlework Store of choice. "Angels" is simply a flat finished ornament with rusched ribbon edging. You may see a step by step pictorial tutorial authored by myself on finishing a flat ornament located on this same site, entitled: The Flat Ornament

Follow the directions of "The Flat Ornament" tutorial and once that is completed and drying, make up your rusched ribbon edge by following the tutorial authored by myself on this site, entitled: The Rusched Ribbon

I am working on making a tutorial for my "bows" and that will be added to this space soon.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Little House Virtues Woolen Pillows...

Gather Supplies Needed:
Stitched Piece
Wool (or Felt) for pillow
Jute (or fiber of choice for cord making)
Cording Drill
Fiber fill
Needle and thread
Floss color of choice for Button Hole Stitch
Chenille Needle

Step One:
Gather items and prepare.
  • cut two pieces of wool to dimensions you prefer (in this tutorial I cut my wool to 6 inches square)
  • trim your stitched with 3/4 inch margins left on all sides

Step Two:
iron you stitched piece from back; while still hot, fold margins and finger press; then iron from back to make edges clean.
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Step Three:
center and pin the stitched piece to your wool; using coordinating thread, tack the stitched piece to the wool on all four sides.
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Step Four:
  • take whatever fiber you wish to make into cording, I used single strand of jute found in hardware section of Walmart.
  • view cording tutorial here: Cording Tutorial
  • to find length fiber to cord, drape around edge of piece to get initial length then make it 4 lengths of that initial length long
  • twist with Krenik cording drill
Step Five:
  • take folded end of cording, place at the top middle of stitched piece and tack down
  • continue tacking the cording in place around all four sides until the cording meets at the top center
  • cut the cording end and then sew ends by wrapping, sewing through and tacking down at top of stitched piece at the met end
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NOTE: Don't forget to tie off the end of the cut-off cording and set aside, this will be used for the bow!
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Step Six:
  • Make bow by folding ends in an "X" shape
  • sew middle to hold together
  • wrap middle to make secure
  • sew middle again
  • tack on to top center, hiding met ends of cording
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Step Seven:
  • Stack top wool piece onto bottom wool piece
  • pin in place
  • button hole stitch together (I used 3031 DMC - all six strands to button hole stitch; using Chenille needles)
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Take length of thread (I used 6 strands of DMC in this example on a Chenille needle); knot at one end, and place it at the corner on the inside (between two pieces sewing together).
See pictures to follow how I button hole stitch:
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Step Eight:
  • Continue to button hole stitch all around until about 1/2 of pillow remains open
  • stuff with fiber fill to desired plumpness
  • pin together and finish stitching together with the button hole stitch
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Step Nine:
I iron my button hole stitched sides so that they are perfectly flat and not curled.
Then I iron (the back) of the pillow, using steam, to sort of shrink down the fiberfill and make it appear smooth and not clumpy.
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Little House Virtues "Love"