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THURSDAY, 12 MAY 2011

Crochet Butterfly Pattern

At yesterday's craft morning I taught the butterfly, everyone seemed to really enjoy it and so I thought I would write out a really clear pattern with photos for it, as I didn't manage to find a proper one online. Enjoy :) You can use any yarn and needle you like. For this I have used a single ply merino wool and a 1.75 needle. Abbreviations: Chain (ch) Double Crochet (dc) Treble (tr) This pattern is written using UK crochet terms. For US terms, replace tr with dc and dc with sc.

Start by making a magic circle or if you prefer you can join a chain of 6 to form a circle. Round 1

All the following stitches are made into the center of the circle: *3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 2ch*.

Repeat from * to * 4 times so you end up with 8 groups of 3tr separated by 2ch.

Join with a slip stitch in the top of the first treble of round 1. (NOTE that if you made your initial circle using 6 chains (not the magic circle) replace the first treble with 3 chains i.e. 3ch, 2tr for the first of the 8 groups. Continue with 3tr, 2ch for the following 7 groups. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the 3ch.) Round 2:

3ch.

Then make (3tr, 2ch, 3tr) into the next 2ch gap (circled in red in the image above)

Make (3tr, 2ch, 3tr) in the following six 2ch gaps.

In the last gap make (3tr, 2ch, 2tr) and join with a slip stitch in the top of the 3ch the 3ch you made at the beginning of the round, acts as a treble.

You should now have eight groups of (3tr, 2ch, 3tr). Round 3:

8tr in the following 2ch (the peak of the 'petal') then a slip stitch into the next gap (the space between the two 'petals'). Repeat this all the way around until you have eight groups of 8tr.

Join with a slip stitch into the last space. Fasten off.

Sew in the yarn end thats in the center of the circle. Antennae:

Make a chain in the length that youd like your antennae to be (remember it will be folded in half). Fasten off and sew in the ends. Fold it in the middle.

Fold the circle in the middle to create a butterfly shape.

Fold it so the remaining yarn end is at the bottom center of the butterfly. Use this yarn end to sew the butterfly together along the center.

With the same yarn sew your antennae so they are fastened in the center of the initial circle.

And you're done! Attach a pin at the back of the butterfly to create a lovely summer brooch. You can also attach a hair pin, magnet or simply sew it onto to clothing cushions etc. Variations:

Create multi coloured butterflies by making each/some of the rounds a different colour.

Use metal wire to make the antennae. Add beads to the ends. Please contact let me know if you spot any mistakes or have any questions. This pattern was not developed by me, I am not sure who first came up with it. I have written this version of the pattern out and photographed it myself.

Triple Layer Flower

This is my design for a decorative flower worked up in three layers. I used a DK weight merino yarn and a 3.5mm hook, and they ended up measuring approximately 8cm across.

I originally designed the flower to add some decoration to my hat, you can read more about that here. But this flower is beautifully versatile I think...it would make a super corsage/brooch, or could be applied to crochet bags, cushions, hair bands etc. It will provide lots of colourful flowery goodness, that's for sure! So before we begin, a little summary of the basic stitches. I'm writing using UK crochet terms ::

sl st [slip stitch] :: insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch, then through the loop on your hook. dc [double crochet] :: insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook (note :: this is equivalent to the US sc stitch)

htr [half treble]:: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook (note :: this is equivalent to the US hdc stitch) tr [treble] :: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops on hook (two loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining two loops (note :: this is equivalent to the US dc stitch) dtr [double treble] :: yarn over TWICE, insert hook, yarn over, pull loop back through stitch (four loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through two loops (three loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops (2 loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining two loops (note :: this is equivalent to the US tr stitch) OK.............here we go...........................................

:: Flower Centre :: To start :: chain 4 and join with a sl st to form a ring. You'll be working out of the ring for the first round. :: Round 1 :: Chain 2 (counts as 1 dc), then work 6 dc's into ring. Join with a sl st to top of ch-2 to close round. You should clearly be able to see 7 stitches that you'll be working out of for the next round (as above)

:: Round 2 :: Slip stitch into first stitch of previous round so that you're beginning round 2 in the right place. Chain 2 (counts as 1dc), then 1dc into same stitch (as above)

Work 2 dc's into each of next 6 stitches, then sl st into top of ch-2 to close round. Fasten off.

You should now have 14 stitches to work out of for the next round (as above)

:: First Petal Layer :: Begin by inserting hook into first stitch and hooking through a new colour. You can knot it to the tail end of the old colour if you like, but I find it gives a neater finish if you just hold onto the tail end at first and then crochet over it to anchor.

Into the next stitch, work 4 tr's, remembering to crochet over your ends as you work.

Slip stitch into next stitch. First petal made.

*work 4tr's into next stitch, sl st into next stitch*. Repeat between ** until you have made 6 petals. You should have one last stitch left, so work 4 tr's into that stitch, then end the round by slip stitching into the very first stitch. Fasten off.

First Layer complete!

:: Second Petal Layer :: This layer is made up in two parts. The first part involves creating a series of chain loops, and the second part involves creating the petals out of the chain loops. Sorry if it sounds confusing, it's quite straight forward I promise!

Firstly, choose your new colour and make a slip knot on the hook, as in the above picture.

What you're going to do is to anchor the new yarn into the back of the petals of the previous round. You'll be picking up two loops from the centre-back of each petal. See where I've put my needle? Those are the middle two loops that will provide the anchor. So.....

...keep the slipknot on the hook. Hold the flower so that it's upright with the right side facing you. Use the hook to pick up those two loops at the back of the first petal, but keep the flower's right side facing you (as above)

Now work a slip stitch through those two loops....in other words, yarn over then pull the yarn through the two back-petal loops, then through the slip stitch already on your hook. You are now anchored in place and ready to start making chain loops (as above)

Chain 3.

Now get ready to anchor again...keep the right side of the flower facing you and pick up two loops at the back of the next petal to the left. Slip Stitch as you did before (yarn over, pull yarn through the two loops and through the loop on your hook)

You should now have a chain-loop anchored at each end to the back of two petals (as above). Remember to keep the front of the flower facing you, and that you are working from right to left. *Chain 3, then make a slip stitch anchor through the two loops in the centre of the next petal.* Repeat between ** 6 more times until you have 7 chain-loops in total.

Your last slip stitch will be made right back at the beginning, you need to slip stitch into the very first slip stitch you made, if that makes sense?! (a slip stitch into a slip stitch! see above). DON'T FASTEN OFF.

With same colour, you're now going to work the petals around the chain-loops you created. Begin by slip stitching underneath the first chain loop. Now work 6 tr's arounf the chain-loop, then slip stitch again to complete the first petal (as above). A reminder that you are continuing to work with the front of the flower facing you. You may find it easier to bend the first round of petals forwards so you can get to the chain loops more easily.

Slip stitch into the next chain loop, then work 6 tr's and a slip stitch into the chain loop. Second petal made (as above)

This is what it should look like on the reverse...you can see the first two petals and the remaining five chain loops waiting for petals.

Continue working the petals :: into each chain-loop you work sl st, 6 tr's, sl st. After the final petal has been made, close the round by slip stitching into the very first slip stitch of the first petal. Fasten off.

:: Third Petal Layer :: Take your new colour and make a slip stitch on the hook. You will be working this round in pretty much the same way as the previous round. So to begin, use your hook to pick up two loops at the back of the petal, and slip stitch to anchor.

Chain 4.

As before, hold the flower upright with the front facing you and work from right to left. Pick up two loops from the back of the next petal and make a slip stitch.

Chain 4, then pick up two loops from the back of the next petal and slip stitch. Continue in this way until all 7 chain loops have been made. Finish by slip stitching into the first slip stitch, DO NOT FASTEN OFF>

With same colour, you're now going to work the petals around the chain-loops you created. Begin by slip stitching underneath the first chain loop. Now work 7 tr's around the chain-loop, then slip stitch under the chain-loop to complete the first petal (as above).

Continue working the petals :: into each chain-loop you work sl st, 7 tr's, sl st. After the final petal has been made, close the round by slip stitching into the very first slip stitch of the first petal. Fasten off.

The final part of the flower is to work an edging in a contrasting colour.

Work through BACK LOOPS ONLY for this, starting with the first stitch of the first petal, as shown by my needle above.

Pull a new colour through to the front of the first stitch, then work 1 dc into same stitch. Work 1 dc (Back Loops only) into each of the next 7 stitches, which should take you around the first petal edge (as above)

Now you're going to make a Long Slip Stitch. What you need to do is hold the flower upright with right side facing you, and fold down the previous (pink) round of petals. Can you see the two little (pink) loops that you picked up in the previous round? See where my needle is? Well you're going to make a Long Slip Stitch down in there......

....stick your hook in between those two little loops, yarn over, then pull the loop through to the front and through the loop on your hook....

...keep your tension quite loose and allow your hook to gently pull the stitch right up level with the edging row (as above)

*Work 1 dc into each of the next 8 stitches (back loops only, as above) Make another Long Slip Stitch into the little gap between the anchor-loops in the previous row below. Pull the slip stitch loop gently up so it's level with the edging row.* Repeat between ** 5 more times until you are back to the beginning.

After the last Long Slip Stitch, close the round by slip stitching into the first stitch. Fasten off.

Awwww so pretty! And pretty addictive too.

I made this lovely flower some leaves...the pattern is a little fiddly, but I'll do my best to explain it to you.

First make the central stem. Chain 10, then begin in 2nd chain from hook and slip stitch into each stitch along (9 sts). Fasten off.

This first side of the leaf is effectively worked out of the foundation chain loops. Hold your leaf stem so that the tail ends are hanging off to the right as you will be starting at this end. Begin by inserting your hook into the first stitch and pulling though your new colour (as above)

Work 1dc into the first stitch, then 1 tr into the next stitch (as above)

Work 1 dtr into each of the next 4 stitches. A quick reminder, dtr = Double Treble, plain English instructions for this stitch as follows :: yarn over TWICE, insert hook, yarn over, pull loop back through stitch (four loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through two loops (three loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops (2 loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining two loops (note :: this is equivalent to the US tr stitch)

Now work 1 tr, 1 htr, 1 dc. You should be at the end of the foundation chain/first side (as above)

There should be a stitch sitting at the end of your central stem...use it to make a picot point, as follows :: 1 tr, chain 2, sl st into 2nd chain from hook, 1 tr (as above)

Now work out of BACK LOOPS ONLY down the second side, as follows: 1dc, 1 htr, 1 tr (as above)

Now work 1 dtr into each of the next 4 stitches, then 1 tr.

You should have one remaining stitch left, so put 1 dc and 1 slip stitch into that last stitch.

Chain 1, then slip stitch into beginning stitch to finish. Fasten off and darn ends in on reverse (if you darn the ends up and down the centre, it strengthens the leaf and stops it from being too floppy and curly)

So there you have it...I'm sorry if my tutorials seem overly long and complex, but I do try my best to explain everything as if you were sitting right next to me and we were hooking along together. I really hope you enjoy giving this a go and making up some colourful pretties to decorate and adorn. They are lots of fun to make, and invite lots of scummy colour play!

Do you know, I really LOVE making these tutorials and sharing my passion with you, even though they are extremely time consuming to produce. I hope that if you've been inspired to give this little decorative project a go, that you might consider making a small donation to help support what I do here in the Attic.

Embroidery cabochon a detailed MC with photos We will learn from the example of a dichroic glass cabochon

This would require this: Glue Bikonusy 3 mm Beads number 11 Beads number 15 Delica number 11 Cabochon Oval or teardrop-shaped beads Threads Needle Felt or leather Cabochon glue the piece of felt and begin to sew in a row in a circle

Next, begin to braid cabochon round way brick

At the end of the braid using beads number 15 to get the screed and to cabochon not dropped out of the rim.

Cut away excess skin or felt as close to the stitches of embroidery

Derive a needle and thread up

Glue another layer of felt or leather, the thickness of the layer of felt coincided with the diameter of beads, and cut it.

Begin to embroider the side felt, to close it. Beads should be placed perpendicular to the cabochon (holes to the side, but not up!)

Glue another layer of leather or felt, and circumcised him as close to the edges of the embroidery.Repeat the previous steps and get step-embroidery.

Now sew the fringe.

Fringe only do the bottom, the rest of the perimeter decoratebikonusami.

At the top of the pendant are doing a loop for hanging.

Diy Ruffle Chiffon Flowers

Supplies: chiffon fabric all your sewing stuff rotary cutter and mat (can use shears, but it will be a little harder) button hair clip (I used single prong, but any would work) felt needle and thread hot glue Instructions:

First decide how big you want your flower and how much pouf you are going for. For the big flowers I used one 2 inch strip and one 1 inch strip. You want the large strip to be at least 42 inches long, the longer the more pouff. For the smaller strip, you may need only a little bit, or non at all. Just play around and you will see.

Now here comes the trick I was telling you about. Fold your chiffon in half and line up under the presser foot right along the edge. In the ruffle cuff pants tutorial I talked about how you can adjust your tension to make ruffles on your machine. This works great but what if you need more ruffle? Well I was reading Kellys post on making petti skirtsawhile back and I remembered a trick she used to gather the chiffon. Just hold your fingers on the thread spool to create your own tension, it works fabulously! I still lengthened my stitch length, so that if I wanted to adjust the ruffles I could. The more tension you put on the thread, the more ruffle. Just dont get to carried away, or youll break a thread.

See, no fray! If I were to have gathered manually with my hands, it would have been a mess of strings. Trust me, I tried. So, thank you miss Kelly, best trick I have found in awhile.

Cut a circle from your felt that will be the base of your flower. I used a 2 inch for my bigger ones. Take your hot glue and run a small strip along the outer edge. Fold the end of one end of the chiffon under and press onto the glue, then follow around the circle.

Now pull the corner of the end down and tack with a dab of glue onto the back like shown.

Continue around the felt circle, running the hot glue right along the raw edge like in the picture, until you reach the end.

On some of my big flowers I stopped when I was about 3/4 of the way finished and switch to the smaller ruffle to finish it off. Just tuck the end under like you did to begin with.

When you reach the last inch, just put a dab in the center and while tucking the end and twisting, press onto the glue. You could be finished here. Or.

You can sew a button onto the center. Double up your thread on the needle and pull it through the underside and then put the button on, then take back down through the center and tie a good knot. You can glue the button on too, but it doesnt give it that pucker.

Using a bit more felt glue the clip on, and youre finished!

Here is one that I made with black chiffon, thinking about adding feathers to it.

This one I made from eyelet fabric and a fabric covered button. So if you are looking for a romantic ruffle flower, youre set!

how to make a fabric daisy flower {tutorial}


Our most popular posts are still the fabric flower tutorials, like the fabric rosette tutorial and the organza flower tutorial. I love that this trend is still going strong! There are more ideas out there, too--we're not done with flowers. Check out this adorable daisy fabric flower tutorial from our cute friend Melynie. These are perfect to use up fabric scraps and would be adorable in a little girl's hair, or as an accessory on a bag. . .enjoy!

Fabric Daisy Flower Tutorial

Can you say cute? Now you, too, can be the owner of an adorable little clip (you or your favorite little girl, whatever). For this project you'll need: White fabric Needle and white thread Scissors Fabric glue (I used Fabri-tac) Hair clip (and ribbon to cover, optional) Yellow brad, button, or fabric covered button White felt

Using scissors or a rotary cutter, cut six 2" squares.

Like this.

Now fold it once...

twice...

three times.

Fold the edges down to form the petals.

Clip the excess off,

so it's even.

Now stitch through the middle, making sure to catch all the layers.

Repeat that for all six petals.

Pull it tight. Stitch back through the first petal to secure; knot and trim the thread.

Now attach the center. I used an oversized yellow brad, but a button or a fabric covered button would look adorable too. I secured it with fabric glue. I would stitch the button to the backside.

Cut a small circle of felt and glue to secure the back of the daisy. I made sure to get the glue in between the petals and on as much contact surface as possible.

I covered a hair clip with light green ribbon (I used hot glue, and just wrapped the ribbon on all sides of the clip).

Use fabric glue to adhere the flower to the hair clip.

Ta-da! This will look adorable in your little friend's hair!! (or yours, whatever)

DIY Mother's Day Corsage: Felt Dahlia Flower Brooch


by Megan Reardon , Posted Apr 23rd 2010 2:00PM Filed under: Mother's Day, Crafts

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This Mother's Day, make something beautiful for Mom. Credit: Megan Reardon

Wondering about what to make Mom for Mother's Day? I've been thinking about traditional gifts like flower corsages and lockets, and I decided to combine the two. This felt dahlia pin has a secret pocket in the back that can hold a picture or message for your favorite mom. You'll need: - scissors - Fabri-tac adhesive - two sheets craft felt, one for the flower and one in a contrasting color for the back - needle and thread - brooch pin (available in the beading section of craft stores) - a bit of thin cardboard (a cereal box from your recycling bin will be perfect for this)

Credit: Megan Reardon

Also helpful, if you have them: - pinking sheers - a rotary cutter, mat and ruler - a sewing machine

Credit: Megan Reardon

We'll be cutting out a bunch individual petals, and above I show what I think is the most efficient way to divide up your sheet of felt. First cut a 3.25 inch diameter circle from your flower color felt. (Do this first to make sure you don't leave yourself too small a scrap at the end.) Then cut three 1.5 inch strips, two 1.25 inch strips and one 1 inch strip of felt. In the contrasting color (here, the green), cut a 2 inch diameter circle and a 1.25 inch square. Cut a small indent into the square. Finally, cut a 2 inch diameter circle from your cardboard.

Credit: Megan Reardon

Now cut your flower color strips into 1.5, 1.25 and 1 inch squares respectively. If you need more petals you can use the bit of leftover felt to cut more squares. I ended up needing fifteen 1.5 inch petals, thirteen 1.25 inch petals and nine 1 inch petals, you might find you need more or fewer to fill in the flower. To form the petals cut each square into a rounded petal shape, with a wide base and a pointed tip as shown above. Put dots of glue in the lower corners and fold each side over so that they meet in the middle.

Credit:: Megan Reardon

This is the most frustrating part of the project -- the glue can take a while to set and if you don't hold the petal shapes in place they will pop open. I found this to be true for both the wool felt and the polyester felt I tested. I made a few versions using felt from various sources and found the higher quality wool felt to be a bit thicker, which meant that it took longer to set, but the colors were richer so I was willing to wait. I used a heavy stainless steel skillet to hold my folded petals down while they dried, as shown above. Luckily, the Fabri-tac adhesive won't bond to the metal of the skillet, so you don't have to worry about petals stuck to your pan.

Credit: Megan Reardon

While the petals are setting you can prepare the back of the flower. Glue the cardboard circle to the center of the 3.25 inch flower color felt circle. Then dab glue on the overhanging part of the felt and fold it over the edges of the cardboard, wrapping it around to the back. You might need to put a saucepan on top to weigh it down while it sets. This will be the base for the petals, and the folded edges on the back will be covered by your contrasting felt circle at the very end. Now grab your contrasting felt square and circle. Position the square at the bottom of the circle and stitch it around three sides to make a small pocket that opens to the side, leaving enough room at the top of the circle to attach the pin. You can put a few small dabs of glue on the pin before you hand stitch it into place at the top of the circle. I used contrasting thread that matched my flower, but you can use whatever thread color you'd like.

Credit: Megan Reardon

When the petals are set, it's time to glue them to the flower color base. Glue the 1.5 inch petals around the edge of the base, positioning them in about 1/4 inch. As you work be sure to snug the base of the petals as close together side by side as you can; the more you can fit on the base, the more dramatic the results. Next, glue a row of the 1.25 inch petals about 1/4 inch further in towards the center of your pin. Do the same with the 1 inch petals, leaving about a 1 inch circle in the middle.

Credit: Megan Reardon

To finish the center of the flower cut a 1 inch circle from the remaining flower color felt using the pinking sheers, or cut a wavy edge with scissors. Also use the pinking sheers to cut a thin strip from the felt; you can cut two strips if you think you'll need them. Glue down the small circle in the center of your flower to cover the ends of the smallest petals. Then curl the thin strip into a tight spiral and glue that to the very center.

Credit: Megan Reardon

All that is left to do is to glue the contrasting colored backing to the back of the flower, covering the back of the cardboard, and find a picture -- or write a little note -- small enough to slip into the secret pocket. Then wrap it up and present it to Mom!

Credit: Megan Reardon

Crafty genius Megan Reardon lives in Seattle with her husband Scott and a clover plant, which she might have killed last week. You can find more of her DIY projects at her blog, Not Martha. She contributed this craft to Holidash via Seed.

Classic Felt Flowers Tutorial

MAY 18TH 2010

First of all, I have to give credit where credit is due. This amazing ladyinspired me to try my hand at a different type of flower than usual, and I sort of switched it up a little to make it my own. Enjoy!

Now, I know I say this pretty much every time, but I LOVE THESE FLOWERS. I would jump into a big pile of them, roll around, toss them joyfully into the air and have them flutter down all around me, I adore them so much. (Im weird, but thats why you love me. Believe that.)

Supplies:

Felt Glue (I used a hot glue gun because I apparently like the excruciating 5 second pain it causes my fingertips, but try whatever you have on hand) Center: A cute button, vintage earring, cluster of beads other ideas? Backing: Alligator clip, pin back, headband, etc. This is another versatile craft and you can pretty much glue it to anything. Use it as a gift topper, maybe? OMG CUTE. Also, notice how I didnt say needle and thread?? These little babies are no-sew!

xo!

Tutorial~ Sweater to a Make Believe Tweed Jacket~

Before I show you this tutorial, let me talk about myself and clothing a little bit. As I mentioned before, I like clothes. In fact, I like so many different styles that it is hard for me to say, "this is my style". Although there is one thing I have noticed about myself and that is after I experiment with many differnt stlyes, I always go back to the classic feminine stlye. There is a reason why. I was in Junior high at that time, It was one late night. I could not go to sleep. (I was a night owl back then too). I decided to watch TV for a little bit and flipping through the channels, I found an old Movie. The actress was so beautiful and the clothing she wore in the movie was so classy and captivating. Later I found out that the actress was Audrey Hepburn, and the movie was called "Breakfast in Tiffany's"... After that I watched "Roman Holiday", "My Fair Lady", "Sabrina", and "Charade". A few years ago on Valentine's day, my husband got me a bunch of Abdrey's DVD's! I love how she carried herself (always with a great posture and smile) in those movies, and the clothes she wore had class. Not too revealing, yet very feminine. I must say, whenever I watch her movies, they are always fresh and inspiring. I never get tired of them. To me, Audry and the clothes she wore will never go out of style. Lateley I have been wanting a tweed jacket. Perhaps, something like you see in Audrey's

movies. No collar, fitted, it is so beautiful that, as I wear it, my back will straighten, I might feel I could be like Audrey...classic beauty... But, hey, do I live life like that? Hmmm...maybe not, first of all, where am I going to wear it? I can't cook, clean and drive around like a maniac (sometimes) to school, to after school activities, to the groceries, etc. I should get something more real for now. So, I went shopping IN MY CLOSET. Then, I found this old sweater I haven't touched for several years. Then, the idea came to me...

For those who read looong intro, THANK YOU! Ok, I will show you what I did. You will need: One old sweater (mine was cotton and spandex combined i think...) Less then half a yard of knit fabric, and thread that matches If you want to make your own button, a button making kit How to: 1. Draw a line in the middle and cut! There is no turning back at this point...

2. I found the knit fabric in Joann's clearance section. It is a little darker than the sweater, but it goes well together.

Cut 2 pieces of 2" x whatever the length of the edges of the sweater. Fold the strips in half, so you will know the center of the fabric. Cover the edges, pin them and sew. 3. Measure the length of the front openings and around the neck. Add those numbers to figure out how long you will need the strip to be to make ruffles. I recommend to have at least 2-3 times its length.

Cut, 2-3 pieces of 2" wide x width of the fabrics strips to make ruffles. Piece the strips together and make a long strip.

4. Make ruffles. (If you need to see how to make ruffles, go here) 5. Pin the finished ruffles all around the edge.

6. Sew the ruffle on both sides of the big stitches. It is ideal to sew 1/8" next to the line. So, both sides combined, it will be 1/4" wide. Pull out the middle stitch from the ruffle.

After this you can say you are done. If you want to add more details to the sweater, keep reading. {BUTTON} I got carried away and decided to stitch and make my own button. You can buy button making kits at Joann's, or, you can buy button.

Also, I cut 1" x 8" fabric and made a rope to close the button.

{Pocket} I also added a fake pocket opening to each side. 1. Iron a strip of interfacing in the back of the area you want the fake pocket.

2. Pin a fabric(1" X 4") in front (make sure that it is on top of the interfacing).

3. Sew in the middle

4. Fold the top half to the bottom edge, pin and sew the sides and the bottom.

{Sleeves} 1. Measure the circumference of the sleeve opening. Cut 1" x (whatever the lengh of the opening X 2 or 3) to make the ruffles for the sleeves.

2. Pin it, and sew. I must say that it was a little tricky since the opening is so small, but if you do it slowly you should be fine.

My Jacket is not quite like Audrey's but I like how it turned out.

It is pink and ruffley, I like to pair it with jeans or cargo pants so it won't be overly feminine. It is very flexible and comfortable, since it was a sweater before. Perfect for someone like me... I will take baby steps on the path to become like Audrey.

Tutorial ~ Jean Corsage~ (Got Old Jeans?)

It all started when I decided to get rid of this worn pair of jeans...

It was a much darker color when I bought it, but now, some parts are faded( knee, rear...you know how that goes). Then the frugul side of me kicked in and stopped me from throwing the jeans in the trash. I made a couple of things, but I am doing tutorial for one item today. I saw a jean corsage at an expensive department store once, if I remember correctly, it was around $38.00. It was pretty, but not $38.00 pretty... I decided to make my own with my old jeans. I will show you what I did. 1. Cut 5 squares. 2- 3 1/2", 1- 3", 1- 2 3/4", 1- 2 1/2".

2. Cut out flower shapes. It is easier to cut by using the corners as a guide. Remember, it doesn't need to be perfect! That give the corsage charactor.

3. Sew along the edges of the flowers to prevent fraying. (It will fray a little, but not as much, it also gives body to each of the petals.)

4. Stack them together, large flower to small. Make sure that petals don't overlap each other from the top layer down to the bottom layer.

5. Sew a large bead in the middle, then, sew 7-8 pearls around it. I sew at least a couple times for each bead to make sure they are secure. For the color of the beads, I originally wanted to do a cream color, but I ended up picking darker colors. I like that the beads don't stand out too much.

6. Sew the pin to a 1 1/2" felt circle. Using the slip stitch, sew that onto the back of the flower.

7. I didn't won't my flower to lay flat, so I squeezed it and made the shape. It is totally a personal choice.

8. Time to enjoy!

Lace Bird Tutorial


Here is a tutorial ( my first) on how to make the lace bird shown in my last post. You'll need scissors, a pencil, a

needle

and thread, glue, and either white cardstock and a paper doily (left), or white stiffened felt and a piece of white lace (right).

On the back of the felt or cardstock, draw this pattern (leaving space around each shape), or any bird shape, and two wings, and cut out the inside of the shapes.

Now cut about 1/4 inch (or less) around each outline, being careful not to cut into the outline, to create a "frame".

Here's the cut-out frame and one wing, but don't forget to

make two wings! Apply a continuous line of tacky or paper glue to all frames, and flip them over onto the lace or doily, capturing your favorite motifs. It's a good idea to put some plastic or parchment paper under the lace to catch excess glue. Let the glue dry and trim carefully around the outer edge of the frames.

Glue the wings to the front and back of the bird, arranging the wings as you'd like them, add a little diamond shape for a beak, and a bead for the eye, and "hang" it in your window with double stick tape or with some thread or fishline. This is the lace bird...

...and this is the paper doily bird, which is lighter and more delicate. ( I used a paper punched circle for the eye on this one.) If you want to put two or three in one window, you can arrange each bird's wings differently and vary the angle at which each is flying. If anyone makes a bird following this tutorial, I would love to see the results!