Monday, May 31, 2010
But first, I want to show off hat #2, the idea of which came from At Second Street and her very awesome creativeness!
And of course this weekend I was inspired to try something different. I went to Michael's and bought felt with the full intention of making a book for my daughter that would have different felt games in there, and a felt doll she could dress up. Then I looked at all the felt in front of me and thought, eh. I don't feel like making that right now, lol!
So instead, the felt became flowers. They are so easy to make. I cut out a big circle (it can be whatever size you want) and I sort of made the edges wavy. Then I cut out a smaller circle and then a smaller circle than the second. I sewed around the edges about 1/8 inch in on the big piece, then placed the second piece on top and did the same around that flowers edges, and then the same with the third. This gives them dimension and texture.
It was fun to mix thread colors and felt colors. I made one with different color petals, and then some flowers that were all one color. I made some leaves and stitched around the edges of those, and then used hot glue to add the leaves onto the backs of the flowers. A final touch was stitching a button into the center. I have a lot of bright colored buttons and I love using them on projects. You can hot glue them on, too, but I wanted the thread in the middle.
And before I forget - as I'm sewing these, my husband is next to me at the table with his needles and thread that he bought (because why would you ask your wife - who sews - if she has a needle and thread for you?? lol). He was sewing the buttons back on some of his work pants. I'm pretty proud that he was able to do that without asking to! Here's our hands, sewing side by side...
Okay, back to the project at hand! I had bought a blue tote bag at Old Navy (of course, because where else do I shop??) It cost me $3.99 thanks to their awesome 50% off clearance prices sale. It even has a little coin purse attached. Here is the before. Seriously, half off $7.99 - it's a wonderful thing!
On the tote bag, I stitched a pink wavy line from about three inches in on one side to three inches in on the other in bright pink thread. Then I hot glued the flowers onto the line at three different points.
I also added one flower onto the coin purse.
And here is the after: