A No Sew – Doll-Sized Mini Bunting Tutorial + Giveaway!

no sew mini bunting tutorialHere’s a quick, no-sew mini flag bunting tutorial to make with supplies you probably already have on hand.

It’s perfect for using up scraps of fabric & even up-cycled fabric.

You can also use pretty papers or different shapes.

The possibilities are endless. In this tutorial, I’m using a triangle shape flag.

This wee bunting looks adorable anywhere you hang it, whether it’s for your dolls or just a cute deco for a shelf or cabinet. I have one hung in my work space 🙂

Also, I’m giving a bunting away,  just like the one in the pics, to you!

If you’d like a chance to enter, keep reading for all the details…

Also, you can download the tutorial here, which includes the triangle template shape I used.

Make a mini, doll-sized bunting tutorial

Supplies Needed:

  • Scraps of fabric or scrapbook paper in colors you love – I used a trio of tiny polka dot fabric in blue, pink & redbunting template
  • Embroidery thread or string – you want to use something quite thin to keep the small ratio of the triangles – I used a pink embroidery thread in size 10
  • Scissors, Pinking shears or rotary cutter & mat
  • Iron, if using fabric
  • Glue – With fabric flags, I prefer to use a fabric glue, as it keeps the integrity of the fabric, not making it too stiff – however, a multipurpose craft glue, that dries clear, works as well, esp. if you’re using paper flags
  • Tape – any type that will hold your string or thread firmly to your work tab

Optional, but very helpful –

freezer paper or silicone mat
light starch
small flat paintbrush to apply the glue

 

1. First, cut out the flag template above. It should measure 1 ¼ in x 1 ¾ in. Use card-stock or a cereal box for a sturdy template. If using fabric, press your fabric, so that there are no wrinkles. I also used a bit of light starch on mine, stabilizing the fabric & making it easier to work with.

doll bunting cutting fabric2. Then, cut strips of fabric or paper. The length will vary, as you’re using scraps. However, you need the strips to be 2” tall. Then, layout your triangle template on the strip and mark the cut lines. Invert the triangle each time you move along the strip. I just marked the corners & used a ruler with a rotary blade to cut the triangles. You can trace the entire shape and cut with scissors, as well. Just use whatever tool you have. Using pinking shears would be nice too.

 

3. How do you decide how many triangles to cut? That depends on how long your thread is & how close together you want the flags to be. I suggest cutting out 10 or so, then going to the next step before making a final decision.
4. Cut a length of thread to glue your flags onto. It can be any length you want it to be. I chose to cut mine about 50 in or so, as I doll sized bunting cut fabricwanted some that could drape a bit. Be sure to add 3-6 inches on each end for tying or attaching the bunting.

Make a doll-sized, mini bunting5. Next, stretch the string/thread across your table, laying it on top of your nonstick work mat or freezer paper, wax side up. The freezer paper really helps make this project super easy. You can cut it to any length you need it to be and you can fit several rows of bunting on the same piece. This is esp. great if you want to make some for a friend at the same time. Tape one end of the thread directly to the table. Then, pull the thread taunt and tape the other end in the same manner. This will hold it in place nicely, as we don’t want the thread moving around while attaching the flags.

6. Now layout your flags & decide how close you want to space them. What order do you want the different fabrics in? Cut more flags if necessary. Be sure to allow 3-6 inches for attaching your bunting. Lay everything in place, double check it & get ready to glue.

7. Grab your glue and brush. I like to squirt a little glue out on the freezer paper. Also, wet the brush a little at first. It Make a mini, doll-sized, bunting tutorialwill make the initial glue brush on a bit easier. Pick up a little glue on your brush and apply it to the flag, on the back, across the top of the triangle. Place the flag back onto the string thread & press firmly into place. My preference is to begin gluing the middle flag and work my way out to each end.
Leave it to dry completely before removing from the freezer paper.

Have fun, hang your bunting up, then enjoy! 🙂

 

 

 

Now, here’s the scoop on how you can win a mini, doll-sized bunting just like the one in the picture.

This giveaway is hosted on my InstagramDoll bunting tutorial and Giveaway account.

Find my post with the picture to the right.

Then,to be entered to win you must:
1. Follow my Instagram account @faydrajones
2. In the comments, tag 2 friends who would also love to win.

Giveaway ends on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 10pm CST

Winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 23rd. I will post as soon as possible, after gathering all the entrants to do the drawing. So, be sure stay tuned in to your Instagram that day!

Felt Lit’l Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

Lit'l Hen Needle Book Pattern & TutorialA Lit’l Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

I hinted about this project on Instagram the other day & said I’d have the pattern ready soon…

Well…here ya go. 🙂

I’ve had an itch to make some little projects to freshen up & organize my various sewing & craft supplies . It was time, way past time, actually.

One of the projects became this little hen needle book. Because, everyone needs a lit’l hen needle book, right? Of course we do. 😉

She’s the perfect size to toss into your project bag when you’re working on your sewing projects such as a  Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby or other hand sewing/embroidery projects.

Yes, you may have noticed…there are a lot of steps in this pattern, but it’s an easy project. If you’re new to sewing, it may seem a little tedious, since the pattern includes some tiny pieces of felt. BUT, don’t let those wee felt pieces intimidate you. You can definitely make this chicken. Yep, just do it!

Creating this lit’l hen needle book has been so fun, that I wanted to share with you!
Oh & if you’d like to see a video tutorial of this project, let me know in the comments…I might just make one. 😉

 

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

Supplies Needed

Little Hen Needle Book Pattern

Wool felt – I like to use up-cycled felt made from old sweaters that I’ve thrown in the washer machine & fulled until the stitches are firmly felted together.

2 6”x6” pieces for the body of the hen, front & back
1-2 6”x6” pieces for the wool pages – depends on how many pages you want to have – I used a lovely robin egg   blue felt up-cycled from a 1950’s sweaterWool Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial
Tiny piece for beak – I used yellow
Tiny piece for comb on the top of her head – I used a red

Sewing needle – I used an embroidery needle because I used embroidery floss to sew my hen together

Embroidery floss and/or thread to match body & beak colors – I used 6-strand embroidery floss in grey for the body, yellow for the beak, black for the eye & white perle cotton to “speckle” the grey hen

Freezer paper – makes cutting felt pattern pieces a breeze – won’t make it without it, seriously a “must-have” for me

Scissors –Craft scissors to cut paper pattern pieces & fabric shears – I used both my full size fabric shears for the hen’s body & small ones for the tiny pieces & small details

Some sort of closure – a sewn-on snap or button is what I like to use

String, embroidery thread, yarn or some sort of cord – 6”or so for button closure, ONLY IF not using the tab & snap closure option

Iron

Pins – You may want a few pins to hold the pages in place when sewing all the layers together

Optional
Glue – You can use any clear glue, even a basic pva, like Elmer’s. Fabric glue is my first choice, as it’s a flexible, permanent bond. However, the glue is NOT used for permanent construction; it just helps to stabilize pieces together while sewing & adds a bit of structure to the felt. This structure was especially helpful when using my up-cycled wool, as it wasn’t as firm as a commercial felt.

A bit of trim for the inside cover “page” – Sewn onto the piece of wool that lines the front cover of hen

Pinking shears to trim edges of wool pages

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Now, let’s get started.

Print out pattern.Wool Felt Hen/Chicken Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial Trace pattern pieces onto the paper side of the freezer paper & cut them out.
Do you want to close your book with a tab & snap? Be sure to cut out the tab pattern piece as well.

Preheat your iron to the wool setting and iron pattern pieces, wax side down, onto felt.

Cut the wool pieces out, following along the pattern paper piece. Then, carefully peel the freezer paper off, being esp. gentle with the smaller pieces. The freezer pattern pieces are re-usable, so when you need 2 pieces of the same pattern, like the hen’s body, just re-use the same pattern piece. Then, save the pieces & make another one for a friend.

When using freezer paper, there’s no need to trace the pattern onto the felt, which I love! The freezer paper stabilizes the wool while cutting, which makes it easy-peasy to cut the felt without stretching it out of shape. If you’ve worked with wool felt before, you Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial - embroider the eyet eyeknow what I mean. I just won’t cut out felt pattern pieces without freezer paper. It’s definitely a “must-have” for me.

After all your pieces are cut out, pick which hen piece will be the front.
Using black embroidery floss, make the eye. I used a colonial knot, which is similar to a French knot. I made her eye on the back piece as well.

Glue on the comb, attaching to the back of the front piece.

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

Glue the 2 beak pieces together and at the same time attach the beak to the head of the front piece of the hen.

 

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

Now, decide what other embellishments you want to add to your chicken. Dig in your stash & find some fun stuff to add. You could use ribbon, fabrics or other trims to add more detail to your hen.
Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & TutorialIn the example shown, I made a speckled grey hen. To do that, I embroidered the speckles, using the rice stitch, with a white perle cotton embroidery thread.

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

Also, I added dimension to her body by sewing on another layer of tail feathers. I cut the feather pattern pieces out of the same grey felt as her body. However, before sewing each feather piece to the body, I “ruffled” it by sewing a running stitch from one tip to the other & gathering the felt until I liked what I saw. Then, tied off the thread & set aside. Once all 3 feathers are “ruffled”, sew them to body tail.

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

Do you want to add the wing feature? I did it on the first chicken needle book I made. You can see it below. I included the piece in the pattern. To attach it to the body, I embroidered it on with a couching stitch, using a red embroidery thread. You could also use some trim or fabric from your stash.Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

Once you’re happy with the hen’s front body, turn it over & add the lining piece of wool felt. This is optional, but I’d recommend it, as it adds another layer of wool to the front of the book (for stability) and covers any visible stitches made from embellishments or embroidery done to the front of the hen.

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

Preparing the lining:
Find the lining piece. (Or cut 2 pieces – You can add this on the back cover too, if you like.)

If you’re using trim, lay it across the lining piece, trim to fit & sew in place.

Now is the time to decide (if you’ve not done so already) what type of closure to use. So, grab your felt tab or string/yarn that you’ll use for the closure.

Spread an even layer of glue onto the back of lining piece. Set aside for a minute or so.

Place your closure piece approximately in the center of the front body of chicken & sandwich it between the lining and cover. Press the lining firmly to the back of the front pattern piece, taking care that the closure piece is where you want it – should be about the middle or so. Let it sit a bit, 10 min or so, but you can move on before it’s completely dry.

Sew snap or button onto outside of back cover. If you’re adding a lining to the back cover, attach now, just like the front lining.

OK, so now it’s time to assemble it all together and sew in place.

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial
Begin by placing front chicken piece face down. Lay the page pieces in place, on top of front cover, aligning the top edges. Don’t worry if the pages slightly over hang the edges. I made the page patterns slightly oversized to make it easy to trim with pinking shears after sewing in place. Now, lay the back cover on top, face up.

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial
Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

 

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

Spread an even layer of glue on the inside of head area and tail feather section. Press together firmly.
Using matching floss, begin stitching the book together, beginning at the top, next to the tail feathers. Begin sewing a straight stitch down the feathers, sewing together securely. Then, whip stitch across the top, head area and down neck. Skip beak for now.

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial
Then, whip stitch the front bottom edge, catching the lining.

Go back & whip stitch beak with matching floss.

If you chose to use the string & button closure, you’re finished. Yay! to close, just wrap the cord/yarn/string around the button a few times.

If you chose the snap closure, sew other side of snap to felt tab, adjusting tab by trimming, if necessary.

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial
Congratulations!

You now have a wee chicken to keep you sewing needles safe when toted around in your project bag.

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial

Wool Felt Hen Needle Book Pattern & Tutorial
If you enjoyed this tutorial, I’d love to see the Lit’l Chicken Needle Book you make. Please share it with me! 🙂

A Knit Doll Hat Pattern for Your Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby

Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby and Knit Hat - With Love HannahHello! Happy 2016, my friends!

I have a little something you can make for your Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby.

Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby Knit Cap Pattern – yes, it’s free 😉

It’s an adorable, wee, knit cap & is easy to knit up, even if you’re a beginner knitter. Yep.

So, you’ve made a Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby by now, right? If not, click on the link above & get the free pattern. The babies are easy to sew, even if you’ve never picked up a needle & thread before, promise! I walk you thru it, step by step, video style.

In that Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby sewing pattern, I included a sewn hat pattern. If you like to knit, now you have another option to cover your baby’s head. I love this type of hat, as it looks a bit elf or gnome like & who doesn’t love wee elves?

Bitty Bit Cuddle Baby Knit Cap Pattern

Just like the doll sewing pattern, this knit hat is easy-peasy to knit, even for beginners. The only thing a newbie might find a little fiddly is the small gauge & needles, as the hat is knit with either lace weight or fingering weight yarn. Don’t let that scare you, it’s still easy, just small, just like the Bitty Bits. 🙂  Let me know what you think. I’d love to see pics too. Link me to them! Or, if you post them to Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #bittybitcuddlebaby, so I won’t miss them.

I’ll be back next week with more fun stuff to share with you.

I have lots of projects planned out & scheduled for 2016 & can’t wait to share them here with you.

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Until next time, my friends…I hope the sun shines on you this January day. 🙂