Not sure what I'm going to do with these little circles yet. They may become pins or possibly they will be used on upcoming sampler projects. They are layered with felt in between two pieces of fabric. Edges are raw.
These ruffle pom-poms are really easy to make, but a little time-consuming when it comes to cutting out all the circles! They would be great hanging as a mobile. My kids have taken over the ones I made and they are now hanging in their bunks.
Here is what you need:
- Styrofoam ball (any size - depends on the size of ruffle pom-pom you want to make) - fabric circles (cut out a ton of these, all the same size - mine were a little larger than a "Twoonie") - hot glue gun and glue - piece of yarn
1. Put one small dab of hot glue on the styrofoam ball. ** Be careful not to burn yourself! **
2. Working quickly, press the middle of the back of the fabric circle directly into the ball. You will only need to use a small dab of glue. Allow the edges to flow freely.
3. Work around the ball and add on more and more fabric circles. Get close to the previously glued circle by folding back the edges of it to make room for the new circle.
4. Fill in any empty gaps. You may need to cut more fabric circles to fill up any empty spaces.
5. Cut a bit of yarn and knot one end. Hot glue the knotted end to a place on the ball where it won't be shown. Tie a loop in the other end. This is your hanger.
6. Hang and enjoy!
This orange flower print is from a panel of vintage curtains that I found at the thrift shop awhile back. (You've probably seen it as a background in some of my photos. Also, here is another project I made using some of this fabric.) Hanging in our bedroom window.
This doll is still drying and needs to be sanded and painted yet. As well, I will have to carve out the eyes some. I'm trying out some glass eyes I bought from Etsy to see how they work with the clay. This doll will be all clay, the arms, legs and torso as well.
Here is another style of head with glass eyes as well. I have to get some more clay to make up the torso and arms and legs for this one...
This weekend I found some time to work on more dolls. One of the drawbacks of living on a boat is that my arts and craft supplies aren't as handy to get at as I would like. So, it's a bit of a pain to drag everything out and then have to pack it all away again before I'm finished with a project. But, we need the table to eat at as well. :)
Anyway, this doll here has somewhat buggie eyes. I'm experimenting with different facial features to see what happens. Not sure what kind of hair this one will end up with yet, but I'm thinking I would like to see a straight blunt cut, kind of shorter than my others.
I love this quote by Albert Einstein. Creativity is all about being inspired isn't it? Whether it be by something you dreamt about, something you saw in nature, or other people, inspiration is the beginning of creativity. I am continually inspired by things around me and other crafters as well. Creative bloggers especially. :) I've been trying to comment more often on the posts of others that inspire me, to pass on the love so to speak. Creativity is contagious and seeing others be creative encourages more creativity in oneself I think.
With all those little granny squares I showed you yesterday, I made a little buddy ball to go with the bigger one I made back in January. (Click the link to see instructions on how to make it. I included more photos of the process here though.)
Mr Fall Ball next to Miss Spring Ball. Connecting the squares together in a cube shape.Leave one row open and turn right side out.
Rent a five year old to stuff it for you (full enough to make it take on a ball shape) and then stitch it shut.
I recently bought some new Japanese pattern books from Etsy and have been having 'fun' (if you can call it that) deciphering the patterns. Anyway, so far I've made two bags and nearly finished a blouse. Here are the bags that I made. They are both lined and one of them is reversible. I am planning on using them as Christmas gifts.
Yay! I started working on my handmade Christmas gifts. Still thinking about all the ideas I would like to make this year...
P.S. Two things I have learned from my seamstress mother are: 1. Iron between seams and 2. Top stitch when you can. Boy these two things make the world of difference.