I made this necklace and I really like it. But Adam says it looks like a little kid made it. Opinions please?
I stumbled upon this tutorial on Little Miss Momma's blog. But there were quite a few things I didn't have (felt, chain, clasp, or enough of any one fabric...) and I really wanted to make it without running out to the store. So I improvised. I included my tutorial below but it is pretty much the same as her tutorial except for when you don't have all of those things on hand :P
Here's what I started with.
- A 1.5" circle punch
- Cardboard (like the back of a notepad)
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Fabric and fiber scraps.
I'd purchased these hand died fabric scraps years ago. They were kind of pricey too (for what they were). But I never used them because it was just a bunch of little bits (largest piece was 8x8) and they were pricey so I was always scared to use them. This seemed like the perfect project for them.
I punched out 5 - 1.5" circles from the cardboard. Then I used the cardboard as a template to cut a bunch of circles from all of the fabric scraps.
For the last few, I got smart enough to quadruple up the fabric which made cutting go much faster. If I do it again, I may try to use some die cuts with a stack of 4-8 sheets of fabric.
You don't have to be neat about this one bit. See this circle even looks like it has a bite taken out of it
Time to fire up the glue gun. Fold the circles in half, and then in half again.
Apply glue to the point closest to the camera in the above post.
And find a spot to stick it down on your cardboard circle. I usually started at the center, went around to the edges, and then just filled in wherever I thought it needed more poof.
When I'm done my flower looks like this from the front
And from the back
And here are all of my flowers.
The cheesecloth fabric didn't work well with the circles so I just kind of scrunched it up and glued it down.
Then I got out a piece of canvas and glued all of my flowers down in the shape I wanted the necklace.
Then I trimmed away the excess fabric
And glued down some dyed fibers that were in the fabric scrap bag. I didn't take a picture but I put another piece of canvas on top of the fibers to sandwich them.
I also forgot to take a picture of the clasp I made... I basically tied a large button on one end of the fibers and on the other side I tied 2 knots about an inch apart that the button could slide through.
So... am I crazy for liking it?