Guest Blogger | Michelle from Scissor Quirk8:14 AM
Another little break from our Spring Cleaning series... I'm sure you all remember Michelle from Scissor Quirk, this month's featured sponsor. She's here to contribute to Weekend DIYs with a super cute Arrow iPod Sleeve. Take a look and add this to your weekend to do list!
It's Michelle from Scissor Quirk, here, with a little tutorial for you!
I've been seeing tons of lovely arrows and fringe and mustard yellows around, and it's really been inspiring me, lately! I wanted to make something small that I can carry with me everyday, based on these inspirational images & colors, so the ''Fringed Arrow Cozy'' DIY/tutorial was born!
Here's what you'll need to make it:
- The free ''Fringed Arrow Cozy'' pattern
- 2-3 colors of felt (I used brown, yellow, and turquoise)
- 2-3 colors of coordinating embroidery thread (I used brown, yellow, & green)
- An embroidery/sewing needle
*This pattern makes the perfect size pouch to hold an ipod nano.
Step 1: Cut 2 pieces of felt for the outside of your pouch from one color of felt and 2 pieces for the inside (4 pieces total) using the pattern as a guide. Trace the arrow design onto one of the outside felt pieces (using either a white chalk pencil or fabric marker), and cut it out using small scissors. The color you've choosen for the inside will now show through the arrow silhouette when you lay the top 2 pieces (inside and outside) together.
Step 3: Holding the two together (or pin them in place), hand-stitch around the arrow using embroidery thread through both layers. You can tack the little bits at the end of the arrow down using thread or glue, too - I quickly stitched them with brown thread so they stay in place.
Step 4: Stitch the two pieces together at the top with embroidery thread (to hold the inside and the outside in place so you can slip your ipod in!).
Step 5: Hold the back two pieces together and stitch the top the same as you've just done to the front - to hold the two layers together. Now, hold the back and front layers together in a little sandwich (the inside colors together inside, and the outside facing out). Blanket stitch both sides together using a blanket stitch, but stop about 1/2 an inch from the bottom and knot/tie them off - the bottom and top should be left open, at this point.
Step 6: Using embroidery thread, hand-stitch along the bottom (I did two rows of green stitching, here) through all the layers of fabric. This will close the bottom of the pouch off. Using scissors, cut a little fringe into all the layers of felt that are left at the bottom of the pouch.
And, you're all finished! Your ipod will be stylish and cozy, now! :)
A big thank you to Michelle for this totally rad tutorial! [applause, applause]
**********THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED************But wait! There's more!!! Don't have time to make this for yourself? Or maybe you just don't feel like running to the craft store? You could win this Arrow iPod Sleeve and here's how......
Just jump over to Michelle's Etsy shop and leave a comment right here in the post telling me your favorite item from her shop. That's it! It's that simple!
For extra entries you can Tweet about this giveaway, Facebook about it or blog about it! Just be sure to include @CraftedLove in your Twitter or Facebook posts and leave an extra comment for each entry! Good Luck! I wish I could enter my own giveaways :]