Monday, 4 August 2014

Fancy Folded Fabric

Gee whizz, it's three weeks since I posted, the summer is flying past. I've been doing very little crafting other than finishing off my quilt. I'm on the last leg now, hand stitching on the binding and hopefully, I'll get that done today.

I did however, spend some time scratching my head for the new Crafty Cardmakers and More challenge. The theme is FANCY FOLDS.  You can create anything you like as long as it has some fancy folds on it!  

I haven't really been card making of late, but I've got lots of fabric to hand so I settled on some fancy fabric folding ...

You start off with two fabric circles. I just drew round a small bowl which was 5" in diameter.  This gave me a finished square of 2 1/4"

You then sew them right sides together, leaving a gap for turning

turn right sides out, then top stitch all the way around.  Now, this was my first go at this and you can see my stitching is not at an equal distance from the edge.  It doesn't really matter, as you don't notice it when it's finished

You then need to stitch it together (if you fold the fabric in half, both ways, and crease the folds a little bit, this will give you your stitching point.  It doesn't matter how neat you stitch as the stitching will be covered later)
(Note: you want your main fabric to be on the inside)

draw up the other two sides and make a few stitches so that it's held tightly together

you then turn the four corners inside out, tweaking a bit to get them looking even

the back should look like this

and the front should look like this

finish off with a button, gem or brad in the middle.  (I cut the 'legs' off a brad and hot glued it to the fabric)

Initially I was going to use it as an embellishment for a card but it's really a bit bulky for that, so I added a string to make a hanging ornament instead.

You can make them any size, and on the internet you can find quite a lot of folk have made them in Christmas fabric and they make lovely Christmas decorations.

The challenge is sponsored by The Stamping Boutique who are donating 4 digital images of your choice

Also linking to Handmade Monday which I haven't joined in with for a few weeks.

Thanks for popping in, see you later in the week with my finished quilt!

Suze xx


Valerie-Jael said...

This is gorgeous, must give it a try! Fantastic idea! Hugs, Valerie

Lucy Blossom said...

It looks really stunning, thanks for sharing how to do it.

Lilly's Mom said...

This looks like so much fun and I may give it a try. It reminds me of the origami paper folding I was doing with my grandson last week. Have a great week :)

Kim x said...

Fabulous Suze, and how lovely to see something different to the usual card.
I'm afraid that I let the side down this time, but I will try and do better lol.
hugs Kimx

Meggymay said...

This looks fantastic Susu, thanks for showing how you made it.

Anonymous said...

All I will say is this ..... you make it look easy but I just know I would have the inside on the outside and vice versa!!!!
It is really beautiful.

G Peplow said...

Woah!! Absolutely gorgeous Suze, I am knocked out! I love the coloured fabric you chose and what a brilliant result! I'd love to see them hanging around at anytime of year but especially at Christmas, you clever old stick LOL Hugs Gay xx

Darnell said...

Well, isn't that the coolest?! I love those colors, Suze, and appreciate the photo tutorial! These would be awesome in Christmas fabrics for ornaments ~ you'd never have to worry about them breaking!! Well done finishing your quilt! Hugs, Darnell

Pamellia said...

Oh, this is fabulous! A little snowflake in the middle and it would make a fabulous Christmas decoration! Thanks for the step by step, I just love this idea!! :)

Jenni's Jems said...

How did I miss this Susan!it is gorgeous and wracking my brains to see if I could make it without the sewing part !hee he x

Aileen said...

Looks like pretty petals. Love it and it makes a fab ornament. x