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So chuffed with myself; I made Lili a felt kabouter hat. I couldn’t find a pattern I liked on the internet. Also, the only felt I could get in town was pre-cut squares. Of course, I use the term square very loosely; none of the sides were the same length and none of the squares matched – basically had to use the smallest for the common denominator.
No matter how I placed the pieces, I knew I had to use 2 squares and sew them together. I wanted a tall pointy hat that will flop down, but the squares were too short. I made another plan. The design itself will have a curly point… with a bell on. And the brim will be in a different fabric, folded back and be all zig-zaggy like a real elf/pixie/kabouter hat.

Here’s how I made it:

You Need:

  • Enough felt (I used 2 x pieces, roughly 22cm x 25cm) in colour of your choice
  • Extra piece of fabric for the brim
  • Silver bell
  • Needle and thread in matching colour
  • Pins
  • Paper and pencil for design
  • Scissors for paper and for cloth

Method:

I played around with some shapes and settled on one I liked. Then cut out the shape.

Pin your pattern to the felt and cut out 2 shapes.

With right sides facing *snicker* sew all along the edges of the hat, but not the brim (where the head goes). I used double thread and sewed by hand; so I managed to sew relatively close to the edge, and I think the curl would have been too tricky for my sewing machine (at least for the monkey working it).

Carefully turn it out and check for holes. Use a pencil to gently shape the curly bit.

Here’s where I hit a snag and nearly RUINED the hat. I couldn’t figure out how I was going to attach the brim. Sewing isn’t my forte. But I figured it out.
Turning the hat back inside out (but I left the curl as it was, just don’t crease it too hard) measure and pin the brim to the hat – you’re going to have to look at the image above to see how I mean what I’m going to explain next: Place the cut edge (that’s not going to be the zig-zag part ) of the brim fabric along the edge of the hat that is still open – right sides facing – all around the hat.
Sew this edge together (Might be common sense to some, but I’m new to this – I aligned the seam of the brim fabric and the back seam of the hat)

Turn the hat right side out, fold the brim up, and press lightly using a damp cloth.

Sew the bell on the tip of the hat.

I thought the metallic fabric might fray if I cut it too soon, so I waited until the night before to cut the zig-zag shapes. I was too lazy didn’t want to go through all the effort pressed for time to hem the zig-zag pattern, but the fabric held it’s shape and didn’t fray at all!

Parties I link to

Alternate title:

#34 –  Sew 3 items for Amelia (3/3) Completed!

Huzzah! Another goal achived. I really enjoyed sewing things for Amelia. It’s not THAT hard. And with a whole wide web full of a gazillion ideas – I can’t help not being inspired to get busy.

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I didn’t know WHAT to get Henk this year for Father’s Day. I’m trying to be a bit more frugal since we’re building a house soon and will be working on a skinny tight budget. I had an old picture frame and the internet. Somehow I’ll be able to make him something, right?

I got the idea from Opi’s Ramblings. Every Wednesday {just about} is Wordle Wednesday, then she posts a wordle of her week’s blog posts.   What’s so great about wordle.net is that you can even put in raw text, and it will generate a wordle for you. You choose the font, orientation of the words, the colour scheme (there are preset ones or you can customise it), etc. Here’s one with my posts for this week in my site’s colours:

Similar to a tag cloud (see my sidebar) the more a word appears in the text, the bigger it will be in the final wordle.

So I made one for Henk in Afrikaans using adjectives and nouns that I asociate with him. A few key ones were repeated so that they showed up bigger and I generated about 20 of them to get it just right. Quick printscreen and photoshop sizing and I had it printed to fit into the photo frame.

Easy Peasy and cheap too. {Everything that my hubby isn’t 😉 }

Parties I link to

 

Someday Crafts Categorically Crafting linky party. The theme is Father’s Day!

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We have this patch of river stones in the garden. After watching Lili take a shortcut across them, only to slip and fall on her bum for the umpteenth time I decided to make her some pet rocks. Hopefully she’ll ignore the garden ones now 😉

Tutorial

A quick tutorial on how to make your own pet rock

You will need:

  • smooth river stones/pebbles
  • craft paints
  • sealer, like modge podge {It goes by many names – Love this site for ideas}
  • cartoon bubble eyes
  • craft glue that dries clear {or a hot glue gun}

Get some smooth river stones

I chose 3 smooth differently shaped stones with relatively flat surfaces: An obvious face side. Give them a good scrub in warm soapy water and leave to dry.

White primer

Paint the rocks with a basecoat – I used white.

All the pretty colours

Then paint them in whatever colours you like. I used the same colours Lili’s door letters.

It gets messy

I used a few coats of modge podge to seal the rocks; lightly sanding between coats and painting every coat in a different direction

I see you!

Finally glue eyes onto the stones and allow to dry completely – I left them overnight. Now you have pet rocks!

!! Pet Rocks !!

Link Parties!

Get your craft on Thurs. PonyTails and FishScales Photobucket

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