DIY – Custom vintage style label | Tutorials

I love vintage labels. They are great to craft with. On Flickr you can find lots of pretty vintage labels but sometimes you want something with a specific, custom text. Today I want to teach you how to create a custom vintage label with Photoshop. If you don’t have Photoshop, Gimp is a good alternative.

1. First you need a good label to work with. I used this one that I found on Flickr. You need a label with the text on solid color background. This way it’s easy to remove the text and replace it by your own.
2. Now you have to remove the background of the vintage label. I like to use the ‘clone stamp tool’ in Photoshop. Gimp has a similar tool. Alt-click to select which part you want to want to clone. Right click to define the diameter and the hardness of the tool. Now you have to remove the letters from the label. You might have alt-click a few times to get it right.
3. Choose a good font for your label. You can find a selection of vintage fonts here. I used Bazar. Pick a color out of the labels color palette and insert your text.
4. Print the label and use it on your next project!

Fabric flower shoe clips | Tutorials

I found a pair of clip earrings in the thrift store and I wanted to make something beautiful with them. Clip earrings are perfect as a base for shoe clips. So, that’s what my earrings are going to be: pretty shoe clips with fabric flowers on them!

 What you need

 - old pair of flat clip earrings
- glue gun
- fabric
- printed template (see image below)

How to make it
Lay the template on top of your fabric and cut nine flowers out of the fabric. Now follow the steps seen in the pictures below.

Step 1: fold four of the flowers twice and form a circle by gluing them one by one on the earring.  You may need to put a little glue between the layers to put them in place.
Step 2: fold four of the flowers once and form a circle by gluing them half on the previous one. The last one of the flowers will be half on the first one you glued on and half on the last one you glued on.
Step 3. fold the last flower three times and glue it to the center of the flower. Use some dots of glue to give the flower shape.
Have fun with you new fabric flower shoe clips!

How To Make Feather Shoe Clips | Tutorials

Canadian smocking by joining 2 2-Braid | Tutorials

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Method of doing "Flower design" in Canadian smocking | Tutorials

 In Flower design folds are created by joining 4 points of a square. From this stitch we can create as many designs as we want. It has got many names. One of them is" Bee cottage."
Flower design is worked on the right side of the fabric. We cannot draw squares on the right side of the fabric as it shows. Only dots should be marked. Both the sides of this design are used to create designs.

Mark rows of dots 2 cm or 3 cm or 4 cm apart on right side of the fabric according to the design and according to your taste. I find it difficult to mark dots in the front. So as usual I secure the fabric to my working table with 3M tape and draw squares back side of the fabric. Then I transfer the corner points of the squares to the right side with the help of a light colored carbon paper.

Canadian smocking tutorial | Tutorials

Canadian smocking tutorials

Fabric flowers, plumettes, corsage, brooch, hair accessory, fascinators | Tutorials

How to make a beautiful silky flower | Tutorials

How to make a beautiful silky flower

How to Make a Pinwheel Hair Clip | Tutorials

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Learning how to make pinwheels is so much easier with a video tutorial. Make your pinwheels into stylish hair accessories to stay on trend this summer. These are great for kids too!

How to make a floral headband | Tutorials

Here's a quick video on how to make a headband with a some petals attached to one side. They are very easy to make and very inexpensive. Get crafty and creative with these!

Flower Tutorial | Tutorials

Modern Smocking Lozenge Pattern

Photo: Jack Deutsch 
Smocking is an age-old technique typically used in heirloom and historical garments. However, this traditional surface embellishment is making a comeback in unexpected ways in modern design. It was a featured technique on Lifetime Television’s Project Runway, and has resurfaced on ready-to-wear, and on designer runways.

The following pattern variation on North American smocking, known as the lozenge, is sewn using a grid that alternates taut and slack stitches. Once you get the knack of this variation, you can try creating other designs on a grid and stitching your own version. By changing the scale, placement, or number of repeats, you can fabricate an interesting smocked look.

North American smocking takes up fabric lengthwise and widthwise. Plan your design, and expand your pattern to accommodate the extra fabric needed.

 Choose your fabric
Smocking works best on light- to medium-weight fabrics. The technique creates multiple folds and pleats, so don’t select a material that has a lot of bulk. Typically, smocking takes up about two to three times the fabric’s width and length. If your pleats are very deep, more fabric is needed. Always test your design on scrap fabric first to estimate how much yardage you need.

Adjust your pattern
Before stitching the design,  measure a test fabric’s length and width. Smock the fabric, and measure it again. Divide the fabric’s original length and width by the new measurements. Multiply the quotient by your target measurement to determine how much fabric is needed.

For example, my 10-inch square scrap became a 5-inch square after smocking a lattice pattern (see Threads 151 to get lattice pattern). I wanted to cover the blouse front’s finished neckline, which was 13 inches wide by 4 inches long. I needed to expand the pattern’s width to 26 inches and its length to 8 inches.

Follow the grid to stitch the design
Now that your pattern is expanded to the necessary measurements, mark out your design’s grid, and stitch the smocking. The alternating taut and slack stitches help create the North American smocking’s distinctive look. Traditionally, these dots are sewn on a very small scale, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch apart. Here the scale is enlarged to 1 inch for a modern look.
Work from left to right to create rows of the lozenge pattern. Arrows represent taut stitches, and solid red lines represent slack stitches.

 1. Draw a grid on your fabric’s wrong side using a temporary fabric-marking tool. The dots represent each stitch; take care to make sure they are spaced evenly.

2. Begin your stitch design. Follow one of the grids below to sew the smocking. Begin at dot 1. Then pick up dot 2 with your needle, and pull the thread taut to 1. 

 3. Pick up dot 3 with your needle, but do not pull the thread taut. Tie a knot to secure the slack thread.

 4. Pick up dot 4, and pull it taut to dot 3. Continue alternating between taut and slack stitches. At the end of the row or column, tie off the thread. Add more rows or columns as desired.