Hello MLS fans! It's time to kick off our Tuesday Tutorials with fresh inspiration from our new team members. Join us the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the 2nd and 4th weeks of every month for fresh new tutorials to help you have fun with our collections.
This week we welcome Ilene Tell and her Embellishments Tutorial with our Sew Cute collection.
Today I am going to share a super easy tutorial with you on how to make some
cute and quick handmade embellishments. If you're anything like me, you probably
love all the little embellishments and fun items you get to shop for as a
scrapbooker - it's part of the fun! And I won't lie to you, my first instinct is
to rummage through some of the pre-made stuff I accumulate. But sometimes you
don't have the perfect color, or the right amount, or the appropriate style of
embellishment you're looking for. And sometimes you really need that handmade
look. Nothing gives a project as much personality as handmade elements. For this
projects I used the Sew Cute collection because it was perfect for these types
of hand-stitched, handmade embellishments. And because...well, it's just so darn
- adhesive (I like Beacon Adhesives FabriTac, especially for projects involving
- Sizzix Big Shot or Big Kick
- Sizzix Circles Die
- Tattered Florals Tim Holtz Sizzix Die (although a different flower die would
work as well)
- ink or chalk
- piercing tool and needle
- sanding block
- cloth (I used red cloth as it matched well with the Sew Cute line)
- large brad
- scissors that work on cloth, such as the Tim Holtz ones pictures here
- raw chipboard
- Crop-A-Dial (or other hole punch)
- Glossy Accents or Crackle Accents
- sheet of felt material
- patterned paper (of course!)
1. Use the Sizzix to cut a circle out of your piece of cloth. This should be the
second to smallest circle, just enough to cover the brad and tuck underneath it.
You can see here that you want to find a large brad, but it can be an outdated
one that isn't very cute since it will be covered completely. This is a great
way to use up ugly old brads :)
2. Place your circle of cloth on a craft sheet or other protected surface. Then
place the brad, face down, on top of it. Add a generous amount of the glue on
the inside edge of the brad and then fold the cloth into it. If you're using
Fabri-Tac, it will stick nicely and attach within seconds. There you have it - a
really quick and easy cloth brad!
3. Here you see a raw piece of chipboard and a scrap of pp I cut out of the pp
from the Sew Cute line that has an image of the button on it. This image is
perfect for making a chipboard button, or you can just use any pp. Glue the pp
to the chipboard, and cut a chipboard button out using the smallest circle on
the Sizzix circles die.
4. Sand the edges of the button and then ink them. Use the Crop-A-Dial or other
tool to make holes in the the middle.
5. Cover the button completely with Glossy Accents and allow to dry. Make sure
you cover it evenly without missing spots, but avoid getting any in the holes.
6. Use the Tattered Florals Sizzix die to cut two of the same flower shape out
of whatever pp you choose. Make sure you cut it with the largest flower that has
the biggest petals. A different Sizzix flower die would work for this too, as
long as the petals are nice and thick.
7. Use the same die to cut the same flower out of the felt material. Use your
scissors to trim away the edge of the flower all around.
8. Sandwich the felt flower between the pp flowers and glue all together. Again,
a cloth glue like Fabri-Tac works well for this.
9. Use your piercing tool to make holes at small even intervals all around the
flower edge. The stitch around using your floss. I used red floss, as it matched
well with the red cloth brad and the pretty reds in the Sew Cute line.
So there you have - a really easy and fast handmade chipboard button, cloth
brad, and stitched pp flower that has a nice thickness and dimension. Make sure
you keep an eye on the blog in June - my LO (appropriately called "Sew Stylish")
that featured all three of these embellishments will appear on the blog sometime
that month. Thanks for reading, hope you give some of this a try!