Saturday, March 18, 2006

Flower pin


So here is one of the gifts I mentioned earlier. I made this flower pin out of fleece, leaving an opening to stuff the batting when I was done. I stitched two layers of flowers on the front and a genuine swarovski crystal in the center of the flowers. The two small center layered flowers were part of a very inexpensive craft kit that had different shapes in this shiny material as well as pipe cleaners, ribbon, sequins and glitter. Each of the flowers probably cost pennies. I stitched the pin back on with embroidery floss and then stitched the open petal up with the same thread from the sewing machine that I had used for the main fleece flower section. I learned a lot from creating this little guy. When I turned my flower right side out, my fleece puckered and I was disappointed especially since I had done so well going around the corners on the machine. I went to bed that night and while I lay there I remembered some panel dolls I had worked on in the past and recalled that they had lines on them for snipping the center of the turns, I tried it on the flower and it was perfect. Now I know what to do!

14 Comments:

Blogger fusionlin said...

Thanks for sharing your words from heart to doing creative artworks, it's feel likes cute, elegant, and comfort style by Gina sweets and a calm mood. I can even enjoy you disguess youself while you're designing it, that is also really a wonderful sign about spring time is coming every where around the north parts of this planet again....You have a sweet
dream !

5:27 PM  
Blogger fusionlin said...

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candy bags -
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8:53 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Mmmm, yummy. That's a really great link fusionlin! Thank you.

12:14 AM  
Anonymous Scribbles & Bits said...

It came out darling! Who wouldn't love to wear that?!

6:18 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Aww, thanks scribbles & bits : )

4:15 PM  
Anonymous tasha said...

gina,
these flowers are really nice! i like the shape of petals. kind of curved, wiggly. very cute!

12:33 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Thanks Tasha, you are making me smile now!

1:15 AM  
Blogger *Kumi said...

Hey, cool pins.
I love the pink one!!

7:04 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Thank you kumi! It was a really calming and pleasant project. A lot of fun.

10:22 PM  
Blogger nico said...

perfect! im so happy youre a smart sewer!

1:33 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

You're too kind nico -
Next month I'm taking a knitting class (I know how to knit the knit stitch but that's about it) and in May I'll be taking a sewing class. I also know how to sew, but just enough : ) I did take sewing in high school, but I could use a brush up. I'm not sure if I'm going to get everything that I would like to learn out of the class since I'm discovering it is more of a make PJs from a pattern thing, rather than say using a dressform which is what I would really like to learn about! But I know I will learn some things like elastic and collars (I'll make sure my pattern has one). How about some insights on your successful zippering?

7:11 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Oh, and last night I messed up a cloud, I guess the drawing I made was too small for a pattern, because when I turned it inside out, it looked like it had sharp points instead of puffies, : (

7:53 PM  
Blogger nico said...

knitting! how fun...and meditative...
the sewing class you are taking sounds cool too,,,, when i took the dressmaking class i didnt finish (!) it was really old style pattern drafting of old patterns (like from the 60's),,,, needlessto say i wasnt that stoked on what we had to make for the class, but i learned sewing enough to sew confidently...yeah colars are fun! ive forgotten all the basics i learned tho :P

zippering pouches. ive fashioned a techniques that works super well:
sew the linings and facings both on the zipper on both sides (so the zipper is sandwiched in the middle) leaving about 5 cm on each edge unsewn, sew along the zipper to make it 'stay down' leaving that 5 cm allowance.
now put the front fabrics together fronts facing. holding the bottom edges on the top, align both sides of the pouch and push the zipper out so its points down like a V and sew the edges all the way to the zipper. when you filp it inside out it should be really neat!
WHEW! THIS IS A LONG ONE!
and i hope make sense... but i think it might not :P

10:51 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

You are so generous nico, thank you very much for the details. When I get to zipperdome, I will print out your post as a guide : )

11:16 PM  

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