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DIY felt butterfly hairclips tutorial

Our A Year of Wreaths project with Laura Howard ended in December and we wanted to do a few more posts to show you how the templates and tutorials she shared in the series could be used to create a whole bunch of different projects! This tutorial for sweet butterfly hairclips is the second post in this spin off series. Over to you, Laura!

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

To make these pretty butterfly hairclips you will need:

* The template sheet from the Butterfly Wreath tutorial
* Wool blend felt in assorted colours (I used Fuchsia, Cotton Candy and Baby Blue)
* Matching sewing thread
* Binding clips or hairclips
* Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors
* A sewing needle and pins
* A glue gun and glue
* A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
* Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips

To make the hairclips:

Use the templates to cut out the butterfly pieces from your chosen felt colours (I used butterflies 2, 4 and 5).

Follow step 3 of the Butterfly Wreath tutorial to sew the butterfly pieces together.

For each hairclip, cut a felt circle approximately 17mm in diameter in the matching felt colour. Sew each circle to the end of a clip using matching sewing thread, as shown. This felt circle is the base onto which you’ll glue the butterfly pieces.

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

Very carefully glue the butterfly pieces to the circles. Add the wings first, adding a small amount of glue to the circle then carefully pressing the wings into place.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

Then add a very small amount of glue to the back of each body piece and carefully press them into position between the wings.

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

How sweet are these clips!

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

Additional photography by September Pictures.

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A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

It’s time for the December wreath (so sorry this one is a little late) in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her embroidered snowflakes wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here! Take it away, Laura!

Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

The final wreath in this seasonal series is a little bit late (sorry!) but hopefully worth the wait. You could make it as a winter wreath to add a bit of sparkle to these dark and gloomy days, or stitch it ready for next Christmas!

This month’s wreath features embroidered snowflakes, silver sequins and seed beads, and some fabulous metallic thread. As well as making the full wreath, you could also use the snowflake embroidery patterns to sew felt snowflake ornaments, stitch a snowflake in a small embroidery hoop or sew snowflakes onto anything you fancy!

You will need:
*The pattern sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Dark blue yarn to wrap the wreath (I used 2 balls of Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Navy)
*Navy blue wool blend felt
*White stranded embroidery thread
*Gutermann Metallic Effect Thread (shade 41)
*Assorted silver sequins and beads
*Sewing thread (any colour)
*Tissue paper
*A biro or other fine point pen
*Sewing scissors
*A sewing needle and pins
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips

To make the wreath:
1. Start by embroidering the snowflakes: one of each design included on the pattern sheet. Trace the snowflake patterns onto tissue paper with a biro or other fine pen then cut them out as shown.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

2. Tack each paper pattern to a piece of dark blue felt, using sewing thread and a few large stitches. Keep your stitches clear of the pattern so they’ll be easy to remove later.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

3. Stitch the snowflakes with white stranded embroidery thread, using backstitch and three of the six strands. When stitching, take care not to trail threads near the edges of the pattern and across gaps where you’ll be cutting later.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

4. Remove the tacking threads and carefully tear away the tissue paper to reveal the stitched designs. Use a pin to remove the smaller pieces of paper from the stitches – this is a bit fiddly, so take your time.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

5. Wrap the wreath base with dark blue yarn. I used two balls of Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Navy.

Secure the yarn with a knot at what will become the back of your wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath base, passing the ball of yarn through the hole in the centre of the wreath as you wrap the yarn around the outside. Hide the loose yarn end under the yarn as you wrap, and make sure that you’re not leaving any gaps where the white wreath base shows through. Continue wrapping, gradually covering the whole of the wreath base, and switch to the second ball when needed. Wrapping the wreath takes a while, so I highly recommend wrapping your wreath while watching a film or some episodes of your favourite TV show.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

Once the whole wreath base has been covered with yarn, tie a knot securely at the back and carefully trim the loose end so it won’t be visible when the wreath is hung up.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

6. Now it’s time to add some sparkle! Tie the loose end of the metallic thread to the wreath base, knotting it securely at the back. Then wrap the thread around the wreath, creating a pattern of silver lines on the dark background. I worked my way around the wreath twice, adding a second set of lines between the ones shown in the first picture but you can add all the lines in one go if you prefer. When you’ve finished adding silver thread, tie a knot securely at the back and trim any loose ends of thread.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

7. Cut out the embroidered snowflakes.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

8. Arrange the snowflakes on the wreath base, as shown, and pin them in position.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

9. Cut a long piece of the metallic thread. Tie one end of the thread to the wreath base close to one of the outermost snowflakes, knotting it securely at the back.

Thread a sewing needle with the loose end then gradually wrap this thread around the wreath, filling in the gaps between the lines of thread already in place and adding beads and sequins to the thread as you work. I added 1-3 embellishments per line, covering the front of the wreath with an even but random-looking spread of beads and sequins.

When the thread is running out use the sewing needle to sew into the yarn at the back of the wreath a few times to secure the thread, then knot it securely and trim any excess.

Repeat this process to gradually cover the wreath base with sparkles.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

Once you reach the snowflakes again, wrap the thread underneath the snowflakes and add just a few beads and sequins in the gaps between them.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

10. One by one, glue the snowflakes to the wreath. Begin by moving the pin to one half of the snowflake, lift the other half of the snowflake up then apply glue underneath it. I added glue to the snowflake itself but you could add the glue to the wreath base instead. Carefully press that section of the snowflake in position on the wreath, remove the pin then glue the other half.
I glued my snowflakes so they curve slightly around the shape of the wreath base. For a different look, just add one dab of glue to the centre of each snowflake so the edges remain unattached.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath Tutorial by Laura HowardHang the finished wreath directly from a hook or a nail, or hang it using a leftover piece of the dark blue yarn.

Thanks Laura!

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A Year of Wreaths: November Felt Holly Wreath by Laura Howard

It’s time for the November wreath in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her festive holly wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here! Take it away, Laura!

This month’s wreath is all about holly! I have something detailed planned for next month’s festive wreath, so I thought I’d keep this month’s design nice and simple: something you can put together in an evening or afternoon.

The yarn-wrapped wreath is decorated with a ring of felt holly leaves and red felt ball “berries”. I used bright red yarn to wrap my wreath for a cheerful look but this design would also look great on a pale background (perhaps a white yarn or strips of a neutral fabric?). I love the 3D effect of the felt balls but you could cut small red felt circles, or use red buttons instead.

A Year of Wreaths: November Felt Holly Wreath by Laura Howard

You will need:
*The template sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Yarn to wrap the wreath (I used 2 balls of Rico Essentials Cotton DK in Red)
*Dark green wool blend felt (Grassy Meadows).
*8 Felt balls in Santa Red
*Dark green stranded embroidery thread
*Sewing scissors
*A sewing needle and pins
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips

To make the wreath:
1. Wrap the wreath base with your chosen yarn. I used two balls of Rico Essentials Cotton DK in Red which gives the wreath a lovely sheen.

A Year of Wreaths: November Felt Holly Wreath by Laura Howard

Secure the yarn with a knot at what will become the back of your wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath base, passing the ball of yarn through the hole in the centre of the wreath as you wrap the yarn around the outside. Hide the loose yarn end under the yarn as you wrap, and make sure that you’re not leaving any gaps where the white wreath base shows through. Continue wrapping, gradually covering the whole of the wreath base, and switch to the second ball when needed. Wrapping the wreath takes a while, so I highly recommend wrapping your wreath while watching a film or some episodes of your favourite TV show.
Once the whole wreath base has been covered with yarn, tie a knot securely at the back and carefully trim the loose end so it won’t be visible when the wreath is hung up.

A Year of Wreaths: November Felt Holly Wreath by Laura Howard

2. Use the holly template to cut out eight leaves from dark green felt.

A Year of Wreaths: November Felt Holly Wreath by Laura Howard

3. Cut a length of dark green embroidery thread. Separate half the strands (so, for six-stranded thread just use three strands) and sew a curved line down the middle of each leaf as shown. I used backstitch but you could sew a line of running stitch if you prefer

A Year of Wreaths: November Felt Holly Wreath by Laura Howard

4. Arrange the leaves on the wreath so they’re evenly spaced, with small gaps between them. Secure each leaf with a pin.

A Year of Wreaths: November Felt Holly Wreath by Laura Howard

5. Add the felt balls between the leaves, using a pin to hold each ball in place.

A Year of Wreaths: November Felt Holly Wreath by Laura Howard

6. Use a glue gun to attach the leaves and felt balls to the wreath.
Remove the felt balls and set them aside. One by one, glue the leaves: begin by moving the pin to one end of the leaf, lift the other end of the leaf up then apply glue underneath it. I added glue in the centre of the leaf itself but you could add the glue to the wreath base instead. Carefully press that section of the leaf in position on the wreath, remove the pin then glue the other end of the leaf. Once all the leaves have been glued, carefully glue the felt balls in position adding a dab of glue to each ball then pressing it in place.
IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

A Year of Wreaths: November Felt Holly Wreath by Laura Howard

Hang the finished wreath directly from a hook or a nail, or hang it using a leftover piece of the dark red yarn.

Thanks Laura!

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A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

It’s time for the October wreath in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her super cute Cat Lady wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here! Take it away, Laura!

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

This month’s wreath is all about cosiness: curling up with a colourful blanket, like this cute sleeping kitty!

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

I’ve stitched a grey cat but you could easily customise this wreath and make a cat that looks like your own pet – switch the felt colour, add some felt patches, and use embroidery thread to add stripes or other markings. You could also sew the sleeping kitty onto other things (maybe a bag or a cushion?) or use the cat’s head templates to sew a cute cat brooch.

You will need

*The template sheets provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Wool blend felt in Purple, Wisteria, Baby Blue, Silver Grey, White, and Cotton Candy
*Black and white embroidery thread
*Pink and grey sewing thread (to match the felt)
*Toy stuffing
*Sewing needle and pins
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors for cutting out small shapes
*An air erasable fabric marker pen (optional but very helpful!)
*A ruler and pen/pencil
*Fabric glue or other strong craft glue
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips

To make the wreath:

1. Use the rectangular template provided to cut the felt strips for wrapping the wreath: 12 purple, six wisteria, and six baby blue (24 strips in total).

2. Lay the strips on top of the wreath in colour order, as shown (every other strip should be purple, with wisteria and baby blue alternating between the purple strips), overlapping them slightly so that none of the polystyrene ring base will show through at the edges of the wreath. When you’ve added all the pieces and are happy with the arrangement, insert pins to hold the felt in position then turn the wreath over. One by one, wrap the felt pieces around the wreath inserting pins to hold the felt in place.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

The back of your wreath will now look something like this:

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

3. Use a glue gun to secure the ends of the felt at the back of the wreath. Work on one piece of felt at a time, removing the pin(s) holding it in place and folding the felt back slightly. Carefully add a dab or two of hot glue to the wreath base then very carefully press the felt down into position.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

Tip: you may find it helpful to test glue a couple of scrap pieces of felt before you start, so you can see how much glue you need to use to hold each piece in place.

Once the glue has dried, turn the wreath over and remove the pins from the front. The front of your wreath will now look something like this:

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

4. Use the templates provided to cut out the cat pieces from felt: two body shapes, two head shapes, two pink ears and one pink nose.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

5. Sew the ears and nose onto one of the cat head shapes, sewing them with whip stitch and matching pink sewing thread.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

6. Cut a length of black embroidery thread and separate half the strands (so, for six-stranded thread just use three strands). Use the black thread to backstitch the cat’s eyes and smile, then add three very small stitches on each of its cheeks.

I used an air erasable fabric marker pen to draw the markings onto the felt first then followed the ink lines when stitching. If you don’t have an air erasable marker, just sew freehand using the photos as a guide.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

7. Use half strands of white embroidery thread to add the whiskers. Sew the whiskers with backstitch, using the air erasable marker (if you have one) to draw guide lines for your stitching.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

8. Place both cat head pieces together (so the decorated side is facing upwards) and sew them together with grey sewing thread and either blanket stitch or whip stitch. Then place both cat body pieces together and sew them as well.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

9. Use the templates provided to cut out six Zs from white felt (one of each size). Using embroidery scissors will help you cut out the small shapes more precisely. You can hold the paper templates to the felt as you cut around them, or use an air erasable fabric marker to draw around the templates then cut along the ink lines.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

10. Cut four felt rectangles measuring 7 x 2.5cm and two felt squares measuring 2.5 x 2.5cm. Use a ruler and an air erasable fabric marker to draw straight onto the felt, or use a ruler and pen/pencil to draw paper templates. I cut these pieces from silver grey felt but you could use any colour you have spare as they will be hidden behind the cat in the finished wreath.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

11. Sew the felt pieces together to form a box. Use whip stitch and matching sewing thread to join the long edges of the rectangles then add the squares on each end. When you’ve sewn three sides of the final square, stuff the shape firmly with toy stuffing then sew up the gap.

Tip: add small pieces of stuffing at a time, pressing it down into the shape with your finger.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

The finished shape will look something like this:

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

12. Use the glue gun to attach the shape to the bottom of the wreath, as shown. Add plenty of glue to one of the long edges then press it into position on the wreath. You’ll be using this shape to support the cat, so make sure it’s positioned towards the front of the wreath.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

13. Arrange the cat pieces and the Zs on the wreath, as shown, with the Zs getting larger as you move up the side of the wreath. When you’re happy with the position of all the pieces, pin them in place.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

14. Carefully glue all the pieces into position, removing the pins as you work. Use the glue gun to stick the cat to the wreath base and the stuffed felt shape. Then use fabric or other strong craft glue to attach the Zs (these are a bit too small for using the glue gun!).

Hang the finished wreath with a matching piece of yarn or ribbon, or directly from a hook or nail.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

Thanks Laura!

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A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard

It’s time for the September wreath in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her autumn-inspired wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here! Take it away, Laura!

Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath
This month’s wreath design celebrates the arrival of autumn! It features berry red yarn, a bit of sparkle, and a cluster of felt oak leaves stitched with the opening line of John Keats’ famous poem ‘To Autumn’: “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”.
You’ll find all the supplies you need to make the wreath in The Village Haberdashery shop – follow the links below for individual items or click here for the September wreath kit.

Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath

You will need:
*The template sheet (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Two balls of Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran yarn, in Brick Red
*Beige wool blend felt
*Dark red stranded embroidery thread
*Gutermann Metallic Effect thread (I used shade 36)
*Some sewing thread (any colour will do)
*White tissue paper (or tracing paper, or baking paper)
*Sewing scissors
*Optional: embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out felt shapes)
*Sewing needles and pins
*A fine dark pen
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips

To make the wreath:
1. Wrap the wreath base with Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran yarn in Brick Red, or another dark red yarn.
Secure the yarn with a knot at what will become the back of your wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath base, passing the ball of yarn through the hole in the centre of the wreath as you wrap the yarn around the outside. Hide the loose yarn end under the yarn as you wrap, and make sure that you’re not leaving any gaps where the white wreath base shows through. Continue wrapping, gradually covering the whole of the wreath base, and switch to the second ball when needed. Wrapping the wreath takes a while, so I highly recommend wrapping your wreath while watching a film or some episodes of your favourite TV show.
Once the whole wreath base has been covered with yarn, tie a knot securely at the back and carefully trim the loose end so it won’t be visible when the wreath is hung up.
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
2. Use the templates provided to cut out the leaf shapes from beige felt.
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
3. Trace the words on the template sheet onto pieces of white tissue paper (or tracing paper or baking paper) with a fine dark pen.
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
4. Position one of the words on its corresponding leaf and secure it with large tacking stitches.
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
5. Embroider the letters with dark red embroidery thread and backstitch, using half the strands of the thread (so for six-stranded thread just use three strands).
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
6. Remove the tacking stitches then carefully tear away the paper – you may need to use a pin to remove any remaining small pieces.
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
7. Use Gutermann Metallic Effect Thread to stitch veins on the leaf, freehand. Sew a line up the centre of the leaf, sewing between the lettering. Then add lines to each “point” of the leaf, as shown. You could use backstitch for this but I used running stitch, sewing a line and then sewing back along it filling in the gaps between the stitches.
Tip: this metallic thread is easy to sew with, but I’d recommend cutting a shorter length of thread than you’d usually work with to make sure it doesn’t tangle.
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
8. Repeat steps 4-7 to embroider all the leaves, as shown.
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
9. Position the leaves on the wreath and pin them in place.
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
10. Use a glue gun to attach the leaves to the wreath. One by one remove the pins and add a small amount of glue to the back of each leaf, pressing it carefully in position on the wreath base.
IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.
Tip: you may find it helpful to test glue a couple of scrap pieces of felt before you start, so you can see how much glue you need to use to hold each piece in place.
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard
Hang the finished wreath directly from a hook or a nail, or hang it using a leftover piece of the dark red yarn.

A Year of Wreaths: September Embroidered Oak Leaves Wreath by Laura Howard

Thanks Laura!

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