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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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DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

We are obsessed with Laura Howard‘s latest creation: Plant Lady brooches! Perfect handmade flair to show off your plant lady status or a fabulous gift – Mother’s Day is just around the corner and let’s not forget it! Over to you, Laura…

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

Add a bit of plant lady style to your outfits with these fun felt brooches! There’s an embroidered “plant lady” badge, a cute cactus and a massive monstera leaf.

These leafy designs would make great gifts for the plant-lovers in your life. You could also leave off the brooch backs and use the designs as patches to sew on your rucksack, jacket, or other items that don’t need regular washing.

Finished sizes:

Monstera – 3.5″ x 2.75″
Plant Lady – 2.25″ round
Cactus 2.75″ x 2″

Tools & Materials:

The template sheet provided
Evergreen, Grassy Meadows, Chartreuse, Fuchsia, and Cotton Candy wool blend felt
Matching sewing threads
Light green, mid green, dark green, light pink and white embroidery thread (I used DMC 699 for the dark green, DMC 905 for the mid green, DMC 907 for the light green, DMC 603 for the pink, and DMC BLANC for the white.)
Brooch clasps
White tissue paper
A pencil or fine pen
A sewing needle and pins
Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small shapes!)
Optional: an air erasable fabric marker
DIY Embroidered cactus brooch tutorialTo make a cactus brooch:

Use the templates provided to cut one green cactus from bright green felt, one plant pot from light pink felt, and one heart from bright pink felt.

One by one, sew the shapes to a backing piece of dark green felt. Use whip stitch and matching thread, taking care to sew the bottom edge of the cactus and the top edge of the plant pot flush with each other.

Add the stitched spines to the cactus, sewing lots of single stitches with two strands of white embroidery thread (out of the six strands in the skein).

Cut a small flower from fuchsia felt. You can carefully cut this freehand, or draw a flower on the felt with an air erasable marker pen and cut it out. Sew the flower in position with three strands of light pink embroidery thread, sewing one stitch along each petal as shown.

Trim away the backing felt, leaving a narrow border around the cactus design. Then use the shape you’ve just cut out as a template to cut a matching backing piece from dark green felt.

DIY Embroidered Cactus brooch tutorial

Turn over the backing shape. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

 

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorialTo make a Plant Lady brooch:

Trace the brooch design onto a piece of white tissue paper, with a sharp pencil or a fine pen. Roughly cut out the design and sew it to a piece of light pink felt with large tacking stitches.

Embroider the lettering and the outlines of the leaves with backstitch, sewing small stitches as you sew around the curves. Use three strands of dark green embroidery thread (from a skein of six strands) for the lettering, and two strands of mid green thread for the leaves.

Remove the tacking stitches and gently tear away the tissue paper, carefully removing any remaining small pieces of paper with a pin.

Fill in the leaves with two strands of light green embroidery thread, as shown.

Trace the circular brooch shape onto a piece of white tissue paper and cut it out. Position this over your stitching so it’s centred and pin it in place. Cut around the circle then unpin and discard the tissue paper.

Place the felt circle on a piece of bright green felt and whip stitch it in position with matching pink sewing thread.

Trim the green felt, leaving a narrow border around the pink circle. Use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of bright green felt.

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooch tutorial

Turn the backing piece over. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

 

DIY Embroidered monstera brooch tutorialTo make a monstera leaf brooch:

Use the template provided to cut out a monstera leaf from mid green felt. Place it on a piece of light pink felt and sew it in position with whip stitch and matching mid green sewing thread.

Embroider the veins of the leaf, using the photo and the drawing on the template as a guide. Use backstitch and three strands of mid-green embroidery thread (from the six strands in the skein). Start by sewing the central line down the middle of the leaf then add the other lines.

Trim the backing felt, leaving a narrow border of felt around the leaf. Use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of pink felt.

DIY Embroidered Monstera Brooch tutorial

Turn the backing shape over. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

Show off your Plant Lady brooches with the hashtag #thevillagehaberdashery so we can see what you make!

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

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Tutorial! Vegan leather necklace

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the final of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find all of the tutorials in the series here.

Take it away Laura…

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use a chain from an old necklace, or a length of ribbon, to make a bold geometric necklace. Use the templates provided or get creative and draw your own design!

To make this necklace you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A sewing needle
* Sewing scissors
* An air-erasable fabric marker pen or an ordinary felt tip pen
* The necklace template sheet – click here to download and print the PDF
* Matching felt (I used baby blue) and sewing thread
* A necklace chain or a length of ribbon

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

 

To make the necklace:

Use the templates provided to cut out pieces A to F from the synthetic leather. Place the paper templates on the back of the leather, trace around them using an air-erasable fabric marker or a felt tip pen then cut out the shape using sewing scissors.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Sew the pieces together using whip stitch and matching sewing thread (I used blue thread throughout). Start with the smallest pieces, sewing piece A to piece B then piece B to piece C and so on, so you’re only stitching through two layers of the leather at a time.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Once you’ve sewn all the pieces together, use the leather shape as a template to cut out a matching piece of felt for the back of the necklace.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Place the felt and leather together then use sewing thread (in the same colour as before) to sew along the top edge, joining the layers together. Place the middle of your necklace chain (or ribbon) between the two layers, so it will be held in place when you sew around the rest of the necklace shape. Make sure there are even lengths of chain (or ribbon) sticking out from each side of the necklace.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Blanket stitch around the rest of the necklace – making sure you don’t let the chain or ribbon slip out as you sew.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

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Tutorial! Vegan leather lightning bolt brooch

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the third of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find all of the tutorials in the series here.

Take it away Laura…

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

This bold lightning bolt brooch would look great pinned to a black coat or sweater! You can also follow these steps to make brooches using the star templates, or any other shape you fancy.

To make this brooch you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A sewing needle
* Sewing scissors
* An air-erasable fabric marker pen or an ordinary felt tip pen
* The brooch template sheet – click here to download and print the PDF
* Matching sewing thread
* Coordinating felt
* A brooch clasp

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

 

To make the brooch:

Use the template provided to cut out the bolt shape from yellow or metallic leather. Turn the template over and place it on the back of the leather, draw around it with a pen then cut it out with sewing scissors. Then place the bolt on a backing piece of contrasting leather.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use whip stitch and matching sewing thread to sew the bolt to the backing leather.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Cut out the bolt, leaving a border framing the shape.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use the shape you’ve just cut out as a template to cut a matching piece of felt. Turn the felt shape over and add a brooch clasp. Sew the clasp in place securely with a double thickness of matching sewing thread.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew the edges together with blanket stitch and matching sewing thread.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

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DIY Christmas cards with Laura Howard, part two

The super talented Laura Howard has been busy crafting up some really cute Christmas card designs for you all to get creating. We love how many possibilities there are with card, washi tape and stamps! 

This is part two of her inspirational tutorials. You can find part one here. Take it away Laura!

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
Today I’m sharing more ideas for making Christmas cards using this gorgeous festive paper pad. The coordinating sheets of paper and card work so well together, and the gold foil details are just fabulous!

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
I also used some lovely rubber stamps, washi tape from the same range, shiny gold tape

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
… and this set of ink pads which includes fab metallic ink.

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
I also some large blank cards in Christmas colours and these small blank cards in tropical colours.

Follow the links to find the exact products I used, or click here to see the full range of paper crafting supplies available in the Village Haberdashery’s online shop. Click here for the PDF template sheet that accompanies these projects.

Lettering
Simple words cut from patterned paper look great! I opted for a large JOY but you could cut out smaller letters to spell words like XMAS or MERRY or YULE. Draw your own letter templates (you’ll find the templates for JOY on the PDF template sheet), print out large letters from your favourite font or use alphabet stickers.

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!

To cut out the letters, turn the paper over and place the template face down on the back. Trace the shape with a pencil then cut it out and turn the paper over to reveal the finished letter.
For this card I just added a single strip of gold tape to “support” the lettering.

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!

For this design I created a background with overlapping paper and tape, positioning the lettering in the centre of the card.

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!

Christmas Trees
For these cards, use the Christmas tree templates provided to cut out lots of tree shapes then use them as the focal feature your designs. There are three different templates to choose from: simple trees, mini trees for small cards, and fancy trees.
The minimal shape of the simple tree means you can go bold with the patterns:
DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
Instead of using a blank card for this design, I used half a sheet of card from the paper pack – cutting it then folding it in half, and pairing it with a brown kraft paper envelope. I used the tree template to cut out a patterned green tree then glued it to a piece of white paper. I then carefully cut around the tree, leaving a border of white to frame it and help it stand out from the background pattern, and then stuck it to the card.

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
For this card I used two of the small stamps and the white ink pad to print a pattern on the blank card – the white ink stands out really well against the red! Then I added the tree shape and a handwritten “Merry Christmas” on a small strip of white paper.

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
To make the stripy tree, I cut out a tree shape from white card and covered it in washi tape stripes. I used gold tape for the tree’s trunk then used the coordinating patterned tapes to cover the tree. I then cut a piece of brown paper as a simple frame for the design and positioned the tree leaving space to write “Merry Christmas” underneath.

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
For small Christmas tree cards, use the mini tree template provided. These are so quick and easy to make! I decorated one card with a stamp and silver ink, one with three strips of washi tape, and made the third from a sheet of patterned card from the paper pad.
DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!

The fancy tree shape is a little more time consuming to cut out, but it’s totally worth it!

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!

The first card shows off the tree’s shape, with a simple bit of paper to frame it – I chose a pale pink to make the dark tree really stand out. You could add a festive message at the bottom of the card, but I quite like the design as it is.

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!

This is another simple design: I used four pieces of washi tape to make a frame, added a small piece of gold tape to the tree’s trunk then stuck the tree in the centre of the card.

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!

You need a bit of patience to make this stripy card but the end result has a lot of wow factor. Decorate a white card with stripes of the Christmas washi tape designs, leaving a small gap between the tape. Start in one corner and work your way across the card, trimming the excess tape as you go. Glue one of the fancy tree shapes to a piece of white paper or card and cut it out, leaving a narrow white border to frame the tree. Then glue the tree to the centre of the card.

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!

Baubles
Finally, instead of Christmas trees how about topping your cards with a bauble? I’ve kept my baubles pretty simple but you could decorate yours however you like! (This would be another great way to use up crafty scraps!)

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!

For this design I used the fir branch stamp to decorate the blank card, placing the card on some scrap paper so I could stamp over the edges without making a mess. I wrote “Merry Christmas” on a bit of white card and cut it out, then cut out a bauble from patterned paper and added a bit of gold washi tape for the bauble cap. Finally I framed both the bauble and the text with contrasting rectangles of paper then stuck them in place on the card.

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!

I did more stamping for this card, covering a piece of brown paper with gold acorns. I layered this over two strips of gold washi tape to create the background for my bauble. Instead of adding tape to the bauble cap, this time I added a decorative stripe across the middle of the bauble. I cut a small bit of ribbon and tore a piece of washi tape to attach the ribbon near the top of the card, then glued the bauble on top – holding the ribbon firmly in position, and making the bauble look as if it’s hanging from it.
If you’d like your bauble to actually hang from the card make the bauble from patterned card, punch a hole in the cap then thread it with a piece of yarn, baker’s twine or embroidery thread.

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!

I decorated my final card with a symmetrical design of stripes (like the fancy Christmas tree card earlier) – I just can’t get enough of those lovely washi tapes! I decorated the bauble with a bit of gold washi tape on the cap, and a patterned strip of tape across the middle then glued it to a piece of white card. I then cut the bauble out again, leaving a border of white around the shape, and stuck it in position on the card.
Tip: if you’re doing vertical stripes like this, start in the centre and work outwards. I started at one side and ended up with a slightly lopsided pattern!

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!

Thanks Laura! We are all super inspired to make all of our own cards this year now! Happy crafting guys!

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