Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Sewing Tuesday - Pretty Dress Card inspired by Liz Lynch

Happy Tuesday!
Here's how to make a pretty dress card like the one at the Homespun fair. 

You will need:

  • Fabric scraps in colours that match.
  • Needle and thread.
  • Fabric glue.
  • Scissors.
  • A blank card and envelope.

Step 1.

  • Draw a dress top shape on to the back of one of your scraps.
  • Cut this shape out.

  • Cut your other fabric scrap in to a rectangle skirt shape that's slightly bigger at the bottom.
  • Keep any bits you cut off as you'll need them later on.

Step 2.

  • Thread up your needle and go in and out with a running stitch along the top of the skirt shape.
  • Pull the thread so that the skirt gathers up at the top.

  • Check the width of the gather is the same as the bottom edge of your dress top.
  • Tie a knot in your thread, trapping the gather at the length you want it.

  • Squash the skirt flat with your fingers so that you can see pleats in the skirt.

Step 3.
  • Place the skirt where you want it on the card.
  • Put a little glue underneath it and hold it until you're sure it's stuck.

  • Position the top of the dress overlapping the skirt gathers to hide the rough edge.
  • Glue it in to place with some small dots of glue, hold it still until it's stuck.

Step 4.
  • Get the bits of skirt you cut off earlier, fold one of the bits in to three lengthways along the creases shown in the picture below.

  • Dot a little glue along the edge and hold the folded fabric until it's stuck.

  • Fold the two ends in to the middle and sew a few stitches to hold them still. This makes the bow of the dress.

  • Tie another little scrap of fabric around the bow to pinch it in the middle, making it look more bow-like.

  • Stick the bow on to the dress using your glue.

All done! You could try drawing a coat hanger on in pencil or writing 'happy birthday' or any other message on to your card. Maybe write someone's name to make it special for them.
See you soon!

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