Thursday, December 12, 2013

Felt & Sequin Snowflake Tutorial



I put this tutorial together last year for Gathered by Mollie Makes. It was actually my first foray into the world of sequins, and it was a lot of fun to play around with something sparkly. Sequins are perfect for catching and playing around with light. As a result, they work well with Christmas lights! You're guaranteed a white Christmas with a couple of these shimmery felt snowflakes floating around on your tree. (Please forgive the dark photos.)

YOU WILL NEED:

-1 sheet, or 4x6 inches, of white felt
-5mm clear AB sequins
-775 DMC embroidery floss
-8 inches of jute twine (or thin ribbon)
-embroidery needle
-scissors
-snowflake template (below)



Step 1:

Cut out two snowflakes from the felt using the template; one for the top and one for the backing.


Step 2:

Attach a sequin to the center of the top snowflake piece using one strand of embroidery floss. (Fold snowflake in half to help locate the exact center- see inset.) Work out from the center to make an “x” shape, alternating sequins with a small straight stitch. 


Step 3:

Fill in the rest of the snowflake. Start from the center sequin and work outward, alternating stitches and sequins in a pleasing pattern.


Step 4:
Layer the snowflake pieces (sequins facing up) and stitch them together using two strands of embroidery floss. Be sure to securely attach the jute twine loop at the top of the snowflake (see inset).

Merry Christmas and happy crafting!  

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