Friday, November 20, 2009

TUTORIAL: Fabric Scrap Ornaments

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A super easy project using recycled bits - what could be better?

Here's what you'll need:

Fabric scraps (not too big - I get the perfect size scraps from these garlands , bags, and prayer flags that we make).
Wire (I used 22 gauge)
Needle nose pliers
That's it!
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STEP 1
Squish (yes, that's a technical term) the fabric scraps into a fairly tight ball. Un-spool a good length of wire. Hold the start of the wire down with your thumb and start wrapping the wire around the ball of scraps.
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Keep un-spooling and wrapping as you keep squishing the fabric ball together.
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It doesn't have to be perfectly wrapped around, but you do want to get fairly even wire coverage around the ball just so all the fabric stays inside.
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STEP 2
Cut the end of the wire.
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Then use the pliers and wrap and tuck the wire end around itself so it's not going to scratch anything. Make sure your beginning piece of the wire is also wrapped and tucked.
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STEP 3
You can then squeeze the ball in your hand to squish it into shape a little more if necessary. You can also tuck in any little wayward bits of fabric that are hanging out too much.
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STEP 4
Cut a length of wire to make a hook or loop.
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With the pliers, shape the wire into a loop and then wrap the rest around the base of the loop or make a hook and wrap the rest of the wire around the base.
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Using the pliers again, attach the end of the loop/hook to any wire wrapping the ball. Attach it securely and then wrap and tuck the end in again so as not to scratch anything.
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VOILA! C'est fini!
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You can make several different sizes and string these babies up all over the place!

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ENJOY!!

3 comments:

  1. Fabulous idea ~ one I think I will have to copy LOL

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  2. love it-
    May All Beings Know Peace.

    Would love to see your prayer flags.

    Kathleen

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