How to make a felt rose

This is something I enjoy doing in the house. Felt is a wonderful material and you can make lovely things out of it very easily. Here is one of them…

Hair clips decorated with felt flowers

Hair clips decorated with felt flowers

Draw a circle on a piece of felt using a CD

20140125_181305Draw a spiral inside the circle.

20140125_181808Cut out the circle and then cut along the spiral leaving the end open.

20140125_182121Shape the petals by cutting in a V shape at intervals all along one of the edges.

20140125_182259Start rolling the piece from the tail end

20140125_182607Secure the end at the back of the flower using a glue gun. The finished flower will look like this.

20140125_183714Glue the flower to hair clips or head bands for fabulous homemade accessories!

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Crafts for girls

20131203_170833In my spare time I teach (for free) a group of ladies and young girls how to make handicrafts. This morning I taught a bunch of young girls aged 7 to 15 how to do embroidery.

Now this is not as easy as it seems, firstly because of the big age difference between youngest and oldest and secondly because it was rather a large group of girls. The younger girls did not even know how to thread a needle and so I had to start with the basics with them. The older girls did very well and managed to learn how to do the satin stitch and the stem stitch in half an hour’s time.

So the girls have been instructed to practice these two basic stitches at home and those who perfect them should learn one more stitch by watching tutorials on the internet. This will get them interested in learning more and more (hopefully). After they have learnt the basic embroidery stitches I will give them some projects to do. Dividing them into 3 groups according to age, I will give each group a project appropriate for their level. They will have till the end of the year to complete their projects.

I previously taught this same group how to make roses out of felt and I was amazed at how well they learnt it. They had been told to use the flowers to make different things which would be sold for charity. They came up with wonderful innovative ideas like making pictures, bags and hair accessories. Most of the things they made were sold as well.

When I was their age I learnt how to do embroidery in school. We had a separate subject in which we were taught handicrafts. This of course was in addition to our main subjects of Science, Maths, History and Geography. If nothing else I think learning sewing and other things helped me to be creative for which I am very grateful.

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