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1  TUTORIAL: Hoot! Owl Snap-on Scarflette in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by FrankandGertrude on: December 12, 2008 01:58:14 PM
Hiya!
As promised, I'm finally writing a tutorial for the kids Owl Snap-on Scarflette that I entered into challenge #33. After struggling with Illustrator for the past two hours, I think it will be pretty clear and easy to read (though I realize it would've been much faster if I had just scanned in the original drawings). Anyways, here goes!

   

Materials used:
* less than 1/4 yard boiled wool (with some stretch)
* small scraps of wool felt- 3 different colors
* matching thread for all 4 colors, plus black for eyes
* sew-on snap (2cm diameter is best)

Vegan alternative:
* less than 1/4 yard polyester fleece (with some stretch- not too much!)
* small scraps of poly felt- 3 different colors
* matching thread for all 4 colors, plus black for eyes
* sew-on snap (2cm diameter is best)

If you get nice boiled wool it shouldn't be too itchy, but for sensitive necks, fleece is a nice alternative.
Alright! Here are the steps:

1. Cut out the base for the scarflette. Mine was made for kids ages 6-10, so I made it 48 cm by 10 cm, but for smaller/larger kiddos, just measure his/her neck circumference and add 10 cm for the overlap. To get a nice curve you can trace the bottom of a big mug, or just wing it like me (and re-cut it a few times till it looks right Wink )

   

* The length/width ratios are to scale in all of the images, but they're not actual size. You can enlarge them to the exact measurements, but I'm not sure what percentage you'd have to enlarge them to.

2. Cut out the owl, his tender heart belly, and triangle nose.

   

3. Pin the heart and the nose where you want them, then hand-sew them on with matching (or not) thread. Use black or another dark color to make the eyes. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to make a dotted line in Illustrator, so the green is where the stitches would be... except for the eyes; they looked a little creepy in green.

   

4. Overlap the ends of the scarflette to where you just can't see the bottom curve begin, then position the snap in between and sew it on in! Make sure the snap far enough from the edge that you can fit the owl over it later. Again, I couldn't make a dotted line (if any of you know a simple way, please clue me in), so the purple lines are the parts that aren't visible. Fig. 1 shows the positioning head on, and fig. 2 is the side view (or "snap sandwich").

   

5. For the final step, sew the owl onto the front right over the snap, and voila! You're done Smiley Now just go snap it on a kid (who will then love you forever).

   
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2  HOOT! Owl Love snap-on Scarflette in CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES by FrankandGertrude on: December 01, 2008 04:11:30 PM
 Hiya!
I made this lovey owl "scarflette" for a friend's daughter (but I had another friend's daughter model it so she doesn't know what her Christmas present is). She's always getting tangled up in her scarf, so I thought it might be a handier way to keep her neck warm. Even though she's more of a pink and purple girl, I'm hoping she'll like it because of the heart...

         

The scarflette is 100% wool felt and has an easy snap closure. I didn't take any "in the making" photos, but I'll definitely be making more of these, and I'd be happy to do a tutorial if anyone's interested.
Well, I hope you like it! Vote for me if you so please Smiley

         

xx Megan
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3  Show us your fun bags! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by FrankandGertrude on: September 26, 2008 08:36:21 AM
Yay! I (finally) finished editing these pics (taken by the magnificent Roland Kok). I inadvertently started Ruth laughing when I told her to show me her fun bags! I wasn't being fresh, I swear...







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4  Forest Creature wristlet/clutches in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by FrankandGertrude on: September 16, 2008 05:34:22 AM
Hiya!
A while back I made a bunch of coasters, thinking they might sell like hotcakes, but, alas, no such luck. After collecting dust in my studio for a while, I decided to give them a new life as flaps on these new wristlets I made. Let me know what you think!




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5  Old curtian = new skirt(in) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by FrankandGertrude on: August 03, 2008 07:04:47 AM
Hiya! My name's Megan and this is my first post here on lovely Craftster. After almost a year of craft voyeurism (a.k.a. reading posts and trying out lots of tutorials), I've decided to post something of my own!

I've been sewing for quite some time and have had my own little accessories company for about 6 months, but just yesterday I decided to make myself a skirt from an old curtain that I found. It's not exactly a perfect fit, but I'm pretty proud of my first attempt at clothing. (The nice thing about sewing bags and wallets is they don't really have to fit!). The photo came out pretty cool with the flash, too! (my face, however, did not- yay for cropping!)
Anyway, if anyone reads this, I hope you like it!

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