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« on: October 28, 2008 08:04:47 AM »

OK. Making advent calendars and making stars for the ornaments. Right now, I'm just trying out different techniques and this is my first time ever working with beads or sequins, so bear with me...
My first star, will def NOT be using this many beads or sequins again

Second one. i like this one a lot better. But the star points are difficult. Monkeythumb already suggested tring rounded corner stars....that's the next one. But I do like this one!

This is one I did last night and it took very little time. I used a sizzix paddle punch to make the tree. One bead and one sequin for the star and this one is tiny!! (the other two are about two inches. This one is the size of a quarter. I can't find it right now, the boy probably took it and put it wher it "belongs" heck if I know where that is though Huh



This christmas is all about using stuff I already have for gifts, so this is just the beginning:)

Let me know if you have any other pointers on the stars or mass producing...I can use all the help i can get:)
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2008 09:44:38 AM »

Those are cute! I can't wait to see your calendars!
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2008 10:10:20 AM »

Why/how are the points difficult? Stitching them?
If the problem is stitching them and you have a tendency to pull the thread too tight type of situation... Try taking a little backstitch. I was hand stitching something recently and realized if I took a little backstitch every once in a while it was less likely to pull out of what I wanted.
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2008 10:18:50 AM »

Why/how are the points difficult? Stitching them?
If the problem is stitching them and you have a tendency to pull the thread too tight type of situation... Try taking a little backstitch. I was hand stitching something recently and realized if I took a little backstitch every once in a while it was less likely to pull out of what I wanted.
Actually, the act of doing them isn't so difficult, it's that they look fuzzy, sorry, I should have been more clear....Thanks for the help!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2008 10:26:56 AM »

Would it help to give them a bit of a hair cut after sewing?
The sequins and beads can be tedious but if you just used them to do an outline it might look better.
How about cutting a circle and stitching a contrasting color star on it?
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2008 01:48:14 PM »

Since you're mass producing, it might be quicker to take a star rubber stamp and stamp the felt then cut it out.  You could stamp a ton of them, then do all your cutting very quickly.  I did this once when making felt bean bags and I really think it was quicker than having to cut around a pattern or trace each one.
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2008 05:16:16 AM »

I like the idea of the circle with the star in it. I was just exited about lots of stars.....
And the rubber stamp idea is great. I was thinking of doing a chalk outline. Cause the pin pattern then cut thing....SLOW!!!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2008 08:48:11 AM »


One I made last night. I like the way the beads ended up on this one, but it took awhile, so I think each individual calendar will only get one of these:)
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2008 10:20:44 AM »

man, that's a lot of work right there. you are one dedicated advent calendar maker girl!

i used a pattern i cut out of cereal box cardboard to make some gingerbread men out of felt. i put the pattern on the felt and went around it with chalk, that was much easier than tracing or pinning.
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2008 11:37:36 AM »

Thanks for the chalk idea, I think that's what I was thinking of before and I had just lost it:P
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