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« on: January 07, 2010 09:47:49 PM »

I guess this is the best place to put these! I made them during our heat wave this past summer. I took craft sticks (a little bit longer and more slender than popsicle sticks) and measure up about an inch and a half from the bottom. I pressed a tack through to make a hole. Tried first gently tapping it, but the wood is so soft that it just split. But it wasn't too hard to press the tack through without any additional help. Then I took a head pin for jewelry making and poked it through all five sticks and twisted it back on itself. You could probably find brads made for this purpose, but I was going simple. With the sticks opened, I traced the shape for a template and used that to cut out my fan-making material. The first few I made out of wrapping paper. Just glued it straight to the sticks. Then I got a little more ambitious and decided to make one out of fabric. I used the same template, but added a little around the edges for seam allowance. Then I sewed channels for the ribs of the fan. The fabric isn't actually attached to the ribs in any way, but you would have to work at it to get it to slide off. The one on the left is the fabric one and the one on the right is wrapping paper.

These only took about a half an hour each to make. Super quick for cute results! After I did these ones, I decided to make a larger, nicer fan. I found some silk in the remnant bin at the fabric store and cut twelve inch sticks and... that was as far as I got. Our weather got cold again and I put it all away. lol I guess I'll get it out this summer.
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2010 09:56:01 PM »

oooh these are very pretty,nice job  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2010 07:33:10 PM »

Very pretty! Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2010 09:11:53 PM »

Very pretty, how big are they?

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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2010 11:00:13 AM »

Thanks. Smiley

Wouldn't you know it, I can't find either of them this morning. If I remember right, the sticks are about 8 inches long. So they measure 8 inches when folded up and maybe about ten inches across when opened up? Sorry I don't have better measurements.

« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2010 07:35:56 AM »

cute! great idea! i might have to make one for me and my mom  for the ren faire this year... *runs off to look at fabric*
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2010 12:19:51 PM »

cute! great idea! i might have to make one for me and my mom  for the ren faire this year... *runs off to look at fabric*

Yeah! You could totally pretty it up with some lace edging or tassles hanging from the handle.

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