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« on: October 05, 2018 06:08:18 PM »

I made this little fellow for ilovesnails in the most recent Secret Santa in July swap and thought I'd share the how-to for those of you that expressed interest Smiley.


Start with an 8-10" length of cord, it can be anything. I used a scrap of 3/8" paracord for the rainbow snail and a bit of thicker cotton cording (the sort you make piping with) for the tutorial. Alternately you could twist up some strips of fabric or strands of yarn to make a base, whatever you have on hand will do.


Take your strip of fabric and fold it round the tip of the cord like so.


Now twist a bit of wire, pipe cleaner, what-have-you around the head for the antenna, this will hold the fabric strip in place so you can begin wrapping it round the cord.


 I did a small criss-cross over the pipe cleaner twist to conceal and secure it.


I used 1-1.5" strips of scrap fabric for this, about 3 times the length of the cord but you may use a different amount depending on how tight or loose you wrap. If you find you don't have enough length and you don't want to unwrap your work and start again, you can easily add more by putting the tail of a new piece under the last few wraps of the first piece, making sure to overlap well.

At the end use a clip or clothes pin to hold the fabric in place, or you can tie a knot or stick it with hot glue or add a little stitch of thread.


Take some embroidery thread (or yarn or whatever, this is your project, use what you've got!) again about 3 times the length of the cord. Starting at the head, criss-cross the centre of the strand around the antenna and tie a tight knot under the head.


Now wrap both ends of the strand tightly down the length of the cord in opposite directions so they cross each other. At the end tie a tight knot and clip the ends.


Here is the fun part. Starting at the tail, roll up the cord and either hot glue in place or stitch, like I did, through the cord to secure the roll. Stop when you like the look of your snail and tie a knot, hide the knot as best you can in the coil of the body.


Bend your wire antenna, you may add beads to the ends.


Glue your snail to a base to help it stand up or stick a magnet on one side to put it on the fridge. Either way, CUTE!


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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2018 06:37:11 PM »

What a cutie! Thanks for the tutie!
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Clever!  Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2018 08:28:07 AM »

This is absolutely adorable.
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2018 01:46:04 PM »

Thank you Smiley. My sister is going to teach her son's class how to make these. I mentioned posting a tutorial and she reminded me yesterday so here it is. I hope she'll send me photos of their creations, I'll share them here if she does.
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2018 12:21:07 PM »

How cute! Now I want to make a whole collection of them using my fabric scraps. Thanks for sharing how you made them !
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2018 05:25:01 PM »

So sweet!
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