Felt Dahlia Curtain Tie Backs

Sorry for the disappearance. Long story short the month of April was crazy!! My parents have been visiting, my phone was broken for 7 days or more, and now I have it back!! I was also on a crafting hiatus in order to spend time with my family. We had a collective garage sale mid-May that I would say had a good turnout. Other than that, babies are doing well and I am back onto blogging.

My current project is inspired by these curtain tie backs found on the etsy shop BedBuggs. It began with getting help from my step dad to hang curtain rods in my bedroom to separate the master bedroom from the extra room space. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and I’m elated that we got to hang it. My curtains were purchased through one of my Facebook community swap meets for an amazing $10 for four panels of sheer lavender (still pretty opaque though). Amazing! Then once those were hung up, I bought the felt and started playing with the concept. Here is my tutorial on making the Dahlia Curtain Tie backs…

Supplies:
– Felt (color of your choice) 10 sheets of 8×11 to make one full flower
– Scissors, Hot glue gun

1. Start with the size of the circle base. I used a 6 inch circle cut from some scrap felt. It was a rough cut, but you could also use a plate to help draw the circle better.

6 Inch Circle Base

6 Inch Circle Base

2. Then start cutting the 8×11 sheets of felt into 4 pieces. Cut in half one way and then cut the two pieces in half again. So you should get 4 rectangles from the one piece. About 40 pieces total. I then folded the little rectangle in half the long way. Cut the shape of a leaf so that it is pointy at one end and rounded at the other.

Cut into 4 rectangles

Cut into 4 rectangles

Fold long way in half

Fold long way in half

Point on one end, round on the other to make leaf shape

Point on one end, round on the other to make leaf shape

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Leaf shape

Leaf shape

3. After cutting out all your leaf shapes, heat up your glue gun and play with the leaf shape. Pinch two hills to make it scrunched up and hot glue both sides. I made 4-5 leaves and then started to hot glue them to the circle base. Once I got the first layer, I made another set of 4-5 pieces and then glued those on as well. On my first attempt, the second layer had the leave facing up (imagine cupping your hand so you could see the inside of your hand). This turned out great, but I wanted to try it both ways. I honestly like them both facing up and facing down, so I will make one of each!

Pinch into this shape, hot glue in between each hill

Pinch into this shape, hot glue in between each hill

This is what it looks like flipped

This is what it looks like flipped

Start layering. First layer overlapping a little. Second layer goes over first

Start layering. First layer overlapping a little. Second layer goes over first

4. The third layer needs to be glued in a standing up position. See from picture that it should create a moon shape. Do the same for the inside bud (fourth layer) and I would even cut the leaf shape smaller to fit snug inside.

 

Notice the inner buds are standing taller

Notice the inner buds are standing taller

My version of Dahlia Curtain Tie Backs

My version of Dahlia Curtain Tie Backs

5. Thats it! I let the flower dry 24 hours, then cut another 6 inch circle out of thin cardboard (reuse cereal boxes) and sandwiched a length of tulle between the felt and cardboard. This is dry also for at least a half day and then tied onto curtains. These have been tied onto my curtains for three days and so far so good!

 

Good luck with your Dahlia! I’m starting to love this flower ­čÖé

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Teddy (Bear) Claiming Prime Spots

What does it say about an adult who has a hard time letting go of your child’s precious stuffed toys? I don’t remember having to do that growing up because I didn’t really have any attachments to my animals. I had favorites yes, but then my mom would grab the toys we never played with anymore and send them to the Philippines where our cousins were more in need of them. Of course, how could I be selfish? It would be cruel of me not to share. Yet, with my toddlers, I feel more of a sentimental attachment because it’s the Pooh Bear I never got as a kid, or my husbands hulk hands that were given to him as a joke, but I love them. The start of a collection of dolls that I can totally see getting out of hand.

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So where do I go from here with this collection? My hope is that I will slowly get rid of things that either get dirty, ┬ámy child loses interest, or I have multiples of the same type. For example, in the bin of stuffies you can see that I have multiple turtles. This is my personal collection that I started with my then boyfriend (now husband). I just love turtles! I want to swim beside them and visit them in their element. I don’t want to have a pet turtle, mind you. I don’t like pets because I personally didn’t grow up with pets and I have no need for them. But turtles I will visit and it would be great. In the mean time, I have my collection… but I could probably get rid of them. I don’t need ALL of them.

This organization post is starting to look like it needs an intervention, lol. Hello, my name is Sherie and I love turtles! I have a problem. :/ ANYWAY, the simple thing to do is to group like items. All dogs, bears, dolls, turtles, and other categories and only choose one of each group. The hard part is that you usually play with more than one doll as a child… So set a limit like 4 dolls = a tea party. Two dogs = guard dogs during fight play, and so on…

Good luck with your own personal stuffed animal collection and purge. Mine will probably not happen for a while.

 

All my best,

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