I'll start right in with my very first tutorial.
I recently made these super-easy and very inexpensive fabric wall dots. I feel a little silly posting directions as they really are EASY, but I know someone out there will enjoy them.
First your supplies:
- any fabrics that your heart desires (fat quarters were a good size for my 10" and 12" dots)
- cake circles of your size choice(these are merely cardboard circles, which you could obviously cut yourself, but how simple to have them perfectly done for you - you can find them at Michaels or anywhere that sells cake supplies)
- needle + thread
- fabric marker ( or other marker)
- removable foam mounting squares
Now to get started...
1. Trace your circle on the wrong side of your desired fabric. If you want you can take the time to place the circle exactly where you want it on the fabric...make sure to leave a few inches on each side.
2. Cut around 2-3 inches outside your line.
3. Hand stitch large stitches all around the margin using doubled up thread (or for more strength, floss).
4. Pull both ends of the thread to gather the circle slightly. Insert the cardboard circle. Pull more to tighten the fabric around the circle and tie it off.
5. Press the gathers so it lays flat against the cardboard.
6. Attach the foams squares (2 or 3 per circle) and stick on the wall wherever you want.
I love this as a fun way to showcase some of my fabrics. One of the best part is it's totally removable when you change your mind and you can even reuse the fabric after you're done with them. Certainly a similar effect could be created by using embroidery hoops, but I didn't want to have to use nails and I liked the low profile.
Now that I figured out how easy this is, I see myself putting them up all over the place. The ones I did are above a big bay window in my studio. But I think next I'd like to try an arrangement like this:
Have fun...and if you put some up, please send me a picture!