DIY Woven Heart Shape Pin: Create Couture Challenge

DIY Woven Heart Pin by Chic Steals

So this is the last of my submissions for Style Sample Magazine and New York Design Shop’s Create Couture Challenge back in early August!  Whew!  Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to post them all…I wanted to make a final DIY piece from the box of materials I received and my eye lit upon the beautiful “NEW YORK DESIGN SHOP” printed ribbon.  I love white, pink, and black together!  So I crafted up this sweet, modernist design pin – that could easily be used as a hair accessory, bag charm, ring, you name it – just by varying the size, shape, and finishing.  (The weaving of the ribbon does take awhile, but the results are fantastic!

You Need:

*NYDS Branded Ribbon (or any 1/4″ wide satin ribbon) – the NYDS-branded ribbon comes wrapped around the box when you place an order with New York Design Shop!

Additional Tools/Materials:


*fabric glue
*stiff felt
*pin back
*iron (optional)
*piece of paper (optional)

[prep: iron ribbon if kinked or curled; draw a shape as a template on a piece of paper]

How to:

1. Cut ribbon into eighths to start out.

2. Seal ends of two of the ribbons with an open flame.

3. Glue two ends of ribbons together, overlapping them at a right angle.

4. Seal the ends of more of the ribbons, and glue them parallel to the first ribbon, alternating the underlap and overlap of their edges.

5. When you have enough ribbons to work with, start weaving in ribbons in the opposite direction, heat-sealing and gluing down the ends as you add them in.

6. When you’ve run out of ribbons, start trimming the ones you’ve already woven, in order to create the desired shape.

7. Continue with trimming, heat-sealing, gluing, and weaving until your shape is what you like.  Make sure all edges are glued together.

8. Cut piece of felt slightly smaller than your woven shape, and glue together with fabric glue.

9. Hot-glue pin back to wrong side.

DIY Woven Heart Pin on NYDS tote bag

Now anyone can wear their heart on their sleeve…or on their NYDS-branded tote!!



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DIY Fabric Flower Patterns and a DIY Carnation Corsage Made From Shirt Fabric

DIY Fabric Flower PatternsWith Spring officially here and Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve had flowers on the mind.  But not just the ones growing in my garden – handmade ones, using scraps of fabric from a number of past projects.  I’ve posted before about one of my favorite flower-making books, Ima Sugu Tsukuritai Co-saju[“Corsages I Want to Make Right Now” Bunka Publishing, 2006].

I shared the camellia flower pattern before, so I’ve reposted it below for you guys:

My English translation is above. The book page is 8 1/8″ wide by 7 7/8″ high if you want to print it out, in order to make sure the petal pattern is sized correctly. The pattern requires the use of a round-headed stylus (also called a “cup”) in order to create the rounded, 3D-effect to the petals. Not completely necessary, but it helps create a finished, professional look to your corsage.

From last year’s Men’s Shirt to Cute Summer Shirt Dress tutorial that I wrote, I used some extra leftover fabric to make a carnation corsage.

Here is the how-to and pattern below:

Here are a couple more projects in the book…a dahlia:

And a lush camellia:

Okay…I’m all translated-out!

If you would like to check out more reference books in English for making fabric flowers, two of my favorites are Heirloom Ribbonwork, which constructs flowers out of ribbons, and Handmade Flowers from Paper and Fabric, which has more paper flower projects than fabric, but the projects can easily be adapted.

Both are incredibly inspiring and have you making different types of fabric flowers than just roses (which have how-to tutes all over the internet already)…but ribbon daffodils? velvet bouvardia?  If you were patient and had a lot of time – they would make a beautiful bouquet for Mother’s Day, that lasts forever.  Lovely blooms will break up any DIY monotony.

Have a flower-filled day!

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