Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Feather Tutorial

Today I am up on the Frosted Designs Blog sharing a tutorial I did for a layout I made with the October Kit - Seabreeze.

The first layout I made was a page about a Magpie that comes and visits our garden. I loved the feathers in the Studio Calico ephemera back but they weren't quite big enough to give my layout the impact that I wanted so I decided to use some of the lovely patterned to create my own. 
1. First I cut out feather shapes from the paper. I did these freehand but if you are a bit unsure you can draw the shape you want on the back of the paper you are using.
 2. Next take the feathers stitch up the centre with your sewing machine. I haven't tried it using hand stitching but I don't see why it couldn't be done, infact it would be a great way to add a pop of colour.

 3. Next I took my paper scissors and carefully cut in towards the centre. It is very IMPORTANT that you do not cut all the way to the thread because you may snip the stitching or if you leave the centre bit too thin it could fall apart.
 4. Once I finished cutting both sides I carefully "ruffled" them. You need to do this very carefully as you could tear the centre stip of paper and the whole thing will fall apart. 
5. This is the finished product and below you can see how I used them on a page. 
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I will answer them the best I can. Have a great day!

4 comments:

  1. Super cute! Looks like I'll be making some feathers for my November thankful album!

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  2. Love these fun feathers Manda, and they are the perfect embellishment to go along with your photo!!

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  3. Great idea, thanks for sharing, it looks so nice on your layout !

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  4. Great tutorial! Now your feathers match perfectly!!!

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