I mentioned the Envelope of Doom in a previous post, the part I’m not sure I mentioned was the second portion of the challenge. The goal was to create projects you could gift to someone in your life…preferably not yourself. So, with those rules in mind this is first of the 3 (or more) projects I created using several components from the “envelope of doom“. Don’t have an envelope full of supplies…don’t worry. You could create this project using items from your local dollar store as well!
This gift is for a friend with a cute new puppy. A puppy who needs a little something frilly to let folks around the dog park know she’s a little girl. 🙂
(shhhh…don’t tell her it started as a kitty collar. Just remove the bell and she’ll never know)
- Felt Scraps
- Plastic Scraps
- Embroidery Thread
- Silk Flowers
ones with many small blooms work best to make a fuller flower
I used hot glue, but even double-sided tape would work to hold the plastic to the felt while you cut and sew.
- Hole Punch (optional)
Step by Step Instructions:
- Start off by taking your flowers completely apart. Some crafty person could be able to use the stem pieces later, but I just tossed them in the recycle bin for plastics. For this project I used 3 sets of the pink hydrangea “blooms”.
- Because this will end up on a collar for a fun, bouncy doggy it needs some stability so bring on those holographic Valentines (if you don’t have Valentines on hand you could use any sturdy bound for the trash plastic product). Using a large spool of thread as a guide outline a circle and cut out with a pair of scissors.
- Using a rectangular hole punch make two punches to the center of the piece of plastic. You will use these later to attach the flower to the collar so place them at least 1/2 inch apart.
- Attach your disk to a scrap of felt with a small amount of glue, and then trim around the edges. Be careful to leave a 1/4 inch overhang to use for attaching it to the flower later. Then use this piece as a template and cut a second felt circle.
- Take the non-plastic felt circle of felt, take a needled threaded with matching embroidery thread knotted on the end and bring through the center of the felt circle. Take 1 flower petal and sew it to the center of the circle with one stitch that goes on either side of the center hole.
- Fold one half of the first petal over hot dog style so that half of the felt circle is exposed. Stitch down an additional petal to the side of the existing petal.
- Repeat Step 6 until surface of felt circle is covered (leaving space around the outer edges to attach to the bottom). The more petals you use the fuller your flower will be.
- Thread your need with matching embroidery thread and bring both lose ends of thread together so it’s doubled. Run needle through the finished side of the felt covered plastic disk and through the second hole back to the finished side. (see photo above)
- Place the plastic disk side of the bottom piece on top of the bottom of the flower.
- Using embroidery thread & needles, use a blanket stitch to sew the two pieces together. When finished the plastic disk should be completely hidden inside the felt/flower sandwich.
- Using thread ends left from Step 2 re-thread your needle and attach the flower to the collar. You could either stitch it directly to the fabric of the collar…or I ran the needle around the plastic collar stay piece and tied it off after several wraps. This holds it in place, but also allows the collar to “grow” with little Miss Lucy.
- OR…don’t have a puppy you need a collar decoration for? That’s OK, you could use this same method and just attach a pin back and use it for a brooch, hat or bag embellishment.
Total Cost: $1.00 and up
CDog wasn’t home when I took these photos, and I haven’t received any of Lucy sporting it yet…so a large stuffed animal came out to model it for you 😉
So, there you have it….Project #1 completed. So now let’s chat…do you craft things for your pets?