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Miniature Origami Books

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Learn how to make your own origami books. Full details and instructions at the following link:

Miniature Books

Miniature books

Origami Toothpick Holders

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Make your own paper toothpick holders with origami. Full details and instructions at the following link:

Origami Toothpick Holders

Origami Toothpick Holders

Spirelli String Art Projects

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More on spirelli string art patterns and craft ideas at this link below:

Spirelli String Art Patterns and Instructions

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Spirelli string art is said to have originated from stitching on cards that was discovered by Mary Everest Boole in the late nineteenth century. It is created by winding a thread or string around a die cut shape.

Spirelli String Art Patterns

 

Spirelli string crafts can be used as embellishments for scrapbooking, cards and craft projects. It is easy to make and only requires a sheet of paper, cardstock or cardboard, a pair of scissors and string, thread or yarn. Those were the only materials and tools I had when I did spirelli string art patterns at school. We didn’t have diecut punches, craft scissors and other fancy tools back then.

 

Preparing the paper shapes

This is how you can make a spirelli string art design on a round card. If you have a die cut paper punch with a flower shape, you can use that to punch out a round diecut shape. Otherwise, you will have to do it the traditional way like what I did many years ago! Draw a circle on the card/paper you want to cut out.

Spirelli String Art Craft Scissors

 

Use a pair of craft scissors with decorative edges to cut the paper.

Spirelli String Art

 

Again, if you do not have a pair of decorative craft scissors, you can still do this art project with a normal pair of scissors to cut petal shapes or zig-zags around the circle.

Spirelli String Art Spirelli String Art

 

How to create the spirelli patterns

With a piece of paper shape, take one end of the thread and tape it to the paper. This side will be the back of the spirelli pattern.

Spirelli String Art

 

Bring the thread to the front of the paper so that it goes in between two petals near the top of the paper. Bring the thread in between another two petals near the bottom and to the back of the paper.

Spirelli String Art

 

Do the same with the next two petals at the top and bottom so that the thread continues to wind around the paper.

Spirelli String Art

 

Keep going until the thread comes back to the first two petals where you started. Cut the thread and tape it to the back of the paper to secure the thread.

Spirelli String Art

 

Turn the pattern over. The front of the spirelli art project should look something like this.

Spirelli String Art

 

You can use different shapes and colours of paper and thread for your craft designs.

Spirelli String Art Photo Frame Spirelli String Art Card

Check out these cool craft supplies for Spirelli String Art Projects.

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Tetrahedron Zipper Coin Pouch

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Zipper Coin Pouch

It’s time to do some sewing with this next craft project. This cute tetrahedron zipper coin pouch makes a nice little giveaway gift for Christmas. The project does not require a sewing machine. The stitches are easier being hand sewn than with a sewing machine.

The materials required for this project are:

1 zip (50cm long)

a needle

a spool of thread

colourful ribbons

a pair of scissors

sewing pins

 

Instructions:

Lay the zip on a flat surface. Make a mark at the bottom stop of zip and another mark 5cm from it as shown.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Unzip the zip. Take the right side of the zip and bend it around the 2nd marker so that the side overlaps itself. Sew with a matching colour thread to hold the shape. It doesn’t matter what stitch you use as long as it can be easily removed if you need to make some adjustments. The stitches do not have to look perfect because they will be covered by the ribbon later.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Tuck the bottom tape extension of the zip under and then fold the right side of the zip around so that it overlaps with the left side of the zip.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Continue stitching to hold the two overlapping sides together.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Test the zip as you sew. The shape of the pouch should start to look something like.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Continue to zip the pouch until you reach the top stop of the zipper.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Press the sides of the pouch together with your fingers. If everything goes well, you should get a tetrahedron shape pouch with four triangular sides. Tuck the top end of the zip inside. Use a pin to hold the zip in place so that you can stitch easily.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

If the pouch does not form this tetrahedron shape, you have to undo the stitches to make some adjustments. You can also use pins to hold the zip together while you try to get the shape you want for the pouch. It can be a little tricky with the pins unless you are extra careful with handling the pouch without getting pricked by the pins!

When you are satisfied with the shape of your zipper coin pouch, use strips of ribbon to decorate the inside and outside of the pouch. I have chosen Christmas ribbons for the outside of the coin pouch.

Ribbons

 

Start from the bottom of the zip again and cover the zip fabric with ribbon. Make sure the ribbon is in between the zipper so that the it does not get stuck when you zip or unzip the pouch. Attach the ribbon to the pouch and sew.

Loop a short strip of ribbon and insert the ends of the ribbons in between the overlapping parts at the top of the pouch. Sew to secure the ribbon.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Similarly, use another ribbon to line the inside of the pouch to cover the stitches.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

And, this project is completed!

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

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