Guess what?! You can make elegant things!! Yes. you. can. What? The thought intimidates you? I totally get that. Let’s start with something small; just a teeny tiny pillow tie. That’s a simple enough craft to make, right?
Peacock feathers are all the rage lately and my parents were gracious enough to give me the feathers from their peacocks. (I didn’t even know they have peacocks; It’s time to go home!)
To make this pillow tie you will need the following materials:
1. 1- 3″ Pouting Princess Fabric Flower
2. 4- Jessica Fabric Flowers
made to 2″ (approximately)
3. 3 Peacock Feathers (you might want to have a few extras just in case they break while you are learning to curl them) Peacock feathers can be purchased by doing a search on line. I know Etsy
has some listings.
4. Bling (the bling in this tutorial measures 1.5″ but smaller works just fine)
5. 2 yards of coordinating or matching ribbon (you will likely only need 1.5 yards but it is better to be safe than sorry, right?)
6. a piece of coordinating or matching felt or fleece to cover the back. Mine measured 4″ by 7″.
Supplies you will need are:
1. All purpose hot glue
2. Glue gun
3. Sharp scissors
4. Butter knife
5. Matches, lighter or wood burning tool
Begin by prepping your peacock feathers. Treat the long/ stray feathers that are around the eye like curling ribbon. Working in small sections, use your butter knife and pull outward. (Note: this part might take a little practice. Do not pull very hard as the stray feathers will break off.)
Continue all the way around your feather:
(Beautiful, right?) Repeat with the other 2 feathers.
Mark your ribbon in the center. (You can mark it with a pen or simply fold it in half and crease it a few times with your finger and thumb nail.)
Arrange your pieces on top of your felt/ fleece. Start by laying your ribbon down and then working from the center marking on your ribbon. Begin first with your feathers:
Then add your other elements:
Make certain that you like your results and then glue your pieces down. (Note: Make sure to not glue your ribbon to the felt/ fleece where there are no flowers.)
Place your hand under the Pouting Princess flower
and note the space between this flower and your Jessica flowers
. Glue near the base of the Jessica flowers
to secure them to the Pouting Princess Flower
When the glue is cool, turn your piece over and carefully cut away the felt/ fleece:
Heat seal your ribbon ends by running the raw edge near a match or lighter or directly touching the raw edge with a wood burning tool.
Tie your pillow tie to your pillow:
(I know it! That stray feather is bothering me too!!)
Inform your children that this particular pillow is not to be sat on, used for pillow fights, taken to their bedrooms or used to make life comfy while outside. Maybe add a threat about making them eat brussel sprouts and okra with every meal for 2 weeks. Just saying!
I hope your pillow turns out gorgeous! Here's mine:
Stay tuned and/ or check out my store
for more crafts to make!