Apr 8, 2013

Spring with Critters: Explorer Ally

Hey there, I'm Ally and I blog over at Now That's Pretty. For this DIY I wanted to create something extra springy that I could wear to welcome in the bright flowers and warmer days. I don't think there's much more springy than baby animals and so I rustled up these cute badges! I've used embroidery thread to decorate mine but you can use pretty much anything; they'd look really cute with small flowers or sequins- oh the possibilities!

You will need:
Printable Iron on transfer paper
White felt
Embroidery Thread
A wide eyed needle
Nail varnish
A badge fitting
Some cute baby animal pictures (that's right I just gave you permission to browse the internet for some fluffy cuteness for a while. You're welcome.)

1) Firstly print your pictures on your transfer paper. Remember to flip them on the computer as the ironing will reverse them. 
2) Now cut out your pictures cutting as close to the images as you dare. It's much easier to trim your pictures at this stage than when they're on felt. 
3) Now cut out a piece of felt for your transfer. It should be a little larger to allow for embellishing. 
4) Lay your transfer image down on your felt and iron.

5) Allow your paper to cool a little before lifting up. 
6) Ta-da! You've made cat fabric, life is complete. 
7) Now for the embellishing. I've chosen to embroider my designs (don't worry it's super easy!) but you can use sequins or glitter or whatever floats your boat. Take a pen and mark out your design. 
8) Thread your embroidery thread. For me this is the trickiest part of the whole thing. Sigh. 

9) When embroidering just work to build up colour using short straight lines. 
10) To make the bow tie design all you need to do is a block on one side...
11) ...A block on the other...
12) And then a central piece which runs in the opposite direction. (So I had don't side parts of the bow tie from side to side whereas the middle I stitched up and down)

13) Tie a not in the back of your design to stop it unravelling. 
14) If you want to add more detail then simply go over the top with another colour. 
15) Now to seal your image apply nail varnish over the top avoiding the embroidery thread and wait to dry before cutting out. 
16) Lastly apply a badge or brooch fitting to the back and you are done!

Thanks so much for sharing this awesome DIY in the first Explorer Series! I am seriously in love with the kitty! You should sell these, Ally! Stop over at Now That's Pretty and say hi to Ally!

Xo Chloe.

10 colorful thought(s):

AhoyNative said...

These are adorable!!

Abigail ♥ said...

These are so quirky and kitsch! ♥


The Braided Bandit said...

This is absolutely adorable! I would love to hang some kitty ones on my wall, thanks for the cute project!
Have a great day!
xo Hannah


Dinah Gacon said...

Omg so cute!!! What a fabulous idea!!!

xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

Fiona said...

These are darling!!

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

This is so cute and fun! I love how easy it is too

Sharon Clause said...

What a fun DIY! Always looking for new ideas :]

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xo sharon

Katie Frank said...

oh my <3 you are so talented ! i'm in love with this diy, unfortunatelly i'm not able to do such things :(

Hailey Devine said...

So happy to have stumbled across your blog! You are SO talented. Newest follower right here :)

Hailey Devine

Nerd Burger said...

Ok!!!! This is a fantastic idea. I am going to make some of my cats and give them little top hats.

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