Friday, June 10, 2011

Fabric Spools Tutorial...

Do you remember that I showed you these fabric covered spools...
That my daughter Kassidy made?
She has been having alot of fun making projects and playing with my
Sew Cherry fabric...and she thought it was a good idea to cover spools with my fabric like she was actually sewing Sew Cherry:)
And she also wanted to make something for me to display in the booth at market.
When Kassidy made them...she intended for me to use them strung on red ric-rac as a garlend...but I really didn't have a place to hang a garland in the booth so I put them in a jar for display instead.
I've had alot of comments and questions about them so I thought you might like to know how to make some for your very own.
Of course it all begins with a large wood spool....I've told you before that I use wooden spools for alot of things!
 You can buy them at any craft store...these came from Hobby Lobby...they are the largest size that they sell and come 4 in a package. 
They are the perfect size for a 1 1/2 inch wide strip of fabric to be wrapped around the middle.
Precut 5 inch fabric squares are perfect for a project like this...you will have a piece of every fabric in the Sew Cherry line for a nice variety of colors and prints.
For each spool you will need to cut a
1 1/2" wide strip of fabric that measures
5" long.
Plug in your glue gun and apply glue onto the spool like this.
Glue the raw edge of the fabric strip
across the spool.
Finger press the other end of the strip under about 1/4 of an inch... and wrap it firmly around the spool until it overlaps the
raw edge.
Glue down one half.....
...and then finish the other and smooth down.
Wasn't that easy?...Fabric spools are a fun way to display a fabric collection.
Try placing them in a vintage bowl for a nice centerpiece or use Kassidy's idea and string them on some ric-rac for a cute garland!



I tied a pink tule bow around my jar...

...and added a pink crochet lace bow... 
So there you have it!
Cute little fabric covered spools:)
I hope you make some of your own...but let me warn you that they are just a little bit addicting to make...
 so you better get plenty of spools:)
Until next time...
xx
Lori

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16 comments:

Michelle said...

Those are adorable -- now I've got to remember where I put all of those wooden spools I found at a yard sale last summer!

Sue said...

Such a spiffy idea! I love this and I just love your new fabric line!! So perfect for sew many things!!

Sara said...

Always wondered what to do with old spools and there ya go--thank you!!

Lorilee said...

Cute idea. What a great way to decorate a sewing studio.
Blessings,
Lorilee

Needled Mom said...

Those are adorable! It makes such a cute statement.

Pat said...

Can't wait to get to Michaels for some spools. I love the way they turned out and will make a bowl of them for my sewing room.

Brenda said...

I will be picking up spools soon! I will be wanting a bowl for more than one room I think.

Sandy said...

Lori,
I am not a quilter, wish I was but way too nervous to sit long enough and too hard on myself about perfection, but I have lots of these charm packs that I can't seem to walk by in the store! LOL I am going to do this with some of mine for sure! And that quilt that was hanging in your booth with the apron????? Big sigh.....absolutely wonderful....all of it is, but that one made my heart flutter! Thanks for this ideas and tutorial!

Kathie said...

this is such a cute idea, I am going to have to make these too!
what a great way to add color to a space, oh I can imagine making these for the holidays too...
endless possibilities
Kathie

Bethany said...

How sweet! You must be so proud of how creative she is! I love that she enjoys working side-by-side with her mommy.

♥ Bethany

www.happyhomemaker.me

Pam said...

I have that exact same jar that is full of chocolate that we really do not need as we are trying to follow a weight loss plan. They are just too tempting. I am going to make some of these. Although your fabric is so scrumptious that it will compel me to bake pies and goodies for my family. Pies to give away to family members and friends are better for me than eating chocolate like a glutton any day. Thanks for sharing a great project. You have a prodigy. Tell her for me that she has great talent and to "Go girl!" :-)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Sew very cute. What a great idea. I finished appliqueing cherries and my embroidery over the weekend. Next I need to get the cherries in the center of my dresdens. Then to tackle the daisies!

Teresa said...

So cute! What a clever idea!

sewtakeahike said...

sew adorable, Lori!! And I have to say, your Sew Cherry fabric grabbed me by the throat several weeks ago at fabric.com and I had to buy some and I've decided I need more! I especially love the dots with the roses interspersed. They're absolutely fantastic!

MAK TEH said...

so cute

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Hi, Lori! I'm Holly! I've had so much fun looking at your blog today! Your fabrics and quilts are delightful and these spools are just 2 cute! ♥

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