Thursday, July 14, 2011

Doily Lace Flower Accessory

Even though I am not what I consider a "girly girl", if you have followed my blog for a little while you will notice a slight girly obsession with making flowers. I have no idea where this obsession came from but I constantly look at items and ask myself...can I make a flower out of that?

So it should be no surprise that I have yet another flower accessory tutorial. This flower is very easy to make and you only need basic hand sewing skills.

4 foot length of Doily Lace
Small piece of felt
Needle and thread (matching lace color)
Medium to large sized buttons
Gator clip and/or pin back
Hot glue gun

  1. Cut a 4 foot length of lace. Using your needle and thread, tightly gather one side of the lace.
    If your lace has an unfinished side or is pre-gathered, stitch along this edge. Even if it is pre-gathered you want to gather the lace as much as you can.

  2. Print out the Doily Lace Flower backer pattern. Cut out one of the shapes from the felt (Use the scale to make sure the print out is the correct size)
  3. Using the 1.75" felt circle as a base, start to sew the gathered edge of the lace to felt. Make sure to start on the outside, wrapping the lace around and towards the center.

  4. Sew buttons to the center of the flower. I used two medium sized buttons and stacked them to create my flower's center.

  5. Take the 2" felt circle and sew on the pin. If you plan to add a pin and a gator clip make sure your pin is sewn slightly off center allowing space for the gator clip.

  6. Hot glue the gator clip next to the pin and finish off the back by hot gluing the felt heart over the back part of both the gator clip and pin.

  7. Hot glue the pin/clip back to the felt back of the flower.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Artscape 2011

Visiting Artscape in Baltimore this weekend? Well swing my the DIY tent and visit me (Design by Night) and my table mate Jenni from Lana Bella.

If you have never been I would suggest you give it a try! Artscape is America’s largest free arts festival, and it features 150+artists, fashion designers and craftspeople, including DIY/new wave crafters; visual art exhibits on and off site, such as outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography and the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize; incredible live concerts on four outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, fashion, film, experimental music and performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, jazz vocal and combo competitions, children’s entertainers and multiple street theater locations; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages available throughout the site.


July 15, 16 & 17, 2011

Friday: 12-10pm / Saturday: 12-10pm / Sunday: 12-8pm

Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street / Charles Street
Bolton Hill neighborhood & Station North Arts & Entertainment District

A good landmark to help with directions is the The Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, 140 West Mt. Royal Avenue, 21201.

For more information visit