DIY wedding brooches and hair clips


As told in our last post, we have been working on a project for a client who is getting married next month. We got the pin backs for brooches from CraftsUtopia on Etsy and have made these brooches. We are sharing the DIY with our readers here. So here we go:

Step1.

Materials required:

1. Shimmer net fabric (available at our store)

2. Sew on applique of  different shapes (available at our store)

3. Pin backs

4. Matching silk threads (available at our store)

5. Needle and Hot glue gun

6. Felt pieces of matching colors (we took blue and shocking pink, as suggested by our client)

Step2.

Cut the shimmery net fabric into 6×3 inches pieces. If you want to make the brooch bigger, you will have to cut the fabric in bigger proportion.

Cut shimmer net fabric into 5x3 inches pieces

Step3.

Now cut the felt into small round shape which makes the backing for the pin back. See the picture. We sew the pin back onto round shape felt piece to make it last longer. You can directly stick it on the felt using hot glue gun.

Prepare backing for pinback before making brooches

Step4.

Take the shimmer fabric strips and start making thin fan-folds (as we used to make when we were kids. The only difference is then we used paper and now it is fabric) and make a few tucks in the mid of each fan so that it doesn’t come back to previous position. This is your backing to put behind sew on applique.

Backing for sew on applique

Plug-in the glue gun and switch it on to let the glue melt and get ready for the next step, while you prepare the backing for the applique.

Final step

Step5.

Now apply some glue on the reverse side (felt surface) of the pin back and stick it well on the reverse side of the shimmer net fabric shape.

Step6.

On front or right surface of the shimmer net fabric shape, apply your preferred sew on applique shape with the help of hot glue gun. Press it with thumb and fingers and let it set well. Now trim the rough edges of the shape with sharp edged scissors.

Your own wedding brooches are ready. To make them look really pro, you can tuck them on cards with beautiful tags etc. and put them in a a decorative tray on the D day.

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Coming soon… DesiCrafts online store


Hello there!!!

We are working on our online store front and it should be up soon. We’ll duly announce the opening of our web store on our blog and our facebook page. So, please keep visiting to get timely updates on products and new DIY ideas.

Have a wonderful day!

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The Forgotten Litany of Indian Handicrafts


India- The land of colors, mysterious mythological characters and the well seen four seasons is passing through a phase of evolution. Needless to say, like any other country, India’s path of progress had been full of diversions, adaptation and the learning yielded from that path of progress had took back a lot from us in turn.

Living in 2012, I am looking backward to those years when there were no nuclear reactors, malls and high fashion shops, modern grocery stores and the life was difficult in short. While men went to the fields to take care of recently sown fasal , women stayed at home with their MILs and SILs. They cooked, baby sit and took care of the home. In free time, they sew the clothes for their babies, made these beautiful artifacts and handicrafts and decorated their home with those miniature decorative pieces.

In this series, we bring you the stories of origin of the  art and craft that was there in old times in India and was forgotten over the course of time or has limited awareness presently.

Today, we’ll remember the art of Kantha  a beautiful form of embroidery, originated in undivided India, hundreds of years ago.

Kantha- The beautiful art which was considered to be ‘high-fashion’ in your great grand mother’s times is back in fashion now.

The origin of Kantha is unknown but my grand mother told me that her mother and mother in law did many Kantha projects in their free time, out of bordum and grand mother as a newly wedded kid, watched them working with mirrors, threads and pieces of clothes to form beautiful clothes. Kantha was a popular embroider stitch in undivided in India. Now it is native of Bangladesh and West Bengal in India.

Kantha is a running stitch that forms shapes and sometimes depicts a story with the help of colorful patterns made of running stitch using colorful threads.

Image courtesy Wikipedia

Kantha Embroidery Shawls- Image courtesy: Wikipedia

According to Wikipedia,  Kantha is still the most popular form of embroidery practised by rural women. The traditional form of Kantha embroidery was done with soft dhotis and saris, with a simple running stitch along the edges. Depending on the use of the finished product they were known as Lepkantha or Sujni Kantha. The embroidered cloth has many uses including women’s shawls and covers for mirrors, boxes, and pillows. In the best examples, the entire cloth is covered with running stitches, employing beautiful motifs of flowers, animals birds and geometrical shapes, as well as themes from everyday activities. The stitching on the cloth gives it a slight wrinkled, wavy effect. Contemporary Kantha is applied to a wider range of garments such as sarees, dupatta, shirts for men and women, bedding and other furnishing fabrics, mostly using cotton and silk.

According to an online store Kantha  that believes in fair trade policy, Traditionally, kantha embroidery was often done on quilts. Completing one quilt could be a work of many years and generations, with a grandmother, mother and daughter embroidering it.

 

Best sellers of the week


Few cute fabrics from our shop have always been a best seller, till their last yardage!

Four different block print cotton fabrics purchased by a fashion house from Germany.

 

A quilting enthusiast bought these lovely fabrics for making a queen size quilt.

A quilting enthusiast bought these lovely fabrics for making a queen size quilt.

Every Fabric Has a Story!…


Every Fabric Has a Story!

Every fabric tells a story. Yes, that is how I think. Sometimes I get lost in the beauty of a piece of fabric no matter how small or un-atchy for others it is!

I am sharing this secret with you, if I see a piece of fabric for long enough, it tells me when it was made and how it was born. It also tells about its creator, what colors he liked and what pattern he preferred. That’s why I say “Every fabric has a story”.

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