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 not too bad, 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 Flower
2. 4- Jessica 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.)
(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. Start by laying your ribbon down and then working from the center marking on your ribbon. Begin first with your feathers:
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:
Tie your piece to your pillow and cut the end of your ribbons to a good length.
Heat seal the end by running the raw edge near a match or lighter or directly touching the raw edge with a wood burning tool.
Let’s see the results:
See, it’s not too intimidating. Did you know that you can show off your creations on Fancy Schmancy’s FB page? Can’t wait to see what you’ve made!