Friday, March 13, 2009

Blythe Woolly Lamb Hoods, an Origami Envelope Tutorial, and March's Reader Appreciation Giveway

To continue the tale of the Woolly Lamb Hood from last post --


Despite extensive struggling with the poofy faux wool fabric, I managed to whip up three Blythe Woolly Lamb Hoods. I intended to make four, but after two broken needles and countless fits of cursing I decided to end the battle early.

I did get a pinch of joy from using my new Japanese fabrics. There is nothing more satisfying to this crafter than cutting into a crisp piece of freshly purchased fabric. My favorite hood by far is the one lined with the pink kawaii fruit fabric -- to match the fabric's theme, instead of a flower by the ear, I crocheted twin little cherries with dual stems and leaves.

If you're interested in any of these hoods they should start showing up in my shop in a day or two.

Lately, I've been trying to adopt the "use what you have" mentality and the craft item I have been trying to get rid of was my extensive collection of origami paper. After much brainstorming I came up with this idea -- folding them into little envelopes, filling them with stickers, and stamping a little "For You" message on the back. But whatever for, you ask? Well, I plan to give these as an extra little thank you gift with each purchase at my shop.

Here's a quick how-to for the envelopes:

Origami Envelope Tutorial

Step 1. On the diagonal, fold paper upwards in half to form a triangle.

Step 2. Fold the top corner of the uppermost layer down to the bottom edge of the triangle.

Step 3. Take the right corner and fold it exactly 1/3 of the way toward the left. I suggest measuring for accuracy if you want a really neat envelope.

Step 4. Take the left corner and fold it to the edge of the right side. It should now resemble an opened envelope.

Step 5. Fold the right corner of the uppermost flap back towards the left edge.

Step 6. Unfold and open. Use this crease as a guide as you press down on the open flap to form a little square pocket.

Step 7. Take the very top corner and fold down to the bottom edge. This forms the envelope's top flap closure.

Hooray! You're done! Now stuff your little envelope and seal it by taking the top flap and tucking it into the little square pocket.

I'm horrid with instructions, so bear with me if the tutorial is a bit confusing. I tried. :) If you have any questions, feel free to to ask.

Finally . . .

March's Reader Appreciation Giveaway is this very cute puffy paper doll sticker set. The sweet, little girl has an extra dress to change into and lots of food for her to eat. As always , I will randomly choose someone from the comment pool at this post and announce the winner in my next post.

Thank you for visiting! Have a great weekend!


Andrea Rooks said...

So fun -- I love the envelopes. Thanks for the tutorial! And the stickers are absolutely adorable. They're the kind of thing I'd buy for my daughter and then keep for myself :)

Anonymous said...

The hat's are sooooo cute! I love the sticker's too. Thanks


TracyC said...

Love the hoods and the envelope lesson is great. I could seriously enjoy those stickers. :-D

Kristin L said...

Thanks for the envelope tutorial. My daughter is really into folding paper right now and will love this.

Kelly Medina said...

Oh wow! I love those hoods. How cute! I am going to try out the envelope tutorial - I love tiny things.

Thanks for a good douse of cuteness :)


mushroommeadows said...

The bunny hoods are adorable; they look so soft and cuddly! :)

As for the envelopes; I love the idea! I need to start using what I have, too because...I have just too much crafting stuff!! :)

Marce said...

the envelope tutorial is very good!i do it! the lamb hoods are cute! and i send you a big hug!

gulle hexan said...

thank you for your commentz on my blogg..and that you like my fishtoy,,,:)
yes i make them my self..
and your caktus and everything is wonderful:) i love your things to:)
now i add you to my list..

Unknown said...

hi! thanks for stopping by my blog! the lamb hoods are adorable! i am getting me second blythe soon so i think i'll get one for her! i'll have to try the envelopes so cute! thanks for the how-to! and if you ever feel like swapping..u know where to find me! huggs!

G3T Films said...

Looking at the girl in the sticker pack against your avatar, she could be your younger sister.

The envelope instructions are great too.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what an awesome giveaway and I just found your blog. You have done some amazing stuff. Thanks for everything!

Loles said...

I loooove the envelope tutorial!! Thanks! It's a great and simple idea to give an extra something
By the way, I love your blog :)

Unknown said...

You are so talented!I love those bunny ears!! Please enter me in the give away!!

Sandy xox

Gina M Smith said...

Love your lamby hats! said...

love your work!
from can I buy the Woolly Lamb Hood?
I live in the Netherlands ;)

Anonymous said...

I really like when people are expressing their opinion and thought. So I like the way you are writing

Unknown said...

I loved your envelopes!It provided the perfect solution to hide something for my friend's birthday! I also love art but I stick to drawing, I'm terrible with needle thread etc. :) I wish I could go to your store but I live in Florida :(

Jeff and Karen Gross said...

In the past I had someone create lots of envelopes for me...your tutorial was incredibly simple and worked on the first try! Now I can do this myself! K in Colorado

Vivian said...

Thank you for making tht the instructions were great and I enjoyed it

Vivian said...

I love the instructions