April 4, 2011

Ruffled Vase Embellishment {a tutorial}

Ok, this is my first ever tutorial
{so don't be too harsh}
and it's a super easy one to follow,
plus, I took a zillion pictures!

Let's get started!

Gather your supplies

you'll need a vase, some scrap fabric, a sewing machine {or needle and thread}, hot glue gun and a pair of scissors

First, cut a strip of fabric that fits around the width of your vase.
{you'll want this strip to be the thicker one}
Next, cut a strip of contrasting fabric that is twice as long, but a little thinner than the first
{this will be the ruffle}
example: my thick piece was 2'' and the thin piece was about 1 1/4"

Adjust your sewing machine to the widest stitch
{mine goes up to 5}
and sew {but don't backstitch!} down the center of your accent fabric
{you could definitely do this by hand, as well}
Pull one of the ends of thread while pushing the fabric down toward the other end
and the fabric will start to ruffle!
{play around with it until you like the way it looks}

Now, line up your ruffle on top of the thicker base piece of fabric.
{you can adjust your ruffle to make the pieces the same length}

Now, dab a little hot glue on the end and press the ruffle to the base piece.
{if you want to be an over achiever you could certainly sew the ruffle on instead...I was feeling lazy}

Do the same on the other side, and then dab little bits of hot glue along the middle to make sure the ruffle is securely glued to the base piece. 

Now it's time to wrap the entire ruffle around the vase.
Once it's placed on the vase take more hot glue
{I did say this was easy}
and place glue where the fabric overlaps and press.

The ruffled vase embellishment is finished!

Spin the vase around and check it out from the front!
Cute, right?!
Super easy, eco friendly and affordable way to spruce up an ordinary vase!
{and is great for giving as a gift!}

I hope you try making one!!


gin said...

OMG! I have a random red vase that I had no clue what to do with because it's really kind of plain; I think I'll do this with black and white fabric to spruce it up and then it will go on a shelf in our bedroom. Thanks!

Darcie Heater said...

Great tutorial, Alex! Awesome little accent for a vase, thank for sharing it. You're doing a great job, keep up the good work!

AlexandraRose said...

Thank you both so much! I'm glad you enjoyed my super easy tutorial! :)

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