Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tutorial: Felt Flower Cord Minder

Flower Felt Cord Minder | Red Circle Crafts

I'm in love with this little flower cord minder. It's a little wabisabi and a lot adorable, not to mention super easy to make.

I've included instructions to make this no-sew too, so if you don't like to sew, you can still make it!

Flower Felt Cord Minder | Red Circle Crafts

Materials:

1 Sheet of Felt
Scissors
A Fork
Yarn
Velcro (Self-Adhesive for no-sew)
Pattern
Sewing Machine (Optional)
Needle & Coordinating Thread OR Hot Glue Gun

Instructions:

Step 1

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Cut out one of each pattern piece from the felt.

Step 2

Flower Felt Cord Minder | Red Circle Crafts

Attach one of each piece of velcro (hooks and loops) to either end of the felt strap piece. I used a sewing machine to quickly and securely attach it, but it can be done with a needle and thread too. You can see that I cut down each piece of velcro to better fit on my strap.

If you're making this without sewing, use adhesive backed velcro.

Step 3

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To make a pom pom: pull a piece of yarn or string (string is better and won't break on you as you pull it taught to tie later) through the middle of the tines of your  fork. Then wrap some yarn around the fork until it's fairly full. Take the string you laid through the middle and wrap it a few times around the bulk of the yarn and tie it as tight as you can. Cut all of the loops through.

Note: As I was trimming my pom pom, the string tie broke and I had to start over. So the rest of my pom pom photos look different, but I used the same method with different yarn and a piece of string instead of yarn to tie it all together.

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To shape this, find the knot and move all the yarn away from it, so it sits flat on your work surface. Then take a sharp pair of scissors and trim the rest of the pom pom around it until it looks somewhat spherical. For this particular pom pom, I wanted it to look  less like a sphere and more like the tuft at the center of a flower. So I left some long pieces and a few different layers. Giving it some wabisabi will make it seem more natural (as natural as a felt and yarn flower can be, I guess).

Step 4

Flower Felt Cord Minder | Red Circle Crafts

Attaching it all together.

If you are doing the no sew option: Time to use the hot glue gun. Take a dab of hot glue and attach the big flower piece to the end of the strap on the side without the velcro (hook side should be under the flower), the smaller flower on top of that, and the pom pom on top of that. Use the following photos as a guide.

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If you are sewing it all together (my preferred method because I think it's a little more durable), lay the smaller flower on top of the bigger one, and bring the needle through both with the knot on the back of the big flower.

Flower Felt Cord Minder | Red Circle Crafts

You can see in the photo that the thread is still attached to the flower pieces, now bring the needle through the knot in the pom pom and then back down through all the layers of felt.

Flower Felt Cord Minder | Red Circle Crafts

Then add the strap it all. I put the hook side of the velcro under the flower, facing away from it.

And sew back up through the whole thing a few times.

Flower Felt Cord Minder | Red Circle Crafts

Flower Felt Cord Minder | Red Circle Crafts

Then tie a knot, hiding it between to the layers of flower petals.

Flower Felt Cord Minder | Red Circle Crafts

It'll look like this when you're done.

There are two ways you can secure your cords (I'm using mine for my earbud headphones).

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Wrap the strap around the coiled cords and bring the two pieces of velcro together.

OR

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Wrap the strap around the cord tightly and secure the hooks side of velcro to the felt wherever it meets. If you have only a few cords, this method will probably hold them more securely.

Flower Felt Cord Minder | Red Circle Crafts

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