Friday, March 2, 2012

How to make an Autumn Flame Tree Leaf

Although I usually prefer to wait for the equinox, 
to acknowledge the change of season, 
from Summer to Autumn
This year, many things going on in my life have dictated otherwise!

So, here is a short tutorial on how to make some beautiful Felt Leaves
to enjoy this Autumn.

This was a great time for me to have a browse through my felt scraps, and pick out those with what I deem to be an Autumnal colour palette.

Here is the (my first!) PDF Leaf template for some of the leaves I have made recently.
Flame Tree, Lilly Pilly and Gum Leaves.
  • Use the template to cut out the leaf shape onto a piece of felt.
  • Sew blanket stitch around the outside of the leaf.
  • Sew using backstitch along the vein lines, within the leaf.
  • Once finished, fold the leaf along each of the stitched vein lines, in turn, and press with a warm iron.
Quite simple really. And I think, very effective.

I mostly cut these gum leaves from my felt, by eye. Therefore acheiving slightly differing lengths and shapes. Then I used a sewing machine to sew the single vein up the centre.
I made many of these for Seasonal Nature Table gifts recently. For our 'handmaketh' workshop folk and for the pre-school Mr Turtle attends.

I think they are all gorgeous.

SHARING WITH : Natural Suburbia

8 comments:

  1. Inspired! Gorgeous leaves :-) I've been thinking and thinking on what to make for our Autumn nature table and now I'm inspired! Thanks Aleta!

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  2. Very pretty! Almost makes me wish it was autumn again on our half of the world as well.

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  3. Beautiful. This seems like a great project for a dismal weekend (like this one).

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  4. Fun leaves. I can see the children loving playing with them. Great idea using the sewing machine for the veins.

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  5. Gorgeous and I will have be definitely doing some of these. Thank you for the tutorial and have a good weekend.

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  6. I love these too. They are so effective aren't they? And the possibilities are endless. Colours, shapes. Real or imagined. Intricate or simple.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave your fantastic comments everyone!

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  7. I have been finishing our Autmnn leave from last year, bt am inspired to make more following your lovely leaves, thanks\.

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  8. Hey Aleta, you have just been nominated for a Liebster award...by me because I love stopping by here! Pop over to my place to pick it up!

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