20 minute crafter. felt polaroid.

Ready for some funky polaroid fun?
Today's 20 minute crafter is Katie from katie.cupcake.
I first saw this sweet little jewel when Julie forwarded me a link...
...being the mommy sieve that my brain is I promptly forgot.
Happy I stumbled upon it again and thought it would be perfect for this segment.
Katie originally made this as Christmas ornaments...
but I think they could be good for year round crafting.
I added a sweet little heart to mine making it perfect for this time of year.
supplies needed:
white felt. [the 9" x 12" rectangles from craft stores are perfect!]
scissors
pencil/chopstick
iron
sewing machine & thread
picture(s) [i used 4x6 inch pictures]
ribbon

***ETA: if you're making these for small children, i recommend adding a piece of thin chipboard [like a piece cut from a cereal box] to your ornament to prevent it from getting bent as easily. just cut it the same size as your photo, glue it to the back of your photo and slip it into the Polaroid felt sleeve.]
1. cut your felt into a 9 inch by 4 1/4 inch rectangle.

2. fold in half, hamburger way. [lol] and sew a straight line 1/8 inch on two sides, creating a little pocket, with the folded edge at the bottom. [i used dark thread to show you which two sides, but you can just use white.]
3. turn it right side out, and poke out the corners
with a chopstick or the eraser side of a pencil.

4.iron on the lowest setting on your iron.
5. cut out a square on one side for your picture. mine ended up being approximately 2 3/4 inches. set aside the felt polaroid.

6. trim your photo. [mine ended up being approximately 3 3/8 inches by 4 inches, but it will vary on whether or not you have portrait or landscape photos and where your seams ended up.]

7. insert into your felt polaroid sleeve. if it doesn't fit, trim off 1/16 inch pieces until it does. set felt polaroid with picture aside.

8. trim your ribbon to the desired length. [mine ended up being about 8 1/2 inches, laid flat.]
9. start in the upper right corner, and sew a straight line down to corner, making sure to back stitch at the beginning. turn the polaroid, while the needle is still inserted into the felt and the presser foot is raised, sew along the bottom [folded] edge of the polaroid. turn again, and sew up the other side.
10. when you get to the top left corner, stop you sewing machine, and get your ribbon. cross the cut ends, so that it creates a loop for the polaroid to hang from.

11. insert your ribbon, so it is centered on the ornament. be sure to put it behind the picture, but in front of the back layer of felt on the polaroid.
12. sew across the top of the polaroid. back stitch over the ribbon to make sure it is secure. when you get back to the upper right corner, back stitch again.
13. sew a straight line across the bottom of the picture square and hole,
back stitching at the beginning and end.

14. trim strings and enjoy your polaroid ornament!
just remember, that your polaroids don't need to be perfect.
i think that's what gives them their charm, just like real polaroids. :)



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15 comments:

tinahead81 said...

omg, LOVE this!

Robyn said...

this is great!!! I Love it!

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Cute! idea, gotta try this.
I got my order in the mail in time for the blizzard. Just wanted to thank you for my goodie bag!

Amy Bell said...

ok..that is ADORABLE. going to try that today. something fun to do in the snow!

Amanda Hervey said...

This is so clever! I love it!

Tiffany said...

This is an absolutely adorable idea! LOVE it! Thanks for sharing this! Wish I had white felt on hand. When the snow clears, that is what I will do! : )

Ribbons and Pigtails said...

These are just lovely! Unfortunately, we just moved into a new house and all of my crafting beauties are still in boxes! So until then, I will bookmark this and hopefully work on one next week? :) Thanks! Hugs, Ingrid

Jingle said...

This is so super cute!

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

I love polaroids... I love felt... I love pictures... and I love sewing! This is a perfect project to LOVE!

Jana said...

okay that is just awesome. I need some felt.

katie said...

thanks so much for sharing my tutorial! :)

<3katie

Lei said...

Now that is CUTE!

CupCakeCutie said...

adorable! Thanks for sharing!

Big Yellow Dog said...

What a fun project!

Debbie in Nashville said...

These are great! Love your 20 min. cratter projects. You make it look so easy and they are such great projects.

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