Most of us have an attachment to our fabric - whether a simple love of the design or a borderline un-healthy hoarder-ish tendency, it can be very hard to part with scraps left over from favorite projects. And scraps can quickly derail any attempt at keeping order in a sewing space.
There are a ton of great scrap busting tutorials out there, Check out our Scrap Busting pinterest board for some great ideas. But today, we have an adorable tutorial for how to use some beautiful and small scraps to make a perfect Dream Catcher.
My Gypsy Soul Dreamcatchers came about out of necessity. My twins hit that age where they were having bad dreams and I needed to find a solution that would help them fall asleep at night. I told them the story of the dreamcatcher and how it catches your bad dreams in its web and sends the good dreams back down to you. This was also a great way to introduce them to their Native American background and opened up the door to discuss all of heritages that make up our little family. As a disclaimer, these are not REAL dream catchers since I use a metal hoop and man made materials, but my kids don't know the difference and they are happy with them.
Gypsy Soul Dreamcatcher
* A quick note about the doily. You can buy the ones from Joann or other craft stores, but the best place I have found to buy them is one of our antique stores. I mean just look at that stash of them!! I find that the vintage ones "speak" to me more than the other ones. Some will have discoloration, and I think it really adds to it. I love that they have a story.
Step 1. Go to your stash
Ok, so we all have that huge hoard, er, I mean collection of fabric. Mine is mostly organized and sort of folded on my rack, until you get to the top shelf. That is where all my pieces that are under 1/4 yard live. I used to be able to get a bodice out of a small piece for my daughter, but then (without my permission) she started to grow up!
Ok, Pick out a handful of pieces from you scrap shelf/box/floor and head on over to your work space. If you are making a large dream catcher, you will want full length pieces.
Step 2. Make your strips
I do not advise doing this while your husband is trying to watch tv because you will get a ton of dirty looks sent your way!! Ok, take one of your scraps and make a little cut, starting at the salvage edge. It only needs to be about an inch or so. After you make your cut, just rip the strip off! Simple as that. Each strip is about 1/2 inch to 1 inch wide. this is all about personal preference and completely up to you.
Step 3. Wrap your ring
Pick out one or two of the strips you want to use around the ring. If you are doing one of the bigger sizes, you will need two to cover the whole thing.
Take your strip and glue it to your ring at an angle. After it dries, just start wrapping it around the ring. When you are done, just glue it down. There is no right or wrong way to do this part. You can even use other materials instead of fabric. I have some leftover jute twine that I want to use for one!
Step 4. Putting in your center.
This is probably the hardest step. Get your doily, embroidery floss, and needle. I like doing this on a flat surface to start it, but then you can totally just do this step on the couch or chair or whatever.
Place your doily in the center of the ring. Take your floss and thread in through the needle. Tie the end of the floss to the ring, but use a knot that you can untie at the end. Start "sewing" it onto the loop. This is sort of like a whip stitch. It is up to you how you want the stitches spaced out. I like to do it on each petal.
Remember your doily is going to stretch so make sure you pull your floss tight enough! When you finish it up, there is a little wiggle room so even it out. At the end, take the part that is tied to the loop and untie it. After that, tie it to the other end of the string.
When you are done, you should have something that looks like this. If you used a doily and hoop that are closer to the same size, then your petals will be touching the ring.
Step 5. Time to strip (hehehe)
Take that awesome pile of fabric strips and lace trims, ribbons, etc. and get ready to attach them! This is my favorite part.
Take a strip and fold it in half. Loop it around the ring. I'm sure there is an official name for this but I have no idea what it is. If you have ever made a tutu, you know what I mean.
Put all your fabric pieces on first. Don't worry about cutting off the selvage edges yet. After you get your fabric strips on, add in your trims and lace. This is where your creativity will shine through. I like layers and textures, so I like to add in different laces and ribbons and stuff. At the end, you will have something that looks similar to this.
Step 6. Give it a haircut
Find a place to hang your dream catcher for this next step. I use a wreath hanger on my front door.
Grab those scissors and get to work! I like to cut mine at and angle on each side down toward the center. You can cut straight across, or do something rounded that follows the curve of the circle. Make sure you cut off all the selvage edges.
Step 7. The extras
If you want to add beads and feathers, now is the time. I use beads with big holes and I can just slip the fabric through them. If you pick out beads with small holes, just string them on some embroidery floss and attach them! Easy peasy! I didn't add fathers to this one, but if you want to add some, I just tie them to the end and then add a little dab of glue so they don't fall off.
Voila!! You now have a pretty dreamcatcher! Here are a few others I have done to give you a little inspiration.
Make sure you all post photos of your dream catchers to the Pattern Revolution group page so we can see what you made with all your fabulous scraps!!