Bring a little bit of Autumn magic inside and make these adorable little fabric and bead toadstool decorations. These fabric mushrooms are simple to make and you can even use up odd bits of fabric and beads.
In my last ‘Making, Creating and Little Adventures’ email, I wrote about how experiencing different things and going to new places can boost creativity. Well, I decided to follow my own advice and got out there for some new inspiration! So on a gorgeous Autumn day I headed into Sherwood Forest with my camera. The mushrooms and fungi this year were amazing and there were so many different types everywhere I looked!
Armed with a camera full of photos (and a stomach full of tea and cake from the cafe) I came up with a follow-on the ever popular Textile Bugs! I love playing with fabric, but I’m very much a rough and ready seamstress! So these fabric mushroom and toadstool decorations have frayed edges and visible stitches, but require minimal sewing ability and equipment.
You will need:
-selection of fabric, small offcuts are fine!
-toy stuffing or wadding
-sewing thread and needle
-beads and beading needle
How to make:
1.Choose a piece of fabric for the top of your toadstool that is roughly 10cm square. This will make a toadstool that is approx 6-8cm tall when finished.
2.Cut the fabric into a circle. As this doesn’t have to be precise, I find that the easiest way to do this is to fold the square into quarters, then cut a curve from corner to corner along the open edge.
3.Thread your sewing needle with a double strand of thread.
4.Do a running stitch all the way around the circle, approx 5mm in from the edge of the fabric.
5.Begin to pull the threads so the fabric starts to form a cup, then place some stuffing or wadding inside and pull tightly on the threads to close. place a few stitches across the opening to secure before tying off the threads.
6.You should now have a squishy dome shape that will form the top of your toadstool!
7.Next we are going to make the underside of the toadstool. Cut a 4cm circle of thick card board.
8.Cut into the middle of the circle, then roughly cut a circle out in the centre. This should be 6-8mm diameter (just enough to fit a standard pencil in!) and doesn’t need to be neat as it will be covered in fabric.
9.Cut a strip of co-ordinating fabric that is 1cm wide and 40-50cm long or use some 1cm wide ribbon. Glue one end onto the cardboard circle to secure and start wrapping it around the shape. Make sure to overlap each time as this creates the gills for our toadstool decoration!
10.Once you have gone all the way around, place the last wrap over the slit to hide it and secure with a small blob of hot glue.
11.For the stem of the toadstool, take a piece of brown paper that is approx 10cm by 4cm and scrunch it up slightly before twisting it together. Depending on the thickness of your paper, you might need to double up (so 2 pieces of 10cm by 4cm pieces of paper) to get a stem that looks chunky enough. Secure the loose ends of the paper with a tiny amount of hot glue.
12.Now we have all our components, it is time to put our toadstool together!
13.First attach the stem to the underside by poking the narrowest end through the hole and securing with a generous amount of hot glue. then stick the top of the toadstool on top. This only needs to be lightly glued as we are going to stitch it on in the next step.
14.Thread up your sewing needle with a double strand and stitch the top to the underside. I don’t mind the stitches being visible, so I am whip stitching them together. If you want a neater finish, slip stitch instead.
15.Once you have gone all the way around, finish off by bringing the needle out through the top of the toadstool, leaving the ends of thread to act as a hanging loop for our decoration!
16.The final touch is to stitch some beads on top, I’m using size 11 seed beads in a cream colour. You don’t want to cover the surface, just a random scattering. Although you can use the same thread you have used so far, you will probably find that most sewing needles have too large an eye to go through the beads, so use a beading needle instead. I like these size 10 needles from Beadsmith.
17.Your toadstool decoration is ready to hang!
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