If not, head on to Simple Simon and check out what some amazing crafter’s have created by using one vintage fat quarter and some other vintage goodies. I haven’t been much of a vintage girl, but this challenge is definitely turning me into one. Plus we all know how much I love crafting with fat quarters.
Ok, now on with this weeks fat quarter friday tutorial!
Do your little ones spend hours a day searching and capturing butterflies and bugs like mine do? Then why not make them their very own butterfly net/ bug catcher. These cute little nets are fast, easy and cheap to make. They will give the kiddo’s hours of enjoyment outside.
*wire wreath ring (I purchased this one at the $ store)
*metal wire for attaching ring to dowel
*tulle for the net (about 1/2 yard depending on size of wreath and length of net)
*1 fat quarter
*wooden dowel or something to use for the handle
The smallest bent part is about 1/4″ long and the next bent part is about 1 1/4″ long. But you can make yours whatever size works best for you. That gave me a ring that was about 22″ around from the bends.
Then we took the dowel and measured down to where the bent metal would poke into the dowel. Then we drilled the two holes where the ring would be sticking in. Then we took a utility knife and carefully made little cutouts so that the larger bent part of the ring would fit into the dowel. You could probably do without the holes and cutout parts but the hubby was helping me and he thought it would make the net more stable this way. I think he was right and plus I think it makes a cleaner neater looking net.
Now that you have the dowel and ring set up, it is time to cut some tulle. To determine the width of the tulle to use, measure around your ring from one bend to the other bend. Now divide that number by two. That will give you the width of each piece of tulle. Now make two pieces of tulle that are that width, by whatever length you wish to have your net. *For example: my ring measured 22″ around so I cut 2 pieces of tulle measuring 11″ wide by 18″ long.* You can leave the edges all square if you want, but I chose to round my bottom edges slightly. Round them now if you want to and then set aside.
*one piece 22″ long by 6″ wide (large bias tape for the net)
*one piece 6″ X 3″ (bias tape for semi circle on net)
*cut two smaller pieces that measure 6″X 6″ (fabric pieces for the handle)
Any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me. If you make one using this tutorial, please add it to my flickr group. I would love to see it and you just might see it featured on my blog one day!