Creating Snowflakes Out of Fabric

Snowflake TutorialAs a child, I remember loving to cut out paper snowflakes. It was a fun project for us to do in school once Winter started arriving. The cool thing was then hanging them all over the classroom and seeing all the different snowflakes that were hanging on the walls and the ceiling. As I grew older I kind of forgot about them until I got married and being strapped for cash our first year I made ornaments for the tree instead of buying them. Back then, Heat n Bond like fusible’s was not even available, or if they were I did not know about them. Instead, I used my sewing machine to stitch the 2 wrong sides together. When you do this technique by sewing machine, you cut your square, and then mark your square in about 1 to 1 1/2-inch increments as a square, then stitch around each of the squares. Depending on the size of the square you cut in the first place, you could have as many as six lines or two or three lines. The cool part is that you had that stitching there which became part of the design. With this technique today you don’t have to use that option, but you could add decorative stitching to your snowflake and we’ll talk about that in the tutorial.

Supplies:

  • Heat-n-Bond – Heavy or Lite (use the heavy if you don’t want to use your sewing machine also, use the light if you would like to use your sewing machine. Do not use heavy HNB on your sewing machine. It will gum up your need and possibly break it also)
  • Scraps of fabric cut in squares from 3-inches to 6-inches. You can go larger if you’re hanging your snowflakes from the window, but I tend to stick to 4 and 6-inch squares. You need 2 pieces of the same sized square for each snowflake.
  • A really good pair of scissors. It needs to be able to cut right on the point (end) of your scissors. Do not use cheap scissors on this project and rotary cutters are not good to use other than cutting your squares.
  • Sewing Machine (Optional)
  • Thread (Optional)

Snowflake TutorialIron all your fabric or scrap squares.

Cut all your squares. Then cut your HNB.. if you want a slightly frayed edge to your snowflakes down the road, cut your HNB about 1/2-inch smaller than your square. In other words, if you cut a 6-inch square, cut your HNB at 5 1/2-inches. You need 2 squares of fabric and 1 square of HNB.

 

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Now, something fun you can do is to add “inserts” to your snowflakes, so you have a 2 color effect. Use a piece of felt, felted wool, burlap, suede, leather, etc… that you like and cut your square at 1-inch larger than your snowflake square. Do not cut any HNB for the insert square, instead cut 2 squares of HNB for your snowflake square. Burlap is a really fun fabric to use in these snowflakes as inserts as it has a natural fraying to it and it makes for a really cool look to your snowflake. I was totally out of burlap when I made my samples, so I used felt in my samples, but had I had the burlap I would have used it. Burlap is also a very cheap fabric to purchase. It comes in various weights and it doesn’t matter if you use a heavy or lightweight burlap.

The blue fabric in the image is my felt, the white is my HNB. I used lightweight HNB for this tutorial.

Snowflake TutorialOnce your squares are cut, take 1 of each fabric for your snowflake and position your HNB on the wrong side of the fabric square.

Using an ironing sheet for fusibles. Place your square with the HNB on top and the fabric right side towards the ironing sheet.

I like to do two at a time.

 

 

Iron it down using the heat instructions on the paper HNB gives you when you buy the yardage.

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Allow the paper and fabric to cool. You can burn yourself if you try to take the paper off while it’s hot, so please allow the paper to cool. While you’re waiting, you can iron other squares you are doing also.

 

 

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If you’re doing the insert technique, you’ll need to iron HNB to both squares on the wrong side. Do not iron HNB onto the insert square.

Once you’re finished removing the paper, line up your squares and press right sides together. If your doing a simple snowflake, it’s your 2 squares, ironed wrong sides together.

 

Snowflake TutorialIf you’re doing the insert, press one of the snowflake squares to your insert, first aligning them so they are evening spaced with the leftover space.

 

 

 

Snowflake Tutorialas you can see in this image. It is helpful to use a ruler for this so that when you do the other side, you know exactly how far away the fabric should align from the top of the insert.

 

 

 

Snowflake TutorialDo the other side, lining it up. You can tell how well it’s lined up if you bend the insert fabric over slightly to the edge of your snowflake fabric, if your fabrics are aligned with the bend, you can then iron the other side on to the insert.

 

 

 

Snowflake TutorialUse the same info when ironing that you used to iron the first HNB squares on.

Square up any edges that may have HNB on the edge at this point

 

Snowflake TutorialAs we get into the folding part of this tutorial, let me strongly urge you to try folding and cutting first on paper to test ways to cut, or even with the weight. With the HNB in the inside of the fabric, it will start to get pretty heavy, especially if you add the inserts to your snowflakes.

When you fold, try to be as accurate as possible. For your first fold, line up the opposite corners and fold. Snowflake Tutorial

I used an iron to help me keep the folds in place.

 

 

 

 

Snowflake TutorialTake the folded piece and fold again making it a smaller triangle.

At this point I liked the size of this, but many of the tutorials on the web, show a 6-point snowflake folder. This is very hard to achieve, I tried it on 3 snowflakes and gave up because the thickness is very difficult to cut thru, so give this some thought when your trying out those 6-point snowflakes. I’d recommend you don’t use the inserts if you do the 6-pointed snowflakes.

Snowflake TutorialIron the next fold down in place.

 

 

 

 

 

Snowflake TutorialYou can then start cutting. If you have used an insert, cut adown into the snowflake fabric also. You can even try folding your triangle once more and clipping all the sides so they have the same cut.

Do not make a cut from side to side, you’ll cut your snowflake in half if you do.

 

 

Snowflake TutorialThis is what I meant by folding again and cutting the side so it’s evenly cut.

 

 

 

 

Snowflake TutorialOnce your done, yep, it’s time to get brave and have a look. Unfold your snowflake.

 

 

 

 

Snowflake TutorialPress so it’s nice and flat. You can use your snowing machine to add an eyelet buttonhole or the holes in your snowflakes to tie a ribbon onto.

 

 

 

Snowflake Tutorialand this is one of my goof-ups.. I should have practiced those 6 point shapes. 🙂

Last, let’s chat about stitching on your sewing machine. Once you’re done with your snowflakes, find a fun decorative stitch and stitch around the fabric areas of your snowflake. It adds a bit of spark to your snowflake and a little bit of dimension. Do not do this if you used Heat N Bond Ultra Hold.

These make great tags for presents, ornaments, window hangers, and so much more.

Resources

Fabric Cut Out Snowflakes
3D Snowflakes
Get Ready to Cut Paper Snowflakes
Make Paper Snowflakes
Decorating with Paper Snowflakes
How to Make 6 Pointed Paper Snowflake
Snowflake Cutting Patterns
Paper snowflake tutorial – learn how to make snowflakes in 5 minutes – EzyCraft **
10 Awesome Paper Snowflake Patterns for Christmas Decorations – Easy Paper Craft **
3D Paper Snowflake Tutorial **
Free Paper Snowflake Patterns
How to Cut Snowflakes From Paper or Fabric
Sew Cute: Floating Snowflakes
Paper Snowflake Patterns To Download
** = Youtube Video

Hope You Enjoy This Tutorial for making Snowflakes out of fabric.

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2 Responses to Creating Snowflakes Out of Fabric

  1. AvatarThunder says:

    Looks like fun. Thanks for the info & inspiration🎄🎄🎄

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