Thursday, January 6, 2011

Studio Calico Notions Tutorial

The Studio Calico Notions in the kit look so fresh and are a nice neutral element. They are also pretty easy to recreate yourself. I decided to make mine out of dictionary paper, but you could use tissue paper, patterned paper, old sewing patterns...anything really!

Here is what you need: Dictionary (or other light weight paper), adhesive, scalloped edge scissors, regular sciccors, twine or floss

Tear a page out of the dictionary and cut it into 2 inch strips. (My dictionary is about 7x4 inches)


Take your large scalloped edge scissors and cut scallops along both long sides.

Accordian fold the scalloped strip at each notch (lining up the scallops as you fold..don't worry if it doesn't come out even, just keep folding at the notches).

Hold the folded paper tightly together and cut a small triangular notch in the middle. Do not cut too close to the center as you will need to do the same thing on the other side and don't want to cut all the way through.


Take a piece of baker's twine or any kind of thin floss and tie it around the notches.


Put adhesive on one side of the fan and stick the sides together to form half of a circle.

Do the same on the other side.


Trim the twine, if you like or use it to attatch a button on top.


Play around with different sizes, types of paper, embellishments on the top. Have fun!
If you haven't checked out our challenge blog yet, stop on by to see the kit we are counterfeiting: http://counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/01/counterfeit-studio-calico-notions.html

30 comments:

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Bethany that is a GREAT tutorial. I love it and WAY easier than making the rosettes that never want to lay flat for me LOL! I am loving your new site!

Margie said...

Cool-I made some of my own, but differently! It's always fun to learn a new trick!

robindefender said...

THANK YOU for sharing this tutorial. I have tons of tissue paper, so it seems silly to buy things like those notions, but I wasn't really sure how to go about making them myself!

hilde janbroers said...

gorgeous!! I love those flowers

Amarilys said...

awesome tutorial!

Marianne said...

LOVE these!! Thank you SO much for the tutorial... And have a nice weekend :)

Jenny said...

I LOVE this, so simple, yet looks great. I will be making some of these to be sure.

Diana Fisher said...

Such a great idea!

Sherri Thompson said...

I LOVE THESE! I made some medallions for my own kit, but these are better! :) I think I will add some of these-is that legal? LOL

Tracy said...

Oh this looks fun. I love to make new and different embellishments.
Thanks for sharing this.

ghardym said...

I've done some similar things but mostly with fabric. can't wait to get started. Thanks.

Debbie said...

awesome idea Beth! Now I know what to do with those sewing patterns I picked up at a garage sale over the summer ! Thanks for sharing.

Dawn said...

I like your way of making the rosettes! great idea and thank you for the tutorial

Kat Marie said...

this is freaking awesome! i love it and can't wait to make some ur directions rock!

Erin said...

Thank you!!

Christina said...

This is awesome-thanks for sharing!!

Judy said...

Yay...gotta make some soon. Thanks so much

Maggie T said...

LOL, I bought some of these over Christmas to pull apart so I could figure out how it was done.
THANK YOU!! You just saved me a lot of time! Off to create!

~amy~ said...

::love this::

Debbi Tehrani said...

Thanks so much for sharing this!

Sandie said...

I LOVE these. I am so into making my own embellishments, such fun.
Thank you for sharing and I hope you don't mind me adding a link in my next blog :)

Melanie said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog regarding my kit Bethany, I love the idea of the blog challenge so I can't wait to take part.

Love these flowers, they look amazing.

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Becky said...

I can't wait to have a go at these!

Angela said...

Thanks so much for sharing -- I'm off to dig into my stash of old sewing patterns. :)

Deb Long said...

AWESOME tutorial - I can never get the other way to work!

patti west said...

love these!!! thanks so much! :)

Isabel said...

This is awesome! I'll definitely have to try this. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

dawnaclark said...

Brilliant! I was just thinking the other day about how I could make these!! Also, you can get patterns pretty cheaply...thrift store, or goodwill probably has them.

Solange J. said...

So clever, love it!