Friday, July 16, 2010

Knight in Shining Armor tutorial

Once Upon a Time there was a fair maiden who was sick of sitting in the castle all day waiting for Prince Charming to come and…do what she could do for herself. So, armed with a BBQ spatula sword, she crafted her own armor and went off in search of dragons and adventure. Future Joan of ArcToday, class, we will learn how to make a quick and easy suit of armor for your Knights and even Damsels. You will need:

  1. 1/3 yard of sequin fabric
  2. fabric for the crown appliqué – scraps will suffice
  3. Gems to glue on each tip of the crown
  4. hot glue gun and sewing machine with thread

Find your scrap and a stencil for a crown. You can cut one out freehand, but I used one I had in my PSE7 software. Cut out your crown.cut out your crown 

Cut off the salvage edge of the fabric to use for the belt. You can also use a different belt, if you choose. You should have a long piece of sequin fabric 44x12 and two salvage strips 12x2 or so.cut off salvage edges for the belt 

Sew the two pieces of belt your belt together 

Cut out the hole for the head. DO NOT make it too big. If you do, stretch a piece of knit fabric around the hole and sew it in. This screw up actually looks more professional, a happy accident, but we aren’t going to bother with it for this tutorial. cut the head hole 

Sew the belt down to the back of the armor. You might also want to make two belt loops for the front so that the front of the penny (that is essentially what this is, right?) won’t flop out. Ooohhh…IDEA! You could sew four ribbons, one on each side of the waist and tie them together. I get good ideas when I write. attatch the belt to the back 

Here is the tricky part: Appliqué the crown onto the armor. You could use some fusible webbing to stick it on, but be careful not to iron your sequins. I just used pins.

Next, hot glue on the gems.applique the crown and glue on the gems     

Grab your sword, go slay some dragons and rescue a handsome Prince from a tall tower.

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Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [17 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

~Heather said...

Hi - found this tute via Google and made it yesterday when I was home with my lads. It was super fun to make and they loved watching its quick evolution from sparkly fabric to protectors uniform!
I had to lengthen the belt by adding on some other silver fabric and used 1/2 yard for each suit of armor (so it would be longer).
Other than that, you've created a winner, my little lads and I thank you! It's so nice to have a quick, simple project.

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