How to Make a Tutu for Dolls Using Upcycled Cloth Tea Bags

For links to video on how to upcycle cloth tea bags into Teabag Yarn, and how to weave triangles with it,  please go to: LINK

I love finding fun and unique ways to upcycle things, and so I have had so much fun turning cloth tea bags into yarn and weaving with it, to make tutus for the Merrie Sunshine and Mermaid Minnie Moonbeam dolls.

For the main page about Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam dolls, please go to: LINK

Here is the video that shows how to make the Upcycled Tea Bag Tutu:

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Tips for Weaving With Teabag Yarn on the Diagonal on Potholder Looms

One of my favorite things is to find creative new ways to make small looms even more useful by thinking ‘outside the box’ on how I weave with them.  So, that’s what this video is about….

Here it is: Tips for Weaving with Teabag Yarn on the Diagonal on Potholder Looms-

By the way, I made a video showing how to upcycle cloth tea bags (not paper ones) to make Teabag Yarn.

Here’s the Link to that video: TEABAG YARN HOW TO

Happy Weaving and Happy Upcycling!

 

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How to Weave Using Upcycled Teabag Yarn 2 Nails at a Time on Pin Looms

If you want to weave with bulky yarn on a pin loom, it can be challenging.

I’ve made a video, using Upcycled Teabag yarn (here’s the link on how to make upcycled Teabag Yarn: LINK) as the bulky yarn for this example.

When you weave using 2 nails at a time on a pin loom, you can open up all kinds of possibilities for working with art yarns, fabric strip yarn and other bulky yarns.

It’s quick and easy and adds so much creative potential to pin loom weaving.  Yay!

Here’s the how-to video:

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How to Upcycle Cloth Tea Bags into Teabag Yarn

Ahhh, tea!  One of life’s great pleasures!

Some teas come in cloth tea bags that can’t be composted, so instead of throwing them in the garbage,

here’s a great way to upcycle the bags into yarn that you can weave with (or knit or crochet).

I’ve made a video about how to cut the cloth tea bags into fabric yarn-

What can you do with upcycled tea bag yarn?

Weave with it as if it’s regular yarn… for instance, here are a Star , a Dragonfly and Heart woven on pin looms that I designed for Dewberry Ridge Looms

Or: Make upcycled brooches- here’s a video showing how:

More videos  about weaving with teabag yarn –

How to Weave Using Upcycled Teabag Yarn 2 Nails at a Time on Pin Looms:

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How to Make Simple Doll Clothes from Woven Triangles

Here is a video tutorial about how to make sweet and simple doll clothes using triangles that are woven on small triangle or pin or potholder looms.

The video shows the doll clothes being modeled by the Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam Mermaid wooden dolls, but the clothes will fit other dolls that are around 8 inches/20 cm tall.

For more information about the Merrie Sunshine and Mermaid Minnie Moonbeam dolls, please go to L I N K

HERE ARE A WHOLE BUNCH OF VIDEOS ABOUT HOW TO WEAVE TRIANGLES ON SMALL LOOMS:

This video shows how to weave triangles on 2 inch pin looms, but the technique is the same on any size square pin loom:

Here are 2 videos that show how to weave a triangle on the Potholder loom using yarn:

and

and here is how to weave a triangle on small triangle looms:

 

And how to weave a triangle on a Weave-It style pin loom: Note that you will need to weave 2 triangles and stitch them together to make them large enough to make the doll clothes in the video:

 

Here’s how to weave a triangle on the Martha Stewart loom:

No matter what loom you weave your little triangles on, I hope that you will find delight in using them to make simple doll clothes!

Happy Weaving and Happy Doll Making! ❤

 

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Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam Wooden Dolls

I have loved wooden dolls all my life and have made many, many of them throughout my life.

More than 20 years ago, I began a series of flat wooden dolls that I called: ‘Merrie Sunshine’.

I’ve worked with Merrie Sunshine off and on for all these years, but until the pandemic unfolded, it didn’t occur to me to make a mermaid sister for Merrie Sunshine.

I’ve been working on larger articulated wooden mermaids and it was these dolls that brought Merrie Sunshine to mind,

and then inspired me to give Merrie Sunshine a mermaid sister.

Here are Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam with my most recent wooden mermaid (the inspiration for all this)

I asked Donna and Gary McFarland of Dewberry Ridge Looms if they would be interested in making

unpainted, unfinished Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam dolls that people would then be able

to make uniquely their own.

They said that they would, and so here are what the dolls look like fresh out of the envelope from Donna and Gary:

MERRIE SUNSHINE: LINK TO ORDER from Dewberry Ridge Looms

and

MINNIE MOONBEAM MERMAID: LINK TO ORDER from Dewberry Ridge Looms 

I have made 4 videos that show how to paint or color or decoupage the dolls to make them uniquely your own and how to stitch the dolls together

LINKS TO “HOW TO ASSEMBLE AND EMBELLISH MERRIE SUNSHINE AND MINNIE MOONBEAM DOLLS’

PART 1- How to’s for the Face, Hair and all kinds of things:

 

PART 2- More Embellishing 

 

PART 3- How to use Washi tape and origami paper to dress the dolls:

 

PART 4- How to stitch the dolls together:

Here’s a little inspiration for the Merrie Sunshine Dolls”

and a glimpse of how I have embellished some Minnie Moonbeam Mermaid dolls:

And, dolls need clothes, right?

So, I have designed an eBook of CROCHETED DOLL clothes for Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam

Available in my etsy shop- LINK

AND  a book of KNITTED DOLL CLOTHES for Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam

Available  in my etsy shop at LINK

AND a book of Doll Clothes WOVEN ON THE 2 INCH PIN LOOM

Available  in my etsy shop  LINK

 

Here is the link to the  facebook group for the Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam dolls  LINK  🙂

How to make Tutus for Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam:

 

How to make shawls and other wraps for Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam:

Watch this page for more links to fun things for Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam.  😀

I hope that Merrie Sunshine and Minnie Moonbeam will bring you as much joy as they have brought me! ❤

 

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How to Videos for Weaving with the 2 Inch Pin Loom

One of my most favorite looms to weave on is the tiny 2 inch pin loom.

Here are a few videos that I have made, showing some fun techniques and projects for the 2 inch pin loom.

How to weave small rectangles on the 2 inch pin loom:

 

How to weave squares on the bias on the 2 inch pin loom:

 

How to weave triangles with the 2 inch pin loom:

 

How to make tiny Snowmen with woven 2 inch squares and triangles:

 

How to make jewelry from woven 2 inch pin loom squares:

 

The loom in the video is from Dewberry Ridge looms: LINK

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Two Circular Tapestries by Noreen Crone-Findlay

I am working on a series of circular tapestries that are contemplations on the nature of healing, imagination, dreams, stories and the power of community.

These two tapestries: ‘Each Flower Has a Memory’

 

and ‘Mermaid Circle of Imagination and Hope’

were woven on many different looms, including peg looms, weaving sticks and a variety of pin looms.

There’s also quite a lot of tatting included because of the soothing nature of lace making.

The tapestries are each 28 inches in diameter (70 cm).

Here’s a little video that shows the new tapestries:

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How to Weave Triangular Leaf and Petal Shapes on Pin Looms

I made this video and some others before all the grieving and conversation about needing to completely re-create the world as we have known it.

It felt to me that it was important to just be quiet and listen and learn and contemplate and donate and try and figure out how to move forward, so I didn’t post any videos for awhile.

I am convinced that it is essential to keep creating beauty, and so I am offering my videos again.

This one is about a process that delighted me- I figured out a way of making woven leaves and petals so I could make lovely woven flowers for some tapestries that I have been working on.

I hope that my work can be a source of inspiration and spark imagination as we all come together to build a world based on love, compassion and kindness.

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Potholder Loom Techniques- 2 Step Fine Sett Weaving- Twills

In my previous post, I showed how to weave 2 Step Fine Sett Weaving on the potholder loom working plain weave.

This video shows how to weave Twills on the Potholder Loom, using the 2 Step Fine Sett Technique for Twills.

So many possibilities!!!  Woohoo!

Happy Weaving!

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