Monday, June 13, 2011

My First Knock Off - And It's An Anthro!

First, let me sing the praises of Pinterest!  I just got an invitation too weeks ago (Thanks Mandy from Sugar Bee!)  Pinterest is an online bulletin board.  You put a handy little "Pin It" button onto your Bookmarks tool bar.  Then, when you come to a fantastic recipe, ingenious craft project, or breathtaking home design idea, you simply click on "Pin It" and the site's location and a thumbnail of the post is saved to one of your boards.  BRILLIANT!  I wish I'd thought of it, but I'll settle for loving it!

Now that my gushing is over, I will present my project to all of you!  I needed to sing the praises of Pinterest first because this fabulous brooch was the first craft project I "Pinned."  And here is the result....

My version of the Anthropologie Beaming Featherfew Pin!

I found this link to Kojo Designs on Pinterest and I was immediately IN LOVE with this pin as was Kirsten when she saw this pin at her local Anthropologie.  It is called the Beaming Featherfew Pin.  (I could not find a current listing online so I have no price comparison.)  Here is Anthro's version:

 And here is Kojo's delightful knock-off:

I looked at these beautiful pictures and followed the awesome tutorial found here.  I learned a few things along the way that I wanted to pass along.

I used an old t-shirt that I had originally planned on re-purposing for my Easter Outfit for the "petals."  I originally cut them out with the knit of the jersey perpendicular to the strips.  However, because my fabric was a bit thin, my petals did not work.  They stretched when I sewed them.  I had to re-cut all of the strips with the knit running parallel to the strip.  Here are some photos showing what I mean:

In the following four pictures, the top strip was cut with the knit running parallel to the strip (long chains), and the bottom strip was cut with the knit running perpendicular to the strip (short chains).  

After sewing...see the curve?

Turned right side out.

After knotting.

The parallel knit is much straighter. 
If you look closely at Kojo's knock off, you will see that her knits run perpendicular and she has no problems.  I am sure that I had troubles because my fabric was much thinner.

Next, I found the only way my little brain could figure out how to turn these teeny tiny tubes inside out was to use a safety pin.  I pinned the tube starting from the outside to the inside.  Next, I shoved the top through the strip which eventually turned the tube inside out.  Quick and easy!

Pulling the tubes right side out.

Here is my favorite part:

I have mentioned my vintage button boxes a few times, but this a real find:

See the rhinestones at the top?
The rhinestones at the top are a long strip of individual stones sewn together.  I picked them out one at a time to add to my beaded center!  I love the sparkle that they added to the piece! 

This is the part where I differ from the tutorial found at Kojo Designs.  I had a job in college at a copy shop/printer.  As a result we had the latest and coolest gadgets.  Our name tags were kept on by super-strong magnets.  I didn't want to attach the flower portion to a pin or alligator clip because a pin will damage clothing and an alligator clip is not strong enough.  I decided to make my own magnet backing!  Here is what you need to make one for yourself:

  • Two super-strong magnets approximately 3/8" in diameter
  • Two small hair clips (must be magnetic)
  • Super strong glue (I used Gorilla Glue, but you can use what you like.)
  • Small pliers
  • Two clamps

First, I dismantled the hair clips.  I removed the clip portion and the narrow piece in the middle.

Next, use the pliers to snap off the clip and hinge portions from the solid bar.

Follow the directions for the glue you are using and secure a super strong magnet to each end of one of the bars.

Use the clamps to secure the magnets while the glue is setting.  I began with the strong metal clips you see in the picture, but there was a problem.  Those clips were also magnetic and therefore highly attractive to the magnets.  I was afraid that they would got stuck to the glue.  I eventually switched to plastic non-attractive clips. That is not to say that they were ugly, only that they were not magnetic.  ;)

Cover the other bar with another jersey tube.  (I used my misshapen one from above.)  Fold over the edges, and sew to secure.  This piece will be next to the body so you want it to be soft.  The edges of the metal bar were rather scratchy. 

Use a hot glue gun and a strip of felt to attach the magnet strip to the back of the brooch. 

Run a straight line of hot glue across the felt back of your pin. 

Press the metal bar into the glue, magnet side out. 
Cover the center of the metal strip with a small piece of felt.

Also I used hot glue to attach my beaded portion to the front of the brooch. (I actually did this before the magnet strip, but it would probably be easier to do it after.)  I took the opportunity to attach a few more rhinestones then too.  I tried to sew them, but my thread was too thin and they kept falling off.  Hot glue was perfect!

I love the look of the gray pearl beads and rhinestones with the pale yellow petals.

I made the beaded center asymmetrical on purpose.  I thought it provided a good contrast to the circular outer petals. 

Show off your new knock off!

Can you see the sparkle?

A little off-center with this one.
Here are a few I took of myself in a mirror.  The photos are blurry, but you can tell how cute this pin is on my black shirt!

Pardon the strange photos.  I am using a very cheap mirror, and I and to do some crazy cropping to get something decent.  

This is what the photos looked like before cropping. 

After cropping.

And another...

I wore my new pin to church on Sunday and got several compliments!  See...

Smile!  My husband is taking the picture and he's a lot taller than I am. 

Here I am with a sassy hand on my hip pose!

Okay, that is enough shots of me, let's get on with it...I really had fun finding this project on Pinterest and making it my own!  I hope you find some love there too!

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SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, Tanya! I see so much creativity in your blog so can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

Ashley said...

so cute!! i love knock off did awesome: )

love it!!

Christina said...

Great tutorial! I love the pin and it looks so much like the original! So cute!

Tammy said...

You did a great job! I really like it pinned against the black. I'm your newest follower. Hope you cna visit me sometime soon!

Sandy Ang said...

Fantastic knockoff. I'm loving Pinterest for organizing things that are inspiring me currently.

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Your pin is absolutely adorable! You did such a great job. I found you via Homemaker On A Dime and am now your newest follower.

P.S. I love the name of your blog!

Jill said...

Just beautiful! A great knockoff!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Farah said...

Hi Tanya. its so nice to meet you, I am here via Topsy Turvy... and glad to find you... your flower looks beautiful and I was in thinking process for one of my bag to emballish it... now it is decided... thank you so much dear ... I am going to be your newest follower too
please visit me if you can

Jessica @ Balancing the Dream said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!! I LOVE Pinterest, I LOVE Anthropology, and I LOVE your knockoff! Great job! Thanks for sharing!!

jamie said...

oh my gosh, you nailed it! i'm totally following you :)

Anna@Directions Not Included said...

Great tutorial! I'm your newest follower from Us and Them's linky party. Stop by if you have a chance.

Blissful & Domestic said...

I like these. They are too cute and I love them on the shoulder:>

D+B said...

Your blog is so cute!! I will definitely be following you!! :) and will be watching your blog to learn some new things!! I would love it if would check out my blog and follow me back also!!

Antonella said...

What a great pin! Your tutorial is easy to follow! I linked over from the crafty soiree where I am also linked up.
Hugs, antonella :-)

ShannonSews said...

Wow! Very cute pin. Looks just as good as the original. Nice work!

Julia said...

Looks great - I'd have never figured out how to make that!

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Hopefully this will be the first of many knock offs to come because you totally rocked it!

Ruffle Art said...

That looks beautiful! I'll put this on my "to-do" for a special Christmas gift this year.
Tracy @ Ruffle Art

Jen @ said...

Oh my gosh!!! I bought that same pin to knock off. I love your version!! You did an awesome job!


~Iffy~ @ StayAtHomeNation said...

Great job on your 1st knock off =D
Thank you so much for linking up with my Favorite Things Party!!! Please try my button code now as I was having issues earlier but it's now fixed. Thanks!

Unknown said...

You did an awesome job on your anthro knockoff! What a great addition to any outfit! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next week!

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my BFF Link Party wrap up!

Andie Jaye said...

thanks for linking this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party! i hope to see you again this week!

Unknown said...

This is a great knock off and a great tutorial. Thanks so much for linking up to Strictly Homemade Tuesday. Just wanted you to know I featured your project today!!


sertyan said...

Your knockoff turned out pretty close to the real thing, nice!
Thank you for chancing by my blog!