welcome back ! today we'll make the base of the ring.
please refer to part 1 of the tutorial before you start making the base.
Our first ring will be 0.5 inch width. Pick up pretty embroidery threads, a fabric to match and let’s get started!
Cut your glossy paper to strips of 0.5 inch wide. I’m using strips from a magazine cover, in the total of about 30-35 inches long (or, for me, just 2 strips). You may need more, or less, depend on your paper. Don’t worry about it too much – use what you have. We will test the base within 5 minutes, so not much time wasted on experimenting with different papers!
Cut your fabric strip to 1.25 inch width. Make sure you have enough fabric to go around your mold, plus a little extra.
Fold the end of your fabric inside (wrong sides in), about 0.25 inch.
Wrap the fabric around the mold, pretty side facing the mold. Leaving 0.5 inch overlaps, cut the excess fabric off.
The next step requires at least 3 hands so make sure you have the scotch tape and the glossy paper strips ready. Wrap the fabric tightly around the mold, without stretching it. Place a piece of tape connecting the fabric and a paper strip together in the center. Wrap the paper around and around the mold, adding tape between strips.
Make sure there isn’t any wrinkle in the fabric and tape the end of the paper the secure it on.
Fold the sides of the fabric on the paper. Once you have the folds over nice and tight, sew big Xs (like herringbone stitches) to hold it in place. Sew extra stitch or 2 at the overlaps, flattening it a bit.
(You can leave the thread on for the next stage)
Carefully, take the ring off the mold, and try it on. Give it a gentle squeeze, noting it’s not too soft (we don’t want it to fold), or too tough.
Place the ring back on the mold. Wrap a bit of yarn around the ring, leaving the edges clear. Make it as bulky, or as fine as you like. I’m laying yarn on the whole width once, adding one more layer in the center region.
Secure the yarn in place with the needle and thread, like before.
Take your ring off the mold; verify there aren’t any wrinkles inside.
Your base is ready!