May 2020

A Closer Look...

Rainbows are everywhere at the moment, whether it be fabrics and embellishments or those you see hanging in the windows created by children up and down the country - the symbol of Peace and Hope, the Rainbow after the Storm. 

We are really excited to bring you a new die and template, which allows you to create your own rainbows with glitter, felt, leatherette and more! Here we will take a closer look at the die and talk about just a few of the ways you can use it. We hope to update this blog with some of our customer favourite photos as they come in!

Die or Template?

Steel Rule Dies - These are compatible with most die cutting machines, particularly the Sizzix Big Shot. Dies are more expensive than a template, however you get a lot of use from one die, it saves hand cutting and gives you consistency and neater finishes.

Templates - Our templates are made from a durable plastic and are designed to be drawn around onto your fabrics, they can be used time and time again, and its a cheaper alternative to the dies. Also ideal if you want to try a shape out before committing to the die!

Red and yellow and... 

Turns out, according to my 5 year old daughter, that I did indeed get the rainbow colour order wrong! You should check your facts before debating with a child... but the joy of this rainbow shape is that you can use all 7 layers in which ever colours you wish or make a smaller rainbow by using less layers! Whether you go for a bright traditional rainbow, a pastel rainbow or opt for some jazzy patterned layers, you are guaranteed to be able to get really creative with this shape!


So...what can we make with the rainbow?

When it comes to creating, there are no limits and there is most certainly no right or wrong way to do something. But, for a bit on inspiration...here are a few ideas which spring to mind!

  • Mini 4 or 5 layered clips and Big, all 7 colour clips (see photo further down, demonstrated by my beautiful daughter)
  • Bow Holders
  • Box frame decorations
  • Decorate your own birthday hats like those listed here (purchase our blank pre-sewn hats
  • Bow tails
  • Keyrings
  • Greeting cards
  • and so much more...

How to make a 7 colour hair clip

Here is a simple, and quick tutorial on how we made our 7 colour rainbow clip - the steps are the same for mini clips too!

Step 1:

First cut out your chosen fabrics and colours as shown below. We used glitters from our glitter felt range with Coral, Neon Yellow, Neon Orange, Neon Green, Neon Pink Neon Purple and Neon Blue (you can find these here!) You will also need to cut an additional piece from felt using the biggest layer from the rainbow you are making (for this 7 colour rainbow, we cut an extra felt piece the same size as the coral glitter layer).

We have used a 55mm crocodile clip

Step 2: 

Your second felt layer will be placed on the back of your rainbow to secure the clip in place. To do this, you need to create a small slit for the top of your crocodile clip to slide into...

Step 3: 

Now you have made your back piece, glue your layers together. Tip: Start by gluing the biggest layers down to the smallest..it is easier than starting with the smaller layers! 

We really hope you love this timeless shape as much as we do!
Please tag us in your rainbow and Jolif creations on Facebook and Instagram!

Thank you for reading! 

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