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I'm Lesley and I've been a crafter all my life. I discovered paper crafting about 30 years ago and this is now my great passion.

Friday 26 August 2022

All kilted up

After two projects with the Terrific Tartan papers from Craft Consortium, I was ready for a card. When I think of Tartan, what springs to mind? A Scot, with a shapely leg, sporting a kilt! I didnt manage the leg but here is a kilt card. 

 I spotted a couple of kilts on Pinterest but didnt find a tutorial, so I hope this is helpful if you want to make something similar. 

I started with a premade 6" card blank that measured 5 3/4 (I know, don't ask!) and matted with the smallest design from the 12 x 12 Tartan papers 5 1/2 x 5 1/2.

To make the kilt I cut a strip 6 1/2" x 2 1/2". If I were making another kilt I would check the pattern carefully and get it centred on the tartan across the front of the kilt. Try cutting and scoring copy paper and centring that on the best tartan paper to do this. Score the strip at 1/2, 1, 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, turn and score same from other edge. fold the first fold each side under and then do valley, mountain etc to centre. Don't burnish. Secure these fold with  narrow red liner tape across the back. 

To make the natural look of a moving A-Line to the kilt, gently pull out the pleats each side, then burnish the folds, keeping the centre panel square. add more tape to the back to secure folds lower down. Add a strip of dimensional foam tape down the centre back to keep it flat. Trim the top of the kilt straight. Cut a narrow strip of black card for the waistband that is wider than the kilt and wrap arond like a bellyband, secure when happy. Take a black  marker and colour the edge of the kilt paper behind the waistband so that it is not noticeable. 

To make the Sporran
I cut a small scrap of black card about 1/2" wide, rounded corners one end and cut to 5/8"
Then I layered white on top cutting narrower and rouning coners. To make the tassels I cut 3 pieces of black linen thread and knotted at one end fraying the ends and trimming so tassel ends were the same. I placed red liner tape on back of sporran base and arranged three tassels on top. To cover the top I cut a flap free hand from the rest of scrap card, added a fold and glued from the back. 
the chains to hold the sporran are silver peel-offs. I have a mountain of these in my stash so great to use even a tiny bit! I wrapped the peel offs around the kilt and adhered sporran on top.

I matted this onto 3 1/2" square white card that I embossed with an argyle folder by Craftwell to continue the theme, black card 3 7/8 and white again 4".

Let me know if you try this.

Happy crafting,


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