Felt Sea Urchin Pincushions and Sea Life Pins

13 Jul


DIY felt sea urchin pincushion If you’re going to sew your probably going to need a pin or two and a place to put all of them. These little felt sea urchins certainly fit the bill!

But one word of warning if you start making these you may forget all about sewing until you have covered most of the surfaces in your home with sea urchin pin cushions and hundreds nay thousands of fish, octopi, and seahorses.

Summer sewing never looked so cute!

You will need

1- 9 x 12 sheet felt for urchin in any color you dang well please

(I used, Orchid, Peaches and Cream, Key Lime Pie and Peacock)

Flower shaped buttons (Optional)

Marching thread / Stuffing

Ball Pins to create urchin dots

Long sewing pins- size matters here the longer the better

Craft Glue – I used a product called Amazing Goop

Shrink Film (and low grit sandpaper if needed)

Markers or colored pencils to color fish

Templates (at the end of post)

Pin Cushion

Cut the circles from felt sheet, these guys go together pretty quickly, here’s the rundown.

Easy Sea Urchin Pincushion

1.  Sew around the outer edges with a basting (aka big ole sloppy running) stitch

2.Pull to create a bit of a cup and fill with stuffing.

3.Place smaller circle over the base and overcast stitch into place.

4. Turn over 5. Add flower buttons if desired.

DIY Felt craft - sea urchin pincushion tutorial

Add ball pins to urchin in a star pattern.

Now for the big finish or fishish (sorry I couldn’t resist)

Sea Life Pins

Begin by prepping the shrink film, some shrink films are ready to go and need no prep otherwise you will need to prep it with a low grit sandpaper.

how to prep shrink plastic

 Trace sea templates onto shrink film and color with permanent markers.draw and color sea  shapes onto shrink film

Cut out shapes small scissors work best for this. Try to cut away as much of the clear edges as possible.

shink dink fish shapes

Cut out the shapes and heat to shrink as directed. Shrink film shrinks differently depending on brand so your results may vary.

Create Custom Sewing Pins with Shrink Film

Glue fish onto pins with craft glue, I used a product called Amazing Goop – because how can you not use a product called amazing goop!

I found the easiest way to do this is to put a pea sized dollop of goop onto a piece of paper and dip the end of the pin in and then lay onto the backside of the shape.

Let dry as directed and enjoy!

Sea Urchin Pincushions and Sea Life Pins American Felt and Craft The Blog

Templates for sea urchin pincushion and sea life pins- American Felt and Craft

Happy Crafting! ~Andie

Sea Urchin Pin Cushions

Need more felty ocean fun? And come on who doesn’t?

DIY Seahorse hobby horse

DIY Seahorse hobby horse

Crinkle Starfish tutorial

Crinkle star fish toys

Felt Bookmark tutorial - Sea Coral

Branching coral bookmark

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Branching Coral Felt Bookmarks are in!

9 Jun

 Branching Coral Bookmarks- What all the fashionable books will be wearing this summer.

DIY Felt Bookmark tutorial - branching coral

Attaching sequins to felt has become a borderline obsession over here and what can I say I am a sucker for a theme!

Continuing our ocean theme – a lovely branched sea coral bookmark with sequin accents.

*Cue runway music

Diy branching coral bookmark from felt.

This stylish branching coral bookmark is sewn entirely by hand. Making it a great take along project.

The Coral sequins are a fiery accent over this lavish orange pink felt background.

It’s what all the fashionable books will be wearing this summer!

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You will need:

 9″ x 12″ sheet of felt I used Amaranth Pink

Sequins, I used Coral

Matching thread

Cut out 2 of the coral shapes (template at the end of post)

Attach Sequins to felt coral shape.

Outline the areas where you plan to attach sequins this will help keep your lines straight.

Attach sequins for help on how to do this see our post on attaching sequins.

Sew sides of felt coral shape together

Then simply overcast stitch both coral pieces together. Easy peasy and oh so fab!

Felt Bookmark tutorial - Sea Coral

Happy Reading and Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Template for branching coral

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DIY Seahorse Stick Hobby Horse.

27 May

DIY Felt Sea Horse Hobby Horse- free tutorial and Pattern American Felt and Craft

Is there a mermaid in the house in need of a lift?

Have no fear American Felt and Craft is here with the perfect solution.

This adorable felt hobby horse is actually pretty easy to make and guaranteed to be loved by all weary mer-people in your underwater castle.

But first lets learn some fun facts about Seahorses*, shall we? Oh I think we shall…

*Seahorses (that’s correct plural form- yes, I looked it up) are actually fish.

Most *seahorses are monogamous and can be extremely romantic they “dance” and even “sing” to one another while courting.

Male *Seahorses carry the young.  (That’s right ladies singing AND childcare)

*Seahorses are one of only two fish species that swim upright and are actually quite slow-moving.

*Seahorses are vulnerable to extinction for many reasons (mostly us) and need to be protected.

*Yeah I know it’s bothering me too but I swear it really is “seahorses”.

For more on these beautiful fish and to see some amazing pictures of *seahorses as well as ways to help I would encourage you to visit:

Project Seahorse

(I guess it’s just the one because as we’ve established the plural is seahorses)

Now on to our felt seahorse craft project:

Diy ride on horse toy

You will Need:

1/2 yard Seahorse Body Color – I used Sparrow*

1 – 9″ x 12″ sheet Seahorse spot and back fin color – I used Ice*

Scrap Black* felt

1/8 yard green felt – I used Fresh Cut Grass*

4 x 5 scrap White felt*

Hook and Loop in color matching seahorse- I used Pool

Wooden Dowel  The one I used was 5/8″ x 48″

1/ 4 yard matching Tulle netting

*matching thread

Sequins in Mermaid and Snow White

Hot glue gun and “ammo”

4   yards 3/4″ ribbon

Large eyed needle

Templates (in PDF at the end of this post)

Tape Seahorse templates together as shown: 

tape templates together

Cut 2 tail pieces and 2 head pieces from main body felt color

Desired number of dots and 3 back fins from contrasting felt color.

1Kelp Bridle from green felt on a fold.

2 Eyes from black felt

4 Shell sides from white felt

Cut hook and loop into 2 – 1″ lengths – you will be trimming the loop (soft side) down more later.

sequins on felt

Sew snow white sequins to black eye pieces and to 2 of the shell shapes as shown above.

On the opposite side of the second shell piece sew hook (rough side) of hook and loop.

Set aside these will be used for the detachable kelp bridle.

Add coordinating  sequin details to felt dot shapes as desired.

For more on sewing Sequins to felt see our post on -well …sewing sequins to felt.

Fold tulle in half and cut.  Set one half aside for the fin and cut the remaining piece in half again for the ear fins.

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I totally made up that body part name – they are actually called pectoral fins but I think you’ll agree ear fins sounds at least 45% cuter.

Gather the tulle up along the long part and tie together with thread or thick string to hold.

accent seahorsehead

Lay out details on one side of the seahorse head. Pin tied tulle piece under a dot.

Cut loop (soft) side of hook and loop into small ovals.

Pin one oval onto each side where the bridle will be attached.

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Stitch details to each of the two sides.

Because of my deep love for you I ask that you please double check to make sure you are using mirroring sides.

Otherwise you may find yourself cursing like a sailor and no one wants that!

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Pin 2 back fin pieces between the two detailed head pieces.

OK technically it’s a called the superior trunk ridge but we make our own rules around here so back fins it is!

Overcast stitch around the outside and around the “back fin” with a running stitch leaving the bottom open.

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Stuff head piece and set aside.

headseq

At this point you should have a lovely and large felt seahorse head.

Mad at the pool guy or local aquarium? Consider placing this head in their beds for a warning that’s creepy – yet whimsical and also squeezably  soft because we are after all a peaceful people and everyone needs a hug.

Sew details to both sides of tail piece and begin sewing around the loop stuffing as you go using the overcast stitch you used for the top piece.

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Stop where marked on template and place “fin” piece between tail pieces and sew closed.

Bonus points if you just did air quotes when you read that.

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Cut small slits into felt to make sewing and gathering with ribbon easier do not cut through any of your stitches.

Unless you are feeling too accomplished and wish to begin all over again.

sew felt seahorse head

Necessary but  glaringly obvious instruction: Thread needle, pass ribbon through holes in felt piece.

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Place stick inside and all the way up to provide structure for years of play. Pull ribbon to gather.

how to make a stick horse from felt

Tuck raw felt edge in. Use your hot glue to attach tucked in felt pieces to the dowel.

Work through the process a time or two before breaking out the scalding hot glue.

Knot to hold and wrap the ribbon around the base a few times before gluing down for a cleaner look.

attach stick to stick horse

Add ribbon down the length of the dowel gluing the entire way down.

wrap dowel with ribbon

Attach tail to the dowel the same way you did the seahorse head.

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Use the remaining tulle to create a top fin by tying in a knot around the dowel.

This fin has no name since it does not actually exist but you cannot ride on seahorses so lets not get too bogged down in reality shall we?

Hot glue to hold.

DIY Seahorse hobby horse

To make the detachable felt kelp bridle:

Sew the sequined shell front to the loop shell back with an overcast stitch and white thread.

kelp bridle

Sandwich one end of the kelp in between the front and back of the felt shell pieces before sewing closed.

felt kelp bridle

Check to make sure the bridle isn’t twisted before attaching second shell end.

felt seahorse stuffy

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Templates

Look at that! I’ve put all the templates into a handy PDF for you:

Seahorse-templates

Happy Crafting!

Andie Clark

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16 Apr

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DIY Felt Sheep Sachet

25 Mar

DIY Felt Sheep Sachet – Say that 5 times fast…no go ahead I”ll wait.

DIY Lavender drawer sachets

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way

Pep up your spring cleaning routine with a modern take on the classic scented drawer sachet.

Felt lavender drawer sachets

Sachets for Shantay!

These easy to make felt lavender drawer sachets also make a great gift especially if you know someone named Shantay.

You will need:

Per Sachet:

Embroidery Thread in contrasting color

2 – Scraps of felt cut into 4″ x 4.5″ rectangles

I used;  Limeade, Hot Pink, Slushie and White 

Thread to match felt

Small hole tulle – 1/8 yard will make 2 sachets

Approx 4 tbs Lavender flowers or potpourri for filling

Helpful but not required;

Printer size freezer paper or packing tape to aid with cutting.

Template of outline – The sheep shape is below but you can use just about any shape.

Pencil to lightly mark out straight lines for stitching.

Sheep Sachets made from felt

Let’s make our drawers smell good! 

Tape or iron your template onto one of the felt rectangles and cut center out.

It helps to remove the center a little at a time giving your scissors more room to work so cuts are as clean as possible.

Cut Centers from templates - DIY Felt Drawer pillows

Fold the 1/8 yard of tulle in half and fold like an accordion pin into place behind cutout.

Stitch around cutout shape with a running stitch and matching thread to attach.

Sew sheep shapes to create drawer sachets  DIY

Cut away any tulle that extends past any of the sides. If desired use a pencil to lightly mark out straight lines for stitching.

Lay front piece on top of matching felt back and stitch together using a backstitch…

What’s a back stitch you ask? A back stitch is the running stitches drunk older brother.

Here’s a quick video refresher:

How to sew a backstitch a quick refresher

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g44ys0TFLkM

See that’s not hard at all!

Lavender Drawer Sachets - DIY Felt Craft

Fill with lavender or potpourri before closing.

DIY Felt Craft - Drawer and Closet Lavender scented sachets

Ta Da!

Sheep Outline - Please do not pin template.

Sheep measures 2″ square

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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Spring Supper Felt Food Pattern

10 Mar
Meet our newest arrival - Spring Supper Felt Food PDF pattern from American Felt and Craft

Meet our newest arrival – Spring Supper Felt Food PDF pattern

Meet our newest arrival, Spring Supper!

I created this felt food pattern with the goal of making it as interactive as possible.

The result is a ham that can be dressed and sliced, potatoes that can be baked, deviled eggs with removable filling, stacking jello salad, and decorative lettuce leaf accents.

This mammoth pattern also features felt steamed asparagus, hot cross buns, a coconut cake, pineapple slices and a simple but impressive felt pan pattern.

This pattern was truly a labor of love and like all proud parents I feel the need to show you a ridiculous amount of pictures.

Felt Food - Easter Ham - American Felt and Craft

This adorable little felt ham only measures  5″ x 7″ x 5.5″  to perfectly fit into play ovens and pretend kitchens.

It was based on the vintage style pineapple hams of the 1950′s.

The pint size play ham features slices attached with hook and loop for a fun slicing action.

Spring Supper Felt Food Pattern - American Felt and Craft

Pull up a chair and grab a plate.

The felt pineapple slices are attached with colored hook and loop and come off with ease for hours of culinary play.

The scalloped potatoes and asparagus are perfectly portioned for sharing!

Ham with pineapple - Spring Supper Pattern American Felt and Craft

Felt deviled eggs- American Felt and Craft

Deviled eggs with removable fillings make the perfect pre-dinner appetizer.

felt scalloped potatoes in a pan - Felt Pattern

Don’t forget the veggies!

Felt Scalloped Potatoes.

Felt Asparagus and Pan  Pattern

Felt asparagus nestled into a felt pan makes a healthy and fun felt side dish.

Felt Jello Pattern and Tutorial

Felt Jello Tutorial Pattern – Spring Supper – American Felt and Craft

Of course my absolute favorite part of this tutorial e-book is the felt jello salad.

Felt Jello has been on my sewing bucket list for quite some time and I went through at least a dozen prototypes before I was happy but I think it was all worth it.

The felt food jello pieces all stack and can be made from any color of the rainbow.

Spring Supper Felt Food Pattern

See more of our latest felt food pattern and save on ALL our PDF patterns this week only!

Only at:

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Happy Crafting

~Andie

Felt Friday – Bamboo Felt Edition

14 Feb

Bamboo felt is the softest felt available - American Felt and Craft

 Bamboo felt is made from bamboo rayon and a standard rayon blend making it the softest felt available. We just added a big selection of bamboo felt fabric available by the quarter yard to our online shop American Felt and Craft.

The fibers in bamboo felt capture color and reflect light in a way no other felt does so  grab a cup of coffee and join me on a walk through the bamboo felt forest won’t you…

Black Pearl Bamboo Felt Fabric

Black Pearl Bamboo Felt Fabric

First on our trek Black Pearl bamboo felt a light charcoal black with a velvety feel and  smooth drape.

Black Pearl - Bamboo Felt - ships worldwide.

While typical wool blend felt absorbs light bamboo rayon blend subtly reflects it for a truly unique finish.

Deep Orange Bamboo Felt

Up next Coral Reef a deep ruddy orange bamboo felt  just shy of terra cotta.

Coral Reef - a rusty orange bamboo felt

Right around the color we have a sweet bold lilac shade.

A vibrant purple - Island Orchid bamboo felt fabric  is available in fat quarter yards.

Island Orchid is a vibrant pale lavender bamboo felt with a satiny finish.

Island Orchid Bamboo felt fabric

The biggest difference in bamboo felt vs wool or wool blend felt is that bamboo felt  is much more plush , has a soft pearly sheen and a more delicate drape. It can be used the way you would any other felt.

lemon yellow bamboo felt fat quarters

Lemon yellow bamboo felt is vibrant, dynamic and drapes like a dream.

Lemon Yellow Bamboo felt - American Felt and Craft

Made from bamboo rayon fibers bamboo felt is a great vegan felt option for those with wool allergies.

Macaw Red Bamboo felt fabric - American Felt and Craft

Macaw Red Bamboo felt definitely has a coral pink sheen to it, a truly beautiful felt.

Macaw Red Bamboo Felt - Bamboo is super soft and drapes beautifully

The fibers in bamboo make for a kaleidoscope of felt colors that are particularly lush and vibrant!

Moon Shadow is a subtle grey bamboo felt

Moon shadow bamboo felt is a dusty off white with a pale gray undertone and a subtle sheen.

Moon Shadow Bamboo felt fabric American Felt and Craft

Like all felts bamboo felt won’t fray so every last scrap can be used.

Ocean Breeeze aqua bamboo felt sheets

My new favorite is this soft aqua bamboo felt fabric.

Ocean Breeze, a bright aqua bamboo felt fabric

Ocean Breeze is a vivid and silky bright blue felt.

papaya - a vibrant orange bamboo felt

Papaya  is a strong firey orange bamboo felt made from vegan fibers.

Bamboo felt handles and cuts beautifully - Papaya from American Felt and Craft

Bamboo felt has a soft and luxurious feel.

Pirate cove is a bright spring green bamboo felt fabric

Pirate Cove is a bright spring green bamboo felt fabric.

Pirates Cove - Green Bamboo felt

Bamboo felt is 100% natural and made from sustainable fibers.

Pina Colada is a true bright white bamboo felt fabric with a silky sheen and soft finish.

Next on our tour is Pina Colada a bright truely white bamboo felt.

Pina Colada White Bamboo felt sheets

Bamboo felt cuts and handles beautifully.

Sand Dollar a subtle beige bamboo felt fabric

Sand Dollar is a lovely pale beige neutral felt perfect for a variety of DIY craft projects.

Sand dollar beige bamboo felt sheets

Soft AND Strong bamboo felt is sure to last. is  Available by the quarter yard.

Seashell pink is a pale delicate pink bamboo felt with a lovely sheen.

And last but not least is Seashell Pink a delicate sugary pink bamboo felt.

Seashell Pink bamboo felt fabric from American Felt and Craft

Stop into our shop and check out our new bamboo felt friends.

Bamboo felt from American Felt and Craft Ships worldwide

Happy Crafting

Andie

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