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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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Sequined Snowmen Felt Christmas Ornament Tutorial

28 Dec

These last tutorials are too late for this year’s Christmas  but  I couldn’t bear to shelve them for a whole year.

Just look at that chubby snowman face and try telling him no.

*sigh

Felt ornament tutorial and template Sequined snowmen.

These chubby little felt snowmen are sure to melt any heart and brighten up any tree.

DIY felt snowman ornament tutorial

You will need:

Per Snowman TEMPLATE (at the end of this post)

5″ x 7″ scrap  White felt  

2- 1″ x 2″ scraps for hat I used Lipstick, PeacockLemon Meringue,  Key Lime PieRoyal Purple and Hot Pink

Tiny scrap for nose Orange Juice

Heart Felt Button

Black embroidery thread

Matching Thread

Sequins I used:

Classic Red

Hot Pink

Coral

Grape Soda

Buttercup

Cut

2 Snowman bodies from white felt

1 set of hat stripes and 1 hat shape from a contrasting color

1 snowman nose from orange felt.

And now the magic begins

Put one of the 2 felt snowmen bodies off to the side, this will be his back.

AFC felt snowman tutorial 2013Stitch snowman face onto the remaining snowman piece.

AFC 2013 Felt Snowman ornament tutorial Stitch down nose and cheek sequins with matching thread.

hat stripes from felt

Stitch stripes down to hat base. Add sequin to end.

felt snowman tutorial - Christmas ornaments AFC

Stitch down the hat and  heart shape with coordinating thread.

 Sandwich ribbon or cord between snowman front and the blank back piece if desired.

Overcast stitch front and back pieces together.

AFC felt snowman ornament tutorial and template 2013

Felt Snowman - Please pin pattern not template! Thanks

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Felt camera ornament tutorial

DIY Felt Christmas Ornaments – Vintage Vinyl -Hipster Week

30 Nov

American Felt and Craft Free Record Ornaments  Tutorial

Vinyl just sounds better…or so I hear. I can hardly find my music on my phone without the added stress of record needles and multiple speed options. Bring the joy of vintage vinyl to this year’s tree with these easy felt Christmas ornaments.

You will need:

TEMPLATE (at the end of this post)

9″ x 12″   – sheet of  Black felt

1″ scrap of reddish felt - Poppy

1″ scrap  White felt

1″ scrap deep green felt – Cilantro

Matching Thread

12″ Ribbon for hanging (4″ per record)

Sequins in

Crystal

Silver Streak

Felt Glue (Optional)

MAKES 3 RECORDS

Cut out 6 large circles from black felt and 1 each of  smaller circle from Poppy, Cilantro, and White felt.

Felt Record Ornament DIY tutorial step 1

Attach Crystal colored sequin to the center of the smaller circle. Place the smaller circle onto the larger on and glue or sew into place using an overcast or running stitch and matching thread.

Free Christmas Ornament Pattern Felt Records

Attach Silver Streak sequins to both sides of 1 of the black circles as marked on the template using felt glue or matching thread.

DIY felt Christmas ornament free pattern - records - Hipster Week

Loop ribbon over and attach to undecorated felt circle. Overcast stitch both record pieces together.

Hipster Week Felt Vinyl Record Ornament Tutorial

Sit back and jam out the sweet sweet sounds of a completed felt ornament.

Repeat with remaining felt pieces and colors.

Vintage Vinyl Felt Record Tutorial - Felt Chirstmas Ornaments Hipster Week

record template for felt ornament

Tune in tomorrow for pics of the completed Hipster Tree...you know you want to!

Felt camera ornament tutorial

Stop by our store and visit with our hundreds of felt colors.

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DIY Felt Christmas Ornaments -Instagram Camera

26 Nov

Hipster week day 2 Felt Instagram ornament

Even Santa can’t resist a good selfie!

Document your documentation with a felt camera ornament on this year’s tree.

You will need:

Template (at the end of this post)

4″ x 7″ White felt

3″ x 1.5″ scrap dark grey felt  Black Pebble

2″ x 4″ Black felt scrap

4″ x .5″ felt scrap (or ribbon) for loop Poppy

Sequins in

Crystal

Silver Streak

Classic Red

Moss

Gold rush

Matching thread

Felt Glue (Optional)

Cut 2 templates A and 1 each of E & D from white felt

Cut 1 each of F, C and G from black felt

and 1 B from dark grey felt.

Felt Camera ornament tutorial

Add crystal colored sequins to pieces D & E either using felt glue or white thread to attach.

(Optional: add 2 sequins along one side for added detail.)

Attach the decorated D piece to the black C piece with black thread or felt glue.

Repeat with pieces E and F

Attach the felt strip to one corner of the A pieces and set aside.

Using felt glue or thread attach the Classic Red, Gold rush, and Moss down the left side of the template B.

Felt Ornament Tutorial Instagram Camera - Hipster Week

Attach template B to the second (undecorated) white A piece.

Felt Ornament Tutorial instructions Camera - Instargram

Doing your best to avoid noticing the terrible state of my nails attach the embellished C and F pieces to the camera.

Add piece G just below the sequins.

Using an overcast stitch attach the two A pieces together.

Ta-Da!

Felt camera tutorial pattern

In a Rush?

Try using felt glue to make these and cut out over half the time.

Felt Camera Pattern - Please do not pin pattern

Happy Hipster Week!

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Join us again tomorrow for more adventures in self-expression.

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~Andie

Cutting Detailed Letters and Shapes from Felt

30 Apr

How to cut letters from Felt - tons of tips

Letters and complex shapes can be difficult to cut from felt – when accuracy really counts. And pins are cumbersome to use on smaller pieces

Printable freezer paper also called quilters paper solves these problems and makes it a breeze to use up those smaller felt scraps. Quilter’s freezer paper also adds a rigidity that makes it easy to accurately cut small or complex shapes from amazingly small pieces of felt.

You’ll find it’s a life saver when  mass producing  felt items like party favors or making a felt flower bouquet.  All without damaging or staining your felt.

You might also want to check out Andie’s method for cutting small and detailed shapes without freezer paper for small projects.

 A quick freezer paper refresher:

Freezer paper is not the same as parchment, butcher, or waxed paper. 

 Printed sized quilter’s freezer paper is a must (we sell ours here as Felter’s Friend)

You do not want to use the rolled freezer paper sold at the grocery store for this craft for two reasons:

1: You will have to cut the paper into printer sized sheets and given the thinness and curl even with precision they may still jam.

2: Since these pieces will be handled a lot while you are cutting them out the curl of rolled freezer paper can cause the paper to dislodge more easily grocery store versions also adhere less strongly so you may find yourself getting very frustrated especially if you want to reuse the templates or cut intricate shapes.

Use the right tool for the job you won’t regret it.

Printer sized freezer paper

Printer sized freezer paper

Plan out your templates in your favorite photo editing program.

 One sheet can be use on multiple colors so pack them in tightly and use every scrap of freezer paper. No need to reverse letters or shapes print your templates exactly the way you want your felt pieces to look. When choosing a font or a shape look for thick lines-  the thicker the better. . Felt less than 1/4″ thick can and will tear.

felt tear - cutting felt

 To print on freezer paper

Print onto the matte (feels like regular paper) side NOT  the shiny side.

Since quality isn’t important print on the fast setting and save some ink.  Black and white prints will work for most projects however color printing is very helpful for layered projects (see more on this below.)

Freezer paper templates

Ironing freezer paper to Felt

Cut your templates loose before ironing them onto to felt this makes it easier to position pieces and make the most  of your felt.

Letters can be broken up to fit onto your felt scraps.

Freezer paper will stick to acrylic felt however it may not adhere firmly enough for open centered letters; the synthetic setting on the iron doesn’t fully melt the freezer paper backing. Bamboo felt is very soft and it may be difficult to remove the freezer sheets once ironed on.

Wool or wool blend felt works best.

Iron freezer paper templates to wool/ blend felt using the wool setting.  (about 30 seconds)

How to cut felt letters

Felt Cutting Tips

Once your templates have printed cut away extra paper around shapes or letters, removing bulk first keeps your cuts accurate.

Start slowly and cut inward you can always cut more but you can never cut less!

Cutting curves can be tricky it helps to cut deep lines to points on your templates. Then cut away in the opposite direction, this will make little triangles at each curve. Now move your scissors around the curves

Image

 Consider using smaller scissors for tight spaces.

Cutting Open Centers from Felt

Cut open centers from felt

 If you cut your words straight you can easily curve them after they are cut which also helps save felt.

Cutting felt shapes with Printer freezer paper sheets

Cutting  layered template pieces from felt 

When cutting a layered piece it helps to print in color, no need to print each template piece separately!

Iron shape to first color, cut out felt and peel off.

Cut away the color you just completed and proceed to the next color.

Quality freezer paper sheets can be reused again and again for each color.

cutting layers from felt

Each time it will adhere a little less firmly but I was able to use each piece up to 6 times.

Interested in more freezer paper/ felt magic?

Check out our DIY printed felt sheet tutorial or stop by the store!

DIY Printed Felt American Felt and Craft 160 colors of wool blend felt

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Cutting detailed felt letters and shapes

Scrappy Fall Felt Candle Mat.

7 Nov

This super easy candle mat is a great way to use up those fall colored felt scraps just add a pumpkin scented candle and it makes a great hostess gift this Thanksgiving.

Pattern for fall trees candle mat

You will need:

White felt 1/4 yard

Scraps of felt in fall colors

used here:

Gold Nugget

Fresh Cut Grass

Autumn Leaves

Beet

Courtyard

Hot Chocolate

Tomato Soup

Banana Cream Pie

coordinating thread

Brown embroidery thread

Step 1: 

Cut 2-  12″ circles from the white felt. Feel free to adjust this to whatever size suits your needs or make it really easy and just trace a plate. Set one circle aside.

Step 2:

Begin cutting random blobs from scraps of fall colored felts.  Place and pin at top, bottom and sides of one of your white felt circles. Try to make each “tree” a little different from the others.  Fill in the rest of the space and pin when the placement looks right.

Thanksgiving fall candle mat

Step 3:

Using brown embroidery thread create tree trunks and branches with a quick running stitch along each tree.Fall Tree Candle Mat craft tutorial

Step 4:

Once all the branches and trunks have been stitched begin stitching down your trees with coordinating thread.

Felt autumn project

Step 5: 

Once all the trees have been sewn into place, stack white felt circles together and trim any uneven edges before overcast stitching them together with white thread.

Felt hostess gift

Enjoy!

Check out our other fall themed felt crafts:

Super easy felt napkin rings 

fall garland

Fall Garland

Happy Crafting!

Andie

No Sew Wool Felt Bows, Bowties and Shoe Clips

30 Jun

Felt Bow tutorial

These no sew felt bows are super easy scrap busters.

 If you are a Pintrest fan (and lets face it who isn’t) you have probably seen this floating around.

Felt bows

Source: cdn.duitang.com via Pinterest

Super cool right!? I immediately knew I needed to make a few billion of these for my newest niece.

The only problem, no templates!

I tried to remake theirs but in the end I just ended up starting from scratch.

wool blend felt bows template  Templates to make bows are at the end of this post

To make the hair bands I measured the “babies” head deducted about a 1/2″ and hot glued stretchy soft elastic together.

Making an elastic headband for babies

felt bow for babies tutorial

And then hot glued the bows to the seam on the headband.

To create the matching bow ties for I made the bow a larger size (templates below) and used Shoe Clips to attach them. Shoe clips ended up being perfect for this project because they hold tight on the thinnest fabric, don’t damage the fabric and have a smooth back so they won’t irritate little ones.

Shoe clips / bow ties tutorial

Easy Felt bow tie tutorial

After I completed the bow I simply hot glued the open clip to the back of the larger bows.

Make sure the glue sets before you close them.

Tutorial for felt bows and bow ties from American Felt and CraftAfter making  both a small and large size of every color I could think of  I had to make some shoe clips too.

For these I used the small bow

Something blue - tiny bow shoe clips

Then I made small bows with  some long ribbon shapes.

tutorial for felt shoe clips

Shoe clips blue bows

How to make felt shoe clips- something blue bows

 Wouldn’t they be a fun something blue?

A ton of these can be made in no time at all with whatever Felt scraps or ribbon you have on hand.

You will also need

Shoe clips

Hot Glue gun

Soft elastic for baby headbands, I prefer the lightweight lace elastic kind.

And of course the template!

Templates to make bows

Stop by the store to see all of  the over 100 colors we carry!

Happy Crafting

Andie

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