Archive | For Kids RSS feed for this section

Peek – a – Boo Bill – Felt Pop Up Groundhog Puppet Tutorial

30 Jan 20140130-073058.jpg

Peek a Boo Bill - Felt groundhogs day puppet tutorial with<br /><br />shadow finger puppet.

The celebration of Groundhog’s Day is
based on the legend that a groundhog will leave his of his burrow
after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.

Peek a Boo Bill puppet Felt Tutorial

If he sees it, he regards it as an
omen of six more weeks of chilly winter weather and returns to his
hole.  But if he doesn’t he stays out and unpacks his
shorts…or something like that.

Peek a boo Bill - Felt Groundhog Puppet tutorial from American<br /><br /><br />Felt and Craft

I named him Bill after Bill Murray
star of Groundhogs day and a super hilarious guy. Make your
own felt groundhog  and shadow puppets and help your little
one welcome spring with a laugh.

You will
need: 

5″ x 8″ Groundhog Brown Felt -
Tobacco
* 2″ x 3″ Dark brown Felt for Groundhog belly and
hair - Chocolate* Tiny scrap of White Felt for teeth and Black Felt for nose. 9″ x 12″ Green
Felt for hill – Fresh Cut Grass * 4″ x 4″ Light brown
Felt for soil – Hot Chocolate* 4″ x 6″ scrap grey felt
for shadow – Grey Flannel * * Matching thread. 12
inch dowel and dowel cap Sturdy Paper Party Cup (Plastic will snap
and could create sharp edges) Hot Glue & Glue Gun Black
embroidery thread Felt Glue (Optional) This project was
posted on our Instagram feed live as it was being
made – some parts have since been refined and so some steps will be
shown as sketches of the better way to do something. (Read: I
screwed some stuff up but I fixed it so you won’t)
Smoosh cup to measure
Before you start cutting
and sewing measure the same size cup you will be using against this
pattern to make sure the pattern will match up – adjust as needed.
ground puppet tutorial step 1 cut
Cut: 2 Groundhog bodies from lighter
brown felt 1 Belly and 1 hair piece from Dark Brown Felt 2 soil
pices from brown felt 1 nose from black felt 1 set of teeth from
white felt 2 Grass hills and 3 grass detail pieces from green felt
2 shadow pieces from grey felt For tips on cutting
small pieces
 see or use Andie’s
Method
secures smaller felt pieces with felt glue before stitching<br /><br /><br />down
Mark out eyes and mouth
lightly onto one of the groundhog shapes. Sew hair, belly,
nose and teeth  onto front it’s helpful to use felt glue tack
down those smaller pieces. It will dry a bit stiff though so it’s
best to use in areas you don’t plan on sewing through
grpundhogg34 Sew grass to front of one
piece.
grpundhogg35 Connect grass shape to
soil using a running stitch and matching thread.
grpundhogg36 Repeat with back side.
Secure dowel with hot glue
Using hot glue glue the
dowel to the head part of the  un-decorated side. Avoid the
edges or using glue any place other than the head. Lay decorated
piece on top  and allow glue to cool.
grpundhogg37
Stitch around the outsides
of both pieces to connect them using matching thread and an
overcast stitch. Add grass details to each side. You may want to
wait before sewing up the bottom to more easily slide the cup inside.
grpundhogg38
Cut the center from the
cup you will be using. It’s really important to cut this as cleanly
as possible this will insure Bill can make an easy escape should
it be  too chilly out.
Fit cup inside groundhog puppet
Slide the paper cup into the grass sleeve it should stop itself about halfway up the soil.
Fold felt over<br /><br /><br />cup bottom and secure with glue Fold the overhang into the cup and secure to the underside with hot glue.
grpundhogg40 Attach knob to the end of
your dowel with hot glue – (I clearly over glued here.)
Shadow finger puppet
To make shadow simply
overcast around the shadow template leaving the bottom open. Happy
Crafting and Happy (almost)  Spring- Andie
hohheader

Felt puppet toy in action

Print at full size

groundhog

Stop into our shop:

American Felt and Craft - Online Craft Supply

D.I.Y Giraffe Tic Tac Toe

6 Jan

DIY Felt Giraffe Tic Tac Toe Tutorial

We’ve just gotten this adorable giraffe print felt in stock in our online shop and I fell in love with it immediately.

I knew I wanted to make a felt Valentine’s day project with it and after some though here’s what I came up with.

Giraffe Tic Tac Toe Felt Toy Tutorial - American Felt and Craft 'The Blog'

I think it’s super sweet but not too valentines-y so you can keep it out year round if you can’t bear to part with your Giraffe friend.

(His name is Winchester by the way. )

The hearts are simple to sew (or at least hard to mess up) and so this makes a great mommy and me sewing craft for you and your little Valentine. And of course you could always substitute the Pink with another color like a bright green like Key Lime Pie or lovely blue like Sparrow if pink isn’t your thing.

Felt Colors

You will need: 

2- 9″x 12″ sheets Hot Pink Felt*

2- 9″ x 12″ sheets Giraffe print felt*

1 – 9″ x 12″ sheet pale beige felt Peanut Butter

2 – Sweetheart buttons

* Matching thread (you can use 1 strand of embroidery thread in place of standard thread.)

Embroidery thread in Gold Metallic (Optional and a real pain to work with) Black and  Hot Pink

Giraffe Templates (at the end of post)

Cut

Cut both the Hot pink felt sheets into squares, cut 10 hearts from the remaining hot pink felt.

Cut out  Giraffe shape, Tic Tac Toe Lines, and 10 heart shapes from giraffe printed felt sheets.

Cut Giraffe hooves and pocket pieces from pale beige felt.

Sew

 Sew two of the matching felt hearts together with a running stitch and contrasting thread – set aside.

felt heart shapes

This is an easy felt project for kids to practice beginning stitching.

Felt Tic Tac Toe Tutorial

Lay out lines in Tic Tac Toe pattern onto one of the hot pink felt squares – pin into place and stitch down using an overcast stitch and gold thread.

 Set Aside.

Felt Giraffe Tic Tac Toe tutorial

Stitch down felt giraffe.

French knots on DIY felt giraffe tic tac toe

Add eye and horn details with french knots.

Giraffe tail

Add tail detail with gold embroidery thread and a few large stitches.

felt hooves

Stitch hooves into place with gold thread and an overcast stitch.  Set aside.

Making the envelope:

Lay small rectangle over larger one and fold remainder over, press with an iron set to the wool setting.

how to make a felt envelope with toggle

Stitch up one side of envelope to hold pieces in together with matching thread and an overcast stitch.

Leave one end open to easily place the toggle clasp.

How to make an envelope toggle

Mark base of the toggle clasp and knot hot pink embroidery thread on both sides of felt to hold toggle in place.

Extend your thread approx 9″   and knot the end.

IMG_1072

Place button over the extended thread, fold top down and sew second button into place.

Stitch the rest of the envelope together using an over cast stitch and matching thread.

felt giraffe craft tutorial - American Felt and Craft

Place envelope next to giraffe and stitch down base of envelope leaving the flap open.

IMG_1182

Lay the two felt pieces together and stitch around the outside using and overcast stitch.

See our full line of Felt & craft supplies at American Felt & Craft.

See our full line of Felt & craft supplies at American Felt & Craft.

giraffe template - tic tac toe You are welcome to pin tutorial - Please do not pin template. girtictactemp2Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Palace Guards Royal Baby Rattle Tutorial

19 Jun

 Hand-stitched  British Palace guard rattles- Tutorial and templates - lots of other felt projects too!

The Royal Family (not to mention the rest of the world) is looking forward to welcoming a new baby prince or princess into the world this July.

Never one to miss a chance to celebrate this hand stitched felt rattle is our tribute to Price William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s bundle of joy.

Although these sweet British Palace Guards do get a little rattled when you shake them they remain loyal and steadfast.

 Hand-stitch a few of  these Charming British Palace guard rattles to watch over the little prince or princess in your life. Full Tutorial and template.

 Hand-stitch a few of  these Charming British Palace guards to watch over the little prince or princess in your life.

You will need - per guard

8″ x 8″ (21 cm x 21 cm) Black felt

3″ x 5″ (8 cm x 13 cm) Flesh Colored Felt ( Bisque, Camel, Hot Chocolate)

4″ x 9″(11 cm x 23 cm) Red Felt (Tomato Soup)

2.5″ x 1″ (6 cm x 3 cm) White felt scrap

Noisemaker or rattle insert (Rattle, Jingle Ball, or squeaker)

Thread to match felts

Gold Embroidery threads

Eye Colored Embroidery thread

Stuffing

Royal Baby Rattle Template (at bottom of post)

Felt Rattle Tutorial- How to make a place guard baby rattle - Lots of other felt projects too!

CUT

2 each of the pants, and hat template from black felt.
4 hand pieces and 2 face templates from flesh colored felt.
2 jackets pieces from red felt and 1 belt from white felt.

hand

Step 1:

Lay two hand pieces together and overcast stitch up the sides using matching thread, adding a small amount of stuffing before closing. Repeat with other hand pieces and set aside

.details

Step 2:

Add eyes to face and buttons to jacket by making french knots with embroidery thread.

Add chinstrap details using embroidery thread and a back stitch.

Sew belt onto waist.

sides3

Step 3:

Using matching thread and a running stitch.
Sew hat to head, head to jacket, and jacket to pants. Repeat with backside pieces.

sides4

stufflegs

Step 4:

Using an overcast stitch and black thread sew pant legs together and stuff.
stuffchest

Step 5:

With red thread stitch jacket sides together and stuff.

Add hands to ends of sleeves with a running stitch.

If desired add rattle to chest before reaching the neck.
stuffhat

Step 6:

Stitch up the face and hat with matching thread stuffing as you go.

Rattle Template- Print full size

palacetemplates Rattle Tutorial - Buckingham Palace Guards - Welcome new royalty into your home with this Felt Palace Guard Baby Rattle.Welcome new royalty into your home with this Felt Palace Guard Baby Rattle.

You Might Also Enjoy

Fireman's Axe Rattle Tutorial

Stop By the Shop

American Felt and Craft online felt and craft store , over 100 colors of felt by the sheet! Ships worldwide.

Lizzie Borden Baby Rattle

1 Apr

Lizzie Borden- Baby Rattle Tutorial Pattern

Lizzie Borden Baby Rattle Tutorial

Help your favorite little one remind their parents who’s really in charge with this killer baby shower gift!

You will need

*Red felt (Lipstick)

*Grey Felt (Grey Flannel)

*Beige Felt (Toffee)

Stuffing

Rattle Insert

*Matching thread

 Template (at the bottom of post)

To make the wood grain on my felt I used a stenciling technique I’ll be posting about later this week.

Begin by cutting  2 axe head pieces from grey felt, 2 bloody edges from red felt, and 2 axe handles and one axe base from beige colored felt.

Stitch bloody edge to each side of the axe head.

Be sure to attach in mirror opposites so that they come together correctly.axe head

Baby Rattle Axe tutorial

Attach each axe head to an axe handle using a running stitch and matching thread

Place axe heads together and overcast stitch the sides together using beige thread.

(click here for more on these stitches)

Leave bottom of Axe open, over cast stitch up the other side.

Connect axe heads with matching thread and an overcast stitch along the outside.

Leaving top open.

DIYrattle

Add rattle insert to axe head –  lightly stuff and stitch axe head closed.

Baby rattle tutorial

Stuff axe handle until it is stiff and attach rounded bottom with an over cast stitch.

And there you have it…

Lizzie Borden Baby Rattle Tutorial

Happy April Fools Day

Did you have your heart set on a killer baby shower gift?

With a few tweaks Lizzie’s rattle easily becomes a fireman’s Axe.

Fireman's Axe Rattle Tutorial

You will need:

*Red felt (Lipstick)

*White felt (White)

*Yellow felt (Lemon Meringue)

*Beige felt (Toffee)

Stuffing

Rattle Insert

*Matching thread

 Template (at the bottom of post)

To make the wood grain on my felt I used a stenciling technique I’ll be posting about later this week.

Begin by cutting  2 yellow fireman’s symbols, 2 axe head pieces from red felt, 2 axe edges and backs from white felt, and 2 axe handles and one axe base from beige colored felt.

Attach White accents and fireman symbol to each axe head in mirroring directions.

Felt Fireman's axe

Assemble as outlined above.

Fireman's Axe Baby Rattle Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this felt baby rattle tutorial.

 Happy Crafting!  - Andie

DIY rattle templates for Axe baby rattle

Online felt supply 140+ colors, wool, wool blend and bamboo felts

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 602 other followers

%d bloggers like this: