Pot of Gold – Felt Door Hanger

5 Feb

Pot Of Gold Door Hanger Tutorial - W/ pocket for leprechaun gold.

Irish folklore includes a rich history of the trouble making Leprechaun. Legends tell of these hardworking mischief makers storing their treasure- golden coins- in pots hidden at the end of a rainbow. This magical secret hiding place insures his pot of gold will never found – unless of course – you are very lucky!

Our felt pot of gold door hangers include a pocket to hold chocolate gold coins or other small treasures and a four leaf clover for luck!

These easy felt door hangers make a great Saint Patrick’s Day craft and and an even better Saint Patrick’s day surprise for the mischief making treasures in your life.

You will need:

8″ x 4″ – Black felt*

4″ x 4″ Gold Felt  – Egg Yolk*

2″ x 2″ scrap dark green Felt – Fresh Cut Grass*

Gold Sequins  -Goldrush

12′ – 14″ Rainbow Ribbon

*matching thread

Sewing needles, scissors.

Template (at the end of post)

Cut 

1 template B from black felt and 1 from gold felt, 1 template A from black felt and 1 shamrock from green felt.

Sew shamrock onto felt piece

Sew felt shamrock onto template A and set aside.

Attach Ribbon to one side of pot

Attach ribbon to the black B  felt piece in a loop. Set aside.

Sew Sequins onto top of gold felt piece

Attach sequins to the top of the gold felt B template.

See our blog post on attaching sequins. 

Attach B pieces together

Attach both B pieces together with a running stitch. I used an overcast stitch around the top of the piece moving my needle around the sequins and a running stitch  around the ribbon.

Pot of Gold door hanger tutorial - American Felt and Craft 'The Blog'

Add A piece to front and overcast stitch around the outside leaving the top open to make a pocket.

Fill with small treasures, gold coins chocolates or gold wrapped candies and leave on the door of your

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Happy Crafting~ Andie

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

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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.
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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.
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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
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Felt puppet toy in action

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A Collection of our Free Felt Food Patterns and Tutorials

20 Jan

Every Free DIY felt food pattern from American Felt and Craft all in one place.

This time of year I see a huge uptick in blog readers looking for felt food patterns. I suspect it has something to do with all those little kitchens Santa brought. In an effort to supply your chef with the widest choice of ingredients I present all of American Felt and Craft’s free felt food tutorials in one place. Just click on an image to see the free tutorial for DIY play felt food.

Free Tutorial for a cut apart carrot

Cut apart felt Carrot tutorial

Simple carrot made in sections secured with hook and loop for an added dimension to your felt food crafting.

Felt Saltine Crackers Tutorial

Felt Food Crackers Tutorial

My personal favorite free felt food blog tutorial  is ‘Salty Crackers’ patterned after the classic Saltine Cracker – they are just on the fun side of quirky.

free felt cherry pie tutorial

Felt Cherry Pie Tutorial

A free felt cherry pie tutorial in six fun slices. Also looks great under a decorative cake dome.

Easy Felt Food Petits Four (Tea party cake) tutorial and pattern.

Felt Petit Fours Tea Party Cakes Tutorial

Tiny tea cakes make a wonderful and simple addition to your felt food crafts.

Felt Jelly Beans Tutorial

Felt Jelly Bean Tutorial

Try your hand at wet felting with this felt jelly bean tutorial.

DIY mini felt pumpkin felt food tutorial

Mini Felt Pumpkins Tutorial

A fun felt food pumpkin pattern and tutorial –  a must for any felt foodies farmers market.

Easy Felt Food Cookies tutorial decorated

Felt rolled cigarette cookie tutorial

A simple no sew felt cookie for your cookie jar.

felt food chocolate cookie tutorial

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookie Tutorial

The classic reins supreme these sweet felt cookies are made in minutes with our easy felt food tutorial.

Free felt food tutorial popsicles

Felt Popsicle Tutorial

Beat the heat with a sweet treat – our free felt Popsicle pattern will walk you through making them step by step.

Free Felt Fortune Cookies pattern, template and tutorial

Felt Fortune Cookie Tutorial

Add this felt fortune cookie pattern to your crafting  menu and the future looks full of fun!

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Felt Candy Cane Tutorial

As Christmas tree decor or just a seasonal treat these felt candy canes are easy to make with our detailed DIY.

Felt and button sweetheart box

Felt Sweethearts Valentines Candy Box Tutorial

 This adorable felt and button  sweetheart stuffie is a fun felt Valentines day craft that doubles as the perfect V-day gift for the older felt foodie.

 REQUESTS REQUESTED! 

Sardines, Pickles, Oatmeal?

What fun or unusual felt food are you dying to learn to make?

Leave me a comment and who knows maybe you’ll see the tutorial on ‘The Blog’  soon.

And in case you need some advice on making felt food why not check out our Felt Food 101 series.

felt food how to fall veggies

Also check out our felt food kits with nearly everything you need to make amazingly realistic felt food –  as seen on Zulily!

Felt Food Kits and Samples 2

Get to crafting in minutes with our instantly downloadable felt food PDF patterns

Felt Food PDF patterns from American Felt and Craft

All available online right this very second!!

Where you ask?

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

Happy Crafting!

~ Andie Clark

Felt Sweetheart Candy Box Tutorial

16 Jan

 Felt Sweetheart box for your sweetheart

Nothing says Valentine’s day like the iconic pink sweetheart box.

Here’s our felt version.

DIY felt valentines day sweetheart box back

You will need: 

1- 9″x 12″ sheets Pink felt-  Bubblegum Felt*

3″ x 3″  scrap White Felt*

5″ x 5″ scrap Red Felt – Lipstick

3′ x 3″ felt scraps for heart shapes Sparrow, Chartreuse, White*

Crafting vinyl

1 pkg – Sweetheart buttons

Stuffing

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

Embroidery thread in Hot Pink

 Templates (at the end of post)

Felt and button sweetheart box

Cut

Cut both 2 front and back pieces (A) and 2 each of the side piece (D, H)  one felt backing (B) from pink felt

Cut heart shape from the center of one of the A pieces.

Here are some tips for cutting small shapes or try Andie’s method

Cut out felt heart shape (I) from white, chartreuse, and sparrow colored felts.

Cut (C) from white felt.

pinning templates to felt with scotch tape

Cut  one each of templates E, F, and G from and 1 D from red felt.

How to make a felt candy box valentines day craft

 Trace out the heart shape onto template B try to leave lots of spacing around the heart  it will be easier to sew the vinyl down.

Cover heart shape with buttons – This doesn’t need to be exact.

heart shaped buttons

Sew vinyl over button pieces.

Vinyl and felt - Valentines day craft

Throw a few loose buttons in if desired.

 Set Aside.

Scalloped felt heart - V-day Felt craft

Stitch template C onto template A

stitch felt ribbon onto felt box

Stitch down red D piece using an overcast stitch and matching thread. Trim ends of felt so they fit at an angle.

How to make a felt bow- with templates American Felt and Craft The Blog

Make a Felt Bow

Loop E piece over as shown and stitch down. Wrap F piece around the loop and stitch down. Lay onto G piece and secure with a few stitches.

Add ribbon to front of felt valentines day box

 Place the ribbon in the center and stitch down.

Make a felt valentines day box front complete

Place vinyl covered B piece behind the box front. Carefully stitch together using matching thread and hiding the stitches under the loose scalloped heart edge. Set aside.

Sew hearts to back of felt valentine

Lay out heart shapes (I ) as shown and stitch each down with a running stitch and matching thread.

Felt V-day. Sew sides onto felt valentines day box

Sew sides together (D and H) Attach back piece  to frame with an overcast stitch with matching thread.

Felt Sweethearts box Valentines Day CraftSew front on, stuffing before you close.

Felt valentines day craft - sweetheart box tutorial

Valentines Felt and button sweetheart  box

Print templates as full page.

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

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

We’re planning out future felt blog posts- tell me what you’d like to see on our blog.
Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Check out some of our other sweet felt tutorials:

Easy felt Rose Pillow tutorialDIY Felt Giraffe Tic Tac Toe Tutorial

Felt Friday – Color of the Year(ish) Edition

10 Jan

Every year Pantone selects a color of the year, a color they expect to influence everything from art to home decor in the coming year.

This years selection is…18-3224 Radiant Orchid.

http://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21129

Via Pantone.com

Every year  American Felt and Craft selects the felt color most closely matching the Pantone color of the year.

This year was a toughie.

Orchid Inspired Felt Colors

Left to right: Forget me not, Orchid, Lavender, Sweet Pea felt sheets.

After staring at our selection of purples for a while I have come to the conclusion Radiant Orchid is a combo of all of these shades.

So we will call this a “Color of the year – Inspired Felt Friday”

Which color do you think most invokes the Color of the Year?

Lavender and Forget Me Not felt sheets From American Felt and Craft

Forget me not and Lavender felt sheets from American Felt and Craft.

Radiant Orchid is  “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.”

Forget Me Not Felt Sheets from American Felt and Craft

Forget Me Not – a deep toned lavender blue felt reminiscent of forget me nots and hydrangeas in bloom.

“This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink.” -Pantone

Lavender Felt Sheets From American Felt and Craft

Lavender – a lovely pale purple felt.

” Radiant Orchid re-energizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.” – Pantone

Sweet Pea Colored Felt Sheets from American Felt and Craft

Sweet Pea – Somewhere between purple and pink

“(Radiant Orchid is…) a dazzling attention-getter” – Pantone

Orchid Felt sheets from American Felt and CraftOrchid felt sheets.

A modern and surprisingly versatile shade.

Sweet Pea and Orchid Felt Sheets From American Felt and Craft

Sweet Pea, Orchid

Of course there’s always the wildcard

Mulberry Pie Felt from American Felt and Craft

Mulberry Pie – a Plumy purple with a slight reddish undertone

I’d love to hear your opinion on the color of the year.

http://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21129

Via Pantone.com

Which color do you think is most similar to the spirit of Pantone’s color of the year?

Does it influence your crafts or design elements?

Read more about Pantone’s Color of the Year Here

American Felt and Craft

Or Stop by the store and pick your own color of the year from our more than 130 colors!

Happy Crafting

Andie

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.

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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.

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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

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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