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

Check out our store for more color than a rainbow…in a prism! 

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

Check out our other Free Ornament Tutorial Collections:

Domestic Bliss Week Home inspired Ornament Tutorials from American Felt and Craft

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Felt camera ornament tutorial

Goodie Goodie Gumdrops Felt Christmas Ornament Tutorial

11 Dec

Welcome back to Technicolor Tidings Week!

DIY Felt Gumdrop Ornament Tutorial

This weeks felt ornament collection is all about color!

These felt gumdrops can be made in any color but they look great in brighter shades.

The pattern sews up quickly and the results are super sweet!

You will need:

TEMPLATE (at the end of this post)

7″ x 4″ scrap felt per ornament 

I used:

 White 

Lipstick

Peacock

Lemon Meringue 

Orange Juice

Key Lime Pie

Royal Purple

Hot Pink

Matching Thread

Bracelet connectors (Optional) 

Sequins I used:

Crystal

Classic Red

Dragonfly

Marigold

Buttercup

Hot Pink

Peacock

Grape Soda

Stuffing

DIY Felt Gumdrop Ornaments

Cut out one gumdrop shape and one gumdrop bottom from felt.

Felt Gumdrop Tutorial - Christmas Ornaments

Sew flat sides together using a small running stitch and matching thread.

Sew along each curved side as shown and turn right side out and stuff.

felt gumdrops how to

Sew bottom to felt gumdrop using an overcast stitch.

Gumdrop Ornaments from felt full tutorial and template - American Felt and Craft The Blog

Attach sequins to finished gumdrops by sewing into place or using felt glue .

See our tips on attaching sequins to felt

To attach rings simply sew onto the top of the felt gumdrop candy.

Hanging felt gumdrop Christmas ornaments

Felt Gumdrop Ornaments

DIY felt gumdrop template

 

How to make felt gumdrops

Other technicolor trimmings:

Ric Rac Christmas Tree Felt Ornaments Tutorial - American Felt and Craft The Blog

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Check out our store for more color than a rainbow…in a prism! 

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

Check out our other Free Ornament Tutorial Collections:

Domestic Bliss Week Home inspired Ornament Tutorials from American Felt and Craft

You may also dig: Hipster Week

Felt camera ornament tutorial

Technicolor Tidings- DIY Felt and Ric Rac Christmas Tree Ornaments

10 Dec

Free Ric Rac Tree Ornament Tutorial - super easy craft

Welcome to Technicolor Tidings Week!

This weeks felt ornament collection is all about color! And we’re kicking it off with these  brightly colored ric rac adorned trees.

Felt Ornament Tutorial - Ric Rac trees

You will need:

TEMPLATE (at the end of this post)

7″ x 4″ scrap White Felt

3″  Ric Rac in 4 colors per tree

Leather Punch (Optional) 

Matching Thread

6″ ribbon or cord per tree for hanging

Simple Felt Ornament

Cut tree outlines from white  felt.

Making felt ric rac ornaments

Sew ric rac to felt tree using matching thread.

Seal ends of ric rack with heat, fray check or clear nail polish

Seal the end of the ric rac to prevent it from fraying. If you are using a synthetic ric rac you can do this by carefully melting the ends with an open flame. You can also use a small amount of felt glue, fray check, or clear nail polish to stop any fraying.

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Overcast stitch the two white pieces together.

Ric rac felt tree tutorial - American Felt and Craft

You can also attach the ric rac with felt glue.

For tips on using felt glue see:

Gluing Sequins to Felt 

Use leather punch to create a hole for hanging, thread ribbon or cord through.

Ric Rac Christmas Tree Felt Ornaments Tutorial - American Felt and Craft The Blog

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Please respect our copyright and do not pin or re- blog this template

Check out our store for more color than a rainbow…in a prism! 

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

Check out our other Free Ornament Tutorial Collections:

Domestic Bliss Week Home inspired Ornament Tutorials from American Felt and Craft

You may also dig: Hipster Week

Felt camera ornament tutorial

Sewing or Gluing Sequins To Felt- A Refresher

8 Dec

How to sew sequins to felt

Do you love sequins?    Do you love felt?     Boy I know I do!

Combine the two and double up on the awesome!

Here’s how to sew down sequins.

Rows of Sequins:

sew sequins to felt

Sequins: Hot Pink from American Felt and Craft

To sew down rows of sequins start by coming up the back of your piece with your threaded needle.

sewing down sequins how to

Slide your sequin down the thread.

tutorial for sewing sequins to felt

Move needle behind your sequin.

How to sew sequins onto felt ornaments

Push needle through and come up one space in front of the sequin you just placed down.

sew sequins to felt

Pull the needle through and thread the next sequin repeating the process.

Sewing down single sequins or sequins that are spaced further apart is also very easy.

How to sew down a single sequin

Come up through the bottom of your piece. Slide sequin down thread.

Create a small stitch to hold half the sequin, repeat on the other side. These two stitches are enough to secure the sequin but without another sequin behind and in front of it like the ones above the sequin is more likely to catch on items. You can also hold it down with an even four stitches but keep in mind  the more thread you use the less sparkle.

While we’re on the subject there is a right way and a wrong way to secure sequins to felt using felt glue.

Tips for using felt glue

Sequins: Grape Soda from American Felt and Craft

Felt is made up of small bits of fibers all tangled together. If you press the glue into the fibers it becomes trapped inside the fibers making the piece stiff but failing to properly secure the sequin to you piece for the long haul. If you press into the felt piece when gluing the sequins the bond will be stiff and brittle and the pieces are more likely to pop off.

How to glue sequins to felt

Instead float the sequin on a thin pillow of felt glue as the moisture evaporates the sequin will become more even with the felt and the glue will dry clearly.

properly glued felt piece

When your sequin dries it should look like this.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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