Sugar Skull Sleep Mask

18 Oct

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“For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Even light sleepers can sleep like the dead with this easy to stitch and oh so kitsch sleep mask.  This felt eye mask will block out this moral coil whether it’s a quick nap or long sleep. Make your Halloween dreams come true with this spooky cute sleep mask with just a touch of bling. Here’s how to make your own fun felt sugar skull sleep mask.

You will need: 

9″ x  12″ White felt* sheet

Black felt scrap for nose*

4″ x 3″ eye socket and heart color I used Teal*

1″ x 1″ scrap felt for star shapes I used Royal Purple*

3.5″ square scrap felt for rose shape, I used Cream

4″ x 3″ Felt Scrap for flower shapes I used Lavender

4″x 4″ Felt scrap for scalloped eye pieces I used Mauve Taupe 

Black embroidery thread

Sequins, I used lemon chiffon, Hot pink, Mermaid and Grape Soda

15″ Thin elastic –  I used 1/3″ in red

Sleep Mask template at end of post.

*Matching Thread

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1. Sew nose piece to the center of one mask piece.

2. Stack eye pieces on top of scalloped eye pieces and sew down with matching thread.  Sew down heart and star shapes as shown.

3.  Trace out areas to stitch with a pencil.

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Using black embroidery thread stitch accents. Add french knots as shown. Place flowers into center of eye sockets and secure with sequins. For more on sewing sequins see our post on sewing sequins to felt, here.

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Stitch sequins into areas marked on pattern.

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Roll rose shape and secure. Sew rose to top center of mask.

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Over cast stitch the two mask pieces together placing elastic into the sides to create a mask.

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Happy napping!

~Andie

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Sugar Skull Template:

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Zombie Mouse!

13 Oct

IMG_6807Invite your cat to battle zombies, zombie mice that is. Cats love felt, the texture allows them to sink their teeth and claws into the fibers, which they find immensely satisfying.  Enjoy the sight of watching your cat go head to head with an army of mice back from the dead and hungry for brains.

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You will Need:

Green felt, I used Honeydew, Cilantro and Granny Smith*

Scraps of red felt I used Lipstick *

Scraps of white felt

Stuffing

Cat Nip – Optional

Embroidery thread in white, red, beige and black, optional dark green for whiskers

Zombie mouse pattern at the end of post

*matching thread

 

Cut

Cut one body shape on the fold, two paws, two ears, a base and a foot base from green felt

Cut 2 eyes from white felt

Cut tail wound, mouth and any various wounds from red felt

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Fold paws over at the wrists and secure with overcast stitches as shown. Set aside.

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Pinch ears together at base and secure with a few stitches. Set aside.

3 (1)Place eyes down first and secure with french knots in red embroidery thread. Keep the eyes near the center and away from the edges.

Place mouth into the center between the eyes and sew down with red thread, sew desired wounds into place.

Add ribs with a few stitches of white embroidery thread onto one side near the center.

Add stitches with black embroidery thread as desired. Simply stitch into a line and then go back over with spaced stitches.

Sew down paws at the base with a running stitch.

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Sew tail wound into place with red thread. Sew along the center with white embroidery thread to simulate tail bones. Add any dark stitches with the same method you used above.

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Bring edges of the tail together and overcast stitch along the raw edges in matching thread.

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Fold accented mouse body in half placing tail near the base and overcast stitch, until you get to the tail. Stitch over the tail with a running stitch or two before returning the overcast stitch to the bottom.

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Turn right side out and stuff. Add cat nip if you are using it in your cat toy.  Sew a nose over the top with beige embroidery thread.

 

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Sew zombie mouse ears into place with a few stitches.

 

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Sew base to foot base. Leaving the edges free to make sewing base to the body a bit easier. Overcast stitch base into place.

 

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Now your cat has a worthy foe thanks to your amazing DIY cat toy making skills.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Asian Inspired Appetizers – Felt Food

22 Sep

Felt Food- Crab ragoon, spring rolls, edamame

Every felt chef needs a good selection of appetizers on his or her menu. Help fill out the menu with these Asian inspired felt food starters. All of these are super fast and easy to make and add a global influence to your child’s cooking repertoire.

I’ve broken down the steps for crab rangoon, spring rolls, edamame, sweet and sour and soy sauces and dishes. I love how these came out and I am sure you will too.

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9″ x 12″ felt sheet in spring roll color, I used Pastry – This will make 4 spring rolls *

7″ x 7″  felt in ragnoon color, I used Toffee* – makes 2 rangoons

9″x 12″ felt in edamame color, I used Granny Smith* – makes over a dozen edamame

-please note these are small and aren’t safe toys for babies and very young children –

9″ x 6″ felt  for dishes I used white* – for one of each size, double if this amount if you want a sturdier dish

2″ square sweet and sour color, I used watermelon

2″ square black felt *

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*matching thread

Pattern at the end of post

Felt Edamame

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Begin by cutting the edamame keeping the mirror sides connected at the backs for easy fold and go. You can also cut these on a fold.

Roll quarter sized amount of stuffing until it is the size of a soy bean. Repeat to fill all soybeans.

Overcast stitch along the outside of each soybean. Stuff with rolled stuffing pieces before closing. Repeat with each bean.

Felt Crab Rangoon

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Hold square as shown, fold straight sides inward.

Add a small amount of stuffing to help ragoons sit flat.

Stitch center together with matching thread.

 

Felt Spring Rolls

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Lay square with one corner pointing down.  Fold bottom corner up.

Fold sides in as shown.

Stitch once or twice to hold.

Stuff lightly.

Roll spring roll from the base up and stitch down remaining corner to hold.

Felt Dishes – DIY

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Bring diagonal cut edges together and overcast stitch. Repeat with all sides.

For a sturdier dish double the dish and overcast stitch around the edges to connect.

Sweet and Sour and Soy Sauce

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Place in the sauce dish.

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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Felt Empanadas (hand pies)

14 Sep

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Popular in Spain and many Latin American countries an empanada prounounced (Em-pan-ah-dah) is a kind of stuffed bread or pastry which is either baked or fried. Fruit empanadas are made by folding dough over a fruit filling and are basically identical to hand pies in that they are both made of deliciousness.

Empanadas can be stuffed with any filling, our felt versions sport an apple, pineapple, cherry and strawberry for variety.

Felt foods don’t get too much easier than this. The most difficult part will be cutting the fruit shapes for your felt empanada for some tips see our post on Cutting Small Shapes. This play food craft is so super easy and is a great for the felt food beginner.

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You will need: per pie

 5.5″ x 5.5″ square of crust colored felt I used Pastry

2″ scrap slightly darker than crust covered felt* I used Toffee

Embroidery thread

Stuffing.

*Matching thread

Template at the end of post

felt food hand piesAttach your shape to the upper part of your felt circle with a running stitch and matching thread. Because you are sewing on a circle you don’t need to center it since you can fold it in any direction.

diy felt food easyFold circle over so the felt fruit shape is in the center. Using a full strand of embroidery thread doubled over and  an over cast stitch, sew along the outside of the open portion of the pie. Stop to leave room to stuff.

felt hand pie empandada patternStuff lightly. finished hand pie felt food beginner felt foodSew Closed. Seriously that’s it!

Super easy. Felt hand pie tutorial and pattern easy felt foodMmmmmmm!Felt food tutorial - felt hand piesHappy Crafting!

~Andie

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Felt Avocado Tutorial and Pattern

12 Sep

DIY Felt Avocado

You asked for it you got it! A bunch of people asked for a felt avocado pattern so here it is. I love these squishy felt avocados and I am smitten by the removable pit. You may think I’m crazy but come on…

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Sewing this fun felt food avo is much easier than it looks just follow our step-by-step photo tutorial and instructions. For even more felt food patterns, check out our tutorials for Broccoli and Cauliflower, Cut Apart Carrots and Fried Eggs. And keep up with us all September for felt food tutorials galore.

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You will need:

5″ x 6″ Dark green felt for Avocado Rind, I used Courtyard but Sushi or Cactus would also work well* This will make one whole avocado or two halves.

4″ 6″ Muted Green felt for Avocado inside I used Granny Smith   

4″ x 4″ Pale yellow or green for Avocado center I used Buttercream but Irish cream or Chartreuse would also work well. *

2″ x 4″ Pit color I used Penny*

Scrap of Stem colored felt I used Chocolate *

Stuffing

Template (at the end of post)

Whole Avocado

DIY felt avocadoCut 6 peel pieces from dark green felt. Sew sides of two of the pieces together with matching thread and an overcast stitch repeat with all sides.

felt avocado rindSew sides together. Turn inside out and stuff.

felt avocado tutorial step by stepSew Closed.

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Sew round stem scrap to the top, you can also glue it in place with a fabric or felt glue. Felt pattern avocado

Felt Avocado Halves

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Sew two center indents together along one of the curves using an over cast stitch. Stitch indent inside the hold in the center piece. IMG_6054

Repeat for other avocado center. Sew centers to the green base pieces using matching thread and a running stitch.

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Set centers aside and sew avocado rinds by sewing three peel pieces together along the side with an overcast stitch as you did for the whole felt avocado.

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Now it’s time to get ugly!

Place inner avocado on top of the rind with ugly stitches facing outward. (aka inside out)ugly avocado American Felt and CraftOvercast stitch along the outer edge leaving a 1″ space to turn the piece.

Turn the felt avocado the other way (right way aka pretty way) and stuff. IMG_6068Sew Closed. Repeat with other half

Make a pit.

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Sew all 4 pit pieces together along the rounded edges exactly the way you did for the center indent. Leave one side open, turn right side out, stuff and sew closed.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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DIY Spaghetti and meatballs Italian dinner

7 Sep

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My first rule in designing felt food is to try to make it as interactive as possible. After all every little chef wants to do some serious cooking.

This DIY felt food meal will allow them to use every bit of the play kitchen. A budding chef can “bake” the meatballs and bread sticks, “cut” and “boil” the pasta noodles, “cook” the sauce and garnish the plate. I’ve kept the noodles connected to save sanity and to make them easy to “roll” out and “cut” I hope these small details make this a treasured menu item in your little ones’ restaurant.

This is a easy felt food set to make with really great results. If you are a newbie or just need a refresher I would encourage you to check out our Felt Food 101 series

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Here’s everything you need to make felt Italian meal for two featuring; 2 plates of mess free pasta and sauce, 4 bread sticks and 6 meatballs. 

1- 9″ x 12″ felt sheet for Pasta Sauce (makes 2) I used Poinsettia *

2- 9″ x 12 felt sheets in a creamy pale yellow for bread stick bases and pasta. I used Buttercream*

1- 9″ x 12″ sheet felt light beige for bread stick tops I used Pastry*

1- 9″ x 12″ sheet brown felt for meatballs (makes 6 meatballs) I used Teddy Bear*

4 x3″ Scrap of green felt for basil leaf (Optional) I used Cilantro

Embroidery thread in a herby green and pale tan

Stuffing

*Matching thread

DIY felt food- Pasta Sauce
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To make the pasta sauce simply sew two of the sauce shapes together with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

DIY felt food- Pasta Noodles

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Fold 9″ x 12″ felt sheet in half lengthwise and cut down the center to create two long rectangles. Cut noodles at 1/2 inch intervals leaving the top 1/2″ attached. Fold top over and sew down with a running stitch and matching thread. This will keep the noodles together and make play “cutting” of the pasta dough way more fun, the fold and stitching along the top adds strength.

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Cut one smaller and one larger basil leaf from green felt, you can easily free hand this since the edges don’t need to be even. Pinch the small end together and stitch once or twice to get it to fold. Place one leaf behind the other and stitch together to make garnish.

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DIY felt food- Meatballs

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For each meatball you will need one larger and one smaller felt circle. Sew a gathering stitch along the outside of the larger circle. Stuff and pull leaving a small amount of the bottom open for the bottom. Knot.

Run the needle through the meatball creating tiny stitches to create texture. Sew smaller circle to cover exposed stuffing using an overcast stitch. This flat base will allow it to sit without rolling.

Round out the meatball by rolling in your hands to distribute the stuffing.

DIY felt food- Bread sticks

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Cut 2 bread stick bases and 2 bread stick tops per bread stick. (8 of each for all 4 sticks)

Set aside half of the beige tops. Embellish the other half of the tops with french knots from pale tan embroidery thread and create herbs with small stitches in pale green.

Stitch all tops to bases with a running stitch and matching thread.

Stack one embellished side with one plain side, over cast stitch sides together with matching thread.

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Mangia and Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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All September long we are featuring felt food tips, patterns and tutorials right here on The Blog. What felt foods are you dying to make? Let us know in the comments and you may see the free pattern and tutorial soon!

~Andie

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