Glowing Ghost Finger Puppets

10 Sep

Glowing Ghost felt finger puppets

You know that feeling of being completely overwhelmed by the wonderfully endless possibilities of life, before you lies hundreds nay thousands of possible adventures just dying for you to pick which to take on first?

When there don’t seem to be any wrong choices, the euphoria of the sheer maze of wonderful possibilities is nearly audible making the decision of which avenue you’ll explore that much more difficult?   Oh did I say life I meant Glo Felt.

That’s what happens when you stock or order Glo Felt.

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What’s Glo Felt? Why it’s felt made from thousands of synthetic polyester fibers that absorb the sun and glow for nearly an hour with a charge of 10 minutes, that’s what. That’s right the felt is literally made of glowing fibers that won’t rub off or lose their glowing mojo. Yeah I know. I’ll let that one sink in for you.

So I sketched out at least 20 different plans for these awesome felt squares but this was one of my first and one of my favorites. Like all of our projects these ghost finger puppets are super easy to make and are made to be loved. Best of all you can whip these little guys up in no time flat.

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For 2-3 ghosts you will need:

Glo Felt and matching thread

Big eye sewing needle, I like these

Scissors

Black embroidery thread

Template (at the end of post)

Step 1:

Cut out 2 each of the ghost templates from the felt sheet. Save all the scraps they are great for gluing or sewing onto other projects for things like windows or spooky eyes.

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Step 2:

Stitch faces onto one side of the ghost templates with  about three strands of the black embroidery thread. It’s helpful to lightly trace them out in pencil first.

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Leave the bottom open for fingers. 

Step 3:

Place two pieces together and overcast stitch over the edges leaving the bottom open.

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Step 4: 

Be spooky.

*Pairs well with bed sheet forts and ghost stories.

Happy Crafting

Andie

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Ghost finger puppet templates

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Felt Pocket Sloth

21 Aug

1My fabulous friend Andie* of Red Roving made this amazing felt pocket sloth and totally said I could share it with you guys.

Clearly everyone needs at least one pocket sloth in their lives. You probably need several. You’ll be swimming in a sea of friendly sloths urging you to take it easy in no time because the other Andie has laid it all out for us. Cue adorable sloth construction.

*Yes, we are both named Andie and own craft supply stores and make things with felt. Yes, she is an actual person and not my imaginary friend or alter ego, although it would be awesome if she were any of those other things.

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Materials and Supplies:

Felt pieces:

3mm safety doll eyes 

Poly-Fil 

Sewing needle  

Embroidery Floss and thread to match

Fine point detail scissors 

Hemostats (optional)3

Step One:

Cut out pieces of felt and arrange felt eye pieces onto the face.  Stitch the eyes onto the face with matching embroidery floss or thread.

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Step Two:

Stitch face to body using the template as a guide.

 

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Step Three:

Sew two pieces of the chocolate felt to the legs.  These will become claws.

 

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Step Four:

Using a large needle or a leather hole punch, poke holes where the safety eyes will go.  Make sure you go through all layers and be sure that the holes are not too large.  You want to be able to put the safety eyes in without them falling through. Slide the eye portion into the holes and press the safety nuts onto the back firmly against the felt.

 

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Step Five:

Using embroidery floss, stitch the nose and mouth onto the sloth.  You can use the template as a guide or make your own guide.

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Step Six:

Line up the body pieces and stitch the two sides of the sloth together.  I used a blanket stitch, but you can use an overhand or running stitch as well.  When you get to the feet, sew a backstitch across to secure the pieces together.  Continue around leaving a 1.5 inch gap for stuffing.  Leave the thread attached.

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Step Seven:

Lightly stuff.  I use a pair of hemostats (which you can buy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/107119953/hemostats-for-use-in-doll-and-toy-making?ref=shop_home_active_6 ), but because this is a tiny project, you can just poke the stuffing into the legs and head with a pencil or knitting needle.

 

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Step Eight:

Using very fine point scissors, cut triangles out of the claws to make points.

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All done!  You can now take your little pocket sloth wherever you can take a pocket.

Too Cute!

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Happy Crafting – The Andies

No Sew Felt Sunflower Magnets

18 Jul
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DIY no sew felt sunflower magnets.

These no sew felt sunflowers are super easy to make and oh so cute!

Adding a magnet to the back transforms them into versatile decorative elements.

The addition of a second magnet means you can easily add flowers to lampshades, curtains or even clothing with no damage or commitment.

You will need:

1/2 sheet of felt – about 4.5″ x 11″per flower. I used Gold Nugget and Buttercream

Beacon Felt Glue

Sequins– I used Olive Drab

16 clothes pins

Round magnet(s)  with decent strength

Sunflower Template at end of post.

(Optional) Hot Glue

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Cut three sunflower shapes per flower. Flip one so it points in the opposite direction as the other two. Set one of the matching two aside.

Cut three sunflower shapes per flower.

Flip one so it points in the opposite direction as the other two. Set one of the matching two aside

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Add a small amount of felt glue to the base of each petal of remaining two flower shapes.

Add a small amount of felt glue to the base of each petal of remaining two flower shapes.

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Pinch petals together and use a clothes pin to hold petals together.

Pinch petals together and use a clothes pin to hold petals together.

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Repeat with remaining petals on the remaining piece. This can get tricky so try pointing your pins in varying directions.

Repeat with remaining petals on the remaining piece. This can get tricky so try pointing your pins in varying directions, over or under the others.

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Unpin after an hour and use your fingers to open the petals.

Unpin after an hour and use your fingers to fold open the petals. Don’t panic they will look a little messy.

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Glue the sunflower face to the base. These petals should go opposite directions.

Glue the sunflower face to the base (flat remaining piece.)

These petals should go opposite directions.

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Place a thin layer of felt glue into the center of the remaining sunflower face.

Place a thin layer of felt glue into the center of the remaining sunflower face spreading it thinly will help it to dry more quickly.

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Glue sequins to center. Set aside to dry for at least 10-15 minutes.

Glue sequins to center. Set aside to dry for at least 10-15 minutes

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Glue front to the rest of the flower.

Glue sequined front to the rest of the flower. Allow to dry.

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Glue magnet to back and allow to dry overnight. You can also use hot glue for instant satisfaction.

 

Glue magnet to back and allow to dry overnight.

You can also use hot glue for instant satisfaction.

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Sunflower Template

 

Sunny-Side Up Felt Egg Tutorial

13 Apr

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This fun and super easy felt project is perfect for beginner felt food makers. Adding crinkle to the egg allows it to crackle a bit while “cooking” Pair it with our easy tutorial for retro salt and pepper shakers and you’re well on your way to a fun and interactive breakfast experience.

Felt food egg tutorial

For 2 Eggs You will need:

White Felt- 9″x 12″

 Yellow Felt scrap 3″ x 6″ I used Mustard Seed but Hello Yellow and Egg Yolk are also good choices.

White and Yellow Thread

A Small Amount of Stuffing

Crinkle Material (Optional)

Scissors

Sewing Needle

Template (at the end of this post)

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Cut 2 of each of the egg styles (1 &2)  from white felt. Cut 2 yolk circles.

Decide where to place your yolks they look best when they aren’t centered.

Begin sewing down tolk to one of the egg style pieces with a running stitch and matching thread.

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Stuff lightly before completely stitching the yolk in place.

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Cut crinkle to just smaller than the size of your egg shape and place inbetween the two pieces before…

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Stitching together with an overcast stitch using white thread. Repeat for second egg style.

Folded up these little guys tuck perfectly into plastic Easter eggs you may have lying around.13001125_10209395605670781_3303243339562079221_nThey also look great in green.

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Shown with the Spring Supper Ham in green.

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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Felt Egg Template – Print at full page size.

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1st Birthday Blocks

21 Feb

 

Gift - stackable softblocks

Stack-able Soft Blocks Tutorial

Stitch up some fun with these stack-able soft blocks. Just like real gifts these felt soft blocks hide a surprise inside. Each block features a rattle, squeaker, jingle or crinkle sound. They make an adorable gift and are super easy to stitch up. The blocks are shown in 5 different styles but it’s easy to play with the styles and colors to come up with something completely your own. As with any hand sewn item please monitor kids during play. The dots are both glued using felt glue and stitched for durability. The felt should keep the blocks square but using lower quality felt or over stuffing may make the blocks less stable.

You will need:

1 sheet of each gift color – you should have enough scrap left from each to make the ribbon and bow pieces for an additional gift block.

I used:

 1 9″ x 12″- sheet each:

Kaleidoscope

Hot Pink

Chartreuse

Aqua

White

Orange Juice

*Matching thread

Noisemakers: Rattle, Mini Rattle, Crinkle Material, Jingle Ball and Squeaker

Stuffing

Felt Glue

Gift A: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 6 coordinating ribbon sides and 1 bow A piece. It is important each block piece be as straight and even as possible so I would recommend Andie’s method for cutting pieces out as precisely as possible.

Stitch 1 ribbon side to the exact center of each block piece using coordinating thread and either an overcast or running stitch. Leave ribbon accents off of the bottom for stackability, which may or may not be a real word. I don’t know – I haven’t had time to google it I’m busy making blocks here.

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Repeat with all sides. Create a top piece by crossing 2 ribbon pieces along the one of your block pieces.

Create a bow by sewing bow A into a loop.

Turn piece and stitch through the center of the piece.

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Stitch to the cross piece in the center and through the bottom of the bow for added security. You can also use felt glue to help secure the piece.

Assemble block as shown.

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Sew up the sides using an overcast stitch to form box shape. Leave the top open to add noisemaker.

Sew up felt sides to make block

Stuff the box shape lightly. If you over stuff the block will become rounded on the sides and won’t stack up properly.

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Add noisemaker to block.

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Sew closed.

Gift B: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 3 coordinating ribbon sides and 1 bow B piece.

Sew ribbon pieces down as shown. Sew bow down and accent with small running stitches.

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Finish in the same way as the previous block.

Gift C: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 6 coordinating ribbon sides and 1 bow C piece.

Sew ribbon top off center as shown.

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Sew Bow C down and accent.

Line up sides on each piece before sewing down with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

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Sew all the pieces together.

Variations:

Gift D: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 6 coordinating ribbon sides and 1 bow B piece.

Sew a running stitch down the center of each ribbon side and secure with overcast stitch along the sides. Add accents to bow piece.

 Sew box together.

To add crinkle cut a length of crinkle material and fold it to a two inch width. Add to the box as shown and stuff lightly before closing.

Gift E: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 20 dot pieces (10 of each color)  and 1 bow C piece.

Secure dots with a small drop of felt glue in the center and randomly attach to sides using a running stitch.

Using scraps sew a small square to the inner side.

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Sew pocket shut. And assemble the block. As you did with the previous versions.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Salt and Pepper’s here! Interactive felt salt and pepper shaker tutorial.

27 Aug

How to make Felt food - Salt and Pepper Shakers

Supplies to make felt food salt and pepper shakers

You will need:

1 sheet White felt & matching thread

1/2 sheet Grey felt- Grey Flannel

2 Rattle Inserts

Ric Rac – 1 yard Really Red

Red and Grey embroidery thread

Sewing and embroidery needles

Stuffing

Template – at the end of post

Cut

Cut shaker bodies and shaker bases from white felt.

Cut shaker rims and tops from grey felt

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Lightly trace the letters onto the center of the shaker bodies with a pencil.

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I am not skilled at embroidery so I fake it with short back stitches. The good news here is yours is bound to look WAY better than mine.

 Stitch out the letters I used 5 strands for the thick parts and 3 for the lighter lines.

Add dots onto the shaker tops with French knots and grey thread.

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Stitch shaker rims to the top of each shaker with grey thread and a running stitch.

Stitch red ric rac to the front of the shakers about 1/4 inch from the base.

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Turn shakers inside out and overcast stitch up the long edges with a sturdy white thread.

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Insert a large rattle into base of each shaker.

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Sew base to shaker and turn right side up to settle rattle into the base.

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Push stuffing into open top.

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Sew shaker top to rim with an overcast stitch and grey thread.

Salt and Pepper Tutorial

Spice up your felt food!

Happy Crafting

Andie

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Felt Food Tutorial – Broccoli & Cauliflower 

4 Aug Felt Veggies - Free Felt Food Tutorial Broccoli and Cauiliflower

Felt Veggies - Free Felt Food Tutorial Broccoli and Cauiliflower

Everyone knows how important it is to eat your veggies! Help your little ones learn to love broccoli and its albino cousin cauliflower with this fun felt food tutorial. The pattern for these felt florets require some gathering so be sure to have sturdy thread at the ready!

Sturdy thread in matching colors

Scissors

Template (at the end of this post- print full page)

Fabric marker, pencil or chalk

Stuffing

Sewing needle

For felt broccoli pattern you will need:

Fresh cut grass

Cilantro

For felt cauliflower pattern:

A cream colored felt I used Buttercream but you may prefer a white or off white like Fresh Linen

  
Let’s start with the broccoli. 

From light green felt – Cilantro

Cut 2 of your chosen stem (stalk) 

Cut 1 base 

From bright green felt – Fresh Cut Grass

1 top

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Sew felt broccoli base pieces together using an overcast stitch matching thread, keep your stitches close together because we will be stuffing it pretty tightly. Stuff with a pencil or as you sew.
  Sew base onto bottom after stuffing with an overcast stitch and matching thread. 

Felt Food Tutorial Broccoli and Cauliflower

Now for the tricky part. Mark outlines on patterns using chalk or permanent fabric marker. Sew a loose running stitch along each of the “veins” pulling tightly before knotting and moving to the next marking. Keep all the knots on the marked side – this will be the inside.How to make felt vegitables

This will become trickier as you go but I believe in you!

DIY felt food Broccoli veggies

Your felt broccoli should look something like this when you are done. 

How to make felt veggies - Broccoli and Cauliflower Run a gathering stitch around the outside of the film broccoli crown pulling lightly as you go.

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Place the completed base into the inside of the felt broccoli crown piece. Pull to fit and run your needle through at a few different angles for a snug fit.    

Felt Broccoli and Cauliflower free felt crafting tutorial
Ta Da! I knew you could do it! 

Felt Broccoli tutorial - American Felt and Craft - felt food vegitables

For the second style base stuff the felt broccoli stalk as you sew.
 Felt Broccoli pattern and tutorial
Add base and the same way you did with the previous felt pattern.

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DIY Felt Cauliflower tutorial American Felt and Craft - Veggies

The felt cauliflower is made with the exact same pattern but using a cream colored felt. You can vary your “vein” stitching, the size of the top or length of the base as desired. 

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Felt broccoli and cauliflower template:

Print in landscape full page.

Free Felt Food Pattern - Broccoli and Cauliflower - American Felt and Craft

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