How to Make Teething Rings

27 Jul

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Teething rings are by far one of the easiest and most personalized gifts you can give. If you can string some beads you can make a teether, it’s really that simple.

Of course because these are given to small children there are a few safety precautions you will want to take but all in all these handmade teethers go together in just a few minutes and are shockingly strong. Follow our quick and easy tutorial to find out how to make piles of super strong, beautiful handmade teethers for your next event, craft fair or baby shower.

To begin you will need to know how many beads you need to make a teething ring and that depends on the size of the beads.

Silicone teething beads come in all sizes shapes etc but in the simple bead shape we carry 3 sizes. 19mm, 15mm and 10mm. We also carry decorative versions like bunnies, basketballs, mushrooms, succulents, letter and heart beads but for clarity we will leave those for another day. Be sure to use medical grade silicone beads made for teethers. These will be dishwasher, had wash and washing machine safe if they have no wood otherwise I would recommend a simple hand wash.

Above is the size difference between the beads. To make a 3″ ish inch circle you will need a 7.5″ ish string.

The smallest silicone teething bead we carry is the 10mm. Three small beads will give you one inch of string.

In the middle is the 15mm silicone teething bead, two of these will equal one inch.

The largest teething bead size we carry is the 19mm one and a half of these beads will give you one inch.

siliTo find out how many teething beads you will need for a teething ring simply add the numbers until you reach 7.5″ to 8″.sili2Here they are pulled into circle.

Now let’s make teethers:

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1. After beading your 2mm synthetic string to about 7.5″ pull the loose ends together as tightly as possible to form a ring. Add any teething pendants you are using.  Pull very tightly and knot twice.

2. Cut leaving a small tail on either side. 

3. Using a lighter burn both ends carefully push them together to permanently fuse the string.

Because this bond is so tight it should NEVER be used on anying large enough to fit around a child’s head or neck ect. 

4. Work the melted knot area into the hole of one of the beads on either side of it pull until the knot gets stuck.
The tauntness of the ring will keep it from being exposed again. And further protect the knot by distributing any stress to the piece evenly.

Pull on the ring several times to make sure the bond is secure.

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American Felt and Craft carries over 200 different teethers, wood teething beads, silicone beads and all kinds sizes, styles and colors. Which means you can make a nearly infinite number of different and unique pieces.

Below are 3 ideas to get you started.

seasteetherString silicone teething beads onto cord using pattern shown in the photo. Slide the shell and star wood teethers into place, pull together. Knot twice melt and tuck into place.

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Add wooden teething beads to cord, slide crochet bead in center, slide turtle teether into place and add 2 small teething rings. Pull, knot twice and melt. Tuck not into bead.

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String silicone teething beads onto cord using pattern shown in the photo. Slide the citrus and pineapple wood teether into place, pull together. Knot twice melt and tuck into place.

It’s so simple right?

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Remember there are a few simple rules for making teething rings:

  1. Keep the circle tight. You don’t want little fingers to be able to get in between the beads and possibly pinch, you don’t what it to be super floppy or be able to be twisted around a wrist or any other small person part. Silicone beaded teethers will always be tighter because the small amount give to the beads allows them to be tied tighter than wood.
  2. Keep the circle small. The silicone teether shouldn’t be much bigger than a 2 or 3 inch circle when done. If you want to make a larger piece breakaways are required to prevent any possible strangulation hazard.
  3.  Knot at the end of each side of the beads to secure  pull ends together to form the ring and knot ends together…twice. You want 0 chance the knot is going to come loose.
  4. Melt and fuse cord. Use 2mm thick synthetic cord, anything larger is hard to bead with and anything smaller doesn’t hold the melt long enough without cooling to properly fuse. If you properly fuse the ends it should hold a minimum of 15 lbs of constant pull. AKA there is NO WAY it’s ever coming apart.
  5. Wiggle the fused knot into the beads. A good shimmy and a little finesse should allow the knot to wedge itself somewhere near the center of the bead, this keeps the knot from any baby teeth, improves the look and helps keep an even pressure on the knot.
  6. Give the piece a good tug to test before giving it to your child. Go ahead pull all you want it will should never ever break or budge no matter how hard you pull. It’s small size, round shape, tight beads, fused cord, not one but two knots one on top the other make it extremely strong. That should give you some understanding of the strength of this method and why it should never be used on larger pieces like necklaces. Give it a good tug, if it feels even slightly loose cut it apart and do it again.

That’s it!

Have some questions about teething beads or making teethers, let me know. I am always happy to help!

Happy Crafting – Andie

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DIY Nautical Felt Captain Banner

25 Jul

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We all know who run’s the ship decorate accordingly. This simple but elegant felt bunting spells out CAPTAIN in naval flags. It’s super easy to put together especially with the help of the bunting templates below.  This easy DIY felt banner looks great in any ocean themed kids room, nursery or really anywhere you’re looking for some classic wow factor.

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You will need:

Dark Blue Felt * I used Ink

Red Felt * I used Big Apple

Yellow Felt * I used Hello Yellow

Black Felt * I used Black 

White Felt * I used White

Twine, rope or string. 1.5 yards (this will give you a little extra just in case)

Scissors

Templates

Sewing Needle (you could use felt glue in a pinch)

*Matching thread

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Lay out the pieces as shown and sew down.

C- White felt background, 2 Blue felt stripes, 1 Red felt stripe. Sew down with matching thread and running stitch.

A – White felt background,  Blue felt flag base, cut shapes as shown and sew down with matching thread and running stitch. You will need to make two of these.

P- Blue felt background, 1 White rectangle. Stitch down.

T-  White felt background Red and Blue felt stripes on either side. (We hung this one red side up. )

I- Yellow felt background, Black felt circle in center.

N – White felt background, Blue felt rectangles laid out as shown and stitched down with matching thread and a running stitch.

Assemble the felt garland:

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To assemble cut small slits into either side of your completed felt flags. Cut twine into 6″ lengths and knot on each side as sewn. Threading this way allows the bunting to drape more freely yet lay completely flat against the wall.

Tie loops onto the ends of either side of the felt bunting and hang.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

FELT CAPTAIN BUNTING TEMPLATES

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DIY Seahorse Stick Hobby Horse.

24 Jul

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DIY Felt Sea Horse Hobby Horse- free tutorial and Pattern American Felt and Craft

Is there a mermaid in the house in need of a lift?

Have no fear American Felt and Craft is here with the perfect solution.

This adorable felt hobby horse is actually pretty easy to make and guaranteed to be loved by all weary mer-people in your underwater castle.

But first lets learn some fun facts about Seahorses*, shall we? Oh I think we shall…

*Seahorses (that’s correct plural form- yes, I looked it up) are actually fish.

Most *seahorses are monogamous and can be extremely romantic they “dance” and even “sing” to one another while courting.

Male *Seahorses carry the young.  (That’s right ladies singing AND childcare)

*Seahorses are one of only two fish species that swim upright and are actually quite slow-moving.

*Seahorses are vulnerable to extinction for many reasons (mostly us) and need to be protected.

*Yeah I know it’s bothering me too but I swear it…

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DIY Pineapple Bag Tag

23 Jul

pineapplediyWhat could be more fun than a big shiny pineapple tag to help your or your little one’s bag or backpack bag standout in a crowd. This bright sunny pineapple will make sure that if you and your bag are ever separated it won’t be for long. Water resistant and durable this DIY bag tag requires surprisingly few items while sporting real wow factor.

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5″ x 5″ scrap of synthetic leather I used Gold*

3’X 3″ scrap of clear 10 gauge vinyl.

Paper scrap

*matching thread

Short ball chain or clip to attach to loop (Optional)

cutwindowCut out pineapple front including center area.

pineapple2Sew clear vinyl to the back of the pineapple shape. pineapplePrint or write out name in the area of the paper center marked on template. pineapple1Place back to front piece and stitch closed with a running stitch. Fold loop over at the top and sew into place.

Add string, ball chain or clip to hang.

Happy Crafting ~

Andie

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Squeaky Sunscreen Friends

21 Jul

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I sunburn super easily and I live in AZ the nonsense of which is very indicative of my life choices in general.

Everywhere I go I am surrounded by golden tanned people and their healthy glows but alas, after years of blistering sunburns I am content knowing that look will always elude me.

Point being I use a LOT of sunscreen and I mean a LOT, like take the amount you are thinking and triple it. Sunscreen has become a pal, my personal super hero. So without further ado I present to you my ode to sunscreen.

These sunscreen felties have different sized squeakers inside because why wouldn’t they? Here’s to unsung super heroes!

sunscreens2You will need:  (per felt sunblock friend)

4″ x 4″ Felt Stripe and Top color, I used Macaw and Aqua

4″ x 5″ Sunscreen bottle color I used White

3.5″ x 2″ scrap for sun background I used Sunshine and Mustard Seed

2″ x 2″ felt scrap for sun front  I used Sunshine and Mustard Seed

Black scrap for mouth and numbers 3’x 3″ should be more than enough

2- 6mm safety eyes

Squeakers: I used Medium and Large.

Felt Glue

sunscreeen2Find the center of the top and mark where you would like to place the eyes.

Create small holes, poke safety eyes through and add safety backings. Glue mouth into place and set aside.

sunscreen1Add stripes to the body of one of the sunscreen bottle pieces as marked on felt craft template below.

Use felt glue or small stitches to tack down the SPF numbers into the center of the sun shape. Lay sun background in between the two stripes and sew the number/ sun center down as shown. stuffPlace the two bottle body pieces together and overcast stitch around the edges. Stuffing lightly as you go, add squeaker to the center.

sewcapPlace the face cap around the base trim and stitch to fit and overcast stitch to the sunscreen body as shown.

sunscreencapOvercast stitch the base to the cap and name your new friends.

Mine are named SPFFY and Casper.

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Happy Crafting~

Andie

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Felt sunscreen tutorial pattern: sunscreentemplate

Easy Sew- DIY Cowrie Shell Bracelet

19 Jul

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These cowrie shell inspired felt bracelets add a touch of the tropics to your child’s summer crafting. Easy to make these can be made start to finish by a beginning sewer with minimal effort. To make sure these beauties were totally doable for the tween crafter I enlisted the help of my 10 year old niece Ruby.

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And they turned out fabulously!

You will need: 

9″ x 1.5″ Bracelet felt color – Ruby used Chocolate, Lavender, and Embossed  felt.

6″ x 6″ Off white felt/ shell color,  she used Linen.

3/4″ Button per bracelet – she used  wood grain buttons

Brown thread

Scissors

Sewing needle

Felt glue

Clothes Pins

Packing tape- Optional

1Loosely cut around the bracelet template and try on to get it close to the right size. It will need to overlap so the button works.

Trim the template and tape or pin it down to the felt and cut out.

Cut out 4 shell shapes per bracelet cut the edges of these shapes with pinking shears, scallop scissors or just cut small triangles out along the edges with regular scissors.

2Mark where the button should go and sew down with criss crossing stitches.

3Mark the correct spot for the button-hole and carefully fold over the felt and cut. Cut less than you need to, you can always make it bigger.

When you’re done your bracelet should button up!

4Lay down the shell shapes and sew along the middles with a simple running stitch.

5To make the shells curl place small dots of felt glue fold over and clip clothes pins to hold them until dry…about 15 minutes. Then remove the clips and rock those babies!

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Kids cowrie shell bracelet template:

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Happy Crafting!

Ruby & Andie

Felt Ice Cream Cones

17 Jul

icecreamcoverSummer is here and it’s the perfect time to set up a living room ice cream shop. Fill your felt freezer with these adorable and super soft felt ice cream cones. Our felt tutorial will walk you step by step through the entire process.

You will need:

8″ x 5″ Light Brown felt* I used toffee

5″ x ^” Ice cream Color, I used Pink Tutu, Chocolate, and White. *

Stuffing

Pencil to trace (optional)

Felt Ice Cream Template at the end of this post.

*Matching embroidery aka Cross Stitch thread.

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Fold long ends of ice cream piece together and overcast stitch together. Lightly stuff but leave the very tip a little unstuffed to curl it later.

Stitch around the opening with a gathering stitch, pull closed and run the need through a few times. Using a full stand of embroidery thread not doubled over go in through the base and out through the base of the body. and wrap around.  Pass needle through the tip and create a tiny stitch back to the base to make a curl and hide the knot.

Hold wrapped string in place with small tacking stitches along the body of the ice cream. (see below for a close up of tacking stitches) Place with the tip of the ice cream a little to get it to curl. Set aside.

Cone Time!

ic2Cut out cone base from light brown felt, lightly trace the triangle shapes with pencil. Stitch along pencil marks with long stitches and a full strand of cross stitching thread doubled over.

ic3Go back over long stitches with short stitches into the centers to hold the thread down. As shown. These are tacking stitches.

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Put long ends of the felt cone together and sew to form a tube. Stuff Lightly.

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Sew ice cream to cone with an over cast stitch. You will be covering up this part of the cone so don’t worry about perfection.

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Sew or glue rim to the top of the cone and overcast stitch base onto bottom of cone.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Felt Ice Cream Cone Template:icecreamtemplates

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