No Sew Felt Sunflower Magnets

18 Jul DIY no sew felt sunflower magnets.
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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.

 DIY felt food salt and pepper shakers

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!

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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.

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Felt Food Cake Pops – Tutorial and Pattern

29 Jan

DIY Felt Cake Pops

CP22Get into the spring party mood with these fun felt food cake pops. They are a little tricky to master but once you get the hang of them the theme and decorating possibilities are endless.

DIY felt cake pops

These sweet felt cake pops make the prefect addition to your felt food bakery or teddy bear’s picnic.

Add some more fun to your felt project by poking a few holes onto crafter’s foam with a chopstick and slip the pops in for a fun and colorful felt food display.

You will need:

Per pop:

4.5″ square of felt in cake pop color, I used: Buttercream, Pink tutu, Mint, White, Chocolate, Aqua and Amethyst Purple*

3.5″ x 1.5″ white felt scrap for stick*

*Matching thread

Felt Glue

 (optional) 

Ribbon for base

Nut Beads

Classic Sprinkle Beads

Sugar Beads

Jimmies (sprinkle beads)

Felter’s Friend Freezer paper – Cutting accuracy is important here.

Felt Scrap for misc decor.

Template – at the bottom of post.

Cross stitching thread for sprinkles

Step 1:

 Cut out your cake pop and stick pieces, you may want to print or copy the pattern onto freezer paper for the most accurate cutting.

For tips on this see our post on Cutting Felt

Step 2:

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 Roll the white felt rectangle long between your hands to help it better curl. Roll up and stitch down the side with a running stitch and matching thread. Set aside.

Sew Up the stick

Step 3:

If you are embellishing with french knot sprinkles now is the best time to create them .

How to make a felt cake pop - felt foodShown right side out.

Sew the cake pop from the center hub down until you get to the flat bottom edge. Leave your knots exposed because you will be flipping the piece inside out.

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Repeat on 3 sides. Sewing it this way makes your piece a bit more uniform and is the best way to compensate for any small differences in cut.

Step 4:

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Sew all but one remaining side, flip piece so it is right side out and gently stuff. Sew up open side.

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Step 5:

Place stick piece into the center of the felt cake pop.

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Run a small gathering stitch around the base of the pop and pull tightly, then pass the needle through the “stick” a few times to insure it is secure.

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Step 6:

You may need to roll the “pop” between your hands to round it out.

Tie bow around the base and add sprinkles or other embellishments with felt glue or stitching.

Felt Cakes Tutorials

Click here for the Template : cakepopPDF

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

How to store felt crafts

30 Dec

How to properly store all your felt stuff. AKA Like a Boss

Storing things made from felt

So you’ve made all these wonderful felt things but you just don’t know how to store felt crafts, ornaments, or heirloom pieces in the best, safest way possible you say?

Have no fear, AFC is here.

All in all felt is a great material to work with because a good quality wool or wool blend is pretty durable as fabrics go. But there is a right and a wrong way to store felt long-term. This is the best way to store wool and wool blend felt but the principles will work for any fabric materials.

First it helps to know felt has three main enemies:

Don't pack felt in cardboard alone.

Light

Light can fade felt’s colors and deteriorate it over time. It’s best to store your felt pieces in plastic airtight containers. Clear containers work well too and will allow you to better see the contents. However if you plan to store your pieces anyplace that may be exposed to sunlight regularly store in a solid color plastic container or place the items into other light barriers such as a shoe box or acid free tissue paper before packing.

light tight storage containerMoisture

Luckily wool  has antimicrobial properties which resist mold and mildew naturally so you needn’t worry too much about those as a threat however moisture can weaken felt over time not to mention create a mess. To avoid problems make sure each piece is completely dry before packing it up. Avoid storing in cardboard alone, near garage doors or low to the ground.  Throw in a few of those silica packets that come with shoes if you happen to have any handy. If not please feel free to see this as an excuse to go buy those new boots! I’m extremely pro shoes.

Pests

It’s true moths love wool and other natural fibers. They also love peace and quiet like your basement. Keeping your felt pieces safe from months is actually pretty easy. Avoid any nasty run ins by storing in an airtight plastic container and making sure your felt pieces are cleaned of any food or debris that might be left on them. Not only do crumbs attract pests, the oils can discolor your pieces over time. If you are bringing in vintage pieces consider placing them in a zip lock baggie and freezing them for a few days, this will kill any stowaways and keep the rest of your collection safe.

Here’s a quick run down for cleaning your felt pieces before storage.

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Oh no someone has smashed peanut butter and cheese crackers into my ornament (It was totally me but I did it for you)

How to clean felt

DON’T PANIC! Dust away and loose crumbs gently. You’ll want to avoid grinding anything into the fibers. Flick the piece from the back if possible to help knock out any loose crumbs in the fibers. I ground this cracker in a bit for emphasis.Keep in mind that even if the piece appears clean you want to make sure no food particles remain or you may have a nasty surprise next year with set in stains and possible pest damage.

Cleaning felt ornaments

Mix 1 part white vinegar or lemon juice to 2 parts water and gently dab at the remaining greasy spots. This will help break up the oils and get rid of any odor that might attract pests. Still have issues? That’s alright dear all the best people do.

Step by step guide to cleaning felt

Take your piece to the sink and run room temperature water through the side opposite your stain. The flowing water will help dislodge any crumbs or oils. Hot water may hurt your wool and cold water will make it hard for the oil to dislodge. Try not to saturate any more of your piece than you have to. Some dyes may run and wet felt is weaker which isn’t great for vintage pieces. Don’t soak the piece just let the water run through for a minute.

Washing wool felt - how to clean you pieces the right way.

 

How to clean vintage and future vintage felt things.

Pop that newly clean felt item in a clean towel and gently press out as much of the moisture as possible. DO NOT RUB!! Your felt is in a delicate place right now and rubbing it may cause it to pill.

How to Clean Felt Safely

Examine your piece for any remaining stain. If it looks good place in a sunny place until just dry the UV rays will also help kill any lingering smell. If your piece is still in need of love repeat the vinegar – water – blot process until it is ready for storage.

Double down on your pest prevention by doing a thorough cleaning of your storage area this will be sure to clear out any hidden enemies and make the space less attractive to traveling moths.

How to store felt Christmas Items

A word on mothballs

Mothballs are a neurotoxin and smell horrible!!!

Stick to cedar wood pieces or lavender for a natural repellent that won’t gag you come next Christmas AND your brain won’t be full of poisons! Win win!
Make sure you replace the repellent every year since the natural oils in these items are what repel pests and they dissipate over time.

Here’s how to make a quick lavender sachet keeping the moths at bay (totally nailed that rhyme!)

DIY Lavender drawer sachets

The fancy stuff:

Flat ornaments can easily be wrapped in acid free tissue paper this allows enough of a buffer so that beads and sequins remain undisturbed and the paper should keep everything nice and dry.

Pack felt away in acid free tissue paper

Dimensional felt ornaments can be kept in coffee filters or clean egg crates with some tissue paper to reduce any motion damage and keep sets together.

How to store felt ornaments

How to store felt

Try to store pieces flat avoid folding to save the need for a low iron later. If you must fold because you are storing a large felt piece such as a tree skirt be sure to place acid free tissue paper between the felt to give the piece space to breathe and avoid any chance of colors running if exposed to moisture.

The felt approved guide for storing felt stuff

And there you have it  – follow those simple steps and your felt pieces will be around for generations to come.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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