Gone Fishin’ Felt Bookmarks

23 Jun

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These felt bookmarks make a great kids sewing project. The wood “pole” lays flat while the dangling fish hangs from the book. This easy project can be made from felt scraps in most cases.

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You will need

Brown Felt I used: Chocolate

*Lighter Brown Felt I used:  Toffee

*Green Felt I used:  Cilantro 

A Small Amount of Stuffing

Brown Embroidery Thread

2 buttons for eyes (optional)

Light Blue Ric Rac  8″ inches

*Matching Thread

Template (at the end of this post)

 

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Stitch lines up and down the felt tree “wood” with embroidery thread, this is a great chance for new sewers to practice since it’s practically impossible to goof up. Stitch ovals onto the wood pieces as shown.  Set Aside

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With large fins facing upward attach the fish eyes making sure the eyes are on opposite sides so the fish can be sewn together later.

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Sew ric rac onto the inside of one of the fish shapes and one of the stick shapes, 3 stitches should hold just fine.

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Place fish pieces together and stitch along the outside, stuff lightly before closing.

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Stitch the pole shapes together. And get to readin’ and fishin’

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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Llama Pincushion

16 Jun

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Thanks to motherhood I can recite nearly every word to “Is Your Mama A Llama” which admittedly, is less impressive than the works of collected works of Keats but Keats doesn’t rhyme and is unlikely to inspire adorable pincushions.

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For this project you will need:

Embroidery thread in various colors, I chose a punch color, a mustard color, a sunny yellow, aqua and a blue.

Cardboard

Felt in teal, linen, orchid, sunshine and matching threads

Sequins in Mermaid and Hot Pink

Stuffing

DIY Llama Pincushion Patterns (at the end of post)

Optional: Pins, Mini Pom Poms and Hot Glue

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These tiny tassels are super easy to DIY and so super cute.

I made these in a different color for each step in the interest of clarity but then I fell in love with the look and ended up using the multicolored versions on the pincushion.

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  1. Cut out rectangle the cardboard shape and lay a 4″ length of string down (the blue thread)
  2.  Wrap cross stitch thread around in the opposite way 10x (the punch colored thread
  3. Slide the 4″ piece (blue) to the top and knot
  4. Slide the looped threads (punch colored) off the cardboard
  5. Pinch the top (where the knot is) and loop a second 6″ piece (mustard color) around 5x and knot tightly. Clip the ends.
  6. Fit scissors into the looped area and cut to create tassel ends.

For this project knot the top threads (blue cords in the picture) 3 more times to give it something to hang from when we stitch it to the pincushion. Clip off extra thread.

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For the Llama Pincushion

Cut 1 side and two tops from off white (Linen) felt.

Cut 3 cross shapes and blanket shape from pink tone (Orchid) felt

Cut 12 petal shapes from yellow felt

Cut 1 llama shape from Teal felt.

p2Stitch design down as shown using a running stitch and matching threads. Attach sequins to the centers.

For tips on attaching sequins read Attaching Sequins.

p3Stitch Llama shape to the center of one of the round pieces using a running stitch and matching thread.  For help cutting complex shapes see this post.

p4Stitch  blanket shape to llama with matching thread and accent with french knots in various colors. p5Attach top to sides using an overcast stitch and matching thread. Stitch down where short ends overlap with a running stitch.p6

Stuff  so the top piece is slightly rounded and begin attaching second round felt piece. Before sewing closed slip in smaller round cardboard piece to help the pincushion sit flat and allow the top to bulge out.

Sew tassels along the top in the spaces between designs with a stitch into the knotted tops.

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To make pom pom pins you simply hot glue tiny pom poms to pins I am not sure how usable they are but they are so cute I think they still deserve a place on your DIY pincushion.

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Llama pincushion craft pattern- Print at full size.

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Now go forth and craft!

~Andie

DIY Unicorn Horseshoes

24 May

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     Yes, I know it would technically be unicorn shoes but I took some creative licence for clarity. I wouldn’t want you clicking on a link excited to see shoes with unicorns on them or even shoes FOR your unicorn. So really, I did this for you.

 No matter what you want to call this, this easy DIY project goes together super quickly and makes a great everyday toy for all ages but it would make a magical game for any Unicorn themed birthday party.  It’s easier than you think to make the stand and unicorn shoes even for a beginner.

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Let’s start with the DIY horseshoe stand. For this make a quick trip to the hardware store.  You may have some of these things in your home already. You will need an electric screwdriver and phillips head bit, a 1/8″ drill bit that fits into that screwdriver,  1 – #10, 2″ wood screw, a 1″ thick dowel, something to cut it down with a simple handsaw will do the trick, and a wood post cap, these are sold by the decorative wood pieces, table legs etc. and lightly colored spray paint, this will be your base coat to help the decorative acrylic paints stick to the wood.

You will also need some acrylic craft paints in colors of your choosing, I used a light blue, pearl white, and  hot pink. I also mixed the pink with blue to get a purple tone.

Once your dowel is cut down use the drill bit to carefully drill a hole in the center of the cut end, if you skip this step it will be nearly impossible to get the screw into the dowel.

Place the cap onto the dowel and screw into place.

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Spray your stand to give it the colors an even base to stick to without peeling.

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From here you will want to paint your stand using acrylic paint . This is kind of just trial and error but after a few tries here are some tips, start by blotting colors into each other as a base then go over with a brush in upward or downward streaks to create motion. Dot with clusters of stars and swirls of pearl toned white. (more pics at the end)

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Onto the unicorn horseshoes…need

You will need:

Sequins I used Fairytale

Felt  9″ x 12″ sheets – you’ll need a little over half the sheet. I used Orchid, Dewberry, Grey and Aqua 

Matching thread, sewing needle stuffing

Using the template (at the end of the post) cut out 2 horseshoes from each of the 4 colors.

Use Andie’s Method for a fast and easy cut.

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Attach sequins where marked on the pattern.

Need a refresher on adding sequins, I got you Adding Sequins

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Lay the two pieces together and overcast stitch around the outer edge.U3

Overcast stitch the inner edges stuffing as you go, if you’d like to add a little weight.

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This unicorn craft is a great family project.

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Happy Crafting!

Andie

The templates are the same I just thought it would be handy for your to have more than one, because I care.

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Poppy Pincushion Ring

6 Mar

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DIY functional jewelry? Don’t mind if I do!

Store your sewing pins in the center as you work and not only will your supplies be out of the way and still in easy reach but this lightweight ring is so charming you may find yourself wearing it away from the crafting table too!

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You will Need:

Poppy colored felt with at least 20% wool content

100% Wool Felt ball 20cm

Thread

Ring Base with Holes

Sewing Needles

Rubber Band

Template at the end of this post or you can free hand something similar

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Cut out one each of the template shapes.

Stack the smaller onto the larger.

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Wet the felt completely and wring out all access water so the felt is just slightly damp.

Gather the center and secure with a rubber band and allow to dry overnight.

Once the pieces are completely dry remove the rubber band.

Thread your needle and sew a quick stitch to hold the two flower pieces together, hiding the knot in between the pieces.pr3

Place the felt ball in the center of your flower create a small stitch down and through the ball working your needle to the holes in the ring. Stitch.

Go through a few times securing ring base on all sides.

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After poppy is secure knot not between petal layers and get down with your bad self!

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American Felt and Craft has a limited number of Poppy Pincushion Ring kits in stock to make the gathering process a lot easier. But keep in mind we are only making a very limited edition .

Welcome Spring!

2 Mar

Welcome Spring!

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We may be a bit biased around here but spring is our favorite color season. Who doesn’t love a good lilac, an understated pink or a dusty blue? Join us all March long while we celebrate spring with tutorials, inspiration, kits, crafts and color displays all influenced by our love of spring! Here are a few of our favorite floral shades to get you in the spirit.

Orchid

Orchid is a mauvey pink shaded felt

Here: http://www.feltandcraft.com/orchid/

Fresh Cut Grass

Lush green grassy hues combine for a nearly perfect green felt.

Here: http://www.feltandcraft.com/fresh-cut-grass/

Iris

A rich deep blue purple felt

Here: http://www.feltandcraft.com/iris/

Sweet Pea

Somewhere between purple and pink you’ll find sweet pea.

Here: http://www.feltandcraft.com/sweet-pea/

Forget Me Not

A lovely periwinkle blue toned wool blend felt.

Here: http://www.feltandcraft.com/forget-me-not/

Monarch Butterfly

A bold and vibrant orange felt.

http://www.feltandcraft.com/monarch-butterfly/

Sprout

Sprout is a vibrant green wool blend felt

Here: http://www.feltandcraft.com/new-sprout/

Happy Spring!

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~Andie

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

You might also enjoy: Felt mini Pumpkins

Felt Pumpkin tutorial - American Felt and Craft

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

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