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Beehive Pincushion and Honeybee Pins

11 May

Bee Pincushion DIY free pattern

I just love pincushions, they are whimsical yet functional objects that really reflect the users personalities. This beehive pincushion makes a lovely gift for the queen bee in your life. Dress it up with flowers or keep it simple and regal.  The bee pins are a functional but fun addition that will allow you to keep a little spring with you all year long.

You will need;

Beehive Pincushion

1- 9 x 12 sheet yellow felt I used Banana Cream Pie and matching thread.

Scrap of brown felt I used Saddle Brown

 Stuffing

Doll Needle or long sewing needle.

Optional

Felt flower shaped cutouts;

Star Shaped Flowers

Cypress Flower Shape

Flat black sequins (for flower center)

Baby’s breath sequins

Felt Glue

Bee Pins

Long sewing pins- size matters here the longer the better

Craft Glue suitble for plastics and metals – I used a product diffrent product for this project but I found “Amazing Goop” worked better than the Gorilla glue.

Shrink Film (printable inkjet is best)  If you can’t find it or don’t want to print you will also need a black fine tipped pen. Laser printers work with heat and cannot be used for this project.

Yellow markers or colored pencils to color bees

Felt Beehive and printable bee templates (at the end of post)

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Beehive Pincushion

Cut banana cream pie felt into 6 strips of 1.5″ wide felt in 8″,7″,6″,5″,4″ and 3″ long. Cut Bottom and top from banana cream felt and set aside. Cut hive opening from brown felt.

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Place long sides tether and overcast stitch up the side. Start this stitch about 1/4″ in leaving a gap  on one end as shown. It is easiest to stuff this as you go but using a chopstick or pencil will help you stuff it afterwards if desired.

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Gather the end of the non gap side. Gather and sew through to make it easy to tuck.

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Tuck gathered end into end gap, you will want to bend and work the stuffing into the right place to help it hold the circle. Sew through to hold (don’t worry we are covering this area with flowers.

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Repeat with all beehive pieces.

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Stack up the hive pieces from largest to smallest lining up the seams.  Run the threaded doll needle through.

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Working your way around sew them together.

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Once all the pieces are together sew desired flowers into place.  Accent with the baby’s breath sequins. Using felt glue add the hive opening. You can also sew this into place.

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Add top with an overcast stitch.

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Stuff or add a cloth bag of ground nut shells if you prefer.

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Sew bottom onto pincushion with an overcast stitch.

 Bee Pins

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Print bees onto printable shrink paper. Color centers yellow. Cut out bee shapes and shrink according to manufacturer directions. If you aren’t using printable shrink paper trace the bees with the fine tipped marker and proceed.

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Glue bees onto pins facing various directions using craft glue.

I found the easiest way to do this is to put a pea sized dollop of goop onto a piece of paper and dip the end of the pin in and then lay onto the backside of the shape.

Let dry as directed and enjoy!

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Beehive template PDF Download – Beehive Pinkeep

 

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Happy Crafting! ~Andie

Beehive pincushion

Can’t get enough felt pincushions, same.

Check out these free felt pincushion tutorials.

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Glow in the dark Constellation Hoops

6 May

Glow in the dark constellation hoopsLooking for a unique way to dress up your walls?  These constellation hoops are a fun and easy way to dress up any space. Because the stars are small fusible webbing is a must which makes this project very low sew and super simple.

Choose constellations based on the season, a star sign of someone special or just what speaks to you. I have included some sketches of the most common constellations on the template. But as you can imagine the possibilities are endless.

Using glow in the dark felt makes lights out a stunning stargazing event.

You will need:

Scraps of Glo felt

8″ x 8″ Dark blue felt for hoop background here I used Ink

Yellow green thread.

Fusible Webbing

6″  Embroidery Hoop

Template at the end of post

*Matching Thread

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Cut 8″ circle of felt and set aside.

Follow the directions for your fusible webbing and iron onto the back of your glow in the dark felt scrap.

hoop2Remove paper backing. when cool. Cut star shapes. The iron on backing will insure even the smallest stars hold together and don’t fray. Star shapes can be cut from template or freehanded.

To freehand start with a square cut out v shapes along the side using the corners as a guide. See the template for more info.

Lay out your choosen constellation on the circle. Move the stars around varying the sizes until you are happy with the placement.

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Follow the directions on your webbing and iron stars down.

Iron felt

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Allow to cool and mount into hoop.

DIY hoop art

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Connect stars with a running stitch and yellow green thread.

glow in the dark felt constellation hoop

hoops1Share your creations on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram I’d love to see what you make.

Happy Crafting   ~Andie

Constellation hoop template print at full size.

Constellation Hoop PDF Template

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Looking for more felt fun? Try these free patterns and tutorials:

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Star Wars inspired Lightsaber Rattle

4 May

Felt Star Wars baby rattle

These fun Star Wars inspired felt lightsabers feature a rattling core for baby sized battles.

I have included the pattern and tutorial for both styles of felt rattles.  So if you are looking the perfect Star Wars baby gift the force is with you!

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You will need:

10″ x 4″ Lightsaber felt- I used Glo felt and Aqua*

4″ x 6″ Felt for base and end cap, here I used Grey and Black*

For Classic style

4″ x 4″ Black Felt for Strip and Stripes*

For Button Style 

4″ x 4″ grey felt

Scraps of black and red for buttons I used Lipstick

Yellow Green embroidery thread

Stuffing

Mini Rattle Insert

Pencil or chopstick to help with stuffing and turning (optional)

Template at the end of post

*Matching Thread

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Fold saber piece so long ends meet and overcast stitch along the side with matching thread.

LS2Run a gathering stitch around the wand tip and pull to seal. Sew through a few times to secure.

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Turn lightsaber using a pencil or chopstick.

LS3aStuff lightsaber using pencil or chopstick to help if needed, add mini rattle near the base, more stuffing and set aside.

DIY star wars baby toysSew pieces into place with a running stitch and matching thread as shown.LS5Fold base so outside faces inward and overcast stitch along the long side using matching thread. Turn right side out.

 

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Slip lightsaber into large opening on base and pull through until it is snug.

DIY  soft lightsaberStuff base and stitch bottom into place with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

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Stitch around the base where the lighstaber and base meet to hold.

Stop by the shop: fsYou can easily customize these felt Star Wars inspired baby rattles with any color or style you can imagine. Share your creations on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram I’d love to see what you make.

Happy crafting and may the force be with you!  ~Andie

Lightsaber rattles

Lightsaber template- print at full size

Lightsaber Template PDF

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Wanna make more magic? Try these free patterns and tutorials:

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Glow in the Dark Edison Bulb Pendant

1 May

 

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There is something undoubtedly charming about a vintage Edison bulb. The nostalgic qualities and quirky twists lend a warm vintage feel to an otherwise inanimate and purely industrial object.

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The soft, even glow of glow in the dark felt lends itself to these quirky vintage bulbs perfectly for a unique softly industrial nightlight. Hang them in your playhouse kitchen  or pin them to wall these soft bulbs are surprisingly easy to make and oh so cute!

You will need:

12″ x 12″ Glow in the Dark Felt

Grey felt I used Grey Flannel

Black embroidery floss

Sharpie or permanent marker

Stuffing

 3/4″ dowel  12″ long

 

Cut

 2 of each bulb shape from glow in the dark felt

2 of each bulb base from grey felt

bulbCut out two of each of the bulb shapes. Using a pencil trace out the center patterns and when you are satisfied follow over it with a black sharpie marker.

If you plan to hang this on the wall you only need to do this to one side, repeat with the other side if you plan to hang.

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Stitch over the traced lines with one stand of embroidery thread, not doubled over. Repeat with all the Edison bulbs.

bulb4Place cap on the end of each light bulb and stitch down, I liked the look of these off center and a little quirky so I didn’t trace them out first but if you prefer a more uniform look just trace it out with a pencil followed by sharpie.

bulb5Stitch cap pieces together with matching grey thread.

bulb6Overcast stitch around the outer edges of the bulb stuffing lightly before closing.

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Cut strings to desired lengths, here I cut into 12″ 16″ and 24″ inches.

Using a doll needle sew into the top of  the bulb, do not double over the thread.

Bring your loose thread ends together and knot. Tie another knot over the area you sewed through at the top to keep the strands from tangling and the piece well weighted.

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Repeat with all Edison bulbs.

You should have a a large loop attached to each bulb, this will allow you to slide each bulb onto the dowel and rearrange the order as desired.

If you are hanging the piece from a ceiling or hook you will want to arrange the pieces as desired and affix the top of each loop with a dot of hot glue to keep the breeze from moving the bulbs too much.

Color the dowel black with the black sharpie marker.

Cut a length of cross stitch thread into 30″, double it over and tie down on one end, slide the loops over the dowel and tie down the other side to hang.

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Happy Crafting!

Edison Bulb PDFbulbs (2)

~Andie

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Check out some other bright ideas for glow felt: 

 

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Felt Feather Quill Pen Topper

9 Apr

felt craft- pen toppers

Make all your writing more poetic with a feather quill pen topper. This felt craft is a fun way to personalize your desk supplies, these DIY felt feathers can be added to pencils, markers, heck even paintbrushes Of course the classic feather pen is the most fabulous.  These guys make great additions to teachers gifts, sign in books and journals. Give them a try you’ll find the free pattern and tutorial here.

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You will need:

9″ x 12″ sheet wool blend felt, I used Teal, Mauve Taupe and Grey. *

Template (at the end of post) PDF here: Quill Pen Template

*Matching tread.

Cut:

1 quill shape from desired felt color.

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Place pre-cut quill onto a slightly larger felt scrap.

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Sew down along edges using a running stitch and marching thread. Create a small channel along the bottom as shown on template and leave the ends open.

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Stitch lines down to create details. This won’t look quite as good on the other side but that’s ok I promise.

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Cut away access felt carefully making sure not to cut your stitching.

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Slip your writing utensil of choice into the open channel and begin living a more poetic life. Or at least writing a more poetic grocery list.

 

DIY pen quill topper

Customize your DIY pen plume with over 200 color and pattern choices, stop by the shop to shop to see hundreds of great choices.

roundsShare your make with us on our Facebook page and keep up to date on all our free patterns, sales and newest products. American Felt and Craft 

Quill Pen Topper- felt craft tutorial

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

feather quill template

Baby Bunnies with Carrot Bottles

30 Mar

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What’s more adorable than a bunny? A baby bunny obviously. These simple DIY bunnies feature removable diapers and carrot shaped bottles. These little guys go together in no time and are a great DIY felt craft for spring or anytime you need more baby bunnies in your life.

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Felt baby bunny pattern and tutorial free pattern craftYou will  need:

Felt for bunny body, inner ears, and tail,  we used White, Peanut Butter and Grey*

2″x 2″ scrap Pink felt for inner ears and noses we used Amaranth Pink*

Felt for diaper we used Honeydew, Sunshine and Sparrow

3″ x 3″ scrap orange felt for carrot, we used Carrot *

3″ x 3″ scrap green for carrot top, we used Cilantro

Black DCM or cross stitch thread

Stuffing

Felt glue (to fix diaper closed optional)

Bunny babies pattern template (end of post)

*Matching Thread

baby bunnies from felt

Cut:

2 bunny bodies, 2 of each bunny ear and 1 bunny tail per bunny

1 diaper from color of choice

1  inner ear and one nose from pink felt

1 carrot, 2 carrot strips from orange felt

1 set of carrot tops from green felt

felt bunny pattern freeStitch down nose and inner ears to one of the sides of both felt bunny ears and nose to body.  Stitch face details onto bunny. Use french knots for eyes.

bunny2Sew ear fronts to backs with an overcast stitch. Leave the bottom open to stuff.

how to make a felt bunnyStitch the ears to the body with a running stitch and then continue to overcast stitch around the outside stuffing each section as you go.

Pattern for felt bunny craftTo make felt diaper

felt diaper pattern Sew tail to the center back. Diaper can be folded on or glued if you don’t plan on changing any bunny diapers.

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To make carrot bottle

Felt carrot for baby bunnies pattern and tutorial

Stack two strips on top of each other and sew down along the tip.

Fold so rounded edge is on top.

Overcast stitch along side. Sew small gathering stitches stitch loosely along top of carrot.

Stuff lightly. Stack carrot tops together stitch through base and pull to close up top.

Run the needle through the top and carrot a few times to secure.

Sew level stitches along the carrot body to give it a few dents. Knot. Fluff out carrot top.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Baby Bunny Template PDF

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Bunny Ear Teether Tutorial and Pattern

26 Mar

IMG_1004Adorable bunny ears are the perfect Easter DIY for the little one’s in your life. These little ear teethers are a boutique staple and always a hit at baby showers.  You will need a sewing machine but have no fear novice sewers, this one is extremely simple to master.  The “ears” can be slipped off for washing or switched out based on mood. Customize the fabric to your nursery theme or baby shower. I backed these guys in a minky dot for some fun soft texture but a terry cloth would make a great choice for hard core teethers. The addition of crinkle material makes these ears extra fun. Because what baby doesn’t go crazy for crinkle?

bunny ear teether pattern

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You will need:

1/8 yard fabric of choice

1/8 yard backing of choice, minky or terry cloth add a fun texture.

All natural wood teething ring (these rings are solid and the wood won’t splinter)

Sewing machine

Pattern to make bunny ear teether (At the end of post)

Crinkle Material for baby toys (optional) Crinkle Material 

Cut

Cut out ear pattern on fold from fabric of your choice.

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Place the fabrics together with the printed (front) sides facing each other.

Pin to backing and roughly cut around in a rectangle. Minky and other silky fabrics shift it’s easier to just sew down and then cut.

How to make bunny teethers - pattern and tutorial

How to add crinkle material to  your handmade baby toy.

Adding crinkle to your baby toy is super easy. Just place the toy crinkle on top of one side of the project and then sew. (see pink chevron print above) The crinkle material will be in the center when turned.

AFC’s crinkle is formulated to be washer/ dryer and iron safe so treat as you would normally no special requirements.

Sew pieces together leaving around 1/4″ from your stitch to the edge of the fabric. Leave at least 1″ near the center of one side to turn rightside out.making baby teethers - bunny ear ring

Cut off extra backing fabric and trim off the unsewn part of the ear tip.

Turn.  Use a chopstick or unsharpened pencil to help you get the ear tips.

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Tuck the raw pieces of the opening together, pin if needed and sew shut.

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Iron along the edges only (this helps preserve the minky bumps) and top stitch around the ears one more time.

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That’s it! Now to add the teething ring to your brand new rabbit ear teether.

6 (1)How to attach to teething ring

  1. Fold back sides together and pull the center into the ring to make a loop.
  2. Pull the ears through the loop slowly adjusting to keep the print facing forward as needed.
  3. Tug on the ears to tighten.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Bunny Ear Pattern PDF: BunnyEarsPattern

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