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DIY Sushi Pincushion

22 May

IMG_4760There has never been a better time to add to your pin cushion collection especially when the options are this cute! This smiling roe sushi is the perfect pin holder, it sits flat, holds a bunch of easy to grab pins and looks absolutely adorable. Best of all these step by step instructions make it easy for even a beginner to make.IMG_0184You will need:

9″ x 4″  scrap Seaweed colored felt (Sushi) *

6″ x 6″ White felt scrap (White)

2 – Sequins (Coral) *

2 – 6 mm doll eyes

Black embroidery thread

Long Pins (in a pinch you can remove the tops to flat flower pins an re purpose)

Round orange or red beads

Stuffing

Cardboard for base

Super Glue

*Matching Thread

Cut:

1 Sushi wrap and 1 bottom from seaweed colored felt

1 Rice ball from white felt

1 Cardboard bottom

Glue beads to pin ends and allow them to dry upright for the amount of time recommended by the glue.

1Attach eyes to center of felt sushi wrap. 2Stitch sequins for cheeks to front. Sew a smile with black thread to complete face. felt sushiSew sushi wrap edge to the oval shaped base with overcast stitch and matching thread. The smile should be at the base and the eyes at the open end. Stitch up the short sides of the wrap to form a cup shape.

Add cardboard insert to prevent pins from coming through your felt sushi pincushion.

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felt sushi pincushionSew a large gathering stitch around outside of rice ball, pull.

Stuff lightly, pull closed and sew through several times to secure. 5Place rice ball into sushi wrap and add pins.

Felt sushi pincushion

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Happy Crafting!

~ Andie

Glow in the dark felt jellyfish

30 Dec

glow in the dark jellyfish tutorial freeIt’s easy to sew up some glow in the dark “floating” jellyfish. These little jellies would look adorable hanging from a mobile, swimming in the playroom or even hanging from a Christmas tree.80629915_10221577919741019_2896794195194806272_nBut when the lights go out the real magic happens. Crafting these DIY felt jellyfish from glow in the dark felt means that once these guys get a good charge from either natural or artificial light they will glow softly. jelliessAll that cute and no sting!

Read on to learn how to craft up a sea full of jellyfish buddies. jellyfish

You will need:

Glow in the dark felt, I used pink, green and blue *

Embroidery thread in white and black

Sequins: I used Highlighter, Pinkalicious, and Seafoam

1 yard cording I used White teething cord 

4- 8″ ribbon(s) I used gold and another coordinating color

Stuffing

*Matching thread

 

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Cut:

One jellyfish body base and ruffle from glow in the dark felt.

image1 (1)Match up sides of small V shapes at the base of your jelly fish and overcast sew them together. image2Repeat with all small V’s

image3 (1)Repeat with the larger V shapes stitching up the sides last. image1 (2)

Turn the shape so it is inside out.

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Stuff and overcast stitch the base to the jelly fish body with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

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Overcast stitch the ruffle along the base of the jellyfish body

80414709_10221577941581565_8519299701583904768_nStitch face details with black cross stitch thread. Add freckles at the cheeks and on random parts of the body with french knots and white thread. Create a loop at the top to hang with the white thread. Hide the knots under the ruffle at the base. 81520863_10221577940221531_7770203095300046848_nAdd sequins, for tips on attaching sequins see this postfelt jellyfishSet aside.

Loop cording in different size loops and tie with ribbon(s). Trim loops so cording hangs at different lengths. Hold top together and loop cording around the top and tie to create a tassel for the base. Wrap the hanging cording around your finger to shape. 80542919_10221577937941474_170791912851111936_n (1)Stitch through and around tassel and into the base of the felt jellyfish body.jf

Jellyfish pattern

 

DIYjellyfishtutorialHappy Crafting

~Andie

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Fall Flower Fairy Finger Puppet

19 Aug

Fall Fairy Finger PuppetWho else is on the edge of their seats waiting for the first days of fall?  I simply cannot wait for the cooler shorter days, the smell of a fireplace and an an added reason for a good cuddle.  SIGH! Perhaps this fairy can help move things a long with a little fall magic. 🙂 fall felt crafts

To create your own little fall fairy finger puppet all you need to do is print out the template, cut from felt and sew up some autumn vibes. This cute little fairy is easy to customize with any skin tone, eye color or hair shade. She features a crown of leaves and double sparkling felt fairy wings. Not only does this fairy make a charming fall craft but adding a simple loop to the top turns her into an adorable ornament, a magnet glued to the back will allow her to watch over your seasonal baking you can even place one on a bottle of wine for a charming hostess gift this fall.

You will need:

Felt in skin color of your choice I used Pastry*

Green for dress I used Granny Smith

White glitter felt for wings*

A small amount of stuffing

Felt scrap in hair color of your choice; I used Fire Engine Red*

Felt scraps for leaves I used Granny Smith, Autumn Leaves, Beet, Sunshine, Hot Chocolate, Orange Juice, Chocolate Moose

Embroidery thread in, brown, pink and color to match skin toned felt.

Felt flower fairy pattern (at the end of post)

Sunflower cutout

Flower sequins (optional)

*matching sewing thread

Cut

2 Head shapes, 1 body shape and one torso shape from skin tone felt

2 Dress shapes and 2 shoe shapes from green felt

2 wing shapes from glitter felt

10- Large leaves from fall felt colors

12-15 Small leaves from fall felt colors

making felt fairyMark face placement lightly on felt with a pencil. Add eyes with eye color embroidery thread and french knots. Stitch smile from a single length of pink embroidery thread and a nose with a single stitch of skin colored embroidery thread. Felt finger puppet bodyStitch torso to body shape stuffing as you go. Stitch closed along the stomach area.b2Overcast stitch around the outside of the face, stuff as you go. Fit face onto neck and sew into place with matching thread. Fall Flower fairy from felt tutorialAdd shoes to both sides of feet. Set doll aside. Leaf dress- fall fairy felt tutorialSew bigger leaves to dress under the arm area with two or three longway stitches so the leaves can “poof” out along the dress, check to make sure dress sides are going the correct direction (mirror image front and back) before adding more leaves to the back in the same way you did the front. This will be covered up on both sides so thread color isn’t important.

DIY fall fairy craftLay dress on either side of felt fairy puppet. Sew along the tops of the dress arms around the fairy’s body with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

fall fairy Sew dress together along sides with an overcast stitch and matching thread. Leaving the bottom open for your finger.

fall fairy tutorial and patternSew sunflower to secure, stitch through the torso and knot at the fairy back., you will cover the back with wings.

h1 Overcast stitch the hair back and front together around the outer edges only with matching thread and an overcast stitch.

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fall fairyFit fairy head into hair piece, attach small leaves in a ring around her head. free fall fairy tutorial and pattern feltglitter felt flower fairy fall free tutorial Stack both wings so that there is glitter facing both ways and stitch through the center and torso of the puppet the knot can be hidden under the sunflower on the front of the fairy dress. Add flower sequins if desired.

fall flower fairy ornament tutorial Sew a loop and your finger puppet does double duty as an ornament.

pattern for making fall finger puppet fairy


Fall flower fairy free pattern and tutorial -American Felt and Craft

I hope you love your felt fairy as much as you love fall!

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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DIY Play Felt Bandages

15 May

DIY felt bandaides, bandagesIs there a doctor in the house? Save your bandaids for the real boo boos and craft up some soft reusable felt play bandages. 

Help them heal pretend owies, build empathy and remove fear of the doctors office, all while having imaginative screen free fun. Whether you’ve got a budding M.D in your house or just an empathetic stuffy owner you’ll want to craft up a bunch of these simple DIY felt bandaids.felt bandage pattern and tutorialFriends, find you someone who loves you like a kid loves band aids.

Free pattern felt bandages - American Felt and CraftThese felt bandages sew up with two simple stitching styles and 1- 9″ x 12″ felt sheet will  make 7-8 bandages, making them inexpensive and fun crafts. They can be adjusted to be bigger but these are the perfect scale for fingers of all sizes.

You will need: per bandage

3″ x 4″ felt scrap per bandage- Beige felt – I used Peanut Butter* or printed felt – I used Pink Daisy and Turquoise Rosebud *

Velcro or Hook and Loop to match your felt: I used Sand, Bunny, Pale Turquoise

*Matching thread

Cut 

2 felt bandage shapes, and 1 bandage center from felt

Cut velcro or hook and loop into smaller squares or ovals if you prefer. (see template)

Easy felt doctor band aide free pattern Sew center to one bandage with an applique stitch with either a running stitch or applique stitch and matching thread. felt bandages - easy DIY

Sew hook and loop to end of felt bandages. Match them up so the hook and loop are on opposite sides.

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The hook and loop should be on opposing sides.

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Overcast stitch the felt bandages together. And that’s all there is to it!

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how to make play felt bandaides bandages

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Felt Bandage Pattern

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Felt bandages- free pattern and tutorial - screen free play

Happy healing

~Andie

 

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Felt Bunny Hoops

11 Apr

Sweet bunny craft - spring crafts - felt hoops

After a long grey winter, spring brings a welcome splash of color.

Celebrate color and deck the walls with these whimsical felt bunny hoops. They make easy spring crafts that can be hung with a simple tack and add spring color and flair to any room.

boho bunny felt craftThese little boho bunnies also make adorable kids room decor.

For 3 bunny hoops you will need:

3 – 4″ embroidery hoops

White Fur Felt 2-  9″ x 12″ sheets*

3″ x 3″ felt scrap for felt for inner ears, I used prints in Spring Zig Zag, Pink Dot and Subtle Scale. *

3″ x 3″ Black felt for eyes*

1″ x 1″ Brown for nose (Chocolate Moose)*

5″x 6″ felt scrap in at least 4 colors I used, Powder Blue, Morning Glory, Orchid, Pink Tutu, Bubblegum, Pink Amaranth, Lavender

Felt scraps in leaf colors I used Granny Smith and Cilantro

Small pom poms

Template for felt flowers and bunny details BunnyHoop

Embroidery thread in black and white

Hot glue gun and glue

Free Printable template

*Matching thread

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Cut:

2 eyes from black felt

1 nose from brown felt

2 ears from fur felt (Flip the pattern over for one side so both ears curve towards the center.)

2 Ear centers from felt print (Flip the pattern over for one side so both inner ears curve towards the center.)

Flowers you will need about 6-7 per hoop. Cut 2 flower shapes per daisy and 1 of each rose shape. Cutting Detailed Letters and Shapes from Felt

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Stitch inner ears to outer ears with an applique stitch and matching thread.

IMG_8775Fit fur felt into 4″ hoop and trim to fit

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Sew eyes into place with an applique stitch and black thread as shown on the template. IMG_8777Stitch nose into place with brown thread and an applique stitch. IMG_8779Sew sides onto eyes with black embroidery thread and a running stitch. Stitch smile with the same thread. Set aside.

Polka Dot Felt Sheets

Making Felt Flower Crown

IMG_8781Stack daisy sides together and glue the center to hold. Glue pom poms into center if desired. Set aside.

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Roll flower from open end towards center. Glue as you go as needed. At the end place large end over the curled up felt and glue down.

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Cut felt leaves from green felts.

Assembling your bunny hoop

IMG_8795Lay leaves and flowers down as desired and hot glue into place.

IMG_8825With white embroidery thread add a highlighting stitch to each eye. IMG_8798Glue bunny ears into place on the back.

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Felt Bunny Hoop Template

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Happy Crafting

~Andie

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How to make a Halloween Tree

9 Sep

Make an easy halloween tree - how to

Making ornaments is too much fun to limit to once a year! And thus the Halloween tree was born.

Small enough to fit into your decor without clutter but with a big impact, this tree can be sized up or down and made with things you may already have on hand.

Check out how easy it is to add a fabulous tree to your Halloween decor this season.

To make a Halloween Tree you will need:

A branch– any size any shape.

The one here is 22″ tall and about 12″ at it’s widest.  You can easily trim to size or even hot glue branches into places you’d like them to be. Keep in mind you will need about 3′-4″ at the base for the foam to hold. Just make sure your branch has dried out and give it a quick rinse and scrub with a kitchen sponge so paint adheres better.

Black spray paint

Container of your choice, a vase, a small pot or even a small plastic pumpkin works great as long as it is deep enough to hold 3″ or more.

Floral foam (the hard crunchy kind) sized to your container.

Moss

Hot glue gun and glue

Serrated saw or knife to cut foam

Black Glitter (optional)

Spray paint a branchAfter you have cleaned and dried the branch give it a good spray of black spray paint and quickly follow with a hearty sprinkle of glitter, turn slightly and repeat until you have covered the whole branch. Allow to dry.

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foam insert

Fit foam to your container making sure it fits snugly inside. Cut with serrated knife to fit.

Glue moss to foam

Brush off excess glitter. Press the branch into the foam. Hot glue moss into place small sections at a time to cover foam. And you’ve got an amazing Halloween tree you’ll enjoy year after year. Now onto the ornament making…

Simple halloween tree tutorial

Happy Crafting~

Andie

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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.

Beehive pincushion

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

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