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Felt log circle drink coasters

25 Jun

I am a big fan of cute I am also a big fan of useful, these DIY felt log coasters / trivets are both! These felt coasters don’t require any sewing and look so cute!

These simple felt woodland coasters are held together with hot glue and can be made into any size you like. I think these DIY felt log cuts look great as coasters but they could just as easily create an adorable trivet for your pots and pans or even a beautiful mat for a cake stand.

Felt tree stump coasters make lovely gifts in a basket of artisan tea and a personalized mug or scones.

The key to the perfect felt tree trunk coasters is all in the prep, the more even you can cut the strips the better your results of course you can always trim off mistakes as you go if your cuts are less than perfectly even.

If you are a quilter no doubt cutting these felt strips will likely be a simple task. If you don’t have a rotary cutter no problem just cut into strips with scissors. More tips on cutting below.

You will need:

To make a set of 4 log coasters:

1/2 yard tan felt, I used Pastry

1/2 yard dark brown felt I used Brownie

Hot Glue and glue gun

Cut:

4- 4″ circles from outer bark colored felt

Cut tan and the remaining scraps dark brown into 1/2″ ribbons

To make cutting easier you can use a ruler or cut a scrap of cardboard into 1/2″ wide strip. Trace lines onto felt and cut.

Cut 1/2″ felt into a 5″ length and roll to create the center. Glue felt with hot glue as you roll.

Alternate between tan and bark color felt. There isn’t any set length just glue until you are happy with the look and switch colors as you go. Try to line the ribbons up as evenly as possible.

When you get the felt tree trivet the size of your bottom circle wrap with a final dark brown outside. Glue cut lengths (anywhere from 1/4″ – 2″ long) randomly along the outside to create shingled bark look. Round the felt log coaster between your hands until it sits as evenly as possible and trim if needed.

Chose the less attractive side and coat with hot glue, leave the outside of the felt log cut free of glue so when you place the back it doesn’t overflow.

Pace the back and press down, go back along edges and glue down any sides that need it.

Enjoy you’re new cottage inspired felt coasters.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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DIY Daisy Chain Crown

24 Jun

The sweet simplicity of a daisy chain crown will forever be a symbol of warm summer days. This DIY felt daisy crown will last forever and have you dreaming of summer picnics all year round.

A word about felt:

Wool or wool blend felt works well for little petals like those in this felt flower tutorial. Bamboo and most acrylics aren’t going to hold the smaller shapes as well and may fuzz out along the ends.

It’s important to use a pair of scissors that are small but sharp enough to handle tight edges and curved petals. I highly recommend holding your felt daisy pattern in place with packing tape, you can re-use your template again and again this way. The daisy centers can be freehand cut and varying the length will make your daisy larger or smaller.

You will need:

Floral Wire about 16 wires – 12 for flowers and the rest for crown base.

Wire cutters

Floral Tape

9″ x 12″ sheet of high quality felt for flowers, I used white

9″ x 6″ golden yellow felt for felt flower centers, I used Egg Yolk

8″ x 6″ Green felt for leaves and end caps, I used Fresh Cut Grass

Hot glue gun and glue

Free pattern to make felt daisies.

Optional: Packing tape or clear tape for cutting

Cut:

12 flower shapes from white felt

12 centers from yellow felt

Leaf and cap from green felt

Making felt daisies – the easy way

For loose felt daisies, carefully cut out daisies from white felt using clear tape on top to help hold your template as you cut.

To create a daisy on a stem place the floral wire at the end of the strip, add glue and roll gluing as you go. Wrap the felt flower around the center and glue at the base.

Cut a small slit into the center of the end cap and slits along the sides as marked so it curls around the base easily. Slide cap up the stem and glue down the sections trimming if needed so the green doesn’t extend past the flowers base. Keep the leaves fairly high because you will need to cut the wires to create your daisy chain crown.

To add a leaf, place glue along the center and part way up the leaf and fold onto the floral wire. Trim off any extra leaf felt along the ends and side. You can also glue these on after you create your crown.

Measure out your head or the head of the person you plan to crown. The crown needs to sit on the midway on the forehead, mine measured 7.5″.

Starting with two floral wires 2/3rds of the way down your first wire twist a second floral wire. Add more wires by twisting until your crown is the desired size for me this was 4 wires.

Twist daisies around your base using as much of the wire stems as possible to create a solid crown. Cut the extra wire once it is securely attached. Repeat until you’ve created a full crown of glorious daises.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

Summer Daisies – Felt Flower Daisy Tutorial

10 Jun

These sweet summer daisies can be used to add a natural feel to an endless number of summer crafts. Of all the DIY felt flowers, daisies are some of the easiest. Learning how to make felt daisies is simple if you take your time and invest in quality felt and a good set of scissors.

Wool or wool blend felt works well for little petals like those in this felt flower tutorial. Bamboo and most acrylics aren’t going to hold the smaller shapes as well and may fuzz out along the ends. The key to this felt flower is a clean cut. It’s important to use a pair of scissors that are small but sharp enough to handle tight edges and curved petals. I highly recommend holding your felt daisy pattern in place with packing tape, you can re-use your template again and again this way. The daisy centers can be freehand cut and varying the length will make your daisy larger or smaller.

Created with hot glue, these felt flowers are no sew. The addition of floral wire allows the daisies to be used in wreaths or tossed into a vase or bouquet. What will you use these easy little felt flowers for? We’d love for you to share your creations with us on our facebook page.

You will need:

For 12 flowers

9″ x 12″ sheet of high quality felt for flowers, I used white

9″ x 6″ golden yellow felt for felt flower centers, I used Egg Yolk

8″ x 6″ Green felt for leaves and end caps, I used Fresh Cut Grass

Hot glue gun and glue

Free pattern to make felt daisies.

Optional: Floral wires for stems, packing tape or clear tape for cutting

Dirty Glue Gun for Crafting Cred.

Cut:

1 flower shape from white felt

1 center from yellow felt

Leaf and cap from green felt

Making felt daisies – the easy way

For loose felt daisies, carefully cut out daisies from white felt using clear tape on top to help hold your template as you cut.

Place a small drop of glue on the end of the center strip and slowly roll upwards, gluing occasionally.

Once the center is rolled add glue to the side and wrap your daisy around the center gluing as you go. Glue cap on as shown below.

To create a daisy on a stem place the floral wire at the end of the strip, add glue and roll as before. Add the felt flower with glue as show above.

Cut a small slit into the center of the end cap and slits along the sides as marked so it curls around the base easily. Slide cap up the stem and glue down the sections trimming if needed so the green doesn’t extend past the flowers base.

To add a leaf, place glue along the center and part way up the leaf and fold onto the floral wire. Trim off any extra along the ends and side.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

DIY Felt Tea Bags and Tin

5 Jun

A tea party is just the thing to inspire imaginative play and practice manners and fine motor skills too! While we’ve covered free felt food patterns for tea party staples such as cookies, (chocolate chip, fortune cookies, rolled cookies) as well as pies of all kinds (hand pies, lemon meringue, cherry) and even petit fours, snack cakes and cake pops. Sadly we neglected the star of the show DIY felt tea bags.

This set features a matching floral patterned felt but any 2mm thick felt will do, the standard wool blend is too floppy for this project unless you want to double up but that can make stitching a bit tricky. Stiffer or thick felts are best for this project and I think the Cottage Floral print I used here for the felt tea tin and tea tag backs worked out wonderfully.

When working with felt objects in need of structure 2- 3mm felt is a game changer, it easily holds shape without stuffing and doesn’t need to be finished off along the tops or bottoms because it won’t stretch out as easily.

You will need some filling for your tea bags and shredded scraps work well, if you are using a high quality felt for the felt tea bags the color wont matter.

In regards to the label have included the image on the pattern in reverse if you’d like to try printing on special paper and ironing it on (although that method can be prone to flaking) as well as a blank one for hand stitching.

All June long we will be including a free felt “Tea” label with every order while supplies last.

This label is colorfast, nontoxic and washer dryer safe. If you decide to craft up a set of DIY felt tea bags with this free pattern we’d love to see your finished product http://www.facebook.com/feltandcraft

You will need:

To make a set of 5 tea bags and 1 tin you will need:

2- 3 mm thick felt for the top, bottom and sides of tin. 8″ x 11″ total *

I used Cottage Floral for the sides and White for the top and bottom

9″ x 12″ white felt for tea bags*

Scrap felt for tea bag details I used: Mint, Purple Haze, Lemon, Lipstick, Crushed Coral, Granny Smith, Cilantro *

Embroidery thread in Green, White, Grey and Black

*matching thread

Free printable felt tea bag and tin pattern

Cut:

5 tea bags and 5 tea tags and blank tag from wool blend white felt

2 tea tin sides and 5 tea tags from patterned 2mm thick felt

1 bottom, 1 top and two sides from 2-3mm thick white felt

5 – 6″ long tea bag strings knotted on each end

Sew lemon shape with yellow thread and a running stitch.

Place strawberry greens down and sew berry shape over top with a running stitch, accent with a few stitches in a contrasting color.

Sew mint shape down with matching thread

Sew lavender shapes down with a single strand of green embroidery thread.

Place peach greens onto tag and sew peach into place on top.

Place one of the knotted ends in-between the patterned and detailed tags, trim to match if needed and overcast stitch around the outside of the tag to hold. Repeat with each tag.

Fold a tea bad shape in half lengthwise and overcast stitch with matching thread.

Move the seam to center and fold so both seams face outward. Stitch along the bottom of the bag.

Trim felt for filler and fill each end with about a tbs of felt. Fold so the seams face inward and trim tops to a matching point. Be careful not to cut through the tea bag seams.

Place the other end of the knotted tag between the tea bag and stitch closed with small stitches using a running stitch and matching white thread.

Optional: Place a small grey stitch at the top of each tea bag. Repeat for each tea bag.

If you are using a printed tag sew to the center of one of the side pieces. If you are creating your own label stitch the work tea onto your label and sew to side piece.

Center the label to the front and sew onto thick felt base with an overcast stitch.

Center second side and stitch. When sides overlap sew them together with a running stich, this will give the tin added stability.

Sew lid sides to tin top the same way trimming if needed and sewing the side together without overlap.

Enjoy a legendary tea party!

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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