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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

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No Sew Felt Sunflower Magnets

18 Jul
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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

 

10 Handmade Felt Kids Gifts

23 Nov

10 Handmade Felt Gifts for Kids

Roll up your sleeves, throw on your elf cap and get to crafting a handmade gift the little one in your life will treasure.

Here are 10 great handmade gift ideas complete with free tutorials and patterns.

DIY Seahorse hobby horse

1. Felt Seahorse Ride on

This adorable felt hobby horse is actually pretty easy to make and guaranteed to be loved by all weary mer-people in your underwater castle.

Peek a Boo Bill - Felt groundhogs day puppet tutorial with shadow finger puppet.

2. Groundhog Puppet

Craft  handmade felt groundhog  and shadow puppets and help your little
one welcome spring with a giggle.

diy tutorial to make felt stethoscope

3. Felt Stethoscope

Create an easy handmade gift for aspirimg medical professionals these felt stethascopes are a Pinterest Favorite!

Felt Baby Rattle - Palace Guards

4. Felt Soildier Rattles

Although these sweet British Palace Guards do get a little rattled when you shake them they remain loyal and steadfast.

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5. Cut Apart Felt Carrot

What’s more fun than play veggies ready for slicing? This free felt food tutorial will walk you through handmaking  the whole thing!

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6. Chocolate Chip Cookies

chip cookie this one is an absolute basic felt food tutorial but it’s a great starter project if your new to sewing it’s also great for kids since it really couldn’t be easier.

Felt Money

7. Felt Play Money

Every kid can use some felt pocket money. This handmade play money is also a great way to teach your child math. Use high quality wool blend felt to insure your wool blend money will last through thousands of mini transactions.

Easy Starfish crinkle toy

8. Felt Starfish Baby Crinkle Toy

 Follow this simple tutorial for a  fun crinkle starfish toy no baby on land or sea can resist.

DIY Felt Giraffe Tic Tac Toe Tutorial9. Tic Tac Toe

The hearts are simple to sew (or at least hard to mess up) and so this makes a great mommy and me sewing craft . And of course you could always substitute the Pink with another color like a bright green like Key Lime Pie or lovely blue like Sparrow if pink isn’t your thing.

ninpow210. Felt Ninja Pouch and throwing stars

These felt ninja throwing stars are lightning fast to stitch up and a great way to teach hand sewing your karate kid. A traditional throwing star has a hole in the center making it easy to string on a belt for transport. While you can easily add a hole in the center we think you’ll agree the ninja belt bag creates a far more adorable storage option.

Happy Crafting~ Andie

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Crayflower- The DIY Crayon Mayflower

13 Nov

Cray-Flower – DIY Felt Mayflower Coloring StationDIY crayon Mayflower Thanksgiving Kids Table Craft. Passing crayons will be more fun than the coloring! Even the adults will be fighting for a place at the kids table when you add this fun rolling color station to your Thanksgiving festivities. This ship is a fun Thanksgiving craft they will be thrilled to play with all year round.

Passing crayons back and forth might prove to be more fun than the coloring.

You will need;

The Spirit of Adventure (required)

1 yard Dark Brown Felt I used Chocolate*

12″ x 5″ felt scrap in pale blue I used Ice*

I really doubt acrylic felt has the strength to complete this project I used a high quality wool rayon blend.

 1/4″ dowel cut into 2 pieces (10″ and 8″)

4 – 2″ wood wheels

Acrylic Paint to match felt

Crayons (a 96 pack does a good job of filling the boat)

Paper

Scotch Tape (to connect templates)

Boat Pattern (at the end of post)

Felt Glue (Optional)

Cardboard scrap to fit boat bottom – you can also add some to the ships sides if you’d like to make them more sturdy but the doubled up felt will work fine.

*Matching thread

Felt Thanksgiving Crafts - Mayflower Ship Pattern Free

This Felt Thanksgiving Mayflower ship also makes one heck of a pirate boat.

Cut the wave pattern from blue felt and the remaining pieces from brown felt – save some scraps to help attach the trolley later.

Lets begin with the wave wheels since they will need to dry.

Painting a wheel to make a soft pull toy. Paint wave design onto wheel as shown on templates.

How to make a wheeled toy from craft store supplies

Repeat with all wheels. Paint dowels if desired and set aside to dry.

You don’t need to assemble the wheels yet.

Sew the two boat backs (marked on template) together using an overcast stitch and brown thread. Do not add cardboard to this piece since you will need it to curve. Set aside.

Sew shelf pieces together along the sides with an overcast stitch. Set aside.

Felt boat pattern

Add waves with matching thread to opposite sides of boat as shown. The curve of the wave should point in the direction of the rounded boat front.

Sew second plain boat side to each side. You can place a piece of cardboard cut slightly smaller than the side template into the sides if desired but the boat will hold up just fine without it.

Free Felt pattern - Crayflower Crayon Mayflower with wheels! Match sides up with waves facing outward and plain sides inward. Stitch rounded part of fronts together with an overcast stitch, stop when you get to the flat bottom.

Insert Cardboard into felt pocket

Cut a boat bottom slightly smaller than the template from cardboard.

Sew two boat bottom pieces together with an overcast stitch and fill with cardboard for added stability.

Sew ship bottom closed.

Attach sides to bottom

Bend sides around boat bottom and overcast stitch to base with brown thread.

Add Felt bottom to ship - Free Felt PatternContinue until both sides are sewn down to bottom.

Open Felt Boat Pattern back

Your felt Mayflower boat should look like this. (But less blurry unless you need glasses)

Bend back piece around the open space in the back of the boat and overcast stitch from the top to the boat base.

Attach back to boat with overcast stitch

You’re almost done!

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Fit shelf into felt Mayflower (or rather Crayflower) back. Attach with a few stitches along each side or felt glue into place.

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Now that we have finished our felt ship, let’s make it roll!

Use scrap felt to stitch a 2″ wide rectangle slightly shorter than each of your axles to boat bottom .

Create Channel to insert axel

Sew down along the long sides. The rectangle should lay flat.

Slip axle through and fit wheels onto both ends. You can further secure these with glue if desired but they should fit on pretty tightly.

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The wheels will spin inside their felt shaft making your Mayflower mobile.

LOOK OUT PLYMOUTH ROCK!

Cut some of the paper into 5 x 7  pieces to fit into the top shelf.

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Fill with crayons and inhale that sweet new crayon smell.

Add full size printer paper to the ship to create ships larger sail.

Felt Mayflower for kids table

Felt Mayflower Pattern  PDF

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Crafting!

Andie

Thanksgiving crafts and patterns - Felt Mayflower

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Thanksgiving napkin ringsEasy Felt Napkin Rings

fall garland tutorial

Fall Felt Garland

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Embroidery Thread and Felt ~ What Every Crafter Should Know

28 Oct

Basics of felt and embroidery (Cross Stitch) thread

If you are new to the world of felt crafting you may have noticed that cross stitching or thread embroidery seems to be the go to choice for most felt crafters. And it’s no wonder  – Skeins of cross stitching thread are readily available in a million color choices are inexpensive and are easy to store and transport. How easy is it to store?  How about over 100 colors in the space of 3″ easy? More on that below.

Cross Stitching Thread Vs Spool Thread in crafting.

One of the best things about working with felt is its wide range of colors and ease of use in smaller projects and detail work. But all those small scraps of color can add up to a lot of thread. The cost of embroidery or cross stitching thread can be as much as 80% cheaper than traditional thread spools. (Translated:  16 skeins of cross stitching thread vs. 2 spools of standard thread.)  You may also find yourself working with shades of felt you don’t use often or sewing very small details and don’t see a need to invest in a larger spool to sew.

Sheep Shaped Bobbins for Cross stitching thread.

Traditional spools of thread are round and have a tendency to roll around which, while helpful on a sewing machine is quite annoying when hand crafting. Bobbins lie flat and just beg to be thrown into a project baggie for crafting on the go. Cross stitching thread is has very little sheen or shine to it making it blend easily into dense felt.  The cotton in embroidery thread isn’t as strong as the typical spool threads but this generally doesn’t present a problem.

Cross Stitching or embroidery thread is easy to find. Many big box stores now only carry a few shades of thread but will still carry dozens of shades of  embroidery thread. Since most felt work is hand sewn the aggravation of separating the threads in exchange for a wide selection of easy to locate, portable, space-saving, inexpensive colors seems a small price to pay.

Embroidery thread and felt sewing tips Different thicknesses of  embroidery or cross stitch thread used in running stitches and french knots on felt.

#25 cotton embroidery floss is the most commonly sold type, it comes in six strands of thread twisted into one thick strand. Most sewing projects are done with just 1 or 2 threads separated from the bunch after cutting it to the desired length. Occasionally you will want a thicker thread for a tighter hold, visible stitching or filling in details.

Cross stitching thread and felt

Click HERE for more on stitches and their uses.

For larger products or often used colors standard spool threads are still a better bet because all that untangling of thread can be really time-consuming.

 I have sew all sorts of things using only embroidery thread and felt:

DIY Seahorse hobby horse

Free DIY Felt Seahorse Hobby Horse Pattern

Play around with the thicknesses and stitch styles for added detail on any project.

Embroidery floss is also available in silk, linen, glittered, metallic and even glow in the dark!

gulf coast charity- felt food pattern

Fish, Clams, and Shrimp from the Gulf Coast Catch Pattern

How to store embroidery thread.

Now that I’ve helped you justify your purchase of 85 skeins of embroidery thread let me give you a word of warning, this whole project can go south if you don’t move that thread to bobbins ASAP. Your 8th grade jewelry box has nothing on the tangled rainbow hell that awaits those who don’t heed my warning.

Luckily, moving the thread to a bobbin is simple although a bit time-consuming…

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Slip one cuff off at a time taking care not to distort or twist the thread too much.

Keep the thread in its circle and look for the shortest thread along the top. It should come apart smoothly.

Wrap it around your bobbin repeat this process 84 times while binge watching Netflix programming…

Sheep shaped bobbins

Rein in your threads Bo Peep style with these free printable felt sheep bobbins.

That’s all well and good but how do you store sheep shaped bobbins you ask.

How to store Thread Bobbins.

Store Embroidery thread in 3" binder and pocket pages. Easy to see and stores on a shelf.

I store my sheep in a 3″ binder inside deep pocketed pocket pages and I always know where to find them.

One of my favorite things about storing the thread bobbins this way is that they are easy to flip through and hold samples against for the best color matches possible.

When buying pocket pages look for deep pockets to help keep your sheep in line, since they will start to slip put if your binder is held upside down. While winding your bobbins try to make your sheep bellies even and flat so they don’t slip out of the pages as easily.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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Felt Octopus Needlebook

6 Aug

DIY felt needlebook tutorial

Octopus are awesome. That’s just factual. You can Google it if you want I’ll wait…

This sea themed needle book features a sequined felt octopus holding all your project needs in his undersea lair.

Your fish pins will love the wave shaped book pages and your organized side will appreciate the small thread pockets on the sandy felt bottom and sides.

The pockets are perfectly sized for small thread scissors 4″ or less and can easily hold 4 or more colors of thread on each side.

One long tentacle wraps around to a faux pearl button closure keeping everything safely tucked away until project time.

You will need:

1- 9″ x 12″ sheet pinkish felt (I used Orchid)

1- 9″ x 12″ sheet pale blue felt (I used Ice)

1- 9″ x 12″ wave blue (I used Capri)

8″x 8″ scrap sand color (I used Banana Nut Muffin)

1 Pearl Button

Sequins :

Hot Pink Sequins and Baby Pink Sequins

Cut out pieces as directed on templates. For tips on cutting open centers see our post on how to cut felt. HERE

Pin octopus shape to 1 rectangle and mark where you would like to add sequins. This can be done with a sharp pencil.

Do not worry about marking the pieces that extend over we will get to those later.

Felt Octopus needle book felt craft tutorial.

 

 Sew sequins where desired. I alternated the two pinks for a little more depth.

Stitch octopus shape down sewing across the any of the pieces that extend over.

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Cut loose the bottom extended pieces along the bottom edge.

Add sequins and line up with sand base as shown and sew down.

For more on sewing sequins to felt check out our post HERE

Set  pieces aside.

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Sew side pockets to opposite sides of the back of the felt needle book.

Sew along the straight edges with a running stitch and matching thread.

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Add base pocket to felt needle book

Sew embellished sand base to the bottom of inside page using a running stitch and matching thread as shown above.

Continue lining up the extended octopus pieces moving them to the inside pieces.

DO NOT cut the main tentacle (marked on template).

repeat with remaining sides of felt needlebook

Your finished sides should look something like this:

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Fold inside piece in half to find the center.

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Lay tall wave piece in the center of the long smaller wave piece and sew down using a running stitch and thick thread.

Set piece aside.

Attach tentacle to back side of the attached tentacle on front cover using an overcast stitch.

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Sew both sides of felt needle book together using an overcast stitch and matching thread.

Sew felt sides together.

Place faux pearl button where marked on template.

Octopus felt needle book

BAM! You’ve got yourself one awesome octopus needle book! Go You!

Octopus Needlebook Felt Craft Tutorial

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Need some fish pins? 

That was rhetorical – of course you do:

Here’s How:

DIY felt sea urchin pincushion

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Happy Crafting

~Andie

Felt Sea Urchin Pincushions and Sea Life Pins

13 Jul


DIY felt sea urchin pincushion If you’re going to sew your probably going to need a pin or two and a place to put all of them. These little felt sea urchins certainly fit the bill!

But one word of warning if you start making these you may forget all about sewing until you have covered most of the surfaces in your home with sea urchin pin cushions and hundreds nay thousands of fish, octopi, and seahorses.

Summer sewing never looked so cute!

You will need

1- 9 x 12 sheet felt for urchin in any color you dang well please

(I used, Orchid, Peaches and Cream, Key Lime Pie and Peacock)

Flower shaped buttons (Optional)

Marching thread / Stuffing

Ball Pins to create urchin dots

Long sewing pins- size matters here the longer the better

Craft Glue – I used a product called Amazing Goop

Shrink Film (and low grit sandpaper if needed)

Markers or colored pencils to color fish

Templates (at the end of post)

Pin Cushion

Cut the circles from felt sheet, these guys go together pretty quickly, here’s the rundown.

Easy Sea Urchin Pincushion

1.  Sew around the outer edges with a basting (aka big ole sloppy running) stitch

2.Pull to create a bit of a cup and fill with stuffing.

3.Place smaller circle over the base and overcast stitch into place.

4. Turn over 5. Add flower buttons if desired.

DIY Felt craft - sea urchin pincushion tutorial

Add ball pins to urchin in a star pattern.

Now for the big finish or fishish (sorry I couldn’t resist)

Sea Life Pins

Begin by prepping the shrink film, some shrink films are ready to go and need no prep otherwise you will need to prep it with a low grit sandpaper.

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 Trace sea templates onto shrink film and color with permanent markers.draw and color sea  shapes onto shrink film

Cut out shapes small scissors work best for this. Try to cut away as much of the clear edges as possible.

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Cut out the shapes and heat to shrink as directed. Shrink film shrinks differently depending on brand so your results may vary.

Create Custom Sewing Pins with Shrink Film

Glue fish onto pins with craft glue, I used a product called Amazing Goop – because how can you not use a product called amazing goop!

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!

Sea Urchin Pincushions and Sea Life Pins American Felt and Craft The Blog

Templates for sea urchin pincushion and sea life pins- American Felt and Craft

Happy Crafting! ~Andie

Sea Urchin Pin Cushions

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