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21 Feb

 

Gift - stackable softblocks

Stack-able Soft Blocks Tutorial

Stitch up some fun with these stack-able soft blocks. Just like real gifts these felt soft blocks hide a surprise inside. Each block features a rattle, squeaker, jingle or crinkle sound. They make an adorable gift and are super easy to stitch up. The blocks are shown in 5 different styles but it’s easy to play with the styles and colors to come up with something completely your own. As with any hand sewn item please monitor kids during play. The dots are both glued using felt glue and stitched for durability. The felt should keep the blocks square but using lower quality felt or over stuffing may make the blocks less stable.

You will need:

1 sheet of each gift color – you should have enough scrap left from each to make the ribbon and bow pieces for an additional gift block.

I used:

 1 9″ x 12″- sheet each:

Kaleidoscope

Hot Pink

Chartreuse

Aqua

White

Orange Juice

*Matching thread

Noisemakers: Rattle, Mini Rattle, Crinkle Material, Jingle Ball and Squeaker

Stuffing

Felt Glue

Gift A: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 6 coordinating ribbon sides and 1 bow A piece. It is important each block piece be as straight and even as possible so I would recommend Andie’s method for cutting pieces out as precisely as possible.

Stitch 1 ribbon side to the exact center of each block piece using coordinating thread and either an overcast or running stitch. Leave ribbon accents off of the bottom for stackability, which may or may not be a real word. I don’t know – I haven’t had time to google it I’m busy making blocks here.

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Repeat with all sides. Create a top piece by crossing 2 ribbon pieces along the one of your block pieces.

Create a bow by sewing bow A into a loop.

Turn piece and stitch through the center of the piece.

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Stitch to the cross piece in the center and through the bottom of the bow for added security. You can also use felt glue to help secure the piece.

Assemble block as shown.

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Sew up the sides using an overcast stitch to form box shape. Leave the top open to add noisemaker.

Sew up felt sides to make block

Stuff the box shape lightly. If you over stuff the block will become rounded on the sides and won’t stack up properly.

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Add noisemaker to block.

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Sew closed.

Gift B: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 3 coordinating ribbon sides and 1 bow B piece.

Sew ribbon pieces down as shown. Sew bow down and accent with small running stitches.

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Finish in the same way as the previous block.

Gift C: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 6 coordinating ribbon sides and 1 bow C piece.

Sew ribbon top off center as shown.

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Sew Bow C down and accent.

Line up sides on each piece before sewing down with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

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Sew all the pieces together.

Variations:

Gift D: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 6 coordinating ribbon sides and 1 bow B piece.

Sew a running stitch down the center of each ribbon side and secure with overcast stitch along the sides. Add accents to bow piece.

 Sew box together.

To add crinkle cut a length of crinkle material and fold it to a two inch width. Add to the box as shown and stuff lightly before closing.

Gift E: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 20 dot pieces (10 of each color)  and 1 bow C piece.

Secure dots with a small drop of felt glue in the center and randomly attach to sides using a running stitch.

Using scraps sew a small square to the inner side.

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Sew pocket shut. And assemble the block. As you did with the previous versions.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Salt and Pepper’s here! Interactive felt salt and pepper shaker tutorial.

27 Aug

How to make Felt food - Salt and Pepper Shakers

Supplies to make felt food salt and pepper shakers

You will need:

1 sheet White felt & matching thread

1/2 sheet Grey felt- Grey Flannel

2 Rattle Inserts

Ric Rac – 1 yard Really Red

Red and Grey embroidery thread

Sewing and embroidery needles

Stuffing

Template – at the end of post

Cut

Cut shaker bodies and shaker bases from white felt.

Cut shaker rims and tops from grey felt

embroder felt salt and pepper

Lightly trace the letters onto the center of the shaker bodies with a pencil.

felt salt and pepper shakers

I am not skilled at embroidery so I fake it with short back stitches. The good news here is yours is bound to look WAY better than mine.

 Stitch out the letters I used 5 strands for the thick parts and 3 for the lighter lines.

Add dots onto the shaker tops with French knots and grey thread.

 DIY felt food salt and pepper shakers

Stitch shaker rims to the top of each shaker with grey thread and a running stitch.

Stitch red ric rac to the front of the shakers about 1/4 inch from the base.

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Turn shakers inside out and overcast stitch up the long edges with a sturdy white thread.

rattle toy from felt

Insert a large rattle into base of each shaker.

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Sew base to shaker and turn right side up to settle rattle into the base.

stuff felt tutorial

Push stuffing into open top.

sew felt top

Sew shaker top to rim with an overcast stitch and grey thread.

Salt and Pepper Tutorial

Spice up your felt food!

Happy Crafting

Andie

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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!

Thanksgiving Felt craft patterns - Mayflower wheel toy for kids table  American Felt and Craft

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

Thanksgiving felt patterns - felt mayflower

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.

How to make a wheeled pull toy - Felt Mayflower American Felt and Craft

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.

Thanksgiving Crafts - Crayon Mayflower

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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Hai- Ya! DIY Felt Ninja pouches and throwing stars.

3 Nov

Fight school break boredom with this fun felt ninja craft.

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.

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Hai – Ya! Of course your stealthy ninja needs some place to put his felt weapons.

Kick it up a notch with ninja faced pouches featuring a front pocket for easy access to your felt throwing stars. Very helpful in the event your samurai is faced with a sudden attack. Or store them on your black belt in the pouch pocket keeping your weaponry secure during all the stealthiest of ninja maneuvers.

Felt Ninja throwing stars tutorial.

Ninja Throwing stars also make a great DIY ninja birthday party favor.

DIY Felt Ninja Throwing Stars

You will need for 6 stars:

2-  9″ x 12″ sheets grey wool blend  felt (I used Grey Flannel)

Grey thread and sewing needle

Felter’s Freezer paper (Optional)

Templates at end of post.

As with most weapons precision is key when cutting the felt throwing stars, I cannot stress enough how helpful using Andie’s or the freezer paper methods for cutting out these pieces is.

To use felters freezer paper print out your shapes, cut them out  to make the most of your felt, iron the shapes down.

Felt ninja stars tutorial

Lay another piece of felt under the ironed on piece and cut out matching sets of throwing stars.

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Carefully peel the paper free from your star and set aside (These can be reused at least 3 more times)

Felt ninja throwing stars- great #ninja craft.

Overcast stitch along the edges with matching thread.

DIY felt ninja throwing stars - ninjago toy


Free DIY Felt Ninja belt pouches and throwing stars craft tutorial

DIY Felt Ninja Pouches

Per Pouch you will need:

1-  9″ x 12″ black wool blend  felt*

4″ x 3″ flesh colored felt, I used  Bisque, Pastry and Toffee *

1 – 9″ x 12″ Ninja tie color, I used Pink Tutu, Egg Yolk, and Lipstick*

Matching Thread

Templates at end of post.

DiY felt toys

Cut out 2 pieces of template A from tie colored felt. Sew the centers together and fold in half.

Starting 1/2″ in sew long edges together leaving last 1/2″ open.

Set aside.

Cut one face piece from flesh tone felt (Template B)

Cut 2 felt pouches (Template C), 2 eyes (Template E) 1 corner piece (Template D) and 1 Belt Loop (Template F) from black felt.

Stitch face mask to one of the pouch sides (Template C pieces) with matching thread and a running stitch. Place eyes and stitch down with matching thread.

Ninja Pouch Tutorial - felt craft

Attach triangle pocket (Template D)  as shown on template using a running stitch and black thread.

Attach belt loop to felt pouch - DIY tutorial pattern

Stack pouch sides so that the face is on one side and the belt loop on the other.

Cut slits into Felt Ninja Pouch #DIY Craft

Fold over can cut small slits as shown on template.

Thread the colored tie through the holes.

Felt Ninja Pouch and Throwing Stars tutorial - great beginner sewing project.

Overcast stitch around the outside.

Ninja belt Pouch from Felt

Leave the portion where the tie is exposed open.

Thread Tie through felt ninja pouch tutorial

Felt Ninja Tutorial Craft- great boys craft

Happy Crafting ~

Andie

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Ninja Pouch Template

Felt throwing Star template - please do not pin template to pinterest.

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Thor Inspired Viking Helmet Hat

15 Oct

DIY Thor Hat Tutorial Pattern

Just in time for Halloween and as part of our continuing commitment to turn hats into better hats we present the DIY Thor Inspired Viking helmet hat.

This retro Thor style hat couldn’t be any easier and in most cases you won’t even need to alter the hat!

Easy Thor Hat Tutorial with Felt

You will need:

2 – 9″ x 12″ sheets off white I used Fresh Linen Felt

2″ Velcro AKA Hook and Loop I used Grey

Grey knit winter hat

Thor Hat Wings Template (at the end of this post)

Begin but cutting 4 of the larger wing and 2 of the smaller wing shapes from felt.

Stack the smaller wing over one of the larger ones make sure they mirror each other.

Detachable Felt Thor Wings for Hats

Sew along rounded portion with a running stitch and matching thread.

Thor Hat Tutorial

Place hook (scratchy) side of Velcro to the remaining large wing shapes and stitch down. Your wings should be facing two different directions as shown.

Match up large pieces so that Velcro is on one side and the smaller wing on the other, stitch around with an overcast stitch.

retro thor wings template - felt

You should find that the felt wing shapes stick onto the hat without having to attach the loop (soft side) part of the velcro to the hat.

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If your pieces don’t stick on simply try hat on and mark for placement.

Stitch soft side of velcro to hat where desired.

DIY Thor Hat Tutorial - Super easy!

Because one photo of me in a Thor hat is all you really need.

Because they are attached with Velcro you can remove the wings to wash or dry the hat or to use on another hat (Golden Snitch Anyone?!)

Thor Viking Hat Template

 

Print wings at full size

Happy Crafting

~ Andie

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Spooky Shadows DIY Halloween Felt Bean Bag Tutorial

3 Oct

Easy DIY halloween bean bag toss, just add pumpkin buckets!

Halloween is creeping up on us.  Wrangle up all your favorite goblins for a Halloween bean bag toss.

Halloween bean bag toss game with plastic pumpkins

These simple yet elegant bean bags are a great project for the beginning hand sewer.

Toss in some a few pumpkin trick or treat buckets and you’ve got yourself an easy Halloween party game for all ages!

You will need:

1 9″ x 12″ Embossed jack – lantern felt sheet

1 9″ x 12″ Orange felt sheet (Monarch Butterfly)

1 – 9″ x 12″ Black Felt sheet

1 cup of dried beans

Orange and black thread.

OPTIONAL: Plastic pumpkin trick or treat buckets.

Felt Bean Bags for halloween

Cut the orange and patterned felt sheets into 6 rectangles.

bean bag template

Cut 1 of each of the felt shadow shapes on template below out of black felt.

For tips on cutting small shapes see: Cutting Felt  or try Andie’s method

Cute felt bat bean bag

Sew down one of felt shadows to each of the orange rectangles.

Place printed felt rectangle on back with print facing outward.

How to make a felt bean bag, picture tutorial, great beginner project.

Using a running stitch sew around the outer edges, stopping to fill with about 2 tbsp of dried beans before closing bean bag.

Felt Bean bag tutorial - super easy.

Repeat with remaining squares.

Easy Halloween templates for felt bean bags - please do not pin templates.

Easy Halloween bean bags - prefect project for a beginning hand sewer!

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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