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DIY Origami Paper Boat Ornament Pattern

17 Dec

Inspired by a simple folded paper boat a DIY felt boat ornament makes an adorable addition to your Christmas tree and when used as a gift tag is a sweet way to send oceans of love to the people who keep your boat afloat.

This easy nautical felt boat pattern couldn’t be much simpler. While there isn’t much folding it does feature a wooden bamboo skewer, if you don’t happen to have one available you can easily use a twig or even a Q tip or lollipop stick. Don’t limit yourself to Christmas ornaments. These little felt boats look great in any color so you can easily match any theme or event. This free ship pattern also makes a great nautical felt craft for birthday decor or even an amazing DIY boat mobile.

To make each felt boat you will need:

8″ x 4″ felt scrap for each boat I used Antique White, Sparrow and Toffee *

4″ x 2″ white felt scrap for banner

Small scrap of red felt for heart shape Fire Engine Red

1 bamboo BBQ skewer cut to 3.5″

*matching thread

Embroidery thread to sew a hanger if making DIY felt boat as an ornament

Felt glue or hot glue

Cut:

2 felt boat bases and 1 felt sail from boat color

1 banner from white felt and 1 heart from red because it is so small it may be easier to free hand cut a heart.

Instructions to make a felt boat:

Sew sail piece to one side of one of the boat bases with a running stitch and matching thread.

Overcast stitch along the sides where marked on felt boat pattern leaving very top and bottom half of boat open.

Fold sides up and overcast stitch up the edges with matching thread. Repeat on second side.

Sew heart to one end of the banner with a running stitch. I like the look of contrasting thread but you can easily use matching thread if you prefer.

Poke skewer through the top of the boat.

Place a line of felt glue or hot glue along inside in the center, place skewer onto glue and allow to dry.

Fold the banner and overcast stitch around the outside with matching thread. Place over wood piece and sew along the folded banners edge creating a tunnel for the skewer add a touch of glue to end of skewer and place banner, allow to dry before sewing a loop to hang if desired.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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Felt Food- Freezer Pops DIY Tutorial

26 Jun

 

IMG_5441We are huge felt food fans here, from jello to popcorn we’ve made a lot of fun felt foods. These colorful freezer pops might take the cake (oh yeah we’ve made felt cakes too) not only are they a summer staple, they are quick and super simple to make. Add these fun felt food popsicles to your play kitchen this summer with this easy tutorial.

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You will need:

Vinyl – Clear 1/4 yard will make all 6 with plenty left over.

2″ x 7″ scrap Felt in

*Bright Green-  Key Lime Pie

*Purple – Grape

*Orange – Orange Juice

*Red – Lipstick

*Blue – Aqua

*Pink – Bubblegum

White thread

Stuffing

*Matching thread color

Cut

1 of each color freezer pop from felt

1 vinyl pop package for each freezer pop from vinyl.

pop1Fold freezer pop together and overcast stitch along the short end.

pop2Overcast stitch along the long side with matching thread. Stuffing as you go. Close the open short side with an overcast stitch after fully stuffing.

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pop3To Create freezer pop package sew a running stitch 1/4″ from the bottom. Fold and continue running stitch along the long edge. Keep the top open. The freezer pop is package is shorter to allow the felt freezer pops to be placed in and out easily. otterpop

Felt ice pop pattern download: POP PDF

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Sleeves are shorter so felt pops can be pushed in and out easily.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Blueberry Basket – felt food pattern and tutorial

28 May

IMG_5044Nothing says summer like blueberries! So what better time for a free felt blueberry pattern? These baskets are surprisingly sturdy and thanks to the 3mm thick felt the basket could not be easier, seriously its a game changer. Best of all these felt blueberry baskets have no loose pieces for super easy clean up.

This step by step felt food tutorial will have you making an entire farmers market in no time! IMG_5047You will need:

1- 10″ x 10″ 3mm thick felt in the color of your choice Pale Beige*

2- 9″ x 12″ sheets in Wild Blueberry*

1 – 9″ x 12″ felt sheet in Forget Me Not

1- 9″ x 12″ felt sheet in Powder Blue

4″ x 4″ scrap in Sprout for leaves (optional)

Felt glue

Stuffing

*Matching thread

Cut:

From Dark blue felt

20 of large size blueberry circles , 4 blueberry basket cut out cover

From periwinkle colored felt 

20 medium blueberry circles

From pale blue felt

20 small blueberry circles

From 3mm thick felt 

1 Blueberry basket top and 1 bottom, 4 basket sides, and 4 basket lips

Make felt blueberries

Making Felt Blueberries

The first step is making the felt blueberries.

Don’t be intimidated by the number of blueberries these felt foods are fast and easy to sew. You’ll need a strong thread, if your thread is too week to handle the gather you can use 2 strands doubled over.

When creating your X shape in the center of the circles cut small but be sure to cut completely through.

How to make a felt blueberryCut small X shapes into the two largest felt circles but not the smallest circle.

Stack circles.

Create a gathering stitch around the outside of the largest circle.

Stuff lightly

Pull tightly, run the needle through the base of the berry in varying directions to close.

Repeat with remaining berries.making felt food blueberries DIY free patternSew blue top to the thick felt blueberry box top with a running stitch and matching thread.

Stitch finished berries into place by stewing stitches through them leaving space along the edges.

Stack a few berries on top of the base of berries if desired to create depth.

Set aside

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IMG_4956Using felt glue blueberry basket cut out cover to all four basket sides. You can also carefully applique stitch this on if felt glue or tacky glue isn’t available.

Connect sides along the short sided angles with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

felt blueberry crateConnect sides to bottom with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

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IMG_5005Connect berry top to berry basket with an overcast stitch and thread to match the basket. Stuff before sewing closed.

IMG_5008Attach berry basket lips on short ends with matching thread and an overcast stitch. Connect all four.

IMG_5012To finish slip basket lip over berry basket and stitch through at corners to secure.

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Felt Blueberry Basket Pattern:

Felt Food Blueberry Basket Pattern

 

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Happy Crafting

~Andie

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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.

81301837_10221577943021601_1133703664850960384_nRun a loose stitch up the ruffle and pull until it measures 5.5″ long  81151278_10221577942501588_8753882242536701952_n

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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