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Zombie Mouse!

13 Oct

IMG_6807Invite your cat to battle zombies, zombie mice that is. Cats love felt, the texture allows them to sink their teeth and claws into the fibers, which they find immensely satisfying.  Enjoy the sight of watching your cat go head to head with an army of mice back from the dead and hungry for brains.

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You will Need:

Green felt, I used Honeydew, Cilantro and Granny Smith*

Scraps of red felt I used Lipstick *

Scraps of white felt

Stuffing

Cat Nip – Optional

Embroidery thread in white, red, beige and black, optional dark green for whiskers

Zombie mouse pattern at the end of post

*matching thread

 

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Cut one body shape on the fold, two paws, two ears, a base and a foot base from green felt

Cut 2 eyes from white felt

Cut tail wound, mouth and any various wounds from red felt

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Fold paws over at the wrists and secure with overcast stitches as shown. Set aside.

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Pinch ears together at base and secure with a few stitches. Set aside.

3 (1)Place eyes down first and secure with french knots in red embroidery thread. Keep the eyes near the center and away from the edges.

Place mouth into the center between the eyes and sew down with red thread, sew desired wounds into place.

Add ribs with a few stitches of white embroidery thread onto one side near the center.

Add stitches with black embroidery thread as desired. Simply stitch into a line and then go back over with spaced stitches.

Sew down paws at the base with a running stitch.

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Sew tail wound into place with red thread. Sew along the center with white embroidery thread to simulate tail bones. Add any dark stitches with the same method you used above.

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Bring edges of the tail together and overcast stitch along the raw edges in matching thread.

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Fold accented mouse body in half placing tail near the base and overcast stitch, until you get to the tail. Stitch over the tail with a running stitch or two before returning the overcast stitch to the bottom.

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Turn right side out and stuff. Add cat nip if you are using it in your cat toy.  Sew a nose over the top with beige embroidery thread.

 

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Sew zombie mouse ears into place with a few stitches.

 

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Sew base to foot base. Leaving the edges free to make sewing base to the body a bit easier. Overcast stitch base into place.

 

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Now your cat has a worthy foe thanks to your amazing DIY cat toy making skills.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Felt Avocado Tutorial and Pattern

12 Sep

DIY Felt Avocado

You asked for it you got it! A bunch of people asked for a felt avocado pattern so here it is. I love these squishy felt avocados and I am smitten by the removable pit. You may think I’m crazy but come on…

IMG_6085Seriously!! Felt avocado pattern - felt food

Sewing this fun felt food avo is much easier than it looks just follow our step-by-step photo tutorial and instructions. For even more felt food patterns, check out our tutorials for Broccoli and Cauliflower, Cut Apart Carrots and Fried Eggs. And keep up with us all September for felt food tutorials galore.

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You will need:

5″ x 6″ Dark green felt for Avocado Rind, I used Courtyard but Sushi or Cactus would also work well* This will make one whole avocado or two halves.

4″ 6″ Muted Green felt for Avocado inside I used Granny Smith   

4″ x 4″ Pale yellow or green for Avocado center I used Buttercream but Irish cream or Chartreuse would also work well. *

2″ x 4″ Pit color I used Penny*

Scrap of Stem colored felt I used Chocolate *

Stuffing

Template (at the end of post)

Whole Avocado

DIY felt avocadoCut 6 peel pieces from dark green felt. Sew sides of two of the pieces together with matching thread and an overcast stitch repeat with all sides.

felt avocado rindSew sides together. Turn inside out and stuff.

felt avocado tutorial step by stepSew Closed.

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Sew round stem scrap to the top, you can also glue it in place with a fabric or felt glue. Felt pattern avocado

Felt Avocado Halves

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Sew two center indents together along one of the curves using an over cast stitch. Stitch indent inside the hold in the center piece. IMG_6054

Repeat for other avocado center. Sew centers to the green base pieces using matching thread and a running stitch.

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Set centers aside and sew avocado rinds by sewing three peel pieces together along the side with an overcast stitch as you did for the whole felt avocado.

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Now it’s time to get ugly!

Place inner avocado on top of the rind with ugly stitches facing outward. (aka inside out)ugly avocado American Felt and CraftOvercast stitch along the outer edge leaving a 1″ space to turn the piece.

Turn the felt avocado the other way (right way aka pretty way) and stuff. IMG_6068Sew Closed. Repeat with other half

Make a pit.

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Sew all 4 pit pieces together along the rounded edges exactly the way you did for the center indent. Leave one side open, turn right side out, stuff and sew closed.

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Felt Avocado Pattern

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Felt Avocado Template- Print at full sizeFelt Avocado Templates

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DIY Spaghetti and meatballs Italian dinner

7 Sep

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My first rule in designing felt food is to try to make it as interactive as possible. After all every little chef wants to do some serious cooking.

This DIY felt food meal will allow them to use every bit of the play kitchen. A budding chef can “bake” the meatballs and bread sticks, “cut” and “boil” the pasta noodles, “cook” the sauce and garnish the plate. I’ve kept the noodles connected to save sanity and to make them easy to “roll” out and “cut” I hope these small details make this a treasured menu item in your little ones’ restaurant.

This is a easy felt food set to make with really great results. If you are a newbie or just need a refresher I would encourage you to check out our Felt Food 101 series

Need a brush up on stitches? We got you. Check out our post on stitches. 

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Here’s everything you need to make felt Italian meal for two featuring; 2 plates of mess free pasta and sauce, 4 bread sticks and 6 meatballs. 

1- 9″ x 12″ felt sheet for Pasta Sauce (makes 2) I used Poinsettia *

2- 9″ x 12 felt sheets in a creamy pale yellow for bread stick bases and pasta. I used Buttercream*

1- 9″ x 12″ sheet felt light beige for bread stick tops I used Pastry*

1- 9″ x 12″ sheet brown felt for meatballs (makes 6 meatballs) I used Teddy Bear*

4 x3″ Scrap of green felt for basil leaf (Optional) I used Cilantro

Embroidery thread in a herby green and pale tan

Stuffing

*Matching thread

DIY felt food- Pasta Sauce
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To make the pasta sauce simply sew two of the sauce shapes together with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

DIY felt food- Pasta Noodles

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Fold 9″ x 12″ felt sheet in half lengthwise and cut down the center to create two long rectangles. Cut noodles at 1/2 inch intervals leaving the top 1/2″ attached. Fold top over and sew down with a running stitch and matching thread. This will keep the noodles together and make play “cutting” of the pasta dough way more fun, the fold and stitching along the top adds strength.

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Cut one smaller and one larger basil leaf from green felt, you can easily free hand this since the edges don’t need to be even. Pinch the small end together and stitch once or twice to get it to fold. Place one leaf behind the other and stitch together to make garnish.

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DIY felt food- Meatballs

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For each meatball you will need one larger and one smaller felt circle. Sew a gathering stitch along the outside of the larger circle. Stuff and pull leaving a small amount of the bottom open for the bottom. Knot.

Run the needle through the meatball creating tiny stitches to create texture. Sew smaller circle to cover exposed stuffing using an overcast stitch. This flat base will allow it to sit without rolling.

Round out the meatball by rolling in your hands to distribute the stuffing.

DIY felt food- Bread sticks

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Cut 2 bread stick bases and 2 bread stick tops per bread stick. (8 of each for all 4 sticks)

Set aside half of the beige tops. Embellish the other half of the tops with french knots from pale tan embroidery thread and create herbs with small stitches in pale green.

Stitch all tops to bases with a running stitch and matching thread.

Stack one embellished side with one plain side, over cast stitch sides together with matching thread.

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Mangia and Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Felt Food Template- Print at full size.

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Butterfly Felt Rings- no sew

24 Aug

nosewkidscraftIt doesn’t get too much easier than this craft. These felt butterfly rings take around 5 minutes each to make and require no sewing because they simply fold together. Consider adding sequins, cut designs, stitching or tiny pom poms to your ring for an even more impressive accessory.  Decorating felt butterfly rings also makes a great birthday party craft for even the least crafty kid in the group.

Surprisingly this size worked on people from 8- adult so it’s really a one size fits all situation. There’s a rounded cut along the back to make the ring more comfortable to wear. Be sure to use a quality felt for these since the flaps will need to hold some stress. You can also glue together for a more permanent hold.  For tips on accurate cuts see this POST

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You will need:

5″ x3″  Felt scrap per butterfly I used White, Amethyst Purple, Banana Cream, Hot Pink, Aqua and Pink Tutu.

Template at the end of this post

Felt glue and bits to decorate (optional)

cutoutringsCute ring from template including slits in the top of one end and the bottom of the other as shown on template. butterflycraftsfromfeltCurl ring together and hook the slits to form a ring.

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That’s it! butterflyringsHappy Crafting

~Andie

Glowing Fairy Jar Nightlight

18 Aug

glowfairy2This adorable fairy in a jar nightlight is no power, super soft and totally portable. Since the fairy is there completely as a friend and is free to leave at any time there is no lid on this glowing bedside jar of magic. This project is surprisingly easy and fast to put together. The toughest part is the cutting the fairy details. For a full rundown on the easiest way to cut felt shapes check out this post: Felt Lab – 5 cutting methods tested or this one: How to cut small or detailed shapes from felt. 

You will need:

Glo Felt– Large Size*

3″ x 4″ scrap black felt*

Stuffing

Cord or string for handle around 11″ -12″ long

Fairy Nightlight template at the end of post

Beans, rice, peas or stuffing pellets to add a tiny bit of weight (optional)

*Matching thread

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Cut glow felt on fold to form one long rectangle, and one top and one bottom from glow felt

Cut 1 fairy from black felt for more on this see Felt Lab- Difficult Shapes.

1Sew fairy to the center of the cut out jar, be sure to place her near the bottom so you have enough room to make the jar top ridges.

2Turn piece so fairy faces inward and overlapping the short end sides of the jar sew down with a running stitch. 3

  Sew bottom to bottom (where the fairy’s feet are) 4Turn inside out so the bottom looks rounded and fairy is now showing.

5Fold down top 1″ and around the top with a running stitch. 6Unfold and fold remaining area in half again. Sew down with a running stitch as you did above. 7Unfold and add stuffing. If you want to add stuffing beads  to insure it always stays upright if put a small amount in before adding the stuffing. It won’t take much. Stitch top to jar with an overcast stitch.

Knot each end of the cord and sew to opposite sides. with matching thread.

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Felt Fairy Jar Template:

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Felt Gems

14 Aug

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No fantasy is complete without gems. Whether it’s a mine craft cave or a pirate treasure there are times you just need some gems. These felt gemstones make short work of scrap and while the stitching may look intimidating given their smallish size they require just a few stitches on each angle. The finished products are so soft and squishy you can sleep like a dragon on a mound of treasure.

At the end of this post you will find the pattern for five gems, 2 marquise sizes (3″ x 2″ finished and 4″ x 3″ finished), 2 hexagon shaped gems (2.5″ x 1.5″ finished and  2″ x 2″) and one emerald or baguette cut (2″ x 1.5″ finished). Of course you can easily size these felt treasures up or down to suit your needs.

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You will need:

For the marquise and hexagon gems you will need 4″ x 6″ scrap per gem to create either size in any color *

For the emerald gems you’ll need 3″ x 4   in any color *

*matching thread

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Gem templates at the end of post.

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Felt gems await…

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To create these 5 pointed gems you will need 5 pieces of either template A or B. fold Cut each of the templates in the center so that they fold easily and stitch over the line using an overcast stitch and matching thread.

Repeat with all pieces. Start sewing sides together along the long side with stitches facing out. Repeat until all sides are connected and stuff before closing.

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Cut out 1 of pieces containing the center hexagon from either C or D and the 5 matching sides in that size.

Cut to create a joint in the pattern where indicated on template. Sew tops of all the longer pieces to the hexagon in the center using an overcast stitch.

Sew along the center joint of the sides by folding them over and overcast stitching.

Sew the short sides together and then the longer edges.

Stuff before closing.

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This guy can be tricky. Begin by cutting out 2 center pieces and 2 sides with cuts where indicated, keeping the sides together this way will really cut down on frustration.

Sew center into place and then connect the shorter sides together.

Repeat with second side.

Sew the two sides together with the stitching facing outward as shown. Stuff before fully closing.

That’s it, you will be swimming in felt gems in no time!

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Happy Crafting

~Andiegemtemplate

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Feeling Star Beanbags

7 Aug

starsYou are the sky- everything else is just the weather.” – Pema Chodron 

Identifying feelings is tough for kids (and some adults) understanding feelings are temporary can be even tougher. These shooting star bean bags are designed to help with both. The weighted  bean bags are comforting and the ribbons are prefect for fiddling with. When your child is ready they can simply let go of the feeling and move on.

Great for preschools and toddlers. You can make these in any feeling or color scheme you can dream up. The star bean bags come together quickly and are prefect for developing a strong emotional IQ not to mention they are just plain cute!

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You will need: 

Felt in star colors 4″ x 8″ per star. I used Crushed Coral, Teal, Aqua, Grey, Banana Cream Pie, Honeydew and Lavender. *

Scraps for details in blue, yellow, pink and black

Embroidery thread in black and white.

Stuffing beads, beans, rice (whatever you  are planning to stuff with.

Various ribbons in various lengths. I used 4 styles per star varying in length from 6-8″.

Star bean bag template (at the end of post)

  * And matching thread.

Stitch faces to bean bags, if you are nervous about placement you can stitch over tracing paper and then carefully tear it away. add white spots in the eyes with white embroidery thread and a french knot.

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Fill star beanbag.

Stack ribbons with the smallest on the top.

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Tuck the ribbons inside and stitch closed with a running stitch.  Repeat with the remaining stars.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Star template print at full size.

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