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Gingerbread Hand Puppets

20 Nov

7 If these classic gingerbread faces don’t put you in the holiday spirit you may want to check your pulse. Making a set of soft sweet gingerbread puppets is as easy as can be. Your felt gingerbread friends are a great way to engage little ones in the holiday festivities and spark imaginative holiday play.  Best of all they go together quickly and easily with this step by step tutorial and pattern. So without further ado here’s how to make a set of your own gingerbread hand puppets.

gingerbread hand puppets

You will need:

Felt

1/4  yard brown felt or 4 – 9″ x 12″ sheets – I used Mud Puddle*

4″ x 5″ felt scrap in red I used Poinsettia *

4′ x 5″ green felt scrap – I used Fresh Cut Grass *

4″ x 5″ black felt scrap *

4″ x 4″ Muted Pink – I used Paris Pink *

*Matching thread

White Cross Stitch or Embroidery Thread.

12″ white ric rac

Cut:

4 peppermint shapes from white felt, 4 eyes from black felt, 4 cheeks from pink felt, 4 gingerbread puppet shapes from brown felt, 1 bow shape, 1 bow center and 2 swirl shapes from green felt and 1 bow shape, 1 bow center and 2 swirl shapes from red felt.

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Sew swirl shapes to peppermint shapes using matching thread and a running stitch. Set aside.

Layout bow shape lengthwise and run a stitch through the center a few times. Wrap bow center around center and trim to fit, stitch bow center together. Repeat with remaining bow and set aside.

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Set aside two of the gingerbread puppet pieces you will use these fro the back. Stitch eyes and cheeks to gingerbread with matching thread. Stitch smile in black thread and add hair with white embroidery thread it may help to mark some of the stitched areas out with chalk.

Christmas Puppets free patternSew buttons down the center of each gingerbread front by stitching through the white areas with white thread. Sew bow to front of gingerbread man puppet and ric rac to the bottom of the gingerbread girl hand puppet

diy felt puppetsPlace the backs on the puppets and stitch together using a running stitch and white embroidery thread. Add bow to gingerbread girl.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

 

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Just a Phase- Glow in the dark felt moon ornament.

16 Nov

Glow in the dark felt moonBring the wonders of the universe to your Christmas tree this year! This glow in the dark felt moon ornament shines with it’s own light thanks to glow in the dark felt. Scientifically accurate

You will need:

Glow felt*

Black felt*

4″ string or ribbon for hanging

*matching thread

Cut

One large circle shape from glow in the dark felt and one from black felt, cut out details from glow felt and dark shapes from black felt. You can freehand the smaller shapes for tips on cutting small or difficult shapes from felt see THIS POST.

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Sew details to glow in the dark felt circle as shown.

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Stitch the moon shape and details onto black circle. Stitch mouth and stitch down eye.

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Stack front and back pieces together and overcast stitch around the outside of the circles. Place ribbon between the two pieces and stitch completely. For tips on stitches see This Post

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Hang and enjoy your new felt moon ornament!

Happy Crafting

~Andie

Moon Ornament Template

 

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Crinkly Crunchy Felt Leaves

13 Nov

DIY crinkle leaves

Jumping into a pile of crunchy fall leaves is one of the time-honored traditions of fall. Bring the fall fun with you with these adorable crunchy crinkle leaves. This step by step pattern and tutorial will take you through the creation of the cutest trio of crunchy felt leaves you’ve ever had the pleasure of cavorting with.

DIY crinkle leaves tutorial and pattern How to

You will need:

9″ x 12″ felt sheet for each of the leaves I used Lemongrass, Orange Juice and Poinsettia*

Black felt scrap for eyes*

Pink felt scrap for cheeks I used Paris Pink *

Crinkle Paper

*matching thread

Cut:

Two of each of the leaf shapes, 6 eye shapes and 6 cheek shapes.

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Cut the crinkle material into a rectangle slightly larger than your leaf.CL1

Stitch the crinkle to one side of each leaf-shaped as marked in grey on the template. A running stitch or a back stitch works well for this project for more on stitches see THIS POST.

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Trim crinkle. Set aside.crinkle leaves felt

Sew face to mirroring side of lead shape using matching thread and a running stitch. Stitch smile with black thread.

Felt leaves for kids

Sew face side to vein side using an overcast stitch.

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Print at full size. Leaf templates crinkle

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Happy Crafting!

Andie

Crunchy Crinkle leaves tutorial

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Wizard Wand Baby Rattles

25 Oct

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These soft Harry Potter inspired felt wands feature a rattling core to make magic happen when they get into even the tiniest of hands. Just like the in the Potterverse no two wands are exactly alike. So if you are looking for the perfect project for an expecting Harry Potter fan or you’re just looking for a DIY baby toy even a muggle could love.  Skip the trip to Ollivanders and read on…

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Potterheads and those of us who have studied wand lore know that the wand chooses the wizard that much is true. So I have designed these in 4 styles, you can easily mix and match these techniques and colors to create a one of a kind wand for your little wizard. The mini rattle core makes this a fun gift any tiny wizard will enjoy waving.

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You will need:

Felt for wand a 9″ x 12″ sheet will provide you with enough felt to make any of the patterns with lots of scraps left over.

Vinewood- Light beige felt I used Pastry*

Willow-  Light Brown felt I used Mud Puddle*

Walnut – Dark Brown felt I used Saddle Brown*

Rosewood – Coppery Brown felt I used – Penny*

Stuffing

Mini Rattle Insert

Pencil or chopstick to help with stuffing and turning (optional)

Template at the end of post

*Matching Thread

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Willow  Wand

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Cut one wand shape, one handle and one handle top as well as an end piece from mud puddle wool blend felt. Overcast stitch along the length of the shape and flip so the knots and stitching face inward. Set aside.

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Sew the handle top to the handle base with a running stitch, you will be sewing along the top later so you can leave that unsewn for now.  Fold handle pieces together with outside facing in and overcast stitch along the length of the handle.

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Stitch end to the wider part of the handle piece with an overcast stitch and matching thread. Turn right side out and place a mini rattle insert into the base. Set aside.

wand4Stuff wand shape using pencil or chopstick to help if needed. Fit wand into all the way down into the handle base. Overcast stitch the handle top to wand using matching thread.

wand5Run a gathering stitch around the wand tip and pull to seal. Tuck in loose ends and sew through to secure.

Rosewood/ Vinewood Wands

DIY Felt WandCut one wand, one wand base and vine carving from wool blend felt. Lay the vine carving shape along the wand and cut in diagonal lines as shown. Sew down along all the edges with a running stitch and matching thread. Fold wand inside out. and overcast stitch almost all the way up. You will want to leave an area open to add the rattle insert after you turn the wand inside out. This space will also make turning much easier.

*For Vinewood style keep the vine carving only on the base of the wand

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Stitch end to base of wand and overcast stitch. Turn the wand using a chopstick or pencil to help. Stuff wand about 1″ up before adding the mini rattle and closing the wand.

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Walnut Wand

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Cut one wand shape, two cords and an end piece from saddle brown wool blend felt.  Lay cording shapes in lines along the base of the wand and along the length sew down using a running stitch and matching thread. Cut off any areas that hang over.

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 Fold wand inside out. and overcast stitch almost all the way up. You will want to leave an area open to add the rattle insert after you turn the wand inside out.  Add base and flip the wand, add mini rattle and stuff. Close the tip as shown above.

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You can easily customize these felt Harry Potter inspired wizard wand rattles with any color or style you can imagine. Share your wand creations on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram I’d love to see what magic you make!

Wizard wand template- print at full size

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Felt Voodoo Doll Pincushion

23 Oct

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This creepy cute voodoo doll pincushion is a simple and spooky addition to your sewing basket. Able to hold all the pins you can possibly imagine yet always there with a goofy grin, he’s the ultimate frienemy! I wanted to give mine a bit of a vintage aged feel so I went with a wool blend chai felt, a milky grey beige tone but you can make this felt pincushion in any color of the rainbow. The same applies to buttons, any size or shape will do. This project is truly great for allowing you to use whatever you have on hand and is an easy project for even beginning sewers.

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You will need:

9″ x 12″ sheet felt I used Chai 

Scrap of felt for heart I used Pomegranate

Buttons one larger than the other, any size or style will work

Black embroidery thread

Stuffing

 

Cut

Two voodoo doll bodies from chai felt and one heart shape from scrap

felt voodoo dollSew buttons onto front of one voodoo body side.

DIY Voodoo doll

Using one full strand of embroidery thread stitch mouth shape and stitch over as shown.

Stitch down heart in an X shape.

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Place the two pieces together so that they match up.

cute felt dollUsing one full strand of embroidery thread overcast stitch around the outside, stuffing as you go. Ugly felt voodoo dollEnjoy your new friend…or enemy!

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~Andie

 

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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

 

Cut

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

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