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Gone Fishin’ Felt Bookmarks

23 Jun

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These felt bookmarks make a great kids sewing project. The wood “pole” lays flat while the dangling fish hangs from the book. This easy project can be made from felt scraps in most cases.

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You will need

Brown Felt I used: Chocolate

*Lighter Brown Felt I used:  Toffee

*Green Felt I used:  Cilantro 

A Small Amount of Stuffing

Brown Embroidery Thread

2 buttons for eyes (optional)

Light Blue Ric Rac  8″ inches

*Matching Thread

Template (at the end of this post)

 

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Stitch lines up and down the felt tree “wood” with embroidery thread, this is a great chance for new sewers to practice since it’s practically impossible to goof up. Stitch ovals onto the wood pieces as shown.  Set Aside

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With large fins facing upward attach the fish eyes making sure the eyes are on opposite sides so the fish can be sewn together later.

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Sew ric rac onto the inside of one of the fish shapes and one of the stick shapes, 3 stitches should hold just fine.

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Place fish pieces together and stitch along the outside, stuff lightly before closing.

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Stitch the pole shapes together. And get to readin’ and fishin’

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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Llama Pincushion

16 Jun

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Thanks to motherhood I can recite nearly every word to “Is Your Mama A Llama” which admittedly, is less impressive than the works of collected works of Keats but Keats doesn’t rhyme and is unlikely to inspire adorable pincushions.

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For this project you will need:

Embroidery thread in various colors, I chose a punch color, a mustard color, a sunny yellow, aqua and a blue.

Cardboard

Felt in teal, linen, orchid, sunshine and matching threads

Sequins in Mermaid and Hot Pink

Stuffing

DIY Llama Pincushion Patterns (at the end of post)

Optional: Pins, Mini Pom Poms and Hot Glue

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These tiny tassels are super easy to DIY and so super cute.

I made these in a different color for each step in the interest of clarity but then I fell in love with the look and ended up using the multicolored versions on the pincushion.

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  1. Cut out rectangle the cardboard shape and lay a 4″ length of string down (the blue thread)
  2.  Wrap cross stitch thread around in the opposite way 10x (the punch colored thread
  3. Slide the 4″ piece (blue) to the top and knot
  4. Slide the looped threads (punch colored) off the cardboard
  5. Pinch the top (where the knot is) and loop a second 6″ piece (mustard color) around 5x and knot tightly. Clip the ends.
  6. Fit scissors into the looped area and cut to create tassel ends.

For this project knot the top threads (blue cords in the picture) 3 more times to give it something to hang from when we stitch it to the pincushion. Clip off extra thread.

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For the Llama Pincushion

Cut 1 side and two tops from off white (Linen) felt.

Cut 3 cross shapes and blanket shape from pink tone (Orchid) felt

Cut 12 petal shapes from yellow felt

Cut 1 llama shape from Teal felt.

p2Stitch design down as shown using a running stitch and matching threads. Attach sequins to the centers.

For tips on attaching sequins read Attaching Sequins.

p3Stitch Llama shape to the center of one of the round pieces using a running stitch and matching thread.  For help cutting complex shapes see this post.

p4Stitch  blanket shape to llama with matching thread and accent with french knots in various colors. p5Attach top to sides using an overcast stitch and matching thread. Stitch down where short ends overlap with a running stitch.p6

Stuff  so the top piece is slightly rounded and begin attaching second round felt piece. Before sewing closed slip in smaller round cardboard piece to help the pincushion sit flat and allow the top to bulge out.

Sew tassels along the top in the spaces between designs with a stitch into the knotted tops.

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To make pom pom pins you simply hot glue tiny pom poms to pins I am not sure how usable they are but they are so cute I think they still deserve a place on your DIY pincushion.

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Llama pincushion craft pattern- Print at full size.

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Now go forth and craft!

~Andie

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

 

Sunny-Side Up Felt Egg Tutorial

13 Apr

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This fun and super easy felt project is perfect for beginner felt food makers. Adding crinkle to the egg allows it to crackle a bit while “cooking” Pair it with our easy tutorial for retro salt and pepper shakers and you’re well on your way to a fun and interactive breakfast experience.

Felt food egg tutorial

For 2 Eggs You will need:

White Felt- 9″x 12″

 Yellow Felt scrap 3″ x 6″ I used Mustard Seed but Hello Yellow and Egg Yolk are also good choices.

White and Yellow Thread

A Small Amount of Stuffing

Crinkle Material (Optional)

Scissors

Sewing Needle

Template (at the end of this post)

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Cut 2 of each of the egg styles (1 &2)  from white felt. Cut 2 yolk circles.

Decide where to place your yolks they look best when they aren’t centered.

Begin sewing down tolk to one of the egg style pieces with a running stitch and matching thread.

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Stuff lightly before completely stitching the yolk in place.

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Cut crinkle to just smaller than the size of your egg shape and place inbetween the two pieces before…

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Stitching together with an overcast stitch using white thread. Repeat for second egg style.

Folded up these little guys tuck perfectly into plastic Easter eggs you may have lying around.13001125_10209395605670781_3303243339562079221_nThey also look great in green.

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Shown with the Spring Supper Ham in green.

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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Felt Egg Template – Print at full page size.

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DIY Felt Sheep Sachet

25 Mar

DIY Felt Sheep Sachet – Say that 5 times fast…no go ahead I”ll wait.

DIY Lavender drawer sachets

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way

Pep up your spring cleaning routine with a modern take on the classic scented drawer sachet.

Felt lavender drawer sachets

Sachets for Shantay!

These easy to make felt lavender drawer sachets also make a great gift especially if you know someone named Shantay.

You will need:

Per Sachet:

Embroidery Thread in contrasting color

2 – Scraps of felt cut into 4″ x 4.5″ rectangles

I used;  Limeade, Hot Pink, Slushie and White 

Thread to match felt

Small hole tulle – 1/8 yard will make 2 sachets

Approx 4 tbs Lavender flowers or potpourri for filling

Helpful but not required;

Printer size freezer paper or packing tape to aid with cutting.

Template of outline – The sheep shape is below but you can use just about any shape.

Pencil to lightly mark out straight lines for stitching.

Sheep Sachets made from felt

Let’s make our drawers smell good! 

Tape or iron your template onto one of the felt rectangles and cut center out.

It helps to remove the center a little at a time giving your scissors more room to work so cuts are as clean as possible.

Cut Centers from templates - DIY Felt Drawer pillows

Fold the 1/8 yard of tulle in half and fold like an accordion pin into place behind cutout.

Stitch around cutout shape with a running stitch and matching thread to attach.

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Cut away any tulle that extends past any of the sides. If desired use a pencil to lightly mark out straight lines for stitching.

Lay front piece on top of matching felt back and stitch together using a backstitch…

What’s a back stitch you ask? A back stitch is the running stitches drunk older brother.

Here’s a quick video refresher:

How to sew a backstitch a quick refresher

See that’s not hard at all!

Lavender Drawer Sachets - DIY Felt Craft

Fill with lavender or potpourri before closing.

DIY Felt Craft - Drawer and Closet Lavender scented sachets

Ta Da!

Sheep Outline - Please do not pin template.

Sheep measures 2″ square

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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Sequined Snowmen Felt Christmas Ornament Tutorial

28 Dec

These last tutorials are too late for this year’s Christmas  but  I couldn’t bear to shelve them for a whole year.

Just look at that chubby snowman face and try telling him no.

*sigh

Felt ornament tutorial and template Sequined snowmen.

These chubby little felt snowmen are sure to melt any heart and brighten up any tree.

DIY felt snowman ornament tutorial

You will need:

Per Snowman TEMPLATE (at the end of this post)

5″ x 7″ scrap  White felt  

2- 1″ x 2″ scraps for hat I used Lipstick, PeacockLemon Meringue,  Key Lime PieRoyal Purple and Hot Pink

Tiny scrap for nose Orange Juice

Heart Felt Button

Black embroidery thread

Matching Thread

Sequins I used:

Classic Red

Hot Pink

Coral

Grape Soda

Buttercup

Cut

2 Snowman bodies from white felt

1 set of hat stripes and 1 hat shape from a contrasting color

1 snowman nose from orange felt.

And now the magic begins

Put one of the 2 felt snowmen bodies off to the side, this will be his back.

AFC felt snowman tutorial 2013Stitch snowman face onto the remaining snowman piece.

AFC 2013 Felt Snowman ornament tutorial Stitch down nose and cheek sequins with matching thread.

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Stitch stripes down to hat base. Add sequin to end.

felt snowman tutorial - Christmas ornaments AFC

Stitch down the hat and  heart shape with coordinating thread.

 Sandwich ribbon or cord between snowman front and the blank back piece if desired.

Overcast stitch front and back pieces together.

AFC felt snowman ornament tutorial and template 2013

Felt Snowman - Please pin pattern not template! Thanks

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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