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Fall Flower Fairy Finger Puppet

19 Aug

Fall Fairy Finger PuppetWho else is on the edge of their seats waiting for the first days of fall?  I simply cannot wait for the cooler shorter days, the smell of a fireplace and an an added reason for a good cuddle.  SIGH! Perhaps this fairy can help move things a long with a little fall magic. 🙂 fall felt crafts

To create your own little fall fairy finger puppet all you need to do is print out the template, cut from felt and sew up some autumn vibes. This cute little fairy is easy to customize with any skin tone, eye color or hair shade. She features a crown of leaves and double sparkling felt fairy wings. Not only does this fairy make a charming fall craft but adding a simple loop to the top turns her into an adorable ornament, a magnet glued to the back will allow her to watch over your seasonal baking you can even place one on a bottle of wine for a charming hostess gift this fall.

You will need:

Felt in skin color of your choice I used Pastry*

Green for dress I used Granny Smith

White glitter felt for wings*

A small amount of stuffing

Felt scrap in hair color of your choice; I used Fire Engine Red*

Felt scraps for leaves I used Granny Smith, Autumn Leaves, Beet, Sunshine, Hot Chocolate, Orange Juice, Chocolate Moose

Embroidery thread in, brown, pink and color to match skin toned felt.

Felt flower fairy pattern (at the end of post)

Sunflower cutout

Flower sequins (optional)

*matching sewing thread

Cut

2 Head shapes, 1 body shape and one torso shape from skin tone felt

2 Dress shapes and 2 shoe shapes from green felt

2 wing shapes from glitter felt

10- Large leaves from fall felt colors

12-15 Small leaves from fall felt colors

making felt fairyMark face placement lightly on felt with a pencil. Add eyes with eye color embroidery thread and french knots. Stitch smile from a single length of pink embroidery thread and a nose with a single stitch of skin colored embroidery thread. Felt finger puppet bodyStitch torso to body shape stuffing as you go. Stitch closed along the stomach area.b2Overcast stitch around the outside of the face, stuff as you go. Fit face onto neck and sew into place with matching thread. Fall Flower fairy from felt tutorialAdd shoes to both sides of feet. Set doll aside. Leaf dress- fall fairy felt tutorialSew bigger leaves to dress under the arm area with two or three longway stitches so the leaves can “poof” out along the dress, check to make sure dress sides are going the correct direction (mirror image front and back) before adding more leaves to the back in the same way you did the front. This will be covered up on both sides so thread color isn’t important.

DIY fall fairy craftLay dress on either side of felt fairy puppet. Sew along the tops of the dress arms around the fairy’s body with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

fall fairy Sew dress together along sides with an overcast stitch and matching thread. Leaving the bottom open for your finger.

fall fairy tutorial and patternSew sunflower to secure, stitch through the torso and knot at the fairy back., you will cover the back with wings.

h1 Overcast stitch the hair back and front together around the outer edges only with matching thread and an overcast stitch.

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fall fairyFit fairy head into hair piece, attach small leaves in a ring around her head. free fall fairy tutorial and pattern feltglitter felt flower fairy fall free tutorial Stack both wings so that there is glitter facing both ways and stitch through the center and torso of the puppet the knot can be hidden under the sunflower on the front of the fairy dress. Add flower sequins if desired.

fall flower fairy ornament tutorial Sew a loop and your finger puppet does double duty as an ornament.

pattern for making fall finger puppet fairy


Fall flower fairy free pattern and tutorial -American Felt and Craft

I hope you love your felt fairy as much as you love fall!

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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Felt Cloud Bow Holder

2 Aug

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Avoid the chaos of lost bows and clips while creating an adorable puffy cloud wall hanger. Best of all no hammers or screwdrivers this fluffy friend can be hung up with a simple tack.

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This cloud bow holder is the cutest way to keep those little bows, barrettes and clips organized. Just in time for back to school. If you’re short on time using stick on felt for the cloud face can cut the time down considerably but you can easily just stitch the details into place too. I’ve included an option for raindrops if stars don’t coordinate with your space.

You will need:

White Felt 1/4 yard or 2 – 9″ x 12″ sheets*

Scrap for face I used stick on felt in pink and black.

Colored Felt 9″ x 5″ scraps

I used Lavender, Aqua and Orange Whip *

1 yard 1/4″ wide blue ribbon for hanging stars or raindrops cut into 3 lengths. (9″, 12″ and 15″)

7″ – 1/2″ wide ribbon for cloud hanger – I used a rainbow print ribbon.

Stuffing

*coordinating thread

Cut

Two cloud shapes from white felt. Two cheeks from pink stick on felt and two eyes and smile from black stick on felt. Cut 2 stars (or raindrops) of each of the three colors. Blue ribbon to 9″, 12″ and 15″ lengths.

star1Attach  ribbon to one of each of the different colors of star shapes.overcaststar

Place star shapes together and overcast stitch around the edges with matching thread.

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Stuff as you go.

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When you reach the ribbon area sew the pieces together with a running stitch to close. Repeat with the other two stars and set aside.

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Peel off sticky backed felt and press face into place on one cloud side. You can also sew these pieces down if you’re using standard (not sticky backed) felt.

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Find the perfect shade of blue for your next project.

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Attach rainbow ribbon at the top of the cloud as marked on the pattern.

strapsewOvercast stitch the cloud together stuffing as you go.

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Attach the ribbons as marked on the pattern by sewing them in with a running stitch. Sew remaining stars into place. 67472915_10220161451010186_9048958818033074176_n

Hang and add clips.

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Happy Crafting

~Andie

Cloud template

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DIY Play Felt Bandages

15 May

DIY felt bandaides, bandagesIs there a doctor in the house? Save your bandaids for the real boo boos and craft up some soft reusable felt play bandages. 

Help them heal pretend owies, build empathy and remove fear of the doctors office, all while having imaginative screen free fun. Whether you’ve got a budding M.D in your house or just an empathetic stuffy owner you’ll want to craft up a bunch of these simple DIY felt bandaids.felt bandage pattern and tutorialFriends, find you someone who loves you like a kid loves band aids.

Free pattern felt bandages - American Felt and CraftThese felt bandages sew up with two simple stitching styles and 1- 9″ x 12″ felt sheet will  make 7-8 bandages, making them inexpensive and fun crafts. They can be adjusted to be bigger but these are the perfect scale for fingers of all sizes.

You will need: per bandage

3″ x 4″ felt scrap per bandage- Beige felt – I used Peanut Butter* or printed felt – I used Pink Daisy and Turquoise Rosebud *

Velcro or Hook and Loop to match your felt: I used Sand, Bunny, Pale Turquoise

*Matching thread

Cut 

2 felt bandage shapes, and 1 bandage center from felt

Cut velcro or hook and loop into smaller squares or ovals if you prefer. (see template)

Easy felt doctor band aide free pattern Sew center to one bandage with an applique stitch with either a running stitch or applique stitch and matching thread. felt bandages - easy DIY

Sew hook and loop to end of felt bandages. Match them up so the hook and loop are on opposite sides.

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The hook and loop should be on opposing sides.

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Overcast stitch the felt bandages together. And that’s all there is to it!

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Happy healing

~Andie

 

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Glow in the dark Constellation Hoops

6 May

Glow in the dark constellation hoopsLooking for a unique way to dress up your walls?  These constellation hoops are a fun and easy way to dress up any space. Because the stars are small fusible webbing is a must which makes this project very low sew and super simple.

Choose constellations based on the season, a star sign of someone special or just what speaks to you. I have included some sketches of the most common constellations on the template. But as you can imagine the possibilities are endless.

Using glow in the dark felt makes lights out a stunning stargazing event.

You will need:

Scraps of Glo felt

8″ x 8″ Dark blue felt for hoop background here I used Ink

Yellow green thread.

Fusible Webbing

6″  Embroidery Hoop

Template at the end of post

*Matching Thread

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Cut 8″ circle of felt and set aside.

Follow the directions for your fusible webbing and iron onto the back of your glow in the dark felt scrap.

hoop2Remove paper backing. when cool. Cut star shapes. The iron on backing will insure even the smallest stars hold together and don’t fray. Star shapes can be cut from template or freehanded.

To freehand start with a square cut out v shapes along the side using the corners as a guide. See the template for more info.

Lay out your choosen constellation on the circle. Move the stars around varying the sizes until you are happy with the placement.

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Follow the directions on your webbing and iron stars down.

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Allow to cool and mount into hoop.

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Connect stars with a running stitch and yellow green thread.

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hoops1Share your creations on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram I’d love to see what you make.

Happy Crafting   ~Andie

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Star Wars inspired Lightsaber Rattle

4 May

Felt Star Wars baby rattle

These fun Star Wars inspired felt lightsabers feature a rattling core for baby sized battles.

I have included the pattern and tutorial for both styles of felt rattles.  So if you are looking the perfect Star Wars baby gift the force is with you!

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You will need:

10″ x 4″ Lightsaber felt- I used Glo felt and Aqua*

4″ x 6″ Felt for base and end cap, here I used Grey and Black*

For Classic style

4″ x 4″ Black Felt for Strip and Stripes*

For Button Style 

4″ x 4″ grey felt

Scraps of black and red for buttons I used Lipstick

Yellow Green embroidery thread

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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Fold saber piece so long ends meet and overcast stitch along the side with matching thread.

LS2Run a gathering stitch around the wand tip and pull to seal. Sew through a few times to secure.

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Turn lightsaber using a pencil or chopstick.

LS3aStuff lightsaber using pencil or chopstick to help if needed, add mini rattle near the base, more stuffing and set aside.

DIY star wars baby toysSew pieces into place with a running stitch and matching thread as shown.LS5Fold base so outside faces inward and overcast stitch along the long side using matching thread. Turn right side out.

 

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Slip lightsaber into large opening on base and pull through until it is snug.

DIY  soft lightsaberStuff base and stitch bottom into place with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

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Stitch around the base where the lighstaber and base meet to hold.

Stop by the shop: fsYou can easily customize these felt Star Wars inspired baby rattles with any color or style you can imagine. Share your creations on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram I’d love to see what you make.

Happy crafting and may the force be with you!  ~Andie

Lightsaber rattles

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Glow in the Dark Edison Bulb Pendant

1 May

 

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There is something undoubtedly charming about a vintage Edison bulb. The nostalgic qualities and quirky twists lend a warm vintage feel to an otherwise inanimate and purely industrial object.

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The soft, even glow of glow in the dark felt lends itself to these quirky vintage bulbs perfectly for a unique softly industrial nightlight. Hang them in your playhouse kitchen  or pin them to wall these soft bulbs are surprisingly easy to make and oh so cute!

You will need:

12″ x 12″ Glow in the Dark Felt

Grey felt I used Grey Flannel

Black embroidery floss

Sharpie or permanent marker

Stuffing

 3/4″ dowel  12″ long

 

Cut

 2 of each bulb shape from glow in the dark felt

2 of each bulb base from grey felt

bulbCut out two of each of the bulb shapes. Using a pencil trace out the center patterns and when you are satisfied follow over it with a black sharpie marker.

If you plan to hang this on the wall you only need to do this to one side, repeat with the other side if you plan to hang.

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Stitch over the traced lines with one stand of embroidery thread, not doubled over. Repeat with all the Edison bulbs.

bulb4Place cap on the end of each light bulb and stitch down, I liked the look of these off center and a little quirky so I didn’t trace them out first but if you prefer a more uniform look just trace it out with a pencil followed by sharpie.

bulb5Stitch cap pieces together with matching grey thread.

bulb6Overcast stitch around the outer edges of the bulb stuffing lightly before closing.

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Cut strings to desired lengths, here I cut into 12″ 16″ and 24″ inches.

Using a doll needle sew into the top of  the bulb, do not double over the thread.

Bring your loose thread ends together and knot. Tie another knot over the area you sewed through at the top to keep the strands from tangling and the piece well weighted.

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Repeat with all Edison bulbs.

You should have a a large loop attached to each bulb, this will allow you to slide each bulb onto the dowel and rearrange the order as desired.

If you are hanging the piece from a ceiling or hook you will want to arrange the pieces as desired and affix the top of each loop with a dot of hot glue to keep the breeze from moving the bulbs too much.

Color the dowel black with the black sharpie marker.

Cut a length of cross stitch thread into 30″, double it over and tie down on one end, slide the loops over the dowel and tie down the other side to hang.

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Happy Crafting!

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~Andie

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Family Tree Rattle Tutorial

17 Apr

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Celebrate the newest branch of your family tree with an adorable family tree rattle.  Customize the trunk with the parents initials or the initials of your new addition for a sweet personalized  DIY baby shower gift.

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You will need:

6″ x 8″ Brown felt for trunk we used Penny*

9″ X 11″ Green felt for tree top we used Cilantro

Bright Green felt scraps for leaves we used Key Lime*

Pale blue felt scrap for bird we used Blue *

Beige felt we used Camel*

Dark brown or black thread for initials.

Rattle or bell insert

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CUT

2 tree tops from green felt,

Desired number of leaves from green scrap, we used 11 and these can easily be cut freehand.

1 bird from blue felt

2 trunks from brown felt

1 nest from beige felt

 

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Stitch trunk to tree top with running stitch and brown thread. Stitch nest into place with matching thread and then stitch bird down add initials onto tree with dark brown thread, use it to create a french knot for bird eye.

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Stitch trunk to tree top making sure they match up when placed together.

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Place tree pieces together and stitch up the trunk sides with matching thread and an overcast stitch, stuffing as you go. Stitch tree tops together with matching thread.

Stuff, add rattle insert and sew closed.

Stitch base to tree with an overcast stitch.

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~Andie

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