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Felt log circle drink coasters

25 Jun

I am a big fan of cute I am also a big fan of useful, these DIY felt log coasters / trivets are both! These felt coasters don’t require any sewing and look so cute!

These simple felt woodland coasters are held together with hot glue and can be made into any size you like. I think these DIY felt log cuts look great as coasters but they could just as easily create an adorable trivet for your pots and pans or even a beautiful mat for a cake stand.

Felt tree stump coasters make lovely gifts in a basket of artisan tea and a personalized mug or scones.

The key to the perfect felt tree trunk coasters is all in the prep, the more even you can cut the strips the better your results of course you can always trim off mistakes as you go if your cuts are less than perfectly even.

If you are a quilter no doubt cutting these felt strips will likely be a simple task. If you don’t have a rotary cutter no problem just cut into strips with scissors. More tips on cutting below.

You will need:

To make a set of 4 log coasters:

1/2 yard tan felt, I used Pastry

1/2 yard dark brown felt I used Brownie

Hot Glue and glue gun

Cut:

4- 4″ circles from outer bark colored felt

Cut tan and the remaining scraps dark brown into 1/2″ ribbons

To make cutting easier you can use a ruler or cut a scrap of cardboard into 1/2″ wide strip. Trace lines onto felt and cut.

Cut 1/2″ felt into a 5″ length and roll to create the center. Glue felt with hot glue as you roll.

Alternate between tan and bark color felt. There isn’t any set length just glue until you are happy with the look and switch colors as you go. Try to line the ribbons up as evenly as possible.

When you get the felt tree trivet the size of your bottom circle wrap with a final dark brown outside. Glue cut lengths (anywhere from 1/4″ – 2″ long) randomly along the outside to create shingled bark look. Round the felt log coaster between your hands until it sits as evenly as possible and trim if needed.

Chose the less attractive side and coat with hot glue, leave the outside of the felt log cut free of glue so when you place the back it doesn’t overflow.

Pace the back and press down, go back along edges and glue down any sides that need it.

Enjoy you’re new cottage inspired felt coasters.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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DIY Daisy Chain Crown

24 Jun

The sweet simplicity of a daisy chain crown will forever be a symbol of warm summer days. This DIY felt daisy crown will last forever and have you dreaming of summer picnics all year round.

A word about felt:

Wool or wool blend felt works well for little petals like those in this felt flower tutorial. Bamboo and most acrylics aren’t going to hold the smaller shapes as well and may fuzz out along the ends.

It’s important to use a pair of scissors that are small but sharp enough to handle tight edges and curved petals. I highly recommend holding your felt daisy pattern in place with packing tape, you can re-use your template again and again this way. The daisy centers can be freehand cut and varying the length will make your daisy larger or smaller.

You will need:

Floral Wire about 16 wires – 12 for flowers and the rest for crown base.

Wire cutters

Floral Tape

9″ x 12″ sheet of high quality felt for flowers, I used white

9″ x 6″ golden yellow felt for felt flower centers, I used Egg Yolk

8″ x 6″ Green felt for leaves and end caps, I used Fresh Cut Grass

Hot glue gun and glue

Free pattern to make felt daisies.

Optional: Packing tape or clear tape for cutting

Cut:

12 flower shapes from white felt

12 centers from yellow felt

Leaf and cap from green felt

Making felt daisies – the easy way

For loose felt daisies, carefully cut out daisies from white felt using clear tape on top to help hold your template as you cut.

To create a daisy on a stem place the floral wire at the end of the strip, add glue and roll gluing as you go. Wrap the felt flower around the center and glue at the base.

Cut a small slit into the center of the end cap and slits along the sides as marked so it curls around the base easily. Slide cap up the stem and glue down the sections trimming if needed so the green doesn’t extend past the flowers base. Keep the leaves fairly high because you will need to cut the wires to create your daisy chain crown.

To add a leaf, place glue along the center and part way up the leaf and fold onto the floral wire. Trim off any extra leaf felt along the ends and side. You can also glue these on after you create your crown.

Measure out your head or the head of the person you plan to crown. The crown needs to sit on the midway on the forehead, mine measured 7.5″.

Starting with two floral wires 2/3rds of the way down your first wire twist a second floral wire. Add more wires by twisting until your crown is the desired size for me this was 4 wires.

Twist daisies around your base using as much of the wire stems as possible to create a solid crown. Cut the extra wire once it is securely attached. Repeat until you’ve created a full crown of glorious daises.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

DIY Felt Toadstool Mushrooms 🍄

21 Jun

No cottage experience would be complete without felt toadstools. These Diy felt toadstools could not be any cuter!

It can be a bit tricky to learn how to make these felt mushrooms, but once you get the hang of it you’ll be ready to make sew up dozens for wreaths, gift tags, imaginative play, keychains, mobiles, headbands and ornaments. Is there anything these felt mushrooms wouldn’t make cuter?

Other than our free felt mushroom pattern you’ll need red and white felt, stuffing and a small scrap of sturdy cardboard. Switch up the colors to change these felt toadstools to DIY felt button mushrooms for an adorable felt food.

So cute!! Felt toadstools are a must make craft!

To make 5 felt toadstool mushrooms you will need:

Please keep in mind this pattern is made for high quality wool blend felt.

Using a thinner, weaker or stiffer felt will not work as well if at all.

9″ x 12″ White felt – I used two whites for my felt mushrooms Fresh Linen for the base and ruffle and White for the spots. *

9″ x 12″ Red Felt – I used Lipstick

Stuffing

Sturdy cardboard, like from a shipping box rather than a cereal box

White embroidery floss

Hot glue gun and glue (optional)

*Matching thread.

Felt Toadstool Mushroom Pattern

HERE:

Cut


Mushroom top from red felt

Ruffle and felt mushroom base from white of off white felt.

Free hand cut spot shapes from white felt

Center circle from cardboard

Sew spots randomly onto mushroom top, avoid the outside where the piece will be gathered.

Vary the size and location of the spots so each mushroom is unique. You may be tempted to glue these on but they just don’t sit as well when you gather the felt in the next step so it’s worth it to take the time and sew them down with a few stitches individually.

Run a gathering stitch around the outside of the felt toadstool top with a sturdy thread.

Pull slightly and begin to stuff with stuffing. It helps to roll the stuffing around in your hands to help it form a more solid shape.

Place cardboard circle onto top and hold with thumb while you pull the felt mushroom closed.

It can be tricky but do the best you can we will tighten it up in the next step.

Pull tightly then go back through the gather on section at a time to tighten it up, pull until you there is no slack and knot closed.

Insanely cute!

Repeat with all tops

Hiding the knot at the bottom randomly sew stitches along mushroom top with a single strand of white embroidery floss. Keep these stitches a bit irregular. Exit through bottom of mushroom head and hide the knot in the opening from the gather.

Repeat with remaining mushroom tops and set them aside. Doing this after we have gathered and stuffed the piece insures the stitched spots don’t get too loose and insures you get to place the “spots” where you want them.

Experiment with making the stem a little longer by or shorter so your mushrooms vary just a bit more if you want.

You can also cut the long end a but to create a thinner stem but you may need to trim down the ruffle as well.

Roll stem up and overcast stitch closed along the long edge.

Wrap ruffle around the stem and stitch closed along the seam with an overcast stitch.

Run needle all the way though the stem and back again making a stitch in front to hold.

You could also hot glue this into place but the ruffle won’t flare out as much.

Stick the finished stem onto the felt toadstool. Run a sew stitches through both the mushroom head and the stem several times in several directions to hold.

You CAN also use hot glue here! Place a healthy dollop of glue onto carboard through the gathered opening and stem in and down. Let glue set with head down.

And that’s all it takes to make dozens of felt toadstools!

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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Felt Food Violet Cookies Pattern

19 Jun

Sweet little violet shortbread cookies make a charming addition to your cottage tea party. The stark purple tones of tiny wild violets look so cute against the scalloped “icing”. Creating a plate of these little felt shortbread cookies is super simple and the results are the bees knees.

We’ve shared a lot of free felt food cookie patterns over the years (chocolate chip, fortune cookies, rolled cookies) but these beauties are a real stand out! These easy to create felt tea party cookies are just so pretty. Read on for how to make these floral felt confections including the free pattern for the felt shortbread cookies of your cottage daydreams.

You will need:

for 3 cookies

9″ x 12″ tan felt – I used Pastry *

9″ x 6″ white felt – I used white *

3″ scrap of two purples – I used Lilac and Dusty Violet

Yellow thread

Stuffing or felt scraps to stuff

Free felt cookie pattern:

*Matching thread

Cut:

1 felt icing top from white felt

2 cookie shapes from tan felt

1 violet from dark purple

1 violet from lighter purple.

Stack both purple flowers onto the center of icing. Stitch flowers into place with yellow thread. Add a few more stitches for depth.

Sew icing to one of the cookie sides.

Stack cookie top to bottom and overcast stitch – stuffing before closing.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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