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Llama Ear Hair Clips

8 Aug

Llama costume hair clips

These fun and stylish llama ears are perfect for any occasion! Wedding, parent teacher conferences, funerals…the drug store.

Ok maybe not, but if you need a fast and easy Halloween costume, your the mama of a little llama lover or you just want to bring more of the llama lifestyle to your head these low sew felt llama ears are perfect.

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You will need:

4″ x 6″ Grey felt

9″ x 12″ White felt for back and inside

Pom Poms in 2 sizes. 4 Large 8 Medium

I used Hot Pink, Teal, Mint, Peach, Pink and Cream

Embroidery thread in your choice of colors

 I used purple, dusty blue, peachy pink and mint.

Doll Needle

Hot  glue gun and hot glue

2 Alligator Hair Clips

Llama ear templates at the end of post

*Matching Thread

Make llama tassels

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You will need 6 tassels for this project. 3 for each side.

The steps are shown in different colors for clarity.

  1. Cut out rectangle from cardboard and lay a 4″ length of string down (the blue thread)
  2.  Wrap cross stitch thread around in the opposite way 12x (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 the llama ears project I have use the same color thread for each step.

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String llama tassels

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To string thread a doll needle with 1 foot of white embroidery thread, do not double over. Knot the end of the string and pull it through the center of your tassel.

Tie another knot at the top of the tassel to secure.

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One inch from tassel top tie another knot and  thread a medium sized pom pom through. One inch from the pom pom knot and thread a tassel through.

Knot again and add the large size pom pom.

Repeat the knot and thread process with the final medium pom pom. Knot one more time at the top. The knots will keep the tassels and pom poms from sliding and the top knot will make it easier to glue the strings to the clips.

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How to make felt llama ears

DIY llama ears

Cut four ear shapes and two clip covers from white felt, 2 inner ear shapes from grey felt.

Stitch the grey front to two of the white ear pieces with grey thread and a running stitch. Make sure to flip one of the ears so the curves face each other.

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Overcast stitch along the outside of the ears with white thread, leave the bottom open as shown.

Repeat with other ear shape.

Cover the alligator clips with white felt using hot glue.

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Glue end of long felt piece into the inside of the clip wrap around hot gluing as you go.

Add two lines of hot glue to each side of the ear base. and glue to felt covered clip.

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Glue a medium pom pom to the inner corner of the ear and a large to the center.

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Glue string to the end and cover with a medium pom pom and prepare to llama it up.

I’m madly in love with how well these turned out and I think you will be too.

These DIY llama ears make a perfect Halloween costume or  just a way to fully embrace a more llama llifestyle.

I you make a set or 50 we’d love to see them.

Share them with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Llama ear template shapes llama pattern

PDF Pattern

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Felt Food -Gummy Bears

19 May

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Inspired by summer road trips and all things colorful and sweet these felt gummy bears in a bag are the perfect addition to your little one’s play store, your desk or a great gift for the gummy bear lover in your life. Our fast and free felt food tutorial for these colorful candies makes it easy.

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You will need:

Scraps of felt for gummy bears I used:

Pink Tutu, White, Orange Juice, Sprout, Lemon, Lavender, Lipstick, Aqua*

4″ x 6″ scrap Aqua felt for label

4″ x 4″ scrap of clear crafting vinyl

9″ x 12″ White felt for back and inside

5″ x 6″  Light blue felt for front I used Ice

Stuffing

Template at the end of post

*Matching Thread

(Optional)

Felt glue

Scalloped Shears

Leather punch

 

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Cut one oval with scalloped scissors, inside and  back from white felt (you can also use blue for the back)

Cut out letters from Aqua felt TIPS ON CUTTING SMALL SHAPES

Cut front from blue felt

Cut 14 or more gummy bear shapes from various colors.

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Glue or sew letters to label.

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Sew or glue bears to bottom of the piece that will be the inside of your felt candy bag.

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Place vinyl between the front and the decorated inside of the gummy bear bag. Sew clear vinyl down with a running stitch and matching thread. Sew down the stripes of the gummy bear bag the same way.

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felt food candy gummy bears

Sew label right above the vinyl gummy bear window with a running stitch and white thread.

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Place front on top of back and sew along the sides with an overcast stitch and matching thread. Leave the top open to stuff.

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Stuff.

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Stitch 1″ down from the top.

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Over cast stitch the top closed. Using a leather punch punch a hole through the center.

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Gummy Bear Pattern Template PDF

felt food candy gummy bears free tutorial

Happy Crafting~

Andie

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Beehive Pincushion and Honeybee Pins

11 May

Bee Pincushion DIY free pattern

I just love pincushions, they are whimsical yet functional objects that really reflect the users personalities. This beehive pincushion makes a lovely gift for the queen bee in your life. Dress it up with flowers or keep it simple and regal.  The bee pins are a functional but fun addition that will allow you to keep a little spring with you all year long.

You will need;

Beehive Pincushion

1- 9 x 12 sheet yellow felt I used Banana Cream Pie and matching thread.

Scrap of brown felt I used Saddle Brown

 Stuffing

Doll Needle or long sewing needle.

Optional

Felt flower shaped cutouts;

Star Shaped Flowers

Cypress Flower Shape

Flat black sequins (for flower center)

Baby’s breath sequins

Felt Glue

Bee Pins

Long sewing pins- size matters here the longer the better

Craft Glue suitble for plastics and metals – I used a product diffrent product for this project but I found “Amazing Goop” worked better than the Gorilla glue.

Shrink Film (printable inkjet is best)  If you can’t find it or don’t want to print you will also need a black fine tipped pen. Laser printers work with heat and cannot be used for this project.

Yellow markers or colored pencils to color bees

Felt Beehive and printable bee templates (at the end of post)

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Beehive Pincushion

Cut banana cream pie felt into 6 strips of 1.5″ wide felt in 8″,7″,6″,5″,4″ and 3″ long. Cut Bottom and top from banana cream felt and set aside. Cut hive opening from brown felt.

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Place long sides tether and overcast stitch up the side. Start this stitch about 1/4″ in leaving a gap  on one end as shown. It is easiest to stuff this as you go but using a chopstick or pencil will help you stuff it afterwards if desired.

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Gather the end of the non gap side. Gather and sew through to make it easy to tuck.

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Tuck gathered end into end gap, you will want to bend and work the stuffing into the right place to help it hold the circle. Sew through to hold (don’t worry we are covering this area with flowers.

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Repeat with all beehive pieces.

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Stack up the hive pieces from largest to smallest lining up the seams.  Run the threaded doll needle through.

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Working your way around sew them together.

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Once all the pieces are together sew desired flowers into place.  Accent with the baby’s breath sequins. Using felt glue add the hive opening. You can also sew this into place.

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Add top with an overcast stitch.

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Stuff or add a cloth bag of ground nut shells if you prefer.

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Sew bottom onto pincushion with an overcast stitch.

 Bee Pins

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Print bees onto printable shrink paper. Color centers yellow. Cut out bee shapes and shrink according to manufacturer directions. If you aren’t using printable shrink paper trace the bees with the fine tipped marker and proceed.

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Glue bees onto pins facing various directions using craft glue.

I found the easiest way to do this is to put a pea sized dollop of goop onto a piece of paper and dip the end of the pin in and then lay onto the backside of the shape.

Let dry as directed and enjoy!

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Beehive template PDF Download – Beehive Pinkeep

 

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Happy Crafting! ~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.

DIY hoop art

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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

Constellation hoop template print at full size.

Constellation Hoop PDF Template

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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

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Lightsaber template- print at full size

Lightsaber Template PDF

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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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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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treerattle7Happy Crafting

~Andie

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Felt Feather Quill Pen Topper

9 Apr

felt craft- pen toppers

Make all your writing more poetic with a feather quill pen topper. This felt craft is a fun way to personalize your desk supplies, these DIY felt feathers can be added to pencils, markers, heck even paintbrushes Of course the classic feather pen is the most fabulous.  These guys make great additions to teachers gifts, sign in books and journals. Give them a try you’ll find the free pattern and tutorial here.

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You will need:

9″ x 12″ sheet wool blend felt, I used Teal, Mauve Taupe and Grey. *

Template (at the end of post) PDF here: Quill Pen Template

*Matching tread.

Cut:

1 quill shape from desired felt color.

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Place pre-cut quill onto a slightly larger felt scrap.

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Sew down along edges using a running stitch and marching thread. Create a small channel along the bottom as shown on template and leave the ends open.

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Stitch lines down to create details. This won’t look quite as good on the other side but that’s ok I promise.

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Cut away access felt carefully making sure not to cut your stitching.

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Slip your writing utensil of choice into the open channel and begin living a more poetic life. Or at least writing a more poetic grocery list.

 

DIY pen quill topper

Customize your DIY pen plume with over 200 color and pattern choices, stop by the shop to shop to see hundreds of great choices.

roundsShare your make with us on our Facebook page and keep up to date on all our free patterns, sales and newest products. American Felt and Craft 

Quill Pen Topper- felt craft tutorial

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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