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DIY Origami Paper Boat Ornament Pattern

17 Dec

Inspired by a simple folded paper boat a DIY felt boat ornament makes an adorable addition to your Christmas tree and when used as a gift tag is a sweet way to send oceans of love to the people who keep your boat afloat.

This easy nautical felt boat pattern couldn’t be much simpler. While there isn’t much folding it does feature a wooden bamboo skewer, if you don’t happen to have one available you can easily use a twig or even a Q tip or lollipop stick. Don’t limit yourself to Christmas ornaments. These little felt boats look great in any color so you can easily match any theme or event. This free ship pattern also makes a great nautical felt craft for birthday decor or even an amazing DIY boat mobile.

To make each felt boat you will need:

8″ x 4″ felt scrap for each boat I used Antique White, Sparrow and Toffee *

4″ x 2″ white felt scrap for banner

Small scrap of red felt for heart shape Fire Engine Red

1 bamboo BBQ skewer cut to 3.5″

*matching thread

Embroidery thread to sew a hanger if making DIY felt boat as an ornament

Felt glue or hot glue

Cut:

2 felt boat bases and 1 felt sail from boat color

1 banner from white felt and 1 heart from red because it is so small it may be easier to free hand cut a heart.

Instructions to make a felt boat:

Sew sail piece to one side of one of the boat bases with a running stitch and matching thread.

Overcast stitch along the sides where marked on felt boat pattern leaving very top and bottom half of boat open.

Fold sides up and overcast stitch up the edges with matching thread. Repeat on second side.

Sew heart to one end of the banner with a running stitch. I like the look of contrasting thread but you can easily use matching thread if you prefer.

Poke skewer through the top of the boat.

Place a line of felt glue or hot glue along inside in the center, place skewer onto glue and allow to dry.

Fold the banner and overcast stitch around the outside with matching thread. Place over wood piece and sew along the folded banners edge creating a tunnel for the skewer add a touch of glue to end of skewer and place banner, allow to dry before sewing a loop to hang if desired.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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DIY Starfish Ornaments

13 Dec


Real starfish belong in the sea but these sparkly star fish deserve a spot on your tree. Sparkling sequins bounce the light from your tree while the knots give the pieces much needed texture. Best of all these DIY starfish ornaments is simple once you master the french knot, although you could always just tie a knot and sew through the back if need be.

These felt starfish were crafted in subtle pastel shades but these would look great in neutrals or even some bright aquas or pinks. These starfish stuffies also look great adorning a gift or hanging from a mobile, read on for the tutorial and free DIY felt starfish pattern.

You will need:

4″ x 8″ felt scrap for each starfish

I used Bisque, Teal, and Antique White

Sequins I used Just Peachy, Crystal and Snow White

Stuffing

Embroidery thread I used white can also be used to hang

Cut

Two star fish

Sew sequins down and add french knots as indicated on pattern.

Overcast stitch the starfish front to back stuffing as you go.

Sew a loop to hang with embroidery thread if you plan to use your felt starfish stuffie as an ornament.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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You are my sunshine – Felt ornament tutorial

11 Dec

Not only is this little felt sunshine ornament adorable but it’s super easy to make too! Brighten someone’s day and let them know that they are your sunshine with a sweet and simple handcrafted sunshine ornament. This free pattern and tutorial show you how to make an absolutely adorable sun ornament from felt in no time. Baby shower, Birthday, Christmas, Get well soon… if you’re looking for the perfect DIY decorative add on to any gift you can’t go wrong with a handcrafted happy sun ornament.

You will need:

Bright yellow (Banana Cream Pie) *

Muted Yellow (Mustard Seed)

Stiff gold felt

Felt scrap for stuffing

Black embroidery thread

Sequins (Baby Pink)

*Matching thread.

felt sunshine ornament

Cut:

1 Sunshine back from glitter felt and 1 sunshine back from muted yellow felt.

1 Sunshine face from bright yellow felt and 2 smaller circles from scrap for stuffing

Instructions

Sew face onto front of sunshine with black embroidery thread, using french knots for yes and small stitches to make nose and mouth as marked on the felt sun pattern.

Stitch sequins down for cheeks.

Stack felt circles in the center of the muted yellow burst shape.

Sew face to muted yellow sunburst with a running stitch.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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Felt Narwhal Ornament Pattern

9 Dec

Narwhals are the unicorns of the sea, these majestic whales are a magical addition to your felt ornament collection. And I think we can all agree when it comes to Christmas and magic more is more! These adorable felt narwhals are simple to create and this pattern to make narwhal ornament can be recreated in any (or all) colors of the rainbow.

You will need:

Pale purple felt* (Amethyst Purple)

2″ square of scrap heathered purple felt (Plum Crazy) *

1″ x 2″ scrap Stiff gold glitter felt (Gold)

Sequins (Cherry Limeaide)

Black embroidery thread

*Matching Thread

Cut:

2 Narwhal bodies from pale purple felt.

1 horn from gold glitter felt

1 of each fin and narwhal belly from heathered purple felt.

Sew belly to front of one narwhal body with a running stitch you can do this with matching thread or contrasting thread for a more whimsical look.

Add front fin with an X shaped stitch.

Sew face details to front with black embroidery thread.

Sew sequins and horn to front.

Sew back to front with a running stitch and matching thread add a doubled over length of ribbon before closing or sew a loop to hang. Sew back fin to piece.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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