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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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Yeti for Christmas – DIY felt ornament

25 Jul

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There are few things are as charmingly satisfying as opening a chest of Christmas decorations and seeing all the little handmade details of years past. Remembering each ornament’s story can weave a lifetime of stories, nicknames and family vacations into the holidays that grow richer with each passing year.

DIY felt ornamentsGet a jump on a lifetime of memories and craft up a heirloom keepsake felt yeti ornament for the little monster in your life.

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These DIY yeti ornaments are super cute and make great personalized Christmas gifts they can cherish for a lifetime. These little yeti ornaments sew up pretty quickly and  the color schemes can easily be changed for a unique DIY Christmas for each of your little monsters.

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You will need:

Grey Felt – Grey Flannel

White Felt

Pale Blue felt- Sparrow

Embroidery aka Cross Stitch Thread in-  Black, Green, Brown, White and Blue

Stuffing

Yeti template at the end of post or download the PDF Yeti- Ornament Pattern

Felt yeti free pattern

Cut:

Yeti from fur felt, 2 mountains from grey felt, horn shape and face from pale blue felt and 6 mountain tops, 2 of each size from white felt.

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Stitch mountain tops to one of the mountain shapes with white thread and a running stitch. Repeat with other mountain so they mirror each other. Set back aside.

DIY yeti ornament

Lay horn shape onto front of mountain front, place yeti body on top of horns and stitch down body with a running stitch and white thread.

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Place blue face onto the yeti and stitch down with light blue thread. Add two french knots for eyes with black embroidery thread and stitch a smile.

Yeti Christmas Ornament

Using white embroidery thread add fangs on both sides of his smile and define the arms with a few small stitches. Sew black nose into center with a few running stitches and black thread.

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Stitch brown lines where you want your trees to be.

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Stitch pine boughs with green thread making upside down Vs starting small and making them just a bit larger as you go down.

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  • have your child help stitch out their name
  • add a date, name, place or nickname
  • Stitch a pocket for money or a gift card
  • Stitch another yeti or more trees
  • Anything you want I’m not the boss of you

Just make sure your pieces are mirrored so they will sew together correctly.

Yeti Christmas Ornament pattern - felt DIY

Overcast stitch mountains together with grey thread switching to white over the snowy mountain tops, stuff before closing.

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Sew a loop to top with black embroidery thread to help hang.

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Happy Crafting

~Andie

Template pattern for Yeti felt ornament

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Peppermint Felt Ornaments

9 Dec

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DIY Felt Peppermint Ornament

Deck your halls with sweet peppermint felt ornaments. These 3″ mints are simple to assemble and make a big impact on any tree in fact you can bypass all of the sewing and just use glue making this a kid friendly ornament crafting option.

felt peppermint shapes DIY

You will need:

White* felt or 3″ Felt Circles

Red felt* I used Poinsettia 

Sequins I used Diamond

Peppermint template  Peppermint Ornament or see end of post

Felt glue or hot glue

String or ribbon for hanging

Sewing Needle

*Matching Thread

Cut 2 circles and 2 wrapper ends from white felt, cut  1 swirl from red felt.

peppermint felt ornamentSew swirl to one of the red circles with a running stitch and matching thread.

felt peppermintsSew sequins into place along the center of the white areas. For help on sewing sequins see this post.

IMG_8373 Stitch three lines down the wrapper ends as shown. Use these to attach the sides to the second circle. Sew loop to center.

Felt ornamentPlace circles together. Over cast stitch around the circles to hold. Switch to the running stitch over the wrapper ends and loop.

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Happy Crafting

~Andie

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DIY Letter to Santa Ornament

7 Dec

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Get onto the nice list this year with an adorable letter to Santa ornament. Making these fun letters to Santa are deceptively simple thanks to an assist from a medium temp iron. The letters are also versatile, leave this flap open to create a gift tag or add a keepsake wish list or photo or just sew down the flap and hang from your Christmas tree for sweet homemade ornament you’ll cherish year after year.

You will need:

Template- Letter to Santa Pattern or see end of post

7″ x 7″ felt for letter I used White*

Embroidery thread in Red and Green

Iron (set to medium for wool blend felt)

Stamp Buttons 

Sequins; I used Holly and Retro Burst

String or cord for hanging (optional)

Sewing Needle

*Matching Thread

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Cut 1 letter shape from white felt.

IMG_6317Trace out letters and postage shapes with pencil. I think the ornaments take on a more homespun look when traced out free hand and the letters are a little uneven, Let your child write “Santa” and embroider for an even more unique family heirloom.

IMG_6319Stitch postage and “Santa” from contrasting embroidery thread colors.

IMG_6324Iron side flaps, top and bottom down so they lay flat.

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IMG_6326Sew stamp button and burst sequin to front taking care to not sew through the side flaps. IMG_6331Fold bottom over sides and stitch up along the side with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

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Add the holly sequin detail to the end of the flap. You can leave this flap open to create a gift tag or add a keepsake wish list or sew down the flap if you prefer. IMG_6358

Stay tuned for all new Christmas DIY felt ornament patterns all December long!

 

Felt Letter to Santa template print at full size.

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Happy Crafting!

~ Andie

Stay tuned for all new Christmas DIY felt ornament patterns all December long!

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DIY Easy Heart Felt Ornaments

6 Dec

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This year create something from the heart. Here’s a simple heart ornament pattern even the littlest sewer can help to craft up. These super easy DIY felt heart ornaments are great for kids or those new to sewing.  These ornaments go together easily and make great handmade gifts and a great holiday craft for parties and get togethers. With the printable PDF pattern group Christmas crafting for beginners has never been simpler.

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You will need:

Felt heart ornament template Heart Pattern or see end of post

Printed felt for small hearts I used prints from the Wrapping Paper Collection*

4″ x 7″ felt for large heart I used Four Leaf Clover* Fire Engine RedWhite , Grey, and Toffee*

Felt glue or hot glue (Optional, to attach front hearts)

4″ Ribbon or cord for hanging per ornament

Stuffing

Sewing Needle / Embroidery needle

*Matching Thread

IMG_6362Cut out small heart shape from printed felt. Cut 2 Large heart shapes from felt color of your choice.  IMG_6258Sew small heart to the larger heart shape with a running stitch and matching thread. For help with stitches see our post on STITCHES. 

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Stack felt large felt heart shapes together and overcast stitch along the edges of the hearts to connect them. When you get to the dip in the heart center loop ribbon to create a hanging loop and stitch through a few times to secure.

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Stuff heart shape and sew closed.

 

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These felt hearts are so quick and simple to make with nearly endless options and look great on gifts or looped over a bottle of wine.

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Felt heart ornament template print at full size.

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Happy Crafting!

~ Andie

Stop by the shop and check out hundreds of felt colors, prints and thicknesses.

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Stay tuned for all new Christmas DIY felt ornament patterns all December long!

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Potted Cactus/ Succulents Felt Ornaments

4 Dec

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I’m an Arizona girl through and through so when designing this year’s Christmas ornaments I knew this year’s tree wouldn’t feel right without some potted cactus friends.

Creating DIY cactus Christmas ornament is simple and totally thorn free. Sew up some sweet succulents this season; they make a great gift for the cactus lover in your life and their small sizes makes great desk decor long after Christmas has passed.  I’ve included patterns for a 3-D saguaro, aloe and barrel cacti. Check out the step by step process and learn to sew up a desert full of felt Christmas cactus

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You will need:

Felt Cactus template Cactus Template or see end of post

4″ x 5″ felt for pot and base I used prints from the Wrapping Paper Collection*

2″ x 2″ sandy colored felt for soil, I used Oatmeal

4″ x 6″ felt for saguaro cactus Christmas ornament I used Four Leaf Clover*

4″ x 2″ felt for barrel cactus Christmas ornament I used Cactus*

5″ x 6″ felt for aloe Christmas ornament I used Fresh Cut Grass*

Embroidery thread in white

Felt glue or hot glue

String or cord for hanging

Stuffing

Sewing Needle / Embroidery needle

*Matching Thread

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DIY Barrel Cactus Ornament

Cut out pot shape, pot rim and pot base from printed felt cut soil from sand color

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Fold pot so the short ends meet, overcast stitch up the side with the print facing outwards.  Set aside.

To make a barrel cactus sew up each of the curves on the top and bottom of felt cactus template with matching thread and an overcast stitch.

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Leave the side open, turn inside out so the knots don’t show before stuffing and sewing closed.

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Run a stitch around the open end and pull to close. The other end should meet in a pointed tip when sewn together.

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Sew through cactus in random areas with white embroidery thread and a small stitch, pull the ends through and knot. To make the “thorns” look softer rub the knot with your finger.

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Sew cactus smaller side down to sand top with a few stitches along the base.

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Sew soil to top of the pot with an overcast stitch. You will cover this with the rim so thread color doesn’t matter.

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Stuff lightly and sew base to end just as you did the soil. Glue rim into place and sew a loop through the center to hang.

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DIY Aloe Ornament

Create the pot body using the instructions above. Set aside.

Cut out all three aloe shapes from felt.

Stack together and sew a few large stitches into the center in a circular shape.

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Pull to curve the leaves inward and knot to hold.

IMG_6283 Attach aloe to the sand colored top by sewing through the center into the top a few times. Sew aloe soil top to pot as shown above, stuff lightly, sew base into place.

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Glue on rim and add loop to hang if desired.

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DIY Saguaro Cactus Ornament

Create the pot body using the instructions above. Set aside.

Cut out two saguaro cactus shapes and over cast stitch around the edge, leaving the base open as marked on template

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Stuff lightly and add thorns as shown in DIY barrel cactus pattern above.

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Fold soil top in half and cut a small slit in the center, you can always make this bigger so start small.

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Pull unsewn base of saguaro cactus through the slit and fold sides upward. Sew into place. Sew soil top to pot as shown above, stuff lightly, sew base into place. Glue on rim and add loop to hang if desired.

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Felt Cactus Template print at full size.

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Happy Crafting!

~ Andie

Stop by the shop and check out hundreds of felt colors, prints and thicknesses.

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Stay tuned for all new Christmas DIY felt ornament patterns all December long!

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DIY Llama Christmas Ornaments

2 Dec

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Bring the llama trend to your tree with a herd of adorable little felt llamas. These cute DIY felt llama ornaments are easily customized to suit your holiday theme or colors and make a great group crafting activity.

Use some to spruce up your spruce or accent your gifts with a one of a kind DIY keepsake llama ornament they are sure to love.

You will need:

Template- Download Here or see end of post

3″ x 3″ felt for llama blanket I used Fire Engine Red, Four Leaf Clover and prints from the Wrapping Paper Collection*

4″ x 6″ felt for llama I used White , Grey, Chai and Brownie *

4″ x 2″ Brown felt for legs  – I used Peanut Butter and Toffee

Embroidery thread in black and metallic gold

Felt Glue (optional)

Sequins; I used Diamond, Red, and Holly 

String or cord for hanging

Stuffing

Sewing Needle

*Matching Thread

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Cut out one blanket shape. To create fringe cut small slits along the bottom (rounded edge) Cut away every other notch as shown below.

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Cut 2 llama shapes and one of each leg and muzzle from desired felt colors

IMG_6239Sew blanket down with matching thread and accent the ends with a few stitches of embroidery thread.

Add any sequins or details to blanket.  See photo below for a closer look at the blanket styles I used for creating these llama ornaments.

IMG_6240Create an eye with a french knot, sew muzzle down.IMG_6252Add legs to bottom of the lama Christmas ornaments with a running stitch and matching thread.

IMG_6254Sew llama shapes together with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

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Llama template- print at full size.

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Happy Crafting!

~ Andie

Stop by the shop and check out hundreds of felt colors, prints and thicknesses.

American Felt and Craft - a unique online craft supply store.

Stay tuned for all new Christmas DIY felt ornament patterns all December long!

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