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Summer Daisies – Felt Flower Daisy Tutorial

10 Jun

These sweet summer daisies can be used to add a natural feel to an endless number of summer crafts. Of all the DIY felt flowers, daisies are some of the easiest. Learning how to make felt daisies is simple if you take your time and invest in quality felt and a good set of scissors.

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. The key to this felt flower is a clean cut. 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.

Created with hot glue, these felt flowers are no sew. The addition of floral wire allows the daisies to be used in wreaths or tossed into a vase or bouquet. What will you use these easy little felt flowers for? We’d love for you to share your creations with us on our facebook page.

You will need:

For 12 flowers

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: Floral wires for stems, packing tape or clear tape for cutting

Dirty Glue Gun for Crafting Cred.

Cut:

1 flower shape from white felt

1 center 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.

Place a small drop of glue on the end of the center strip and slowly roll upwards, gluing occasionally.

Once the center is rolled add glue to the side and wrap your daisy around the center gluing as you go. Glue cap on as shown below.

To create a daisy on a stem place the floral wire at the end of the strip, add glue and roll as before. Add the felt flower with glue as show above.

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.

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 along the ends and side.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

DIY Felt Tea Bags and Tin

5 Jun

A tea party is just the thing to inspire imaginative play and practice manners and fine motor skills too! While we’ve covered free felt food patterns for tea party staples such as cookies, (chocolate chip, fortune cookies, rolled cookies) as well as pies of all kinds (hand pies, lemon meringue, cherry) and even petit fours, snack cakes and cake pops. Sadly we neglected the star of the show DIY felt tea bags.

This set features a matching floral patterned felt but any 2mm thick felt will do, the standard wool blend is too floppy for this project unless you want to double up but that can make stitching a bit tricky. Stiffer or thick felts are best for this project and I think the Cottage Floral print I used here for the felt tea tin and tea tag backs worked out wonderfully.

When working with felt objects in need of structure 2- 3mm felt is a game changer, it easily holds shape without stuffing and doesn’t need to be finished off along the tops or bottoms because it won’t stretch out as easily.

You will need some filling for your tea bags and shredded scraps work well, if you are using a high quality felt for the felt tea bags the color wont matter.

In regards to the label have included the image on the pattern in reverse if you’d like to try printing on special paper and ironing it on (although that method can be prone to flaking) as well as a blank one for hand stitching.

All June long we will be including a free felt “Tea” label with every order while supplies last.

This label is colorfast, nontoxic and washer dryer safe. If you decide to craft up a set of DIY felt tea bags with this free pattern we’d love to see your finished product http://www.facebook.com/feltandcraft

You will need:

To make a set of 5 tea bags and 1 tin you will need:

2- 3 mm thick felt for the top, bottom and sides of tin. 8″ x 11″ total *

I used Cottage Floral for the sides and White for the top and bottom

9″ x 12″ white felt for tea bags*

Scrap felt for tea bag details I used: Mint, Purple Haze, Lemon, Lipstick, Crushed Coral, Granny Smith, Cilantro *

Embroidery thread in Green, White, Grey and Black

*matching thread

Free printable felt tea bag and tin pattern

Cut:

5 tea bags and 5 tea tags and blank tag from wool blend white felt

2 tea tin sides and 5 tea tags from patterned 2mm thick felt

1 bottom, 1 top and two sides from 2-3mm thick white felt

5 – 6″ long tea bag strings knotted on each end

Sew lemon shape with yellow thread and a running stitch.

Place strawberry greens down and sew berry shape over top with a running stitch, accent with a few stitches in a contrasting color.

Sew mint shape down with matching thread

Sew lavender shapes down with a single strand of green embroidery thread.

Place peach greens onto tag and sew peach into place on top.

Place one of the knotted ends in-between the patterned and detailed tags, trim to match if needed and overcast stitch around the outside of the tag to hold. Repeat with each tag.

Fold a tea bad shape in half lengthwise and overcast stitch with matching thread.

Move the seam to center and fold so both seams face outward. Stitch along the bottom of the bag.

Trim felt for filler and fill each end with about a tbs of felt. Fold so the seams face inward and trim tops to a matching point. Be careful not to cut through the tea bag seams.

Place the other end of the knotted tag between the tea bag and stitch closed with small stitches using a running stitch and matching white thread.

Optional: Place a small grey stitch at the top of each tea bag. Repeat for each tea bag.

If you are using a printed tag sew to the center of one of the side pieces. If you are creating your own label stitch the work tea onto your label and sew to side piece.

Center the label to the front and sew onto thick felt base with an overcast stitch.

Center second side and stitch. When sides overlap sew them together with a running stich, this will give the tin added stability.

Sew lid sides to tin top the same way trimming if needed and sewing the side together without overlap.

Enjoy a legendary tea party!

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Rainbow Felt Roses Tutorial

9 Jan

rainbowrosesThere is no quicker way to brighten up a space than with a bouquet of felt rainbow roses. These beauties make a great DIY felt floral arrangement or even a stunning felt bridal bouquet for a color loving bride. Bring some rainbows into your space with this free, no sew rainbow rose pattern and tutorial. image1

You can also use one color felt or even shades of monochrome colors to create felt roses.

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You will need:

Wrapped floral wire cut into 12″ and 6″ lengths

Felt in rainbow colors I used Lavender, Pink Tutu, Flamingo, Egg Yolk, Chartreuse, Ice, Aqua, Mint and Sunshine.

The amount you will need will vary but a 9″ x 12″ sheet of each should make you around 5 flowers.

Green felt for rose base and leave I used Fresh Cut Grass

A 9″ x 0.5″ scrap of felt the color doesn’t matter as it will be entirely covered

Hot glue gun and glue

Pattern to make felt rainbow roses (PDF pattern for felt roses)

Cut

1 strip from any color felt

Petals as marked on pattern from various felt colors

1 base and 1 of each leaf from green felt

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You have lots of options for rainbow rose petal layout you can place the matching petal colors together, lay them adjacently so they slightly meet along the rose or my favorite look which was to lay the felt rose petals randomly. The more petals you choose to use the fuller your rose will be so feel free to keep adding until you are happy with the look of your felt roses.

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Wrap Strip around wire gluing as you go. Set aside

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Take the half circle piece and glue to create a cone.

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Glue cone to the wrapped wire. Set aside.

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Lay the inner petals down and run glue along one of the rounded sides.  Add all the inner petals.

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Roll inner felt petals together and hot glue along the open sides.

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Glue to cone on the wire. And lay a 1″ length of hot glue along the side.

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Add the 4 middle petals to the base overlapping slightly.

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Fill the gap at the base with a bit of hot glue and press inward and pinch together.

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r24Lay hot glue around the inner gaps a the base of the rose and pinch together just as you did in a prior step. Press until glue sets.

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Cut a line to the center of the rose base so you can slip it over the wire and place hot glue over the whole shape, carefully slip onto the base of the felt rainbow rose with glue side down. Press pieces together.

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To make felt rose leaves.

Lay glue down the center of the leaf and press one side of the 6″ wire to the leaf, pinch at the base.

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Repeat with second leaf and side. Twist the felt leaves around the rose and add a bead of hot glue to hold firmly.  Adjust leaves as desired.

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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.

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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

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