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Welcome Spring!

2 Mar

Welcome Spring!

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We may be a bit biased around here but spring is our favorite color season. Who doesn’t love a good lilac, an understated pink or a dusty blue? Join us all March long while we celebrate spring with tutorials, inspiration, kits, crafts and color displays all influenced by our love of spring! Here are a few of our favorite floral shades to get you in the spirit.

Orchid

Orchid is a mauvey pink shaded felt

Here: http://www.feltandcraft.com/orchid/

Fresh Cut Grass

Lush green grassy hues combine for a nearly perfect green felt.

Here: http://www.feltandcraft.com/fresh-cut-grass/

Iris

A rich deep blue purple felt

Here: http://www.feltandcraft.com/iris/

Sweet Pea

Somewhere between purple and pink you’ll find sweet pea.

Here: http://www.feltandcraft.com/sweet-pea/

Forget Me Not

A lovely periwinkle blue toned wool blend felt.

Here: http://www.feltandcraft.com/forget-me-not/

Monarch Butterfly

A bold and vibrant orange felt.

http://www.feltandcraft.com/monarch-butterfly/

Sprout

Sprout is a vibrant green wool blend felt

Here: http://www.feltandcraft.com/new-sprout/

Happy Spring!

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~Andie

Felt Food Cake Pops – Tutorial and Pattern

29 Jan

DIY Felt Cake Pops

CP22Get into the spring party mood with these fun felt food cake pops. They are a little tricky to master but once you get the hang of them the theme and decorating possibilities are endless.

DIY felt cake pops

These sweet felt cake pops make the prefect addition to your felt food bakery or teddy bear’s picnic.

Add some more fun to your felt project by poking a few holes onto crafter’s foam with a chopstick and slip the pops in for a fun and colorful felt food display.

You will need:

Per pop:

4.5″ square of felt in cake pop color, I used: Buttercream, Pink tutu, Mint, White, Chocolate, Aqua and Amethyst Purple*

3.5″ x 1.5″ white felt scrap for stick*

*Matching thread

Felt Glue

 (optional) 

Ribbon for base

Nut Beads

Classic Sprinkle Beads

Sugar Beads

Jimmies (sprinkle beads)

Felter’s Friend Freezer paper – Cutting accuracy is important here.

Felt Scrap for misc decor.

Template – at the bottom of post.

Cross stitching thread for sprinkles

Step 1:

 Cut out your cake pop and stick pieces, you may want to print or copy the pattern onto freezer paper for the most accurate cutting.

For tips on this see our post on Cutting Felt

Step 2:

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 Roll the white felt rectangle long between your hands to help it better curl. Roll up and stitch down the side with a running stitch and matching thread. Set aside.

Sew Up the stick

Step 3:

If you are embellishing with french knot sprinkles now is the best time to create them .

How to make a felt cake pop - felt foodShown right side out.

Sew the cake pop from the center hub down until you get to the flat bottom edge. Leave your knots exposed because you will be flipping the piece inside out.

How to sew felt food - cake pops American Felt and Craft

Repeat on 3 sides. Sewing it this way makes your piece a bit more uniform and is the best way to compensate for any small differences in cut.

Step 4:

American Felt and Craft free felt project tutorials

Sew all but one remaining side, flip piece so it is right side out and gently stuff. Sew up open side.

DIY felt food cake pop

Step 5:

Place stick piece into the center of the felt cake pop.

felt food patterns free

Run a small gathering stitch around the base of the pop and pull tightly, then pass the needle through the “stick” a few times to insure it is secure.

DIY felt toys

Step 6:

You may need to roll the “pop” between your hands to round it out.

Tie bow around the base and add sprinkles or other embellishments with felt glue or stitching.

Felt Cakes Tutorials

Click here for the Template : cakepopPDF

Hungry for more free felt food tutorials?

Easy Felt Food Petits Four (Tea party cake) tutorial and pattern.

Free Felt Cherry Pie tutorial and pattern

felt food chocolate cookie tutorial

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

DIY Felt Sheep Sachet

25 Mar

DIY Felt Sheep Sachet – Say that 5 times fast…no go ahead I”ll wait.

DIY Lavender drawer sachets

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way

Pep up your spring cleaning routine with a modern take on the classic scented drawer sachet.

Felt lavender drawer sachets

Sachets for Shantay!

These easy to make felt lavender drawer sachets also make a great gift especially if you know someone named Shantay.

You will need:

Per Sachet:

Embroidery Thread in contrasting color

2 – Scraps of felt cut into 4″ x 4.5″ rectangles

I used;  Limeade, Hot Pink, Slushie and White 

Thread to match felt

Small hole tulle – 1/8 yard will make 2 sachets

Approx 4 tbs Lavender flowers or potpourri for filling

Helpful but not required;

Printer size freezer paper or packing tape to aid with cutting.

Template of outline – The sheep shape is below but you can use just about any shape.

Pencil to lightly mark out straight lines for stitching.

Sheep Sachets made from felt

Let’s make our drawers smell good! 

Tape or iron your template onto one of the felt rectangles and cut center out.

It helps to remove the center a little at a time giving your scissors more room to work so cuts are as clean as possible.

Cut Centers from templates - DIY Felt Drawer pillows

Fold the 1/8 yard of tulle in half and fold like an accordion pin into place behind cutout.

Stitch around cutout shape with a running stitch and matching thread to attach.

Sew sheep shapes to create drawer sachets  DIY

Cut away any tulle that extends past any of the sides. If desired use a pencil to lightly mark out straight lines for stitching.

Lay front piece on top of matching felt back and stitch together using a backstitch…

What’s a back stitch you ask? A back stitch is the running stitches drunk older brother.

Here’s a quick video refresher:

How to sew a backstitch a quick refresher

See that’s not hard at all!

Lavender Drawer Sachets - DIY Felt Craft

Fill with lavender or potpourri before closing.

DIY Felt Craft - Drawer and Closet Lavender scented sachets

Ta Da!

Sheep Outline - Please do not pin template.

Sheep measures 2″ square

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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Spring Supper Felt Food Pattern

10 Mar
Meet our newest arrival - Spring Supper Felt Food PDF pattern from American Felt and Craft

Meet our newest arrival – Spring Supper Felt Food PDF pattern

Meet our newest arrival, Spring Supper!

I created this felt food pattern with the goal of making it as interactive as possible.

The result is a ham that can be dressed and sliced, potatoes that can be baked, deviled eggs with removable filling, stacking jello salad, and decorative lettuce leaf accents.

This mammoth pattern also features felt steamed asparagus, hot cross buns, a coconut cake, pineapple slices and a simple but impressive felt pan pattern.

This pattern was truly a labor of love and like all proud parents I feel the need to show you a ridiculous amount of pictures.

Felt Food - Easter Ham - American Felt and Craft

This adorable little felt ham only measures  5″ x 7″ x 5.5″  to perfectly fit into play ovens and pretend kitchens.

It was based on the vintage style pineapple hams of the 1950’s.

The pint size play ham features slices attached with hook and loop for a fun slicing action.

Spring Supper Felt Food Pattern - American Felt and Craft

Pull up a chair and grab a plate.

The felt pineapple slices are attached with colored hook and loop and come off with ease for hours of culinary play.

The scalloped potatoes and asparagus are perfectly portioned for sharing!

Ham with pineapple - Spring Supper Pattern American Felt and Craft

Felt deviled eggs- American Felt and Craft

Deviled eggs with removable fillings make the perfect pre-dinner appetizer.

felt scalloped potatoes in a pan - Felt Pattern

Don’t forget the veggies!

Felt Scalloped Potatoes.

Felt Asparagus and Pan  Pattern

Felt asparagus nestled into a felt pan makes a healthy and fun felt side dish.

Felt Jello Pattern and Tutorial

Felt Jello Tutorial Pattern – Spring Supper – American Felt and Craft

Of course my absolute favorite part of this tutorial e-book is the felt jello salad.

Felt Jello has been on my sewing bucket list for quite some time and I went through at least a dozen prototypes before I was happy but I think it was all worth it.

The felt food jello pieces all stack and can be made from any color of the rainbow.

Spring Supper Felt Food Pattern

See more of our latest felt food pattern and save on ALL our PDF patterns this week only!

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Happy Crafting

~Andie

Peek – a – Boo Bill – Felt Pop Up Groundhog Puppet Tutorial

30 Jan

Peek a Boo Bill - Felt groundhogs day puppet tutorial with<br /><br />shadow finger puppet.

The celebration of Groundhog’s Day is
based on the legend that a groundhog will leave his of his burrow
after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.

Peek a Boo Bill puppet Felt Tutorial

If he sees it, he regards it as an
omen of six more weeks of chilly winter weather and returns to his
hole.  But if he doesn’t he stays out and unpacks his
shorts…or something like that.

Peek a boo Bill - Felt Groundhog Puppet tutorial from American<br /><br /><br />Felt and Craft

I named him Bill after Bill Murray
star of Groundhogs day and a super hilarious guy. Make your
own felt groundhog  and shadow puppets and help your little
one welcome spring with a laugh.

You will
need: 

5″ x 8″ Groundhog Brown Felt –
Tobacco
* 2″ x 3″ Dark brown Felt for Groundhog belly and
hair – Chocolate* Tiny scrap of White Felt for teeth and Black Felt for nose. 9″ x 12″ Green
Felt for hill – Fresh Cut Grass * 4″ x 4″ Light brown
Felt for soil – Hot Chocolate* 4″ x 6″ scrap grey felt
for shadow – Grey Flannel * * Matching thread. 12
inch dowel and dowel cap Sturdy Paper Party Cup (Plastic will snap
and could create sharp edges) Hot Glue & Glue Gun Black
embroidery thread Felt Glue (Optional) This project was
posted on our Instagram feed live as it was being
made – some parts have since been refined and so some steps will be
shown as sketches of the better way to do something. (Read: I
screwed some stuff up but I fixed it so you won’t)
Smoosh cup to measure
Before you start cutting
and sewing measure the same size cup you will be using against this
pattern to make sure the pattern will match up – adjust as needed.
ground puppet tutorial step 1 cut
Cut: 2 Groundhog bodies from lighter
brown felt 1 Belly and 1 hair piece from Dark Brown Felt 2 soil
pices from brown felt 1 nose from black felt 1 set of teeth from
white felt 2 Grass hills and 3 grass detail pieces from green felt
2 shadow pieces from grey felt For tips on cutting
small pieces
 see or use Andie’s
Method
secures smaller felt pieces with felt glue before stitching<br /><br /><br />down
Mark out eyes and mouth
lightly onto one of the groundhog shapes. Sew hair, belly,
nose and teeth  onto front it’s helpful to use felt glue tack
down those smaller pieces. It will dry a bit stiff though so it’s
best to use in areas you don’t plan on sewing through
grpundhogg34 Sew grass to front of one
piece.
grpundhogg35 Connect grass shape to
soil using a running stitch and matching thread.
grpundhogg36 Repeat with back side.
Secure dowel with hot glue
Using hot glue glue the
dowel to the head part of the  un-decorated side. Avoid the
edges or using glue any place other than the head. Lay decorated
piece on top  and allow glue to cool.
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Stitch around the outsides
of both pieces to connect them using matching thread and an
overcast stitch. Add grass details to each side. You may want to
wait before sewing up the bottom to more easily slide the cup inside.
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Cut the center from the
cup you will be using. It’s really important to cut this as cleanly
as possible this will insure Bill can make an easy escape should
it be  too chilly out.
Fit cup inside groundhog puppet
Slide the paper cup into the grass sleeve it should stop itself about halfway up the soil.
Fold felt over<br /><br /><br />cup bottom and secure with glue Fold the overhang into the cup and secure to the underside with hot glue.
grpundhogg40 Attach knob to the end of
your dowel with hot glue – (I clearly over glued here.)
Shadow finger puppet
To make shadow simply
overcast around the shadow template leaving the bottom open. Happy
Crafting and Happy (almost)  Spring- Andie
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Felt puppet toy in action

Print at full size

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Lizzie Borden Baby Rattle

1 Apr

Lizzie Borden- Baby Rattle Tutorial Pattern

Lizzie Borden Baby Rattle Tutorial

Help your favorite little one remind their parents who’s really in charge with this killer baby shower gift!

You will need

*Red felt (Lipstick)

*Grey Felt (Grey Flannel)

*Beige Felt (Toffee)

Stuffing

Rattle Insert

*Matching thread

 Template (at the bottom of post)

To make the wood grain on my felt I used a stenciling technique I’ll be posting about later this week.

Begin by cutting  2 axe head pieces from grey felt, 2 bloody edges from red felt, and 2 axe handles and one axe base from beige colored felt.

Stitch bloody edge to each side of the axe head.

Be sure to attach in mirror opposites so that they come together correctly.axe head

Baby Rattle Axe tutorial

Attach each axe head to an axe handle using a running stitch and matching thread

Place axe heads together and overcast stitch the sides together using beige thread.

(click here for more on these stitches)

Leave bottom of Axe open, over cast stitch up the other side.

Connect axe heads with matching thread and an overcast stitch along the outside.

Leaving top open.

DIYrattle

Add rattle insert to axe head –  lightly stuff and stitch axe head closed.

Baby rattle tutorial

Stuff axe handle until it is stiff and attach rounded bottom with an over cast stitch.

And there you have it…

Lizzie Borden Baby Rattle Tutorial

Happy April Fools Day

Did you have your heart set on a killer baby shower gift?

With a few tweaks Lizzie’s rattle easily becomes a fireman’s Axe.

Fireman's Axe Rattle Tutorial

You will need:

*Red felt (Lipstick)

*White felt (White)

*Yellow felt (Lemon Meringue)

*Beige felt (Toffee)

Stuffing

Rattle Insert

*Matching thread

 Template (at the bottom of post)

To make the wood grain on my felt I used a stenciling technique I’ll be posting about later this week.

Begin by cutting  2 yellow fireman’s symbols, 2 axe head pieces from red felt, 2 axe edges and backs from white felt, and 2 axe handles and one axe base from beige colored felt.

Attach White accents and fireman symbol to each axe head in mirroring directions.

Felt Fireman's axe

Assemble as outlined above.

Fireman's Axe Baby Rattle Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this felt baby rattle tutorial.

 Happy Crafting!  – Andie

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Spring Petits Fours – Tea Party Cakes Felt Food for beginners

22 Mar

Easy Felt Food Petits Four (Tea party cake) tutorial and pattern.

Felt food is so much fun to make and is a wonderful imaginative toy for children.

If you’re intrested in felt food making here’s a simple beginner friendly felt food tutorial to get you started.

Spring Petits Fours

You will need:

Felt Felt in colors of your choosing 5″ x 7″ per Petit Four

SunshineSparrowHoneydew, Pink Tutu, White, and Apricot

Ric Rack

Chocolate, Petal Pink, Hot Pink, White, Orange and Yellow

Felt glue

Coordinating thread

Begin by cutting one of each of the templates per Petit Four

petitfourtemplate

Petit Four Felt Cake Template

Attach Ric Rac to the top of each tea cake as desired with felt glue or sew into place.

Felt and Ric Rac

Pinch corners together and overcast stitch up the sides to make a box shape.

Felt food tea Party Cake

Flip over and overcast stitch bottom into place.

Overcast stitch on Felt

Ta Da!

Felt Petit Four Tutorial Beginner friendly felt food

Here it is faster

Felt Petit Four Felt Food Tutorial From American Felt and Craft

See super easy! 

Happy Crafting! 

Felt spring petit fours Craft

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