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Low sew fall leaf felt pillow

27 Aug

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Bring fall indoors with these SUPER easy fall felt pillows. How easy you ask? You don’t even need a sewing machine to create a mountain of fall leaf pillows and there’s a good chance you have everything you need in your house right now.

These pillows make easy and fun fall crafts. It’s surprisingly easy to bring fall in your living room you’ll be jumping in piles of leaf pillows in no time.

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You will need:

Standard size pillow case. I used an old standard size bed pillowcase.

Pillow insert, – these work better than stuffing because they create a smooth appearance for your pillows. You can buy them premade or simply chop a bed pillow to your desired size.

Felt scraps to cut leaves in fall colors the number you will need will depend on the design you choose. I used

Saddle Brown, Mustard, Egg Yolk, Hot Chocolate, Fresh Cut Grass, Autumn Leaves, Tangerine, Darkest Ruby, Chocolate, Poinsettia, Wine and Penny

Needle and thread.

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First decide on a design you like, as you can see the options for this easy fall felt pillow are endless.

Leaf shapes template pattern

Cut the felt leaves from the leaf shaped pattern template. The number of leaves you will need depends upon the design you choose. If you need some tips on cutting small or difficult shapes check out THIS POST.

leafpillowI am going to make the striped pillow case but they are all made in basically the same way.  Stuff pillowcase with pillow and fold extra fabric behind the pillow for now.

Mark out where you want your design to be. For the circle shape you can trace a plate if needed but the leaves on this DIY fall decor hack are very forgiving if you want to wing it. leafpillow2Measure out a 3.5″ – 4″  past the end of your pillow and trim off the extra fabric. make a felt leaf pillowLay out your leaves where you’d like them to be. Pin down if desired. Sew felt leaves down with a  few stitches into each with a neutral color or consider using a few permanent markers.  You can attempt this with the pillow in place with small shallow stitches or you can remove the case and sew then sew the felt leaves to your pillowcase.pillow4

felt leaf pillowSmall stitches are fine the leaves will flop naturally so there is no need to sew each felt leaf shape down completely.  Continue until your design is sewn down.

leafpillow4Fold cut edges of the pillow case  inward and pin folded ends together. sewclosedOvercast stitch along the side of the pillow with matching thread to close. Felt leaf pillow

And that’s all it takes to make a pile of felt fall leaf throw pillows.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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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12 back to school supplies for felt crafters

29 Jul

12 awesome back to school supplies for felt crafters

If you’re anything like me the sight of sharpies on sale makes your heart skip a beat. Sure the back to school season heralds in shorter days, the promise of new friendships and crisp autumn afternoons but mostly it’s all about the amazing sales on school supplies.

You may not consider the back to school isle to be a treasure trove for crafters but with a closer look and you’ll see endless possibilities all at great prices. Take advantage of the back to school sales and stock up on some unexpected “back to school” items perfect for felt crafters. Here’s our top 12 in no particular order.

12.  Plastic Storage Containers

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Store your felt treasures in air tight comfort with a new plastic tub. Small and mid sized tubs aimed at departing college students are often on sale at unbeatable prices this time of year.

Stick with smaller sized boxes (around 6qt or less) so your items are snug and easy to sort, opt for a clear tubs to make finding ornaments and toys simple. Store your tubs  in  a larger plastic light tight opaque storage tub for safety and easy garage storage. For more tips on storing felt items see: How to store felt stuff

Storing things made from felt

11. Rulers

aSince most felt projects are rather small a standard ruler can handle most if not all your projects. This time of year you’ll usually see a great assortment of fun sizes, materials and themes. Stock up, now’s your chance to pick them up at a fraction of what they will be in 2 months.

10. Sketch Book

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Stock up on plain sketching paper. Felt Ormaments

Nothing beats a good hand sketch to get the juices flowing. Having a stack of clean white sketching sheets at the ready is a must! Interested in making these cuties here are the free tutorials Gumdrops, Snowman

9. Scotch Tape

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Clear tape is the magic that makes cutting small shapes a breeze! Simply cut closely around your pattern, tape to felt and cut! a4For more tips on cutting with tape see our post on Cutting Small Felt Shapes.

 

8. Pencils

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Take advantage of fall sales and pick up a pack or two of #2s. A good quality freshly sharpened #2 will write on wool blend felt with ease making freehand pattern making or template tracing super simple.

While #2 pencils are the industry standard snatch a set of #1s for a softer lead or if you’re really lucky you may pick up a sketching pencil (#’s 5B- 9B) for soft lead and ultra dark markings just go slow and softly so you don’t end up smearing the lead.

7. Tracing Paper

aaTracing paper is a great low tech way to create pattern pieces. Trace each segment of a sketch for perfect patterns.

6. Pens

Quill Pen Topper- felt craft tutorialOk this one is technically not so much for crafting as the actual craft. Treat your future self to some fancy fountain pens perfect for all those Christmas cards you’ll be firing off in a few months. A well timed back to school buy makes a bag of 24 as low as .33! INK PENS FOR EVERYONE!!!

Get the tutorial for the fancy pen of your dreams HERE felt craft- pen toppers

 

5. Sharpies

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Color your thread! Low on thread, have an odd color to match or just don’t like stopping to change thread colors? Try using only white thread and coloring your tread to match. Simply run the sharpie marker (or any permanent marker) over the exposed white thread so it absorbs the color. Carefully color the exposed thread allowing the pigment to soak in. This works best with cotton threads and wool blend felt.

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Pre- test your thread and markers before use by coloring on a bit before attempting to color a finished piece. Avoid using on acrylic or synthetic felt blends the sharpies won’t absorb into the acrylic creating a marker mess.

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You can also use the pens to outline areas on the felt you want to stitch over.

4. Pencil Cases

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Hard sided pencil cases make great thread storage. I was able to fit over 20 in each box.

3. Chalk

bts6Mark off your patterns standard chalkboard chalk. Standard white chalk is great for darker felts, it marks clearly and dusts off easily. When working with felt drag lightly across the felt you only want the chalk on the surface of the felt not ground into it. When you’re done simply tap or flick a few times to remove all traces. You can also remove with a wet wipe by dabbing lightly.

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Need a finer edge? Run the chalk piece at an angle along concrete or chalk board to create a slanted edge, for very detailed or delicate patterns you can grind the chalk and apply with a brush. For more on chalk outlines see THIS

2. Pencil Pouch

bts7You can take it with you! Pencil pouches make the perfect home for your work in progress. Grab it on your way out the door and work on your craft during practices, pick ups and lessons. Look for a clear pouch to make finding your pieces a snap.

1. 3″ 3 Ring Binder

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The bigger the better! Store your threads in style by winding them on smaller bobbins and sticking them in clear pockets. For the full tutorial on making a sheep bobbin binder little bo peep would be proud of see our post on Storing Embroidery Thread.

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Thanksgiving Felt Food Pattern

4 Sep

Felt food Thanksgiving turkey

American Felt and Craft Thanksgiving pattern

Our latest pattern is here!

Prepare for a fall feast with an adorable assortment of traditional autumn foods.

Made for play! 

Felt Food whole turkey roast turkey Thanksgiving

Felt roast turkey you can tuck, stuff, baste, dress, carve and serve.

Felt food green beans felt baking dish

Snap felt green beans and add to the felt baking dish.

Felt food candied yams sweet potatoes American felt and Craft Mini marshmallows

Cube the felt yams and add marshmallows and pecans for candied yams felt food style.

Serve up some felt food stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.

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Finish your felt Thanksgiving feast with adorable felt pecan and pumpkin pies.

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Instantly downloadable pattern includes over 150 full color photos and illustrations to help you produce incredible results.

For a limited time only pattern includes $5 supply credit and details on how to get your next pattern completely FREE!

Check out Felt Feast on sale at American Felt and Craft.

Felt Apples – Felt Food Pattern & Tutorial

22 Aug

Felt Apple Pattern and tutorial

I don’t know about you but I cannot wait for fall, I feel like after such a long  hot summer  we’ve earned the crisp autumn air and shorter days. Fall may still be a few weeks away but it’s easy to get into the fall spirit when you craft up a few of these felt apples.

Don’t be intimidated. The overcast stitch is the only stitch you need to create a bushel or two of lovely felt apples in a myriad of colors. And because real apples are all different this felt project is pretty fool proof .

While fall and apples are a classic combo, you can make these felt apples any time of year for any reason but I think they look particularly good as a crafty fall display and make a great autumnal addition to any felt food collection.

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To make a felt apple

9″ x 12″ – felt sheet apple colored felt. I used Granny Smith, Big Apple, Lipstick and Pear  *

3″ felt scrap in dark brown I used Brownie  *

3″ felt scrap in green I used Cilantro

Doll Needle

Embroidery Thread (brown)

Stuffing

Felt Apple Template (at the end of post)

*Matching thread

Making felt food apples

Cut

6 apple sections from the felt color of your choice, 1 stem and 1 bottom from brown felt and desired number of leaves from green felt.

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Match 2 felt apple pieces together and overcast stitch around one side, making sure the tops and bottoms are lined up correctly.

Overcast stitch around curve.

Leave the ends open for easier turning and a more even piece.

Set aside and repeat with 2 more side pieces.

Overcast stitch the remaining sides making three sets of two sewn pieces.

Fit the pieces together making sure the tops and bottoms are lined up correctly and overcast stitch up the sides with matching thread, repeat with all the sewn apple sides.

When the felt apple is completely sewn together turn so stitching is on the inside.

Stuff with stuffing.

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Close up apple top and bottom with an overcast stitch and red thread.

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Set aside.

Don’t worry it will still look weird and unapple like.

Make a felt apple stem.

To make stem roll up the felt lengthwise.

Overcast stitch up the side.

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Using a doll needle and brown embroidery floss doubled over sew up through the bottom of the apple to the top, put needle through stem base and pull needle back through the apple again.

Thread the brown apple base through the needle and pull back to top of apple to secure the stem from the other side.

Pull gently as you go until the top and bottom dent.

Add leaf or leaves. with a stitch near the base of the stem.

Hide the knot at the base of the stem or under the leaf.

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Evolution of an apple.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Tutorial for felt food apples

Crinkly Crunchy Felt Leaves

13 Nov

DIY crinkle leaves

Jumping into a pile of crunchy fall leaves is one of the time-honored traditions of fall. Bring the fall fun with you with these adorable crunchy crinkle leaves. This step by step pattern and tutorial will take you through the creation of the cutest trio of crunchy felt leaves you’ve ever had the pleasure of cavorting with.

DIY crinkle leaves tutorial and pattern How to

You will need:

9″ x 12″ felt sheet for each of the leaves I used Lemongrass, Orange Juice and Poinsettia*

Black felt scrap for eyes*

Pink felt scrap for cheeks I used Paris Pink *

Crinkle Paper

*matching thread

Cut:

Two of each of the leaf shapes, 6 eye shapes and 6 cheek shapes.

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Cut the crinkle material into a rectangle slightly larger than your leaf.CL1

Stitch the crinkle to one side of each leaf-shaped as marked in grey on the template. A running stitch or a back stitch works well for this project for more on stitches see THIS POST.

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Trim crinkle. Set aside.crinkle leaves felt

Sew face to mirroring side of lead shape using matching thread and a running stitch. Stitch smile with black thread.

Felt leaves for kids

Sew face side to vein side using an overcast stitch.

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Print at full size. Leaf templates crinkle

leaves template

Happy Crafting!

Andie

Crunchy Crinkle leaves tutorial

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Felt Leaf Place-card settings.

7 Nov felt leaf placecards - American Felt and Craft

Fall placecards

Gather all the leaves of your family tree together this fall with fall leaf place settings. These easy DIY felt leaves will last the test of time and make a beautiful and timeless addition to any table setting. Best of all they sew up quick and easy.

felt leaf template- name settings

You will need:

Felt scraps I used, Mustard Seed, Poinsettia, Tangerine, Chocolate, Autumn Leaves, Fresh Cut Grass and Hot Chocolate. You will need enough of each color to cut two matching shapes. Check the leaf template below. *

Scraps of clear vinyl

Names printed out- I used font called Perfume Classic at 36 point but you can customize the font and size to work with your style.

*Matching Thread

How to make leaf place settings:

Cut two of each leaf shape for each name card. Carefully cut a rectangle from the center of one of the leaves. Check to make sure the name will fit.

felt leaf - place settingPlace a larger scrap of vinyl over the rectangle and sew into place using a running stitch.

Cut away extra vinyl.

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Place leaf sides together and sew along the edges with a running stitch and matching thread.

name card leafSlip name into rectangle before closing.

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That’s all you need to whip up a big batch of felt foliage for your fall table.

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Leaf template:

felt leaf template- name tags

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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