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Felt Sweetheart Candy Box Tutorial

16 Jan

 Felt Sweetheart box for your sweetheart

Nothing says Valentine’s day like the iconic pink sweetheart box.

Here’s our felt version.

DIY felt valentines day sweetheart box back

You will need: 

1- 9″x 12″ sheets Pink felt-  Bubblegum Felt*

3″ x 3″  scrap White Felt*

5″ x 5″ scrap Red Felt – Lipstick

3′ x 3″ felt scraps for heart shapes Sparrow, Chartreuse, White*

Crafting vinyl

1 pkg – Sweetheart buttons

Stuffing

* Matching thread (you can use 1 strand of embroidery thread in place of standard thread.)

Embroidery thread in Hot Pink

 Templates (at the end of post)

Felt and button sweetheart box

Cut

Cut both 2 front and back pieces (A) and 2 each of the side piece (D, H)  one felt backing (B) from pink felt

Cut heart shape from the center of one of the A pieces.

Here are some tips for cutting small shapes or try Andie’s method

Cut out felt heart shape (I) from white, chartreuse, and sparrow colored felts.

Cut (C) from white felt.

pinning templates to felt with scotch tape

Cut  one each of templates E, F, and G from and 1 D from red felt.

How to make a felt candy box valentines day craft

 Trace out the heart shape onto template B try to leave lots of spacing around the heart  it will be easier to sew the vinyl down.

Cover heart shape with buttons – This doesn’t need to be exact.

heart shaped buttons

Sew vinyl over button pieces.

Vinyl and felt - Valentines day craft

Throw a few loose buttons in if desired.

 Set Aside.

Scalloped felt heart - V-day Felt craft

Stitch template C onto template A

stitch felt ribbon onto felt box

Stitch down red D piece using an overcast stitch and matching thread. Trim ends of felt so they fit at an angle.

How to make a felt bow- with templates American Felt and Craft The Blog

Make a Felt Bow

Loop E piece over as shown and stitch down. Wrap F piece around the loop and stitch down. Lay onto G piece and secure with a few stitches.

Add ribbon to front of felt valentines day box

 Place the ribbon in the center and stitch down.

Make a felt valentines day box front complete

Place vinyl covered B piece behind the box front. Carefully stitch together using matching thread and hiding the stitches under the loose scalloped heart edge. Set aside.

Sew hearts to back of felt valentine

Lay out heart shapes (I ) as shown and stitch each down with a running stitch and matching thread.

Felt V-day. Sew sides onto felt valentines day box

Sew sides together (D and H) Attach back piece  to frame with an overcast stitch with matching thread.

Felt Sweethearts box Valentines Day CraftSew front on, stuffing before you close.

Felt valentines day craft - sweetheart box tutorial

Valentines Felt and button sweetheart  box

Print templates as full page.

See our full line of Felt & craft supplies at American Felt & Craft.

See our full line of Felt & craft supplies at American Felt & Craft.

We’re planning out future felt blog posts- tell me what you’d like to see on our blog.
Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Check out some of our other sweet felt tutorials:

Easy felt Rose Pillow tutorialDIY Felt Giraffe Tic Tac Toe Tutorial

D.I.Y Giraffe Tic Tac Toe

6 Jan

DIY Felt Giraffe Tic Tac Toe Tutorial

We’ve just gotten this adorable giraffe print felt in stock in our online shop and I fell in love with it immediately.

I knew I wanted to make a felt Valentine’s day project with it and after some though here’s what I came up with.

Giraffe Tic Tac Toe Felt Toy Tutorial - American Felt and Craft 'The Blog'

I think it’s super sweet but not too valentines-y so you can keep it out year round if you can’t bear to part with your Giraffe friend.

(His name is Winchester by the way. )

The hearts are simple to sew (or at least hard to mess up) and so this makes a great mommy and me sewing craft for you and your little Valentine. And of course you could always substitute the Pink with another color like a bright green like Key Lime Pie or lovely blue like Sparrow if pink isn’t your thing.

Felt Colors

You will need: 

2- 9″x 12″ sheets Hot Pink Felt*

2- 9″ x 12″ sheets Giraffe print felt*

1 – 9″ x 12″ sheet pale beige felt Peanut Butter

2 – Sweetheart buttons

* Matching thread (you can use 1 strand of embroidery thread in place of standard thread.)

Embroidery thread in Gold Metallic (Optional and a real pain to work with) Black and  Hot Pink

Giraffe Templates (at the end of post)

Cut

Cut both the Hot pink felt sheets into squares, cut 10 hearts from the remaining hot pink felt.

Cut out  Giraffe shape, Tic Tac Toe Lines, and 10 heart shapes from giraffe printed felt sheets.

Cut Giraffe hooves and pocket pieces from pale beige felt.

Sew

 Sew two of the matching felt hearts together with a running stitch and contrasting thread – set aside.

felt heart shapes

This is an easy felt project for kids to practice beginning stitching.

Felt Tic Tac Toe Tutorial

Lay out lines in Tic Tac Toe pattern onto one of the hot pink felt squares – pin into place and stitch down using an overcast stitch and gold thread.

 Set Aside.

Felt Giraffe Tic Tac Toe tutorial

Stitch down felt giraffe.

French knots on DIY felt giraffe tic tac toe

Add eye and horn details with french knots.

Giraffe tail

Add tail detail with gold embroidery thread and a few large stitches.

felt hooves

Stitch hooves into place with gold thread and an overcast stitch.  Set aside.

Making the envelope:

Lay small rectangle over larger one and fold remainder over, press with an iron set to the wool setting.

how to make a felt envelope with toggle

Stitch up one side of envelope to hold pieces in together with matching thread and an overcast stitch.

Leave one end open to easily place the toggle clasp.

How to make an envelope toggle

Mark base of the toggle clasp and knot hot pink embroidery thread on both sides of felt to hold toggle in place.

Extend your thread approx 9″   and knot the end.

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Place button over the extended thread, fold top down and sew second button into place.

Stitch the rest of the envelope together using an over cast stitch and matching thread.

felt giraffe craft tutorial - American Felt and Craft

Place envelope next to giraffe and stitch down base of envelope leaving the flap open.

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Lay the two felt pieces together and stitch around the outside using and overcast stitch.

See our full line of Felt & craft supplies at American Felt & Craft.

See our full line of Felt & craft supplies at American Felt & Craft.

giraffe template - tic tac toe You are welcome to pin tutorial - Please do not pin template. girtictactemp2Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Felt Valentines Mailbox Playset

22 Jan

What’s better than a love letter?

Felt Mailbox Tutorial

 If you’re not following the Imagine Our Life blog you are definitely missing out!

Stephanie has made this sweet little felt Valentine’s Day mailbox along with letters, velcro stamps and envelopes .

Photo provided by Imagine Our Life

All images copyright Imagine Our Life.

What an eye for detail! Best of all her pattern and full tutorial is free!

Send a little love this year with Imagine Our Life’s felt mailbox pattern and tutorial.

Happy Valentine’s Day

~Andie

American Felt and Craft

Felt Friday – Valentine’s Day Edition

11 Jan

Felt in Valentines day shades:

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Classic Valentines Shades: Pink Tutu, White and Lipstick

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Pinks: Hot Pink, Bubble Gum, Pink Tutu, and White

soft baby pink wool felt

Pink Tutu

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Bright valintines day felt colors.  Bubble Gum, Big Apple, Hot Pink, White, Bubble Gum, Lipstick

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Sweethearts inspired felt colors, top to bottom:

Honeydew, Apricot, Sunshine, Pink Tutu, Sweet Pea

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Big Apple, Bubble gum, Pink Tutu,  Hot Pink, Watermelon

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Valentines Day Box of Chocolates Felt Hair Clip

24 Jan

This one goes out to all you non-sewers out there!

Easy no sew felt hair clip

Will need:

Bright red thick wool felt I used: Cardinal  a few layers of blend felt might work too.

Various Brown felt scraps, all the colors here came from the Chocoholics felt pack

Alligator hair clip

Hot glue gun

Felt Glue

Beads and cross stitching thread (optional)

Templates (at bottom of post)

Cut templates out of corresponding colors.

(for help on cutting small things from felt see: Andie’s Method for cutting small shapes)

You are not allowed to laugh at my stitching one of my New Years Resolutions is to learn proper embroidery stitches. If yours are worse than mine, which is hard to imagine or if you are just in a hurry you can substitute stitching with more beads or just leave the shapes plain.

1. Brown embroidery thread stitched lengthwise

2. Pale Yellow embroidery thread stitched in a zig zag pattern

3. Small bead felt glued

4. White  embroidery thread in an S shape

5. Brown bead glued down

6. Plain

7. Smaller shape felt glued to bigger shape.

Allow these pieces to sit while you cut out the felt heart shape and a strip of felt to cover the perimeter approx 1/4″ inch wide by 9.5″ inches long.

Apply felt Glue to edge of heart shape.

Run Strip of felt along side and pin to hold.

Let everything sit for about an hour.

Remove pins.

Glue chocolates into place, the easiest way to do this is to place a small amount of glue onto the tip of a pin and place the glue onto the heart.

Carefully put the chocolates into their spaces allow to dry for 30 minutes

Turn Clip over and hot glue clip to back

Give to your Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Bed of roses, sweet little rose accent pillows

23 Jan

Felt Flower pillow tutorial - Roses

It was finally time…my daughter has been in her toddler bed for quite some time and has had the same bedding since before she was born, so if anything new bedding  was overdue. I wasn’t quite ready to move her to a larger bed but her Glenna Jean bedding I “just had to have” was worn thin. I looked everywhere for quality toddler bedding with no luck everything seemed to have a negative thread count, rough, cheap and thin. And in today’s economy I wasn’t about to spend $400 on a nice crib set.

That’s when I decided to make my own, not the fitted sheet mind you I simply bought a new crib sheet, I am not insane enough to attempt such a sewing feat, not yet anyway. The blanket was super easy I just made a large pillow case shape out of 2 yards of  fabric and filled it with batting and tied it down with cross stitch thread to prevent shifting. I then made a bed skirt out of tulle and ribbon, but something was still missing, that’s when I thought of the little felt rosettes I had been searching for an application for and made some lovely accent pillows. I am thrilled with how they turned out. You could really use these rosettes on anything but I think these little pillows are sweet and would make a lovely Valentines Day decoration or gift.

For one pillow you will need:

7 sheets felt (I used pink tutu)

Stuffing

Matching thread/Sewing needle

Sewing machine (ok that’s optional I guess, but making pillows can be a pain without it)

Step 1:

Cut as many small circles approx 2 inches in diameter as you can from one of your felt sheets.

Cut as many circles approx 3 inches in diameter from another  2 felt sheets

Cut as many circles approx 4 inches in diameter as you can from your 4th  and 5th felt sheet

You can free hand these they do not need to be exact.

Step 2:

Cut all circles into whirls as shown below, the less cutting you do the better your rose will look. I know it seems like the opposite would be true but too many whirls in the circle make for a very small tight rose.

Step 3:

Thread and knot your needle.

Starting from the small end roll your cut circle until you reach the fat middle piece, wrap around the outside and sew through your rose on each side to hold into place knot and begin the next one. After about two this becomes very easy and can be done while watching your favorite movie.

Step :4

Hand stitch all of your roses onto one half of your pillow leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance around the edges.

Step 5

Place your pillow pieces right sides together and sew around outer edges leaving space to stuff. Turn right side out stuff and sew closed.Felt Flowers - bed of roses felt throw pillow tutorial

Variations on the theme:

Try making a shape or a letter from the roses as I have shown on the center pillow.

pink felt rose pillows

If sewing pillows is too daunting you can always make small drawer sachet by scaling down the project and making only small roses and stuffing with potpourri.

I think this would also make a great wall hanging using your childs initial.

Happy Valentine’s day!

Felt Flower Rose throw pillows

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