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Felt log circle drink coasters

25 Jun

I am a big fan of cute I am also a big fan of useful, these DIY felt log coasters / trivets are both! These felt coasters don’t require any sewing and look so cute!

These simple felt woodland coasters are held together with hot glue and can be made into any size you like. I think these DIY felt log cuts look great as coasters but they could just as easily create an adorable trivet for your pots and pans or even a beautiful mat for a cake stand.

Felt tree stump coasters make lovely gifts in a basket of artisan tea and a personalized mug or scones.

The key to the perfect felt tree trunk coasters is all in the prep, the more even you can cut the strips the better your results of course you can always trim off mistakes as you go if your cuts are less than perfectly even.

If you are a quilter no doubt cutting these felt strips will likely be a simple task. If you don’t have a rotary cutter no problem just cut into strips with scissors. More tips on cutting below.

You will need:

To make a set of 4 log coasters:

1/2 yard tan felt, I used Pastry

1/2 yard dark brown felt I used Brownie

Hot Glue and glue gun

Cut:

4- 4″ circles from outer bark colored felt

Cut tan and the remaining scraps dark brown into 1/2″ ribbons

To make cutting easier you can use a ruler or cut a scrap of cardboard into 1/2″ wide strip. Trace lines onto felt and cut.

Cut 1/2″ felt into a 5″ length and roll to create the center. Glue felt with hot glue as you roll.

Alternate between tan and bark color felt. There isn’t any set length just glue until you are happy with the look and switch colors as you go. Try to line the ribbons up as evenly as possible.

When you get the felt tree trivet the size of your bottom circle wrap with a final dark brown outside. Glue cut lengths (anywhere from 1/4″ – 2″ long) randomly along the outside to create shingled bark look. Round the felt log coaster between your hands until it sits as evenly as possible and trim if needed.

Chose the less attractive side and coat with hot glue, leave the outside of the felt log cut free of glue so when you place the back it doesn’t overflow.

Pace the back and press down, go back along edges and glue down any sides that need it.

Enjoy you’re new cottage inspired felt coasters.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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DIY Daisy Chain Crown

24 Jun

The sweet simplicity of a daisy chain crown will forever be a symbol of warm summer days. This DIY felt daisy crown will last forever and have you dreaming of summer picnics all year round.

A word about felt:

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.

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.

You will need:

Floral Wire about 16 wires – 12 for flowers and the rest for crown base.

Wire cutters

Floral Tape

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: Packing tape or clear tape for cutting

Cut:

12 flower shapes from white felt

12 centers 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.

To create a daisy on a stem place the floral wire at the end of the strip, add glue and roll gluing as you go. Wrap the felt flower around the center and glue at the base.

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. Keep the leaves fairly high because you will need to cut the wires to create your daisy chain crown.

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 leaf felt along the ends and side. You can also glue these on after you create your crown.

Measure out your head or the head of the person you plan to crown. The crown needs to sit on the midway on the forehead, mine measured 7.5″.

Starting with two floral wires 2/3rds of the way down your first wire twist a second floral wire. Add more wires by twisting until your crown is the desired size for me this was 4 wires.

Twist daisies around your base using as much of the wire stems as possible to create a solid crown. Cut the extra wire once it is securely attached. Repeat until you’ve created a full crown of glorious daises.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

Felt Food Violet Cookies Pattern

19 Jun

Sweet little violet shortbread cookies make a charming addition to your cottage tea party. The stark purple tones of tiny wild violets look so cute against the scalloped “icing”. Creating a plate of these little felt shortbread cookies is super simple and the results are the bees knees.

We’ve shared a lot of free felt food cookie patterns over the years (chocolate chip, fortune cookies, rolled cookies) but these beauties are a real stand out! These easy to create felt tea party cookies are just so pretty. Read on for how to make these floral felt confections including the free pattern for the felt shortbread cookies of your cottage daydreams.

You will need:

for 3 cookies

9″ x 12″ tan felt – I used Pastry *

9″ x 6″ white felt – I used white *

3″ scrap of two purples – I used Lilac and Dusty Violet

Yellow thread

Stuffing or felt scraps to stuff

Free felt cookie pattern:

*Matching thread

Cut:

1 felt icing top from white felt

2 cookie shapes from tan felt

1 violet from dark purple

1 violet from lighter purple.

Stack both purple flowers onto the center of icing. Stitch flowers into place with yellow thread. Add a few more stitches for depth.

Sew icing to one of the cookie sides.

Stack cookie top to bottom and overcast stitch – stuffing before closing.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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6 tips for more realistic felt leaves

16 Jun

Creating realistic felt foliage can be tricky. Here are five tips that will teach you how to create more realistic felt leaves. Even if your faux felt plant game is strong these tips make help improve any felt leaf and take your fuzzy green thumb to the next level.

*Most of these suggestions don’t work well or at all with synthetics, all the felt used was wool blend felt from American Felt and Craft.

#1 Beautiful at every size

The tricky part of recreating anything that occurs in nature is that while we have a tendency to seek perfection it does not. If your felt leaves look great but just don’t pop in your projects your perfection may be to blame. Stop cutting your leaves from the same exact template in the same exact size. add a curve, trim it down or create some bumpy cuts. Even if you are using a cutting machine such as a cricut there’s no reason you can’t get artistic with the precut leaves. No two leaves in nature are the exact same size or even shape. Get crazy with those scissors and mix it up.

#2 Just add bleach

This technique is a real show stopper and super easy to achieve. Mix 1/2 tbs bleach into 4 tbs of water and using a paint brush or toothbrush brush the mix lightly over your pre-cut leaves. This will only work on DIY leaves made from wool or wool blend felt. Synthetics like acrylic and polyester will not change tone.

Do not oversaturate the leaves, the fade will develop over the course of 5-10 minutes and allow them to air dry fully. You may rinse them out after they dry without color loss if desired.

Different color felts and varying bleach/ water concentrations will create different color effects it’s best to do a test run on scrap felt.

Scraping your brush will create small lines, flicking the bristles will create dots and painting along the spine of the felt leaves will create a more natural looking leaf center.

#3 Create some crisp lines and natural curves

Felt wants to lay flat but adding a crease or even a bend to a leaf can easily be accomplished with the help of a flat iron. Irons are great but they are too big and bulky for tiny things like felt. Flat irons are perfect because they are compact, portable and small enough to allow you some control.

Try folding the leaf in half and pressing for a few seconds to create a center line or curving the felt leaf along the edge for a fun curl.

#4 Using Sharpie markers on felt

Another fun way to alter your felt leaves is to add depth with sharpie or other water proof marker.

Choose colors that compliment your leaves like yellows, greens and even blues. Lighter colors will not show up on the darker greens so you will want to do a test swatch to decide which colors compliment your felt leaves the best.

Once you have selected a color try drawing lines along the center and branching out like the veins of a real leaf. Don’t touch the felt after marking for at least 10 minutes to avoid transferring the color. Again this won’t work well on synthetics like acrylic or polyester.

#5 Bend and pull the felt

Felt lacks the demention that natural foliage has but thanks to its composition of interlocking fibers it can easily be bent and twisted into more realistic shapes. You need to tug quite hard until you can feel the fibers star to release.

Try folding the leaf in half and then pulling the two ends together to create a curl. Or pinch and pull areas along the sides to thin it out and add some life to your leaves. This wont work well with synthetics.

#6 Shrink felt to add thickness and depth

When working with leaves you want to have more of a puffy or fuzzy look to try throwing the cut felt leaves into the wash with some jeans. No need to throw in the dryer the wool in the wool blend will shrink but the rayon will not leaving the piece looking a bit more lumpy and realistic looking. Using 100% wool will result in much more “bubbling” and shrinkage and using acrylic or synthetic wont work at all so wool blend felt works best for this technique.

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