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Family Tree Rattle Tutorial

17 Apr

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Celebrate the newest branch of your family tree with an adorable family tree rattle.  Customize the trunk with the parents initials or the initials of your new addition for a sweet personalized  DIY baby shower gift.

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You will need:

6″ x 8″ Brown felt for trunk we used Penny*

9″ X 11″ Green felt for tree top we used Cilantro

Bright Green felt scraps for leaves we used Key Lime*

Pale blue felt scrap for bird we used Blue *

Beige felt we used Camel*

Dark brown or black thread for initials.

Rattle or bell insert

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2 tree tops from green felt,

Desired number of leaves from green scrap, we used 11 and these can easily be cut freehand.

1 bird from blue felt

2 trunks from brown felt

1 nest from beige felt

 

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Stitch trunk to tree top with running stitch and brown thread. Stitch nest into place with matching thread and then stitch bird down add initials onto tree with dark brown thread, use it to create a french knot for bird eye.

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Stitch trunk to tree top making sure they match up when placed together.

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Place tree pieces together and stitch up the trunk sides with matching thread and an overcast stitch, stuffing as you go. Stitch tree tops together with matching thread.

Stuff, add rattle insert and sew closed.

Stitch base to tree with an overcast stitch.

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treerattle7Happy Crafting

~Andie

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Family Tree Rattle Pattern PDF

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Baby Bunnies with Carrot Bottles

30 Mar

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What’s more adorable than a bunny? A baby bunny obviously. These simple DIY bunnies feature removable diapers and carrot shaped bottles. These little guys go together in no time and are a great DIY felt craft for spring or anytime you need more baby bunnies in your life.

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Felt baby bunny pattern and tutorial free pattern craftYou will  need:

Felt for bunny body, inner ears, and tail,  we used White, Peanut Butter and Grey*

2″x 2″ scrap Pink felt for inner ears and noses we used Amaranth Pink*

Felt for diaper we used Honeydew, Sunshine and Sparrow

3″ x 3″ scrap orange felt for carrot, we used Carrot *

3″ x 3″ scrap green for carrot top, we used Cilantro

Black DCM or cross stitch thread

Stuffing

Felt glue (to fix diaper closed optional)

Bunny babies pattern template (end of post)

*Matching Thread

baby bunnies from felt

Cut:

2 bunny bodies, 2 of each bunny ear and 1 bunny tail per bunny

1 diaper from color of choice

1  inner ear and one nose from pink felt

1 carrot, 2 carrot strips from orange felt

1 set of carrot tops from green felt

felt bunny pattern freeStitch down nose and inner ears to one of the sides of both felt bunny ears and nose to body.  Stitch face details onto bunny. Use french knots for eyes.

bunny2Sew ear fronts to backs with an overcast stitch. Leave the bottom open to stuff.

how to make a felt bunnyStitch the ears to the body with a running stitch and then continue to overcast stitch around the outside stuffing each section as you go.

Pattern for felt bunny craftTo make felt diaper

felt diaper pattern Sew tail to the center back. Diaper can be folded on or glued if you don’t plan on changing any bunny diapers.

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To make carrot bottle

Felt carrot for baby bunnies pattern and tutorial

Stack two strips on top of each other and sew down along the tip.

Fold so rounded edge is on top.

Overcast stitch along side. Sew small gathering stitches stitch loosely along top of carrot.

Stuff lightly. Stack carrot tops together stitch through base and pull to close up top.

Run the needle through the top and carrot a few times to secure.

Sew level stitches along the carrot body to give it a few dents. Knot. Fluff out carrot top.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Lemon Meringue Pie – Felt Food Tutorial

14 Mar

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Happy Pi day! Let’s celebrate with pie.

We’ve shared tutorials for cherry pie and for hand pies so today let’s tackle felt lemon meringue pie. The key to making felt pie is the cut. Mess up the cut and the pie won’t sit right so take your time and cut with care. Consider the freezer paper method although the pie template pieces are all fairly easy to cut. This pie slice is based on a 6 piece pie. 6 pieces = 8″ pie. If you need a quick refresher on the stitches check out our post on stitches.

You will need:

4″ x 8″ White or Cream colored felt I used Cream *

4″ x 4″ Yellow Felt I used Lemon Meringue but Banana Cream is also a great choice *

4″ x 8″ Beige felt I used Peanut Butter *

Stuffing

Pie form (optional)

*Matching Thread

Felt pie template (at the end of this post)

how to make a pie from felt

Cut

2 Filling pieces from yellow felt

2 Meringue pieces and 1 top from cream color

1 Crust and one bottom from beige felt.

Make felt food- free felt food tutorial - pieSew the filling pieces together along the short side of one end with yellow thread and an overcast stitch.

making felt food cream pie step 2Repeat with meringue pieces, joining them along the widest end with white thread and an overcast stitch. DIY Felt pieLine up the center seams and overcast stitch the edge of the meringue to the filling. The center ridge should be facing outward. diypie4Attach the top along one of the sides following the curve using an overcast stitch and white thread.

felt foodRepeat on second side. felt pie crustAttach the crust along one of the filling sides.  Repeat on second side. attach sides felt pieCrust will stick up attach creamUsing white thread and a running stitch attack the back of the meringue filling to the crust. making a felt pie- felt food, how toCurl crust back and sew along the base with a running stitch to create a tube.diypie10Turn pie over and stuff with stuffing and or pie form. Stitch closed with yellow thread and an overcast stitch.

 

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Stuff the crust using a pencil to help if needed. Stitch both ends of the crust closed.

With a large loose over cast style stitch use the thread to create indentations along the length of the crust.

Free felt food tutorials - Lemon pie

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Lemon Pie Template PDF 

Happy Crafting,

Andie.

felt food pattern - free tutorial - Lemon Pie

Spring Bunny Garland

6 Mar

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I know we just did a garland but you’ll have to indulge me with this one because when I saw these gorgeous floral felt prints I knew they needed to be spring bunnies.

For this project I used English Garden and High Tea from the newest arrivals to our collection of nearly 200 felt prints. These floral prints are the highest quality felt and are totally washable. I paired these rabbit pals with some lovely cabbages for a springtime farmhouse feel.

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Felt Florals! 

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easy spring crafts bunny and cabbage felt

For Bunnies

1 – 9″ x 12″ floral felt sheet in High Tea

1- 9″ x 12″ floral felt sheet in English Garden

For Cabbage

2 – 9″ x 12″ pale green felt, I used Irish Cream *

Hot Glue Gun

Stuffing

Doll Needle – for threading

2 yards string or cord – (adjust length as needed)

* w/ matching thread

Cut

Using templates below cut 3 bunny shapes from one floral print, Flip template over before cutting 3 more rabbits from the second floral felt. This will keep your bunnies facing in different directions. Set aside.

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4 – Cabbage Bases

16- Large Cabbage Leaves

12- Small Cabbage Leaves

IMG_0412Create the cabbage center by stitching a gathering stitch around the outside of your pre-cut circle, fill with a small amount of stuffing and pull closed. Stitch through the center a few times to hold and knot. Repeat with remaining three cabbage bases.

IMG_0436Gently pull along the rounded areas of all the leaves until the felt becomes a little distorted. This works best with wool blend felt, pulling on the fibers stretches them and thins them in areas creating a more natural look.

 Using a hot glue gun glue three small leaves around the base one at a time. The teardrop bottom should wrap around the bottom. Curl or fold leaves and glue down as desired. Try not to use too much glue because you will need to run a doll needle through this later.

Add four of the large leaves around the base and glue down.

Repeat with all 4 cabbages. If you prefer a bigger or fuller cabbage add more leaves.

IMG_0469Thread needle and bring string through the top of the rabbits and then thread through the top of a cabbage. Threading through the top insures the cabbage hang the right direction. Make sure they are facing the correct way when you thread them through.
making a garland from feltAdd a bunny of the second print, then a cabbage and so on.

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Llama Love Garland

2 Feb

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Everyone loves a llama so it seems fitting that llamas are the featured players in this fun felt valentine’s day garland.

Felt Llama Garland Tutorial

You will need:

Red felt- I used Big Apple *

White felt *

Grey felt *

Pink Felt – I used Pink Tutu *

Brown felt – I used Mud Puddle and Toffee

Embroidery thread in pink, black and white

White String or cord (about 3 yards)

Doll needle (a very long needle with a large eye for threading)

Stuffing

Sewing Needle

*Matching Thread

Cut 3 large red hearts and 15 small hearts from red felt, the smaller ones are easier to do freehand. Start by cutting a small square and then use one corner to form the point. Cut one rounded top and then refine the other rounded top as shown below.

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Cut 3 blanket shapes from white felt and 3 from pink felt, to create fringe cut small slits along the bottom (rounded edge) Cut away every other notch as shown below.

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Accent llama blankets with heart shapes, you can either glue or sew them down. For the pink blanket arrange 5 small hearts with any slightly larger ones in center. You my want to check to make sure the blankets are facing opposite directions before sewing. There is a bump at the back end of each blanket. And you will want your felt llamas to be facing different directions.

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Cut 6 llama shapes from grey felt and 6 from white felt. I used two different brown tones for the muzzle and legs of the llamas. You will need 6 muzzles and 6 sets of legs, three of each color if you are using two colors. Set legs to the side.

Sew muzzle to the front of three of each color llama making sure the grey and white llamas are facing opposite directions.

Accent the muzzle with  black embroidery thread in stitches to form a smile and create an eye with a french knot.

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Sew blanket down with matching thread and accent the ends with a few stitches of embroidery thread.

llama craftsRepeat this process with the grey felt llamas again making sure they are facing the opposite directions. llama stuffiePlace llama shapes together and overcast or whip stitch together, placing the legs between the two pieces, you will have to sew along them with a running stitch. Stuff llamas before sewing shut.

Repeat until you have 3 grey llamas and 3 white llamas.

Set llamas aside.

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Cut 3 tassel shapes, freehand the fringe, it doesn’t need to be exact.

Roll from the cut side and wrap the top around before sewing with a few stitches or gluing to hold. felt tassels -diy

Cut 6 heart rectangles from red felt. Place two sides together. Sew one side together with red thread and an overcast or running stitch. Open the shape and bring the two unsewn ends together in the opposite direction and sew together. Repeat to create remaining two hearts.

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Stitch or glue tassel to base of heart.

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Thread doll needle with string and sew through the back of the llama head.llama garland tutorialBring doll needle through the heart shape near the top. felt valentines day craft

String remaining llamas and hearts. Tie loops on both ends of the string to hang.

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Llama template- print at full size.

Link for PDF 

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Happy Crafting!

~ Andie

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Playful Penguin Felt Christmas Ornament Pattern and Tutorial

27 Nov

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I’ve been patiently waiting for Thanksgiving to pass to share this pattern and tutorial for these SUPER cute felt penguin Christmas ornaments. I just love how these guys turned out. If you are careful to place the feet correctly they can even stand on their own! Whip up one penguin ornament or 20, they make great gifts and the pom pom accented snow hats can be personalized with  various colors,  felt prints or embroidery.  I hope you find these felt penguins as charming as I do and they earn a spot on your Christmas sewing craft list this year.

penguin Christmas Ornament Pattern

For each penguin Christmas ornament you will need:

 

4″ x  6″ Black felt*

2″ x 2.5″ White felt*

3″ x 1.5″ scrap orange Felt* I used Tangerine

3″ x 3″ felt scrap for hat color felt I used Paris Pink, Grey and Aqua*

*matching thread

Stuffing

Ribbon 3″ or longer for hanging

Medium sized pom pom

Penguin Template (at the end of this post)

Cut:

2 felt penguin bodies from black felt, 2 of each of the flippers and 2 eyes from black felt.

1 belly piece from white felt

1 beak and 2 of each of the feet from orange felt.

2 Hat shapes from felt color of choice

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Sew feet together with matching thread and an overcast stitch.

Place two matching flipper pieces together and overcast stitch, stuff lightly before closing. Set pieces aside.

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Place belly and stitch down eyes and beak Stitch belly down with white thread and a running stitch.

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Place hat sides so they line up and stitch down. On the front side of the penguin sew line accents to cap with contrasting thread.

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Sew back to front placing ribbon between the pieces to help hang your Christmas ornament. Stuff before closing.

DIY Penguin felt ornament pattern

Sew flippers to either side at the shoulders.

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Sew feet to the base, sew so that the majority of the feet extend in the front if you want your felt penguin to be able to stand on his own.

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Penguin Christmas Ornament

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Pom Pom Ornaments

17 Nov

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These are the easiest most kid friendly ornaments ever but the real magic happens when you hang them. The colorful pom poms take on a whimsical candy like effect. To make them you will only need a few items. They also make great teacher or grandparent gifts or just gift tags.

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You will need:

2- 3″  circles from felt- you can cut these yourself or buy them pre-cut.

6″ string, twine or ribbon  to hang

Pom Poms the ones I used are 1/4″ 10mm

Felt Glue or Hot Glue

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Tie string into a loop and glue to one circle shape.

Glue pom poms down as desired and then glue circles together. Allow to dry then hang.

Ornaments kids can make

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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