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Felt Food -Gummy Bears

19 May

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Inspired by summer road trips and all things colorful and sweet these felt gummy bears in a bag are the perfect addition to your little one’s play store, your desk or a great gift for the gummy bear lover in your life. Our fast and free felt food tutorial for these colorful candies makes it easy.

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You will need:

Scraps of felt for gummy bears I used:

Pink Tutu, White, Orange Juice, Sprout, Lemon, Lavender, Lipstick, Aqua*

4″ x 6″ scrap Aqua felt for label

4″ x 4″ scrap of clear crafting vinyl

9″ x 12″ White felt for back and inside

5″ x 6″  Light blue felt for front I used Ice

Stuffing

Template at the end of post

*Matching Thread

(Optional)

Felt glue

Scalloped Shears

Leather punch

 

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Cut one oval with scalloped scissors, inside and  back from white felt (you can also use blue for the back)

Cut out letters from Aqua felt TIPS ON CUTTING SMALL SHAPES

Cut front from blue felt

Cut 14 or more gummy bear shapes from various colors.

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Glue or sew letters to label.

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Sew or glue bears to bottom of the piece that will be the inside of your felt candy bag.

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Place vinyl between the front and the decorated inside of the gummy bear bag. Sew clear vinyl down with a running stitch and matching thread. Sew down the stripes of the gummy bear bag the same way.

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Sew label right above the vinyl gummy bear window with a running stitch and white thread.

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Place front on top of back and sew along the sides with an overcast stitch and matching thread. Leave the top open to stuff.

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Stuff.

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Stitch 1″ down from the top.

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Over cast stitch the top closed. Using a leather punch punch a hole through the center.

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Gummy Bear Pattern Template PDF

felt food candy gummy bears free tutorial

Happy Crafting~

Andie

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Beehive Pincushion and Honeybee Pins

11 May

Bee Pincushion DIY free pattern

I just love pincushions, they are whimsical yet functional objects that really reflect the users personalities. This beehive pincushion makes a lovely gift for the queen bee in your life. Dress it up with flowers or keep it simple and regal.  The bee pins are a functional but fun addition that will allow you to keep a little spring with you all year long.

You will need;

Beehive Pincushion

1- 9 x 12 sheet yellow felt I used Banana Cream Pie and matching thread.

Scrap of brown felt I used Saddle Brown

 Stuffing

Doll Needle or long sewing needle.

Optional

Felt flower shaped cutouts;

Star Shaped Flowers

Cypress Flower Shape

Flat black sequins (for flower center)

Baby’s breath sequins

Felt Glue

Bee Pins

Long sewing pins- size matters here the longer the better

Craft Glue suitble for plastics and metals – I used a product diffrent product for this project but I found “Amazing Goop” worked better than the Gorilla glue.

Shrink Film (printable inkjet is best)  If you can’t find it or don’t want to print you will also need a black fine tipped pen. Laser printers work with heat and cannot be used for this project.

Yellow markers or colored pencils to color bees

Felt Beehive and printable bee templates (at the end of post)

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Beehive Pincushion

Cut banana cream pie felt into 6 strips of 1.5″ wide felt in 8″,7″,6″,5″,4″ and 3″ long. Cut Bottom and top from banana cream felt and set aside. Cut hive opening from brown felt.

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Place long sides tether and overcast stitch up the side. Start this stitch about 1/4″ in leaving a gap  on one end as shown. It is easiest to stuff this as you go but using a chopstick or pencil will help you stuff it afterwards if desired.

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Gather the end of the non gap side. Gather and sew through to make it easy to tuck.

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Tuck gathered end into end gap, you will want to bend and work the stuffing into the right place to help it hold the circle. Sew through to hold (don’t worry we are covering this area with flowers.

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Repeat with all beehive pieces.

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Stack up the hive pieces from largest to smallest lining up the seams.  Run the threaded doll needle through.

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Working your way around sew them together.

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Once all the pieces are together sew desired flowers into place.  Accent with the baby’s breath sequins. Using felt glue add the hive opening. You can also sew this into place.

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Add top with an overcast stitch.

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Stuff or add a cloth bag of ground nut shells if you prefer.

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Sew bottom onto pincushion with an overcast stitch.

 Bee Pins

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Print bees onto printable shrink paper. Color centers yellow. Cut out bee shapes and shrink according to manufacturer directions. If you aren’t using printable shrink paper trace the bees with the fine tipped marker and proceed.

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Glue bees onto pins facing various directions using craft glue.

I found the easiest way to do this is to put a pea sized dollop of goop onto a piece of paper and dip the end of the pin in and then lay onto the backside of the shape.

Let dry as directed and enjoy!

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Beehive template PDF Download – Beehive Pinkeep

 

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Happy Crafting! ~Andie

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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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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

How to make pie - felt food - Lemon

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.

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Lemon Pie Template PDF 

Happy Crafting,

Andie.

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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 *

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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.

felt cabbageFrom Irish Cream cut

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.

How to make felt hearts

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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