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DIY Seahorse Stick Hobby Horse.

24 Jul

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DIY Felt Sea Horse Hobby Horse- free tutorial and Pattern American Felt and Craft

Is there a mermaid in the house in need of a lift?

Have no fear American Felt and Craft is here with the perfect solution.

This adorable felt hobby horse is actually pretty easy to make and guaranteed to be loved by all weary mer-people in your underwater castle.

But first lets learn some fun facts about Seahorses*, shall we? Oh I think we shall…

*Seahorses (that’s correct plural form- yes, I looked it up) are actually fish.

Most *seahorses are monogamous and can be extremely romantic they “dance” and even “sing” to one another while courting.

Male *Seahorses carry the young.  (That’s right ladies singing AND childcare)

*Seahorses are one of only two fish species that swim upright and are actually quite slow-moving.

*Seahorses are vulnerable to extinction for many reasons (mostly us) and need to be protected.

*Yeah I know it’s bothering me too but I swear it…

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Squeaky Sunscreen Friends

21 Jul

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I sunburn super easily and I live in AZ the nonsense of which is very indicative of my life choices in general.

Everywhere I go I am surrounded by golden tanned people and their healthy glows but alas, after years of blistering sunburns I am content knowing that look will always elude me.

Point being I use a LOT of sunscreen and I mean a LOT, like take the amount you are thinking and triple it. Sunscreen has become a pal, my personal super hero. So without further ado I present to you my ode to sunscreen.

These sunscreen felties have different sized squeakers inside because why wouldn’t they? Here’s to unsung super heroes!

sunscreens2You will need:  (per felt sunblock friend)

4″ x 4″ Felt Stripe and Top color, I used Macaw and Aqua

4″ x 5″ Sunscreen bottle color I used White

3.5″ x 2″ scrap for sun background I used Sunshine and Mustard Seed

2″ x 2″ felt scrap for sun front  I used Sunshine and Mustard Seed

Black scrap for mouth and numbers 3’x 3″ should be more than enough

2- 6mm safety eyes

Squeakers: I used Medium and Large.

Felt Glue

sunscreeen2Find the center of the top and mark where you would like to place the eyes.

Create small holes, poke safety eyes through and add safety backings. Glue mouth into place and set aside.

sunscreen1Add stripes to the body of one of the sunscreen bottle pieces as marked on felt craft template below.

Use felt glue or small stitches to tack down the SPF numbers into the center of the sun shape. Lay sun background in between the two stripes and sew the number/ sun center down as shown. stuffPlace the two bottle body pieces together and overcast stitch around the edges. Stuffing lightly as you go, add squeaker to the center.

sewcapPlace the face cap around the base trim and stitch to fit and overcast stitch to the sunscreen body as shown.

sunscreencapOvercast stitch the base to the cap and name your new friends.

Mine are named SPFFY and Casper.

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Happy Crafting~

Andie

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Felt sunscreen tutorial pattern: sunscreentemplate

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DIY Felt Sand Dollars – Mermaid Money

12 Jul

merm Considering how much of my income goes to shoes and hair care products I am not really sure what mermaids’ spend their money on. But should your little mer-person need a little uh…pocket money these DIY felt sand dollars are the perfect thing. They also make cute hair clips, table decorations, garlands and Christmas ornaments. These easy to make felt sand dollars feature colorful sequined centers for some added sparkle.

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Off white felt I used Linen  1-  9″ x 12″ sheet will make 6 felt sand dollars

Colored felt scraps, I used Aqua, Orchid, Lavender and Sprout  & matching thread            2″ square per DIY sand dollar

Sequins I used Peacock, Hot Pink and Fuchsia

Felt Glue

Scissors, pencil, sewing needle

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Begin by folding sand dollar shape in half. and cutting at least 5 shapes out of it. This is really easy to do start the cut where you want the pointed end of your shape to star curve the scissors around to form the rounded part of the shape, repeat as desired.

Place the slightly smaller colored scrap behind the holes and mark areas that show. Cover marks with felt glue and place sequins For more on placing sequins see this post.

Sandwich cut felt with colored felt/ sequins in between and add back piece.*

Using colored tread sew a running stitch along the border.

*It is much easier to place the colored piece onto a small square of felt and place the cut out top over and stitch around before cutting around to create the sand dollars. See template for details.

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Happy Crafting

~Andie

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Branching Coral Felt Bookmarks are in!

9 Jul

~American Felt & Craft ~ Blog

 Branching Coral Bookmarks- What all the fashionable books will be wearing this summer.

DIY Felt Bookmark tutorial - branching coral

Attaching sequins to felt has become a borderline obsession over here and what can I say I am a sucker for a theme!

Continuing our ocean theme – a lovely branched sea coral bookmark with sequin accents.

*Cue runway music

Diy branching coral bookmark from felt.

This stylish branching coral bookmark is sewn entirely by hand. Making it a great take along project.

The Coral sequins are a fiery accent over this lavish orange pink felt background.

It’s what all the fashionable books will be wearing this summer!

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You will need:

 9″ x 12″ sheet of felt I used Amaranth Pink

Sequins, I used Coral

Matching thread

Cut out 2 of the coral shapes (template at the end of post)

Attach Sequins to felt coral shape.

Outline the areas where you plan to attach sequins this will help keep your lines straight.

Attach sequins for help on how…

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Gone Fishin’ Felt Bookmarks

23 Jun

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These felt bookmarks make a great kids sewing project. The wood “pole” lays flat while the dangling fish hangs from the book. This easy project can be made from felt scraps in most cases.

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You will need

Brown Felt I used: Chocolate

*Lighter Brown Felt I used:  Toffee

*Green Felt I used:  Cilantro 

A Small Amount of Stuffing

Brown Embroidery Thread

2 buttons for eyes (optional)

Light Blue Ric Rac  8″ inches

*Matching Thread

Template (at the end of this post)

 

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Stitch lines up and down the felt tree “wood” with embroidery thread, this is a great chance for new sewers to practice since it’s practically impossible to goof up. Stitch ovals onto the wood pieces as shown.  Set Aside

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With large fins facing upward attach the fish eyes making sure the eyes are on opposite sides so the fish can be sewn together later.

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Sew ric rac onto the inside of one of the fish shapes and one of the stick shapes, 3 stitches should hold just fine.

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Place fish pieces together and stitch along the outside, stuff lightly before closing.

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Stitch the pole shapes together. And get to readin’ and fishin’

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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Llama Pincushion

16 Jun

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Thanks to motherhood I can recite nearly every word to “Is Your Mama A Llama” which admittedly, is less impressive than the works of collected works of Keats but Keats doesn’t rhyme and is unlikely to inspire adorable pincushions.

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For this project you will need:

Embroidery thread in various colors, I chose a punch color, a mustard color, a sunny yellow, aqua and a blue.

Cardboard

Felt in teal, linen, orchid, sunshine and matching threads

Sequins in Mermaid and Hot Pink

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DIY Llama Pincushion Patterns (at the end of post)

Optional: Pins, Mini Pom Poms and Hot Glue

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These tiny tassels are super easy to DIY and so super cute.

I made these in a different color for each step in the interest of clarity but then I fell in love with the look and ended up using the multicolored versions on the pincushion.

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  1. Cut out rectangle the cardboard shape and lay a 4″ length of string down (the blue thread)
  2.  Wrap cross stitch thread around in the opposite way 10x (the punch colored thread
  3. Slide the 4″ piece (blue) to the top and knot
  4. Slide the looped threads (punch colored) off the cardboard
  5. Pinch the top (where the knot is) and loop a second 6″ piece (mustard color) around 5x and knot tightly. Clip the ends.
  6. Fit scissors into the looped area and cut to create tassel ends.

For this project knot the top threads (blue cords in the picture) 3 more times to give it something to hang from when we stitch it to the pincushion. Clip off extra thread.

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For the Llama Pincushion

Cut 1 side and two tops from off white (Linen) felt.

Cut 3 cross shapes and blanket shape from pink tone (Orchid) felt

Cut 12 petal shapes from yellow felt

Cut 1 llama shape from Teal felt.

p2Stitch design down as shown using a running stitch and matching threads. Attach sequins to the centers.

For tips on attaching sequins read Attaching Sequins.

p3Stitch Llama shape to the center of one of the round pieces using a running stitch and matching thread.  For help cutting complex shapes see this post.

p4Stitch  blanket shape to llama with matching thread and accent with french knots in various colors. p5Attach top to sides using an overcast stitch and matching thread. Stitch down where short ends overlap with a running stitch.p6

Stuff  so the top piece is slightly rounded and begin attaching second round felt piece. Before sewing closed slip in smaller round cardboard piece to help the pincushion sit flat and allow the top to bulge out.

Sew tassels along the top in the spaces between designs with a stitch into the knotted tops.

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To make pom pom pins you simply hot glue tiny pom poms to pins I am not sure how usable they are but they are so cute I think they still deserve a place on your DIY pincushion.

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Llama pincushion craft pattern- Print at full size.

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Now go forth and craft!

~Andie

Poppy Pincushion Ring

6 Mar

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DIY functional jewelry? Don’t mind if I do!

Store your sewing pins in the center as you work and not only will your supplies be out of the way and still in easy reach but this lightweight ring is so charming you may find yourself wearing it away from the crafting table too!

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You will Need:

Poppy colored felt with at least 20% wool content

100% Wool Felt ball 20cm

Thread

Ring Base with Holes

Sewing Needles

Rubber Band

Template at the end of this post or you can free hand something similar

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Cut out one each of the template shapes.

Stack the smaller onto the larger.

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Wet the felt completely and wring out all access water so the felt is just slightly damp.

Gather the center and secure with a rubber band and allow to dry overnight.

Once the pieces are completely dry remove the rubber band.

Thread your needle and sew a quick stitch to hold the two flower pieces together, hiding the knot in between the pieces.pr3

Place the felt ball in the center of your flower create a small stitch down and through the ball working your needle to the holes in the ring. Stitch.

Go through a few times securing ring base on all sides.

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After poppy is secure knot not between petal layers and get down with your bad self!

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American Felt and Craft has a limited number of Poppy Pincushion Ring kits in stock to make the gathering process a lot easier. But keep in mind we are only making a very limited edition .

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