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Playful Penguin Felt Christmas Ornament Pattern and Tutorial

27 Nov


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


Ribbon 3″ or longer for hanging

Medium sized pom pom

Penguin Template (at the end of this post)


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



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.



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


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.

felt penguin ornament tutorial and pattern

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.


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


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.


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


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!


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Just a Phase- Glow in the dark felt moon ornament.

16 Nov

Glow in the dark felt moonBring the wonders of the universe to your Christmas tree this year! This glow in the dark felt moon ornament shines with it’s own light thanks to glow in the dark felt. Scientifically accurate

You will need:

Glow felt*

Black felt*

4″ string or ribbon for hanging

*matching thread


One large circle shape from glow in the dark felt and one from black felt, cut out details from glow felt and dark shapes from black felt. You can freehand the smaller shapes for tips on cutting small or difficult shapes from felt see THIS POST.


Sew details to glow in the dark felt circle as shown.


Stitch the moon shape and details onto black circle. Stitch mouth and stitch down eye.


Stack front and back pieces together and overcast stitch around the outside of the circles. Place ribbon between the two pieces and stitch completely. For tips on stitches see This Post

moon ornament


Hang and enjoy your new felt moon ornament!

Happy Crafting


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Turkey Rattle – DIY

14 Nov


Help the littlest member of your family enjoy the fall holiday with this adorable and easy felt turkey rattle.


You will need:

5″ x 6 Felt for Turkey I used Penny

Scraps for feathers, I used; Wine, Autumn Leaves, Mustard Seed, Orange Juice and Pastry

Scrap for eyes I used Black

Scrap For beak I used Mustard Seed,

Scrap for comb and snood (that’s totally a word) I used Wine


Rattle Insert


One Turkey front, and two turkey outlines from felt.

Two eyes from black, one beak from mustard yellow, one snood and one comb from red toned felt.  Cut feathers from desired colors.

Turkey rattle

Stitch eyes and snood to face, add beak and sew line in the center with black thread.

turkey rattle how to

Stitch the feathers down to one of the turkey outlines using matching thread and a running stitch.

sew felt turkeySew comb down and then sew down detailed turkey body. Sew up the sides of wings to highlight them using black thread.

Making a felt turkeySew detailed front to plain back piece. Overcast stitch stopping before closing to stuff and add rattle insert to felt toy.


Sew closed.


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Thanksgiving Family Leaf Banner

9 Nov


Continuing the leaf theme why not craft up a Thanksgiving banner to store your LEAF PLACE CARDS and adorn your walls this year?  This family banner goes together easily. Customize with the font and words of your choice for a unique heirloom piece your family will look forward to every year.

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placecards name tag

You will need:

17″ x 23″ Felt background I used white

1/4 yard beige felt for bushel basket I used Pastry

1/4 yard letter color I used Chocolate

Felt scraps for Leaf Shapes (template here)  plus scraps for leaves on rope

I like Penny, Hot Chocolate, Mustard Seed, Autumn Leaves and Goldenrod

19″ dowel at least 1/4″ thick

Twine or ribbon to hang

Leaf place cards (tutorial here)


Fold felt in half as shown and cut as shown.  Set aside.

Cut out leaf shapes for base I used 8 leaf shapes but you can of course use as many or as few as you like.  Set aside.

From beige felt cut out bushel base, pocket, rim, top and bottom slat slats 1-10, these are made a little wonky to make it look more like a bushel basket so don’t worry about them too much.


On top of base line up slats in order 1-10 and place top and bottom slat over the top. Stitch down with a running stitch and matching thread.

thanksgivingcraft2.jpgStitch staple details in a darker brown thread.


Stitch pocket to back of base. It won’t reach all the way down this is to keep the pocket shallow and place cards accessible.

Stitch down the bottom of the rim (the rest can be stitched down when you sew it to the banner.  Set aside.

Cut out the lettering, I used a font set to about 3″ tall. You can easily adjust your font for size or the amount of lettering.

In retrospect I do wish that I had chosen a thicker letter some of the thinner sections felt too fragile. For tips on cutting difficult shapes see THIS POST



Layout your pieces and adjust as desired.


Place your felt lettering and stitch down with matching thread and a running stitch.

Always place the lettering first. You can set each of your pieces with a small dab of felt glue to hold while you sew. You can also glue the shapes down but they lack the same feel as the stitched versions so I think the extra work is worth it.

Stitch down felt leaf shapes along the base and finally the bushel basket pocket on top.




Fold top of banner over 1.5″ for a small dowel, more for thicker dowels.

Sew or glue down to create a channel. Slip the dowel in.


Sew  two smaller leaf shapes to each end of your twine.




Happy Crafting!


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Fall Felt Leaves with Templates

6 Nov

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If you have never seen the New England in the fall you’re missing a riot of color. Impossibly bright oranges and yellows fade into russets and mustards. Pops of burgundy, gold, and deep reds tipped in oak and chocolate browns dance among the deep greens of the few leaves yet unchanged.


But I live in the Phoenix metropolitan area so we have like…yellow.

If you aren’t near the incredible mix of shades and colors add some fall color to your home with fall leaves. Making these from a sturdy wool blend felt creates the perfect base for a felt wreath, leaf garland, table scatter or any fall project you can dream up.

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Even if you are lucky enough to witness the beauty and splendor of beautiful fall leaves it doesn’t hurt to bring a little of the spectacle and wonder inside. These leaf templates are a must have in your fall felt crafting arsenal.

You can use practically any color in the world for your felt leaves but here are the colors I used.


Click on color name below to go directly to the color.

Saddle Brown, Mustard, Egg Yolk, Hot Chocolate, Fresh Cut Grass, Autumn Leaves, Tangerine, Darkest Ruby, Chocolate, Poinsettia, Wine and Penny

Leaf Template Print at full size

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Felt Avocado Tutorial and Pattern

12 Sep

DIY Felt Avocado

You asked for it you got it! A bunch of people asked for a felt avocado pattern so here it is. I love these squishy felt avocados and I am smitten by the removable pit. You may think I’m crazy but come on…

IMG_6085Seriously!! Felt avocado pattern - felt food

Sewing this fun felt food avo is much easier than it looks just follow our step-by-step photo tutorial and instructions. For even more felt food patterns, check out our tutorials for Broccoli and Cauliflower, Cut Apart Carrots and Fried Eggs. And keep up with us all September for felt food tutorials galore.


You will need:

5″ x 6″ Dark green felt for Avocado Rind, I used Courtyard but Sushi or Cactus would also work well* This will make one whole avocado or two halves.

4″ 6″ Muted Green felt for Avocado inside I used Granny Smith   

4″ x 4″ Pale yellow or green for Avocado center I used Buttercream but Irish cream or Chartreuse would also work well. *

2″ x 4″ Pit color I used Penny*

Scrap of Stem colored felt I used Chocolate *


Template (at the end of post)

Whole Avocado

DIY felt avocadoCut 6 peel pieces from dark green felt. Sew sides of two of the pieces together with matching thread and an overcast stitch repeat with all sides.

felt avocado rindSew sides together. Turn inside out and stuff.

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Felt Avocado Halves



Sew two center indents together along one of the curves using an over cast stitch. Stitch indent inside the hold in the center piece. IMG_6054

Repeat for other avocado center. Sew centers to the green base pieces using matching thread and a running stitch.

felt avocado halves

Set centers aside and sew avocado rinds by sewing three peel pieces together along the side with an overcast stitch as you did for the whole felt avocado.


Now it’s time to get ugly!

Place inner avocado on top of the rind with ugly stitches facing outward. (aka inside out)ugly avocado American Felt and CraftOvercast stitch along the outer edge leaving a 1″ space to turn the piece.

Turn the felt avocado the other way (right way aka pretty way) and stuff. IMG_6068Sew Closed. Repeat with other half

Make a pit.


Sew all 4 pit pieces together along the rounded edges exactly the way you did for the center indent. Leave one side open, turn right side out, stuff and sew closed.

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