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Ghost Party Candle Mat

12 Sep
Ghost Candle Mat

It’s a dead man’s party! Ghostly guests gather by your flickering candle light to revel in the thrills and chills of the Halloween season. Each little ghost is dressed in their party best adding their own ‘spirit’ to this ghoulish gathering. You’ll only need a few sheets of felt and matching thread to stitch up a spooky centerpiece you’ll be happy to be haunted by for years to come.

You will need:

2- 9″ x 12″ black felt sheets*

1- 9″ x 12″ white felt sheet*

Scraps of felt in oranges and gold I used Gold Nugget, Orange Juice and Tangerine. *

Embroidery thread in Black, pink and bright orange.

Felt Ghost Party Template:

*Matching thread

Cut:

Ghosts from white felt

2 – 8″ circles from black felt

Hats and party horn from colored felts as marked on pattern

How to make a ghost party candle mat:

Lay ghosts in a circle on one of the round black pieces, sew ghosts down with white thread and a running stitch or appliqué stitch.

Add facial features with black embroidery thread. Stitch dots for cheeks with pink thread as marked on pattern.

Add a long stitch with a single strand of black embroidery thread where each set of ghost hands meet.

From here we will go ghost by ghost. To make things easier I have given each ghost a name and broken down the steps for each one. Each party guest has unique details but don’t be spooked they are all super simple to create.

It’s time to meet our ghostly guests.

Henry

Henry is the life of the party with his co-ordinating hat and party horn cut from a pale orange. You know this guy came to live it up!

Sew hat and horn into place with a running stitch and matching thread.

Accent the hats with embroidery thread X shapes and finish horn with decorative stitch stripes.

Clara

Clara is a big believer in simple elegance and timeless style in her gold crown and classic frightening frock.

Clara’s crown is sewn down with a running stitch and matching thread and that’s it, simple, elegant.

Izzy

Izzy’s oversized party glasses are sure to lift everyone’s spirits!

The hat is sewn into place with a running stitch and then accented by long stitches of black embroidery thread. The glasses are super easy and are created with orange embroidery thread with just a few simple stitches.

First sew the top of the glasses with one stitch extending from around the eye to the where you want the glasses to extend out.

Create a second smaller stitch pointing downwards for center of the glasses frame.

Next create the bottom of the eye piece with another long stitch connecting the top eye piece to just below the eye.

Starting from the center of the frames (where the nose would be) sew a small stitch downward to create one side of the glasses.

Repeat on the other side to create a second eye piece.

Ralph

Ralph is a free spirit, dancing along and happy to be out of the attic! Stitch loveable Ralph’s party hat into place with a running stitch and matching thread, the small dots are actually just tiny stitches of a single length of black embroidery thread.

Create the pom pom by sewing overlapping stitches with standard sewing thread. Sew small stitches in angles at the pointy end of the party hat.

Walter

No one is more pleased to be invited to the party than Walter. In his tall party hat he’s clearly having the time of his afterlife. Attach the party hat with matching thread and a running stitch and accent with black embroidery thread.

Use bright orange to sew a pom pom to the top as described above.

Ava

Ava is loving every second of this ghostly gathering, sporting a pom pom headband and howling like a banshee she hasn’t been out in ages and she’s not scared of a good time!

For Ava’s headband sew a single length of black thread along the ghosts head and then create two longer stitches near the sides sticking out upwards for the pom poms to sit on top of.

Accent these pop pom stems with a length of standard white thread and diagonal stitches to create stripes.

Then sew pom poms to the ends as described above using white and orange standard sewing thread.

Oliver

Wearing an orange party crown and sporting a slightly tattered sheet suit, Oliver is here for a good time AND a long time.

Sew Oliver’s crown into place and accent with three french knots. His “tattered” ensemble is created with standard black thread and a few small stitches near the base.

Harper

This little ghost looks like it can tell you some great ghost stories (and centuries of spine tingling gossip)

Harper’s hat is sewn down with matching thread and accented with diagonal stitches of a single length of black embroidery thread. A second diagonal stipe is stitched in using standard white thread. Add a french knot at the tip of the hat in bright orange thread.

Once all your party guests have been assembled it’s time to add the backing.

Sew finished front to the second black circle with an overcast stitch and black thread.

Add a candle and enjoy!

Happy Crafting

Andie

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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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