Crinkly Crunchy Felt Leaves

13 Nov

DIY crinkle leaves

Jumping into a pile of crunchy fall leaves is one of the time-honored traditions of fall. Bring the fall fun with you with these adorable crunchy crinkle leaves. This step by step pattern and tutorial will take you through the creation of the cutest trio of crunchy felt leaves you’ve ever had the pleasure of cavorting with.

DIY crinkle leaves tutorial and pattern How to

You will need:

9″ x 12″ felt sheet for each of the leaves I used Lemongrass, Orange Juice and Poinsettia*

Black felt scrap for eyes*

Pink felt scrap for cheeks I used Paris Pink *

Crinkle Paper

*matching thread

Cut:

Two of each of the leaf shapes, 6 eye shapes and 6 cheek shapes.

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Cut the crinkle material into a rectangle slightly larger than your leaf.CL1

Stitch the crinkle to one side of each leaf-shaped as marked in grey on the template. A running stitch or a back stitch works well for this project for more on stitches see THIS POST.

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Trim crinkle. Set aside.crinkle leaves felt

Sew face to mirroring side of lead shape using matching thread and a running stitch. Stitch smile with black thread.

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Sew face side to vein side using an overcast stitch.

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Happy Crafting!

Andie

Crunchy Crinkle leaves tutorial

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Thanksgiving Family Leaf Banner

9 Nov

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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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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)

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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.

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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.

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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

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Layout your pieces and adjust as desired.

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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.

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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.

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

hang

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Happy Crafting!

Andie

Thanksgiving banner pattern and template use at full size

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Felt Leaf Place-card settings.

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Fall placecards

Gather all the leaves of your family tree together this fall with fall leaf place settings. These easy DIY felt leaves will last the test of time and make a beautiful and timeless addition to any table setting. Best of all they sew up quick and easy.

felt leaf template- name settings

You will need:

Felt scraps I used, Mustard Seed, Poinsettia, Tangerine, Chocolate, Autumn Leaves, Fresh Cut Grass and Hot Chocolate. You will need enough of each color to cut two matching shapes. Check the leaf template below. *

Scraps of clear vinyl

Names printed out- I used font called Perfume Classic at 36 point but you can customize the font and size to work with your style.

*Matching Thread

How to make leaf place settings:

Cut two of each leaf shape for each name card. Carefully cut a rectangle from the center of one of the leaves. Check to make sure the name will fit.

felt leaf - place settingPlace a larger scrap of vinyl over the rectangle and sew into place using a running stitch.

Cut away extra vinyl.

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Place leaf sides together and sew along the edges with a running stitch and matching thread.

name card leafSlip name into rectangle before closing.

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That’s all you need to whip up a big batch of felt foliage for your fall table.

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Leaf template:

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Happy Crafting!

Andie

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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.

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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.

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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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Stop by The Blog all this week to see projects using felt foliage!

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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DIY Dripping Blood Choker.

27 Oct

Felt Choker

Need a SUPER easy, goes with any outfit, super simple, felt DIY costume?

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From Marie Antoinette to Anne Boleyn beheading is all the rage. But you don’t have to be a royal (or dead) to pull this look off in fact this look requires 3 easy to find items.

DIY Blood Choker from felt

You will need

2″ x  12″ felt scrap in a deep red I used Darkest Ruby

Plain choker or 32″ of ribbon

Craft glue

The DIY is equally as simple. Cut one neck wound shape from dark red felt.

For more on cutting complex shapes from felt see this post

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And glue to the choker and allow to dry.

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No choker available? Make an easy tie on version, cut out shape and glue to center of ribbon allow to dry.

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That’s it! 10 minutes and you’ve got a spooktacular addition to any outfit.

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Happy Crafting~

Andie

 

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Wizard Wand Baby Rattles

25 Oct

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These soft Harry Potter inspired felt wands feature a rattling core to make magic happen when they get into even the tiniest of hands. Just like the in the Potterverse no two wands are exactly alike. So if you are looking for the perfect project for an expecting Harry Potter fan or you’re just looking for a DIY baby toy even a muggle could love.  Skip the trip to Ollivanders and read on…

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Potterheads and those of us who have studied wand lore know that the wand chooses the wizard that much is true. So I have designed these in 4 styles, you can easily mix and match these techniques and colors to create a one of a kind wand for your little wizard. The mini rattle core makes this a fun gift any tiny wizard will enjoy waving.

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You will need:

Felt for wand a 9″ x 12″ sheet will provide you with enough felt to make any of the patterns with lots of scraps left over.

Vinewood- Light beige felt I used Pastry*

Willow-  Light Brown felt I used Mud Puddle*

Walnut – Dark Brown felt I used Saddle Brown*

Rosewood – Coppery Brown felt I used – Penny*

Stuffing

Mini Rattle Insert

Pencil or chopstick to help with stuffing and turning (optional)

Template at the end of post

*Matching Thread

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Willow  Wand

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Cut one wand shape, one handle and one handle top as well as an end piece from mud puddle wool blend felt. Overcast stitch along the length of the shape and flip so the knots and stitching face inward. Set aside.

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Sew the handle top to the handle base with a running stitch, you will be sewing along the top later so you can leave that unsewn for now.  Fold handle pieces together with outside facing in and overcast stitch along the length of the handle.

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Stitch end to the wider part of the handle piece with an overcast stitch and matching thread. Turn right side out and place a mini rattle insert into the base. Set aside.

wand4Stuff wand shape using pencil or chopstick to help if needed. Fit wand into all the way down into the handle base. Overcast stitch the handle top to wand using matching thread.

wand5Run a gathering stitch around the wand tip and pull to seal. Tuck in loose ends and sew through to secure.

Rosewood/ Vinewood Wands

DIY Felt WandCut one wand, one wand base and vine carving from wool blend felt. Lay the vine carving shape along the wand and cut in diagonal lines as shown. Sew down along all the edges with a running stitch and matching thread. Fold wand inside out. and overcast stitch almost all the way up. You will want to leave an area open to add the rattle insert after you turn the wand inside out. This space will also make turning much easier.

*For Vinewood style keep the vine carving only on the base of the wand

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Stitch end to base of wand and overcast stitch. Turn the wand using a chopstick or pencil to help. Stuff wand about 1″ up before adding the mini rattle and closing the wand.

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Walnut Wand

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Cut one wand shape, two cords and an end piece from saddle brown wool blend felt.  Lay cording shapes in lines along the base of the wand and along the length sew down using a running stitch and matching thread. Cut off any areas that hang over.

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 Fold wand inside out. and overcast stitch almost all the way up. You will want to leave an area open to add the rattle insert after you turn the wand inside out.  Add base and flip the wand, add mini rattle and stuff. Close the tip as shown above.

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You can easily customize these felt Harry Potter inspired wizard wand rattles with any color or style you can imagine. Share your wand creations on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram I’d love to see what magic you make!

Wizard wand template- print at full size

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Felt Voodoo Doll Pincushion

23 Oct

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This creepy cute voodoo doll pincushion is a simple and spooky addition to your sewing basket. Able to hold all the pins you can possibly imagine yet always there with a goofy grin, he’s the ultimate frienemy! I wanted to give mine a bit of a vintage aged feel so I went with a wool blend chai felt, a milky grey beige tone but you can make this felt pincushion in any color of the rainbow. The same applies to buttons, any size or shape will do. This project is truly great for allowing you to use whatever you have on hand and is an easy project for even beginning sewers.

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You will need:

9″ x 12″ sheet felt I used Chai 

Scrap of felt for heart I used Pomegranate

Buttons one larger than the other, any size or style will work

Black embroidery thread

Stuffing

 

Cut

Two voodoo doll bodies from chai felt and one heart shape from scrap

felt voodoo dollSew buttons onto front of one voodoo body side.

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Using one full strand of embroidery thread stitch mouth shape and stitch over as shown.

Stitch down heart in an X shape.

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Place the two pieces together so that they match up.

cute felt dollUsing one full strand of embroidery thread overcast stitch around the outside, stuffing as you go. Ugly felt voodoo dollEnjoy your new friend…or enemy!

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~Andie

 

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