Crayflower- The DIY Crayon Mayflower

13 Nov

Cray-Flower – DIY Felt Mayflower Coloring StationDIY crayon Mayflower Thanksgiving Kids Table Craft. Passing crayons will be more fun than the coloring! Even the adults will be fighting for a place at the kids table when you add this fun rolling color station to your Thanksgiving festivities. This ship is a fun Thanksgiving craft they will be thrilled to play with all year round.

Passing crayons back and forth might prove to be more fun than the coloring.

You will need;

The Spirit of Adventure (required)

1 yard Dark Brown Felt I used Chocolate*

12″ x 5″ felt scrap in pale blue I used Ice*

I really doubt acrylic felt has the strength to complete this project I used a high quality wool rayon blend.

 1/4″ dowel cut into 2 pieces (10″ and 8″)

4 – 2″ wood wheels

Acrylic Paint to match felt

Crayons (a 96 pack does a good job of filling the boat)


Scotch Tape (to connect templates)

Boat Pattern (at the end of post)

Felt Glue (Optional)

Cardboard scrap to fit boat bottom – you can also add some to the ships sides if you’d like to make them more sturdy but the doubled up felt will work fine.

*Matching thread

Felt Thanksgiving Crafts - Mayflower Ship Pattern Free

This Felt Thanksgiving Mayflower ship also makes one heck of a pirate boat.

Cut the wave pattern from blue felt and the remaining pieces from brown felt – save some scraps to help attach the trolley later.

Lets begin with the wave wheels since they will need to dry.

Painting a wheel to make a soft pull toy. Paint wave design onto wheel as shown on templates.

How to make a wheeled toy from craft store supplies

Repeat with all wheels. Paint dowels if desired and set aside to dry.

You don’t need to assemble the wheels yet.

Sew the two boat backs (marked on template) together using an overcast stitch and brown thread. Do not add cardboard to this piece since you will need it to curve. Set aside.

Sew shelf pieces together along the sides with an overcast stitch. Set aside.

Felt boat pattern

Add waves with matching thread to opposite sides of boat as shown. The curve of the wave should point in the direction of the rounded boat front.

Sew second plain boat side to each side. You can place a piece of cardboard cut slightly smaller than the side template into the sides if desired but the boat will hold up just fine without it.

Free Felt pattern - Crayflower Crayon Mayflower with wheels! Match sides up with waves facing outward and plain sides inward. Stitch rounded part of fronts together with an overcast stitch, stop when you get to the flat bottom.

Insert Cardboard into felt pocket

Cut a boat bottom slightly smaller than the template from cardboard.

Sew two boat bottom pieces together with an overcast stitch and fill with cardboard for added stability.

Sew ship bottom closed.

Attach sides to bottom

Bend sides around boat bottom and overcast stitch to base with brown thread.

Add Felt bottom to ship - Free Felt PatternContinue until both sides are sewn down to bottom.

Open Felt Boat Pattern back

Your felt Mayflower boat should look like this. (But less blurry unless you need glasses)

Bend back piece around the open space in the back of the boat and overcast stitch from the top to the boat base.

Attach back to boat with overcast stitch

You’re almost done!

Thanksgiving Felt craft patterns - Mayflower wheel toy for kids table  American Felt and Craft

Fit shelf into felt Mayflower (or rather Crayflower) back. Attach with a few stitches along each side or felt glue into place.

Thanksgiving felt patterns - felt mayflower

Now that we have finished our felt ship, let’s make it roll!

Use scrap felt to stitch a 2″ wide rectangle slightly shorter than each of your axles to boat bottom .

Create Channel to insert axel

Sew down along the long sides. The rectangle should lay flat.

Slip axle through and fit wheels onto both ends. You can further secure these with glue if desired but they should fit on pretty tightly.

How to make a wheeled pull toy - Felt Mayflower American Felt and Craft

The wheels will spin inside their felt shaft making your Mayflower mobile.


Cut some of the paper into 5 x 7  pieces to fit into the top shelf.

Thanksgiving Crafts - Crayon Mayflower

Fill with crayons and inhale that sweet new crayon smell.

Add full size printer paper to the ship to create ships larger sail.

Felt Mayflower for kids table

Felt Mayflower Pattern  PDF

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Crafting!


Thanksgiving crafts and patterns - Felt Mayflower

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Sequin Snowflakes Felt Christmas Ornament Pattern

9 Nov

Felt Snowflake sequin ornament pattern

I love the way these sequined snowflakes catch the light. These snowy beauties can be made in any color befitting your holiday decor or and at just over 4 inches they add a whimsical sophistication to any Christmas tree.

Felt Snowflake Ornament Pattern

You will Need:

2 sheets 9″ x 12″ White felt *



I used Fuchsia, Peacock, Mermaid and Opaque Crystal *

Matching Thread

White Embroidery Thread for hanging. 

Cut out 2 of each of the snowflake shapes from white felt.

Easy felt snowflake ornament pattern

Lightly mark out snowflake shapes with a pencil.

Stitch sequins down onto snowflake ornament

Stitch sequins down over marked areas.

But how you ask? For more on how to attach sequins to felt.

Read This

021Stack embellished pieces on matching backs. Overcast stitch around the outside with white thread and sew the embroidery thread through the top to create a loop to hang.

Felt Snow Flake Ornament Tutorial

This piece is perfect for hanging on an indoor tree and would make a great gift tag for the unique people in your life.

Sequined Snowflake Ornament Tutorial - Tons of felt Ornaments

Happy Crafting – Andie

snowflake ornament pattern

Check out some other great free felt ornament patterns and tutorials

DIY felt snowman ornament tutorial

Felt Snowman Pattern

DIY Felt Gumdrop Ornament Tutorial

Goodie Gumdrops Felt Ornament Pattern

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Ric Rac Christmas Tree Pattern

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Hai- Ya! DIY Felt Ninja pouches and throwing stars.

3 Nov

Fight school break boredom with this fun felt ninja craft.

These felt ninja throwing stars are lightning fast to stitch up and a great way to teach hand sewing your karate kid.

 A traditional throwing star has a hole in the center making it easy to string on a belt for transport. While you can easily add a hole in the center we think you’ll agree the ninja belt bag creates a far more adorable storage option.


Hai – Ya! Of course your stealthy ninja needs some place to put his felt weapons.

Kick it up a notch with ninja faced pouches featuring a front pocket for easy access to your felt throwing stars. Very helpful in the event your samurai is faced with a sudden attack. Or store them on your black belt in the pouch pocket keeping your weaponry secure during all the stealthiest of ninja maneuvers.

Felt Ninja throwing stars tutorial.

Ninja Throwing stars also make a great DIY ninja birthday party favor.

DIY Felt Ninja Throwing Stars

You will need for 6 stars:

2-  9″ x 12″ sheets grey wool blend  felt (I used Grey Flannel)

Grey thread and sewing needle

Felter’s Freezer paper (Optional)

Templates at end of post.

As with most weapons precision is key when cutting the felt throwing stars, I cannot stress enough how helpful using Andie’s or the freezer paper methods for cutting out these pieces is.

To use felters freezer paper print out your shapes, cut them out  to make the most of your felt, iron the shapes down.

Felt ninja stars tutorial

Lay another piece of felt under the ironed on piece and cut out matching sets of throwing stars.


Carefully peel the paper free from your star and set aside (These can be reused at least 3 more times)

Felt ninja throwing stars- great #ninja craft.

Overcast stitch along the edges with matching thread.

DIY felt ninja throwing stars - ninjago toy

Free DIY Felt Ninja belt pouches and throwing stars craft tutorial

DIY Felt Ninja Pouches

Per Pouch you will need:

1-  9″ x 12″ black wool blend  felt*

4″ x 3″ flesh colored felt, I used  Bisque, Pastry and Toffee *

1 – 9″ x 12″ Ninja tie color, I used Pink Tutu, Egg Yolk, and Lipstick*

Matching Thread

Templates at end of post.

DiY felt toys

Cut out 2 pieces of template A from tie colored felt. Sew the centers together and fold in half.

Starting 1/2″ in sew long edges together leaving last 1/2″ open.

Set aside.

Cut one face piece from flesh tone felt (Template B)

Cut 2 felt pouches (Template C), 2 eyes (Template E) 1 corner piece (Template D) and 1 Belt Loop (Template F) from black felt.

Stitch face mask to one of the pouch sides (Template C pieces) with matching thread and a running stitch. Place eyes and stitch down with matching thread.

Ninja Pouch Tutorial - felt craft

Attach triangle pocket (Template D)  as shown on template using a running stitch and black thread.

Attach belt loop to felt pouch - DIY tutorial pattern

Stack pouch sides so that the face is on one side and the belt loop on the other.

Cut slits into Felt Ninja Pouch #DIY Craft

Fold over can cut small slits as shown on template.

Thread the colored tie through the holes.

Felt Ninja Pouch and Throwing Stars tutorial - great beginner sewing project.

Overcast stitch around the outside.

Ninja belt Pouch from Felt

Leave the portion where the tie is exposed open.

Thread Tie through felt ninja pouch tutorial

Felt Ninja Tutorial Craft- great boys craft

Happy Crafting ~


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Ninja Pouch Template

Felt throwing Star template - please do not pin template to pinterest.

Ninja Star Templates

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Embroidery Thread and Felt ~ What Every Crafter Should Know

28 Oct

Basics of felt and embroidery (Cross Stitch) thread

If you are new to the world of felt crafting you may have noticed that cross stitching or thread embroidery seems to be the go to choice for most felt crafters. And it’s no wonder  – Skeins of cross stitching thread are readily available in a million color choices are inexpensive and are easy to store and transport. How easy is it to store?  How about over 100 colors in the space of 3″ easy? More on that below.

Cross Stitching Thread Vs Spool Thread in crafting.

One of the best things about working with felt is its wide range of colors and ease of use in smaller projects and detail work. But all those small scraps of color can add up to a lot of thread. The cost of embroidery or cross stitching thread can be as much as 80% cheaper than traditional thread spools. (Translated:  16 skeins of cross stitching thread vs. 2 spools of standard thread.)  You may also find yourself working with shades of felt you don’t use often or sewing very small details and don’t see a need to invest in a larger spool to sew.

Sheep Shaped Bobbins for Cross stitching thread.

Traditional spools of thread are round and have a tendency to roll around which, while helpful on a sewing machine is quite annoying when hand crafting. Bobbins lie flat and just beg to be thrown into a project baggie for crafting on the go. Cross stitching thread is has very little sheen or shine to it making it blend easily into dense felt.  The cotton in embroidery thread isn’t as strong as the typical spool threads but this generally doesn’t present a problem.

Cross Stitching or embroidery thread is easy to find. Many big box stores now only carry a few shades of thread but will still carry dozens of shades of  embroidery thread. Since most felt work is hand sewn the aggravation of separating the threads in exchange for a wide selection of easy to locate, portable, space-saving, inexpensive colors seems a small price to pay.

Embroidery thread and felt sewing tips Different thicknesses of  embroidery or cross stitch thread used in running stitches and french knots on felt.

#25 cotton embroidery floss is the most commonly sold type, it comes in six strands of thread twisted into one thick strand. Most sewing projects are done with just 1 or 2 threads separated from the bunch after cutting it to the desired length. Occasionally you will want a thicker thread for a tighter hold, visible stitching or filling in details.

Cross stitching thread and felt

Click HERE for more on stitches and their uses.

For larger products or often used colors standard spool threads are still a better bet because all that untangling of thread can be really time-consuming.

 I have sew all sorts of things using only embroidery thread and felt:

DIY Seahorse hobby horse

Free DIY Felt Seahorse Hobby Horse Pattern

Play around with the thicknesses and stitch styles for added detail on any project.

Embroidery floss is also available in silk, linen, glittered, metallic and even glow in the dark!

gulf coast charity- felt food pattern

Fish, Clams, and Shrimp from the Gulf Coast Catch Pattern

How to store embroidery thread.

Now that I’ve helped you justify your purchase of 85 skeins of embroidery thread let me give you a word of warning, this whole project can go south if you don’t move that thread to bobbins ASAP. Your 8th grade jewelry box has nothing on the tangled rainbow hell that awaits those who don’t heed my warning.

Luckily, moving the thread to a bobbin is simple although a bit time-consuming…

sheep bobbins

Slip one cuff off at a time taking care not to distort or twist the thread too much.

Keep the thread in its circle and look for the shortest thread along the top. It should come apart smoothly.

Wrap it around your bobbin repeat this process 84 times while binge watching Netflix programming…

Sheep shaped bobbins

Rein in your threads Bo Peep style with these free printable felt sheep bobbins.

That’s all well and good but how do you store sheep shaped bobbins you ask.

How to store Thread Bobbins.

Store Embroidery thread in 3" binder and pocket pages. Easy to see and stores on a shelf.

I store my sheep in a 3″ binder inside deep pocketed pocket pages and I always know where to find them.

One of my favorite things about storing the thread bobbins this way is that they are easy to flip through and hold samples against for the best color matches possible.

When buying pocket pages look for deep pockets to help keep your sheep in line, since they will start to slip put if your binder is held upside down. While winding your bobbins try to make your sheep bellies even and flat so they don’t slip out of the pages as easily.

Happy Crafting


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Thor Inspired Viking Helmet Hat

15 Oct

DIY Thor Hat Tutorial Pattern

Just in time for Halloween and as part of our continuing commitment to turn hats into better hats we present the DIY Thor Inspired Viking helmet hat.

This retro Thor style hat couldn’t be any easier and in most cases you won’t even need to alter the hat!

Easy Thor Hat Tutorial with Felt

You will need:

2 – 9″ x 12″ sheets off white I used Fresh Linen Felt

2″ Velcro AKA Hook and Loop I used Grey

Grey knit winter hat

Thor Hat Wings Template (at the end of this post)

Begin but cutting 4 of the larger wing and 2 of the smaller wing shapes from felt.

Stack the smaller wing over one of the larger ones make sure they mirror each other.

Detachable Felt Thor Wings for Hats

Sew along rounded portion with a running stitch and matching thread.

Thor Hat Tutorial

Place hook (scratchy) side of Velcro to the remaining large wing shapes and stitch down. Your wings should be facing two different directions as shown.

Match up large pieces so that Velcro is on one side and the smaller wing on the other, stitch around with an overcast stitch.

retro thor wings template - felt

You should find that the felt wing shapes stick onto the hat without having to attach the loop (soft side) part of the velcro to the hat.


If your pieces don’t stick on simply try hat on and mark for placement.

Stitch soft side of velcro to hat where desired.

DIY Thor Hat Tutorial - Super easy!

Because one photo of me in a Thor hat is all you really need.

Because they are attached with Velcro you can remove the wings to wash or dry the hat or to use on another hat (Golden Snitch Anyone?!)

Thor Viking Hat Template


Print wings at full size

Happy Crafting

~ Andie

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Spooky Shadows DIY Halloween Felt Bean Bag Tutorial

3 Oct

Easy DIY halloween bean bag toss, just add pumpkin buckets!

Halloween is creeping up on us.  Wrangle up all your favorite goblins for a Halloween bean bag toss.

Halloween bean bag toss game with plastic pumpkins

These simple yet elegant bean bags are a great project for the beginning hand sewer.

Toss in some a few pumpkin trick or treat buckets and you’ve got yourself an easy Halloween party game for all ages!

You will need:

1 9″ x 12″ Embossed jack – lantern felt sheet

1 9″ x 12″ Orange felt sheet (Monarch Butterfly)

1 – 9″ x 12″ Black Felt sheet

1 cup of dried beans

Orange and black thread.

OPTIONAL: Plastic pumpkin trick or treat buckets.

Felt Bean Bags for halloween

Cut the orange and patterned felt sheets into 6 rectangles.

bean bag template

Cut 1 of each of the felt shadow shapes on template below out of black felt.

For tips on cutting small shapes see: Cutting Felt  or try Andie’s method

Cute felt bat bean bag

Sew down one of felt shadows to each of the orange rectangles.

Place printed felt rectangle on back with print facing outward.

How to make a felt bean bag, picture tutorial, great beginner project.

Using a running stitch sew around the outer edges, stopping to fill with about 2 tbsp of dried beans before closing bean bag.

Felt Bean bag tutorial - super easy.

Repeat with remaining squares.

Easy Halloween templates for felt bean bags - please do not pin templates.

Easy Halloween bean bags - prefect project for a beginning hand sewer!

Happy Crafting!


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