How to make a Halloween Tree

9 Sep

Make an easy halloween tree - how to

Making ornaments is too much fun to limit to once a year! And thus the Halloween tree was born.

Small enough to fit into your decor without clutter but with a big impact, this tree can be sized up or down and made with things you may already have on hand.

Check out how easy it is to add a fabulous tree to your Halloween decor this season.

To make a Halloween Tree you will need:

A branch– any size any shape.

The one here is 22″ tall and about 12″ at it’s widest.  You can easily trim to size or even hot glue branches into places you’d like them to be. Keep in mind you will need about 3′-4″ at the base for the foam to hold. Just make sure your branch has dried out and give it a quick rinse and scrub with a kitchen sponge so paint adheres better.

Black spray paint

Container of your choice, a vase, a small pot or even a small plastic pumpkin works great as long as it is deep enough to hold 3″ or more.

Floral foam (the hard crunchy kind) sized to your container.

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Hot glue gun and glue

Serrated saw or knife to cut foam

Black Glitter (optional)

Spray paint a branchAfter you have cleaned and dried the branch give it a good spray of black spray paint and quickly follow with a hearty sprinkle of glitter, turn slightly and repeat until you have covered the whole branch. Allow to dry.

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Fit foam to your container making sure it fits snugly inside. Cut with serrated knife to fit.

Glue moss to foam

Brush off excess glitter. Press the branch into the foam. Hot glue moss into place small sections at a time to cover foam. And you’ve got an amazing Halloween tree you’ll enjoy year after year. Now onto the ornament making…

Simple halloween tree tutorial

Happy Crafting~

Andie

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Thanksgiving Felt Food Pattern

4 Sep

Felt food Thanksgiving turkey

American Felt and Craft Thanksgiving pattern

Our latest pattern is here!

Prepare for a fall feast with an adorable assortment of traditional autumn foods.

Made for play! 

Felt Food whole turkey roast turkey Thanksgiving

Felt roast turkey you can tuck, stuff, baste, dress, carve and serve.

Felt food green beans felt baking dish

Snap felt green beans and add to the felt baking dish.

Felt food candied yams sweet potatoes American felt and Craft Mini marshmallows

Cube the felt yams and add marshmallows and pecans for candied yams felt food style.

Serve up some felt food stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.

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Finish your felt Thanksgiving feast with adorable felt pecan and pumpkin pies.

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Instantly downloadable pattern includes over 150 full color photos and illustrations to help you produce incredible results.

For a limited time only pattern includes $5 supply credit and details on how to get your next pattern completely FREE!

Check out Felt Feast on sale at American Felt and Craft.

Wool Blend Felt to DCM Thread Chart

28 Aug

Cross Stitching Thread

Embroidery floss is perfect for hand sewing felt. Because felt is available in such a wide range of colors and easily lends itself use in smaller projects, investing in matching thread for each project can add up. Embroidery thread is inexpensive, easy to store and available in hundreds of colors.

We’ve compiled a handy guide matching DCM embroidery floss to all of the wool blend felt colors American Felt and Craft carries.

For more on embroidery floss and felt see:   Embroidery Thread and Felt ~ What Every Crafter Should Know 

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FELT/DCM Floss Chart PDF

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

 

Felt Apples – Felt Food Pattern & Tutorial

22 Aug

Felt Apple Pattern and tutorial

I don’t know about you but I cannot wait for fall, I feel like after such a long  hot summer  we’ve earned the crisp autumn air and shorter days. Fall may still be a few weeks away but it’s easy to get into the fall spirit when you craft up a few of these felt apples.

Don’t be intimidated. The overcast stitch is the only stitch you need to create a bushel or two of lovely felt apples in a myriad of colors. And because real apples are all different this felt project is pretty fool proof .

While fall and apples are a classic combo, you can make these felt apples any time of year for any reason but I think they look particularly good as a crafty fall display and make a great autumnal addition to any felt food collection.

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To make a felt apple

9″ x 12″ – felt sheet apple colored felt. I used Granny Smith, Big Apple, Lipstick and Pear  *

3″ felt scrap in dark brown I used Brownie  *

3″ felt scrap in green I used Cilantro

Doll Needle

Embroidery Thread (brown)

Stuffing

Felt Apple Template (at the end of post)

*Matching thread

Making felt food apples

Cut

6 apple sections from the felt color of your choice, 1 stem and 1 bottom from brown felt and desired number of leaves from green felt.

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Match 2 felt apple pieces together and overcast stitch around one side, making sure the tops and bottoms are lined up correctly.

Overcast stitch around curve.

Leave the ends open for easier turning and a more even piece.

Set aside and repeat with 2 more side pieces.

Overcast stitch the remaining sides making three sets of two sewn pieces.

Fit the pieces together making sure the tops and bottoms are lined up correctly and overcast stitch up the sides with matching thread, repeat with all the sewn apple sides.

When the felt apple is completely sewn together turn so stitching is on the inside.

Stuff with stuffing.

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Close up apple top and bottom with an overcast stitch and red thread.

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Set aside.

Don’t worry it will still look weird and unapple like.

Make a felt apple stem.

To make stem roll up the felt lengthwise.

Overcast stitch up the side.

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Using a doll needle and brown embroidery floss doubled over sew up through the bottom of the apple to the top, put needle through stem base and pull needle back through the apple again.

Thread the brown apple base through the needle and pull back to top of apple to secure the stem from the other side.

Pull gently as you go until the top and bottom dent.

Add leaf or leaves. with a stitch near the base of the stem.

Hide the knot at the base of the stem or under the leaf.

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Evolution of an apple.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Tutorial for felt food apples

Llama Ear Hair Clips

8 Aug

Llama costume hair clips

These fun and stylish llama ears are perfect for any occasion! Wedding, parent teacher conferences, funerals…the drug store.

Ok maybe not, but if you need a fast and easy Halloween costume, your the mama of a little llama lover or you just want to bring more of the llama lifestyle to your head these low sew felt llama ears are perfect.

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You will need:

4″ x 6″ Grey felt

9″ x 12″ White felt for back and inside

Pom Poms in 2 sizes. 4 Large 8 Medium

I used Hot Pink, Teal, Mint, Peach, Pink and Cream

Embroidery thread in your choice of colors

 I used purple, dusty blue, peachy pink and mint.

Doll Needle

Hot  glue gun and hot glue

2 Alligator Hair Clips

Llama ear templates at the end of post

*Matching Thread

Make llama tassels

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You will need 6 tassels for this project. 3 for each side.

The steps are shown in different colors for clarity.

  1. Cut out rectangle from cardboard and lay a 4″ length of string down (the blue thread)
  2.  Wrap cross stitch thread around in the opposite way 12x (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 the llama ears project I have use the same color thread for each step.

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String llama tassels

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To string thread a doll needle with 1 foot of white embroidery thread, do not double over. Knot the end of the string and pull it through the center of your tassel.

Tie another knot at the top of the tassel to secure.

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One inch from tassel top tie another knot and  thread a medium sized pom pom through. One inch from the pom pom knot and thread a tassel through.

Knot again and add the large size pom pom.

Repeat the knot and thread process with the final medium pom pom. Knot one more time at the top. The knots will keep the tassels and pom poms from sliding and the top knot will make it easier to glue the strings to the clips.

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How to make felt llama ears

DIY llama ears

Cut four ear shapes and two clip covers from white felt, 2 inner ear shapes from grey felt.

Stitch the grey front to two of the white ear pieces with grey thread and a running stitch. Make sure to flip one of the ears so the curves face each other.

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Overcast stitch along the outside of the ears with white thread, leave the bottom open as shown.

Repeat with other ear shape.

Cover the alligator clips with white felt using hot glue.

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Glue end of long felt piece into the inside of the clip wrap around hot gluing as you go.

Add two lines of hot glue to each side of the ear base. and glue to felt covered clip.

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Glue a medium pom pom to the inner corner of the ear and a large to the center.

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Glue string to the end and cover with a medium pom pom and prepare to llama it up.

I’m madly in love with how well these turned out and I think you will be too.

These DIY llama ears make a perfect Halloween costume or  just a way to fully embrace a more llama llifestyle.

I you make a set or 50 we’d love to see them.

Share them with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Llama ear template shapes llama pattern

PDF Pattern

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Felt Food -Gummy Bears

19 May

gummybeartutorial

Inspired by summer road trips and all things colorful and sweet these felt gummy bears in a bag are the perfect addition to your little one’s play store, your desk or a great gift for the gummy bear lover in your life. Our fast and free felt food tutorial for these colorful candies makes it easy.

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You will need:

Scraps of felt for gummy bears I used:

Pink Tutu, White, Orange Juice, Sprout, Lemon, Lavender, Lipstick, Aqua*

4″ x 6″ scrap Aqua felt for label

4″ x 4″ scrap of clear crafting vinyl

9″ x 12″ White felt for back and inside

5″ x 6″  Light blue felt for front I used Ice

Stuffing

Template at the end of post

*Matching Thread

(Optional)

Felt glue

Scalloped Shears

Leather punch

 

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Cut one oval with scalloped scissors, inside and  back from white felt (you can also use blue for the back)

Cut out letters from Aqua felt TIPS ON CUTTING SMALL SHAPES

Cut front from blue felt

Cut 14 or more gummy bear shapes from various colors.

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Glue or sew letters to label.

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Sew or glue bears to bottom of the piece that will be the inside of your felt candy bag.

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Place vinyl between the front and the decorated inside of the gummy bear bag. Sew clear vinyl down with a running stitch and matching thread. Sew down the stripes of the gummy bear bag the same way.

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Sew label right above the vinyl gummy bear window with a running stitch and white thread.

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Place front on top of back and sew along the sides with an overcast stitch and matching thread. Leave the top open to stuff.

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Stuff.

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Stitch 1″ down from the top.

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Over cast stitch the top closed. Using a leather punch punch a hole through the center.

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Gummy Bear Pattern Template PDF

felt food candy gummy bears free tutorial

Happy Crafting~

Andie

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Beehive Pincushion and Honeybee Pins

11 May

Bee Pincushion DIY free pattern

I just love pincushions, they are whimsical yet functional objects that really reflect the users personalities. This beehive pincushion makes a lovely gift for the queen bee in your life. Dress it up with flowers or keep it simple and regal.  The bee pins are a functional but fun addition that will allow you to keep a little spring with you all year long.

You will need;

Beehive Pincushion

1- 9 x 12 sheet yellow felt I used Banana Cream Pie and matching thread.

Scrap of brown felt I used Saddle Brown

 Stuffing

Doll Needle or long sewing needle.

Optional

Felt flower shaped cutouts;

Star Shaped Flowers

Cypress Flower Shape

Flat black sequins (for flower center)

Baby’s breath sequins

Felt Glue

Bee Pins

Long sewing pins- size matters here the longer the better

Craft Glue suitble for plastics and metals – I used a product diffrent product for this project but I found “Amazing Goop” worked better than the Gorilla glue.

Shrink Film (printable inkjet is best)  If you can’t find it or don’t want to print you will also need a black fine tipped pen. Laser printers work with heat and cannot be used for this project.

Yellow markers or colored pencils to color bees

Felt Beehive and printable bee templates (at the end of post)

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Beehive Pincushion

Cut banana cream pie felt into 6 strips of 1.5″ wide felt in 8″,7″,6″,5″,4″ and 3″ long. Cut Bottom and top from banana cream felt and set aside. Cut hive opening from brown felt.

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Place long sides tether and overcast stitch up the side. Start this stitch about 1/4″ in leaving a gap  on one end as shown. It is easiest to stuff this as you go but using a chopstick or pencil will help you stuff it afterwards if desired.

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Gather the end of the non gap side. Gather and sew through to make it easy to tuck.

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Tuck gathered end into end gap, you will want to bend and work the stuffing into the right place to help it hold the circle. Sew through to hold (don’t worry we are covering this area with flowers.

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Repeat with all beehive pieces.

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Stack up the hive pieces from largest to smallest lining up the seams.  Run the threaded doll needle through.

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Working your way around sew them together.

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Once all the pieces are together sew desired flowers into place.  Accent with the baby’s breath sequins. Using felt glue add the hive opening. You can also sew this into place.

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Add top with an overcast stitch.

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Stuff or add a cloth bag of ground nut shells if you prefer.

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Sew bottom onto pincushion with an overcast stitch.

 Bee Pins

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Print bees onto printable shrink paper. Color centers yellow. Cut out bee shapes and shrink according to manufacturer directions. If you aren’t using printable shrink paper trace the bees with the fine tipped marker and proceed.

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Glue bees onto pins facing various directions using craft glue.

I found the easiest way to do this is to put a pea sized dollop of goop onto a piece of paper and dip the end of the pin in and then lay onto the backside of the shape.

Let dry as directed and enjoy!

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Beehive template PDF Download – Beehive Pinkeep

 

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Happy Crafting! ~Andie

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