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Monogrammed Bear Christmas Ornaments

21 Nov

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I love the sweet simplicity of this felt ornament. A cheeky polar bear glances back and the sparkle of red sequins bounces off the boxwood leaf border. The back of this diy felt Christmas ornament is left open for space to personalize with an initial and there is even a small space above to stitch a year if you wish. I’ve included the most common initials but if yours isn’t among the four just print out your desired letter at about 200 point.

Felt bear Christmas Ornament DIY tutorial

You will need:

Felt

 6″ x 9″ Grey felt *

4″ x 4″ felt scrap in red I used Poinsettia *

4′ x 5″ green felt scrap – I used Sea Glass

4″ x 5″  Antique White felt scrap *

*Matching thread

Brown thread

Red Sequins I used Classic Red

Black Cross Stitch or Embroidery Thread.

4″ ribbon to hang.

Cut:

2 oval shapes from grey felt, 1 polar bear from white felt, letter from red felt and 40 boxwood leaves from muted green felt. Don’t let the amount of leaves or their small size intimidate you. They are super small and you don’t need a template so these cut out much easier and faster than you might suspect.

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Mark out areas where the boxwood leaves will be. Sew polar bear down with white thread. Add accent areas like the tail, ears and shoulder in white thread. Sew a french knot for the bears eye using black cross stitch thread and stitch over the nose area. For tips on these stitches see our  post on stitches. HERE

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Layout boxwood leaves 10 on each end 5 going one direction 5 the other as shown.

Stitch down with brown thread.

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Attach sequins to center of boxwood border, 1 on the top, 3 along the bottom with matching thread.

For more on attaching sequins see THIS POST

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Repeat the process on the other felt oval shape using the letter instead of the bear shape. Add felt boxwood leaf border. Sew the ribbon to the top of your Christmas ornament in a loop.

DIY felt polar bear Christmas Ornament

Place pieces together and overcast stitch around the outside and your polar bear Christmas ornament is complete.

Felt Ornament Tutorial and Pattern to sew

Happy Christmas Ornament Crafting!

~Andie

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Stitch up some Christmas imagination with these fun gingerbread hand puppets.

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Make some magical swan, phoenix and unicorn Christmas ornaments.

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Build a snowman- Christmas Ornament

DIY felt snowman ornament tutorial

Gingerbread Hand Puppets

20 Nov

7 If these classic gingerbread faces don’t put you in the holiday spirit you may want to check your pulse. Making a set of soft sweet gingerbread puppets is as easy as can be. Your felt gingerbread friends are a great way to engage little ones in the holiday festivities and spark imaginative holiday play.  Best of all they go together quickly and easily with this step by step tutorial and pattern. So without further ado here’s how to make a set of your own gingerbread hand puppets.

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You will need:

Felt

1/4  yard brown felt or 4 – 9″ x 12″ sheets – I used Mud Puddle*

4″ x 5″ felt scrap in red I used Poinsettia *

4′ x 5″ green felt scrap – I used Fresh Cut Grass *

4″ x 5″ black felt scrap *

4″ x 4″ Muted Pink – I used Paris Pink *

*Matching thread

White Cross Stitch or Embroidery Thread.

12″ white ric rac

Cut:

4 peppermint shapes from white felt, 4 eyes from black felt, 4 cheeks from pink felt, 4 gingerbread puppet shapes from brown felt, 1 bow shape, 1 bow center and 2 swirl shapes from green felt and 1 bow shape, 1 bow center and 2 swirl shapes from red felt.

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Sew swirl shapes to peppermint shapes using matching thread and a running stitch. Set aside.

Layout bow shape lengthwise and run a stitch through the center a few times. Wrap bow center around center and trim to fit, stitch bow center together. Repeat with remaining bow and set aside.

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Set aside two of the gingerbread puppet pieces you will use these fro the back. Stitch eyes and cheeks to gingerbread with matching thread. Stitch smile in black thread and add hair with white embroidery thread it may help to mark some of the stitched areas out with chalk.

Christmas Puppets free patternSew buttons down the center of each gingerbread front by stitching through the white areas with white thread. Sew bow to front of gingerbread man puppet and ric rac to the bottom of the gingerbread girl hand puppet

diy felt puppetsPlace the backs on the puppets and stitch together using a running stitch and white embroidery thread. Add bow to gingerbread girl.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

 

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Crinkly Crunchy Felt Leaves

13 Nov

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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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Print at full size. Leaf templates crinkle

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Happy Crafting!

Andie

Crunchy Crinkle leaves tutorial

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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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dripping blood choker felt template

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.

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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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Sugar Skull Sleep Mask

18 Oct

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“For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Even light sleepers can sleep like the dead with this easy to stitch and oh so kitsch sleep mask.  This felt eye mask will block out this moral coil whether it’s a quick nap or long sleep. Make your Halloween dreams come true with this spooky cute sleep mask with just a touch of bling. Here’s how to make your own fun felt sugar skull sleep mask.

You will need: 

9″ x  12″ White felt* sheet

Black felt scrap for nose*

4″ x 3″ eye socket and heart color I used Teal*

1″ x 1″ scrap felt for star shapes I used Royal Purple*

3.5″ square scrap felt for rose shape, I used Cream

4″ x 3″ Felt Scrap for flower shapes I used Lavender

4″x 4″ Felt scrap for scalloped eye pieces I used Mauve Taupe 

Black embroidery thread

Sequins, I used lemon chiffon, Hot pink, Mermaid and Grape Soda

15″ Thin elastic –  I used 1/3″ in red

Sleep Mask template at end of post.

*Matching Thread

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1. Sew nose piece to the center of one mask piece.

2. Stack eye pieces on top of scalloped eye pieces and sew down with matching thread.  Sew down heart and star shapes as shown.

3.  Trace out areas to stitch with a pencil.

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Using black embroidery thread stitch accents. Add french knots as shown. Place flowers into center of eye sockets and secure with sequins. For more on sewing sequins see our post on sewing sequins to felt, here.

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Stitch sequins into areas marked on pattern.

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Roll rose shape and secure. Sew rose to top center of mask.

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Over cast stitch the two mask pieces together placing elastic into the sides to create a mask.

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Happy napping!

~Andie

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Sugar Skull Template:

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