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Star Wars inspired Lightsaber Rattle

4 May

Felt Star Wars baby rattle

These fun Star Wars inspired felt lightsabers feature a rattling core for baby sized battles.

I have included the pattern and tutorial for both styles of felt rattles.  So if you are looking the perfect Star Wars baby gift the force is with you!

Star Wars baby

You will need:

10″ x 4″ Lightsaber felt- I used Glo felt and Aqua*

4″ x 6″ Felt for base and end cap, here I used Grey and Black*

For Classic style

4″ x 4″ Black Felt for Strip and Stripes*

For Button Style 

4″ x 4″ grey felt

Scraps of black and red for buttons I used Lipstick

Yellow Green embroidery thread

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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Fold saber piece so long ends meet and overcast stitch along the side with matching thread.

LS2Run a gathering stitch around the wand tip and pull to seal. Sew through a few times to secure.

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Turn lightsaber using a pencil or chopstick.

LS3aStuff lightsaber using pencil or chopstick to help if needed, add mini rattle near the base, more stuffing and set aside.

DIY star wars baby toysSew pieces into place with a running stitch and matching thread as shown.LS5Fold base so outside faces inward and overcast stitch along the long side using matching thread. Turn right side out.

 

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Slip lightsaber into large opening on base and pull through until it is snug.

DIY  soft lightsaberStuff base and stitch bottom into place with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

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Stitch around the base where the lighstaber and base meet to hold.

Stop by the shop: fsYou can easily customize these felt Star Wars inspired baby rattles with any color or style you can imagine. Share your creations on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram I’d love to see what you make.

Happy crafting and may the force be with you!  ~Andie

Lightsaber rattles

Lightsaber template- print at full size

Lightsaber Template PDF

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Wanna make more magic? Try these free patterns and tutorials:

fireflyheader

Glowing felt firefly garland
ninpow2DIY Ninja pouches and throwing starsHarryPoterbabywand

 

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.

wand8-e1508962200139.jpgRun a gathering stitch around the wand tip and pull to seal. Tuck in loose ends and sew through to secure.

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.

how to make a felt wand

 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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Wanna make more magic? Try these free patterns and tutorials:

fireflyheader

Glowing felt firefly garland
ninpow2DIY Ninja pouches and throwing starsHow to make a felt starfish crinkle toy

DIY Crinkle Starfish Toy

 

How to make a Felt Starfish Crinkle Toy

24 May

How to make a felt starfish crinkle toy

Babies love crinkle. I don’t know why exactly but they do, luckily crinkle toys aren’t hard to make.  Follow this simple tutorial for a  fun crinkle starfish no baby on land or sea can resist.

Felt starfish tutorial

DIY crinkle toy

Whip up and these little crinkle starfish to keep little hands occupied during any summer soiree.  Although they seem tedious don’t skip the little french knots, they add texture that babies love!

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You will need:

 2 sheets 9″ x 12″ felt or 1/4 yard of felt per starfish

(Summer House, Ice, Buttercream)

Embroidery thread in black for face and contrasting color for raised spots

Lead and Phthalate Free Crinkle material (1 toy size yard should produce 6 or more starfish)

A sewing machine, pins, scissors, a needle and thread

Starfish template (at the end of post)

Cut:

2 Starfish shapes from desired felt color

Felt Starfish Toy tutorial - Crinkle

Step 1:

Create eyes and spots with french knots, stitch in smile with a back-stitch onto one side of your star fish.

Don’t make any knots in the seam allowance area of pattern.

Pin Crinkle to felt shape

Step 2:

Place starfish pieces together with the face facing inward. Cut a square of crinkle slightly larger than your project and pin it to the wrong side (the part that will be inside of your piece. Sew along outside of starfish as marked on the template.

 Trim notches into felt curves for curves that don't pucker

Step 3:

After machine sewing down cut off excess crinkle scrap, don’t throw it away –  you can place this into toys with stuffing for a less dramatic crinkle. Cut notches along the seam to help the curves lay flat. Be careful not to cut through your stitching.

Turn felt right side out

Step 4

Turn the whole thing right side out.

Push out corners of felt

Push out corners with a pencil or chopstick. allow the crinkle to lay on the side it was sewn pushing a pencil or chopstick into it could cause it to rip.
Trim away axcess crinkle material

The crinkle will stick out from the open area trim it back.

DIY baby crinkle toys starfish

Step 5:

Close up the starfish with an overcast stitch.

How to make an easy Starfish crinkle toy

*Note I used wool blend felt for these projects and so only spot cleaning is recommended. For more tips on cleaning felt see:

How to Wash Felt

Starfish template - Please Images and  NOT template

Felt Starfish tutorial

Happy Crafting!

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Lizzie Borden Baby Rattle

1 Apr

Lizzie Borden- Baby Rattle Tutorial Pattern

Lizzie Borden Baby Rattle Tutorial

Help your favorite little one remind their parents who’s really in charge with this killer baby shower gift!

You will need

*Red felt (Lipstick)

*Grey Felt (Grey Flannel)

*Beige Felt (Toffee)

Stuffing

Rattle Insert

*Matching thread

 Template (at the bottom of post)

To make the wood grain on my felt I used a stenciling technique I’ll be posting about later this week.

Begin by cutting  2 axe head pieces from grey felt, 2 bloody edges from red felt, and 2 axe handles and one axe base from beige colored felt.

Stitch bloody edge to each side of the axe head.

Be sure to attach in mirror opposites so that they come together correctly.axe head

Baby Rattle Axe tutorial

Attach each axe head to an axe handle using a running stitch and matching thread

Place axe heads together and overcast stitch the sides together using beige thread.

(click here for more on these stitches)

Leave bottom of Axe open, over cast stitch up the other side.

Connect axe heads with matching thread and an overcast stitch along the outside.

Leaving top open.

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Add rattle insert to axe head –  lightly stuff and stitch axe head closed.

Baby rattle tutorial

Stuff axe handle until it is stiff and attach rounded bottom with an over cast stitch.

And there you have it…

Lizzie Borden Baby Rattle Tutorial

Happy April Fools Day

Did you have your heart set on a killer baby shower gift?

With a few tweaks Lizzie’s rattle easily becomes a fireman’s Axe.

Fireman's Axe Rattle Tutorial

You will need:

*Red felt (Lipstick)

*White felt (White)

*Yellow felt (Lemon Meringue)

*Beige felt (Toffee)

Stuffing

Rattle Insert

*Matching thread

 Template (at the bottom of post)

To make the wood grain on my felt I used a stenciling technique I’ll be posting about later this week.

Begin by cutting  2 yellow fireman’s symbols, 2 axe head pieces from red felt, 2 axe edges and backs from white felt, and 2 axe handles and one axe base from beige colored felt.

Attach White accents and fireman symbol to each axe head in mirroring directions.

Felt Fireman's axe

Assemble as outlined above.

Fireman's Axe Baby Rattle Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this felt baby rattle tutorial.

 Happy Crafting!  – Andie

DIY rattle templates for Axe baby rattle

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No Sew Wool Felt Bows, Bowties and Shoe Clips

30 Jun

Felt Bow tutorial

These no sew felt bows are super easy scrap busters.

 If you are a Pintrest fan (and lets face it who isn’t) you have probably seen this floating around.

Felt bows

Source: cdn.duitang.com via Pinterest

Super cool right!? I immediately knew I needed to make a few billion of these for my newest niece.

The only problem, no templates!

I tried to remake theirs but in the end I just ended up starting from scratch.

wool blend felt bows template  Templates to make bows are at the end of this post

To make the hair bands I measured the “babies” head deducted about a 1/2″ and hot glued stretchy soft elastic together.

Making an elastic headband for babies

felt bow for babies tutorial

And then hot glued the bows to the seam on the headband.

To create the matching bow ties for I made the bow a larger size (templates below) and used Shoe Clips to attach them. Shoe clips ended up being perfect for this project because they hold tight on the thinnest fabric, don’t damage the fabric and have a smooth back so they won’t irritate little ones.

Shoe clips / bow ties tutorial

Easy Felt bow tie tutorial

After I completed the bow I simply hot glued the open clip to the back of the larger bows.

Make sure the glue sets before you close them.

Tutorial for felt bows and bow ties from American Felt and CraftAfter making  both a small and large size of every color I could think of  I had to make some shoe clips too.

For these I used the small bow

Something blue - tiny bow shoe clips

Then I made small bows with  some long ribbon shapes.

tutorial for felt shoe clips

Shoe clips blue bows

How to make felt shoe clips- something blue bows

 Wouldn’t they be a fun something blue?

A ton of these can be made in no time at all with whatever Felt scraps or ribbon you have on hand.

You will also need

Shoe clips

Hot Glue gun

Soft elastic for baby headbands, I prefer the lightweight lace elastic kind.

And of course the template!

Templates to make bows

Stop by the store to see all of  the over 100 colors we carry!

Happy Crafting

Andie

Felt Friday – Baby Love

15 Jun

This week I became an Aunt again…and again!

My sister in law just had boy – girl twins! I am over the moon excited about these two and I cannot wait to get started on a BILLION felt baby crafts! Her children have not always appreciated my work so I plan on starting these two young!

There are so many lovely shades of felt just perfect for DIY baby projects I can’t wait to get started.

Look for some  really fun baby themed felt tutorials featuring rattles, crinkle material, jingle balls and even a few of those  felt bolts I’ve been hoarding coming soon!

It’s baby madness around here!!

Wool blend felt in baby colors

Wool blend felts in soft pastel baby colors: Pink Tutu, Egg Custard, Sunshine, Honeydew and Sparrow

A selection of pink wool blend felt from American Felt and Craft  Sugar and spice: Wool blend felt in Flamingo, Sweet Pea, Pink Tutu, Paris Pink and  Bubble Gum

Felt sheets in boy colors - American Felt and Craft felt supply

Stripes of Ice, White and Honeydew

Blue Wool Blend felt sheets - American Felt and Craft carries over 100 colors

Oh Joy it’s a boy! Peacock, Ice, Powder Blue, Sparrow and Rainy Day

very pale blue wool blend felt American Felt and Craft

Bubble – A wool blend felt with a hint of blue

Felts in baby blue and baby pink

Pink Tutu and Sparrow 

A slightly brighter bunch: Bubble gum, Banana Cream Pie, Spearmint, and Rainy Day

soft baby pink wool felt

Pink tutu – a delicate sugary pink shade

Happy Felt Friday everyone and welcome to the world Penny and Charlie your Auntie adores you!!

~Andie

Pop by the store:

Supplies to make baby toys

Rattles, Jingle Balls, and Crinkle from American Felt and Craft. 

Crinkle Material for Baby and Pet Toys now in stock!

16 Jan
Baby Crinkle paper

IN STOCK NOW Crinkle material for baby toys

Our search for a high quality CPSIA and EN71 compliant crinkle material (often called crinkle paper or baby paper) has taken years, literally.

Why did it take so long?

Well simply finding out where to buy crinkle material used in baby and pet toys, was quite difficult. Once we found a supplier many of the samples we ordered broke down in the washer, lost crinkle or  couldn’t hold a stitch. But most importantly we knew any crinkle material we carried had to be CPSIA and EN71 safety standard complaint making it safe for use in crinkle toys.

We finally found everything we were looking for with this commercial quality crinkle material, – made for a major toy manufacturer  and sold exclusively for resale to us-  perfect for loveies, stuffies, blankies, and toys. And knowing it meets CPSIA and EN71 standards will allow everyone to sleep well at night!

Machine washable, dryer safe, durable and SUPER loud!

crinkle paper material for toys(and drying in dryer normal heat)

Crinkle Material left exposed to demonstrate durability.

Even safe to iron on low heat!!

For maximum crinkle sew your crinkle material down on all sides.

Meets EN71 and CPSIA standards for safety.

Totally machine washable and dryer safe!  Our Crinkle Material won’t shrink, curl, bunch,  or lose sound when washed.

Commercial strength made specifically for use in toys AFC’s crinkle will withstand vigorous playing.

Sold in 11″ x 36″ yards.

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