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How to store felt crafts

30 Dec

How to properly store all your felt stuff. AKA Like a Boss

Storing things made from felt

So you’ve made all these wonderful felt things but you just don’t know how to store felt crafts, ornaments, or heirloom pieces in the best, safest way possible you say?

Have no fear, AFC is here.

All in all felt is a great material to work with because a good quality wool or wool blend is pretty durable as fabrics go. But there is a right and a wrong way to store felt long-term. This is the best way to store wool and wool blend felt but the principles will work for any fabric materials.

First it helps to know felt has three main enemies:

Don't pack felt in cardboard alone.

Light

Light can fade felt’s colors and deteriorate it over time. It’s best to store your felt pieces in plastic airtight containers. Clear containers work well too and will allow you to better see the contents. However if you plan to store your pieces anyplace that may be exposed to sunlight regularly store in a solid color plastic container or place the items into other light barriers such as a shoe box or acid free tissue paper before packing.

light tight storage containerMoisture

Luckily wool  has antimicrobial properties which resist mold and mildew naturally so you needn’t worry too much about those as a threat however moisture can weaken felt over time not to mention create a mess. To avoid problems make sure each piece is completely dry before packing it up. Avoid storing in cardboard alone, near garage doors or low to the ground.  Throw in a few of those silica packets that come with shoes if you happen to have any handy. If not please feel free to see this as an excuse to go buy those new boots! I’m extremely pro shoes.

Pests

It’s true moths love wool and other natural fibers. They also love peace and quiet like your basement. Keeping your felt pieces safe from months is actually pretty easy. Avoid any nasty run ins by storing in an airtight plastic container and making sure your felt pieces are cleaned of any food or debris that might be left on them. Not only do crumbs attract pests, the oils can discolor your pieces over time. If you are bringing in vintage pieces consider placing them in a zip lock baggie and freezing them for a few days, this will kill any stowaways and keep the rest of your collection safe.

Here’s a quick run down for cleaning your felt pieces before storage.

Wondering how to clean felt - wonder no more - step by step photos

Oh no someone has smashed peanut butter and cheese crackers into my ornament (It was totally me but I did it for you)

How to clean felt

DON’T PANIC! Dust away and loose crumbs gently. You’ll want to avoid grinding anything into the fibers. Flick the piece from the back if possible to help knock out any loose crumbs in the fibers. I ground this cracker in a bit for emphasis.Keep in mind that even if the piece appears clean you want to make sure no food particles remain or you may have a nasty surprise next year with set in stains and possible pest damage.

Cleaning felt ornaments

Mix 1 part white vinegar or lemon juice to 2 parts water and gently dab at the remaining greasy spots. This will help break up the oils and get rid of any odor that might attract pests. Still have issues? That’s alright dear all the best people do.

Step by step guide to cleaning felt

Take your piece to the sink and run room temperature water through the side opposite your stain. The flowing water will help dislodge any crumbs or oils. Hot water may hurt your wool and cold water will make it hard for the oil to dislodge. Try not to saturate any more of your piece than you have to. Some dyes may run and wet felt is weaker which isn’t great for vintage pieces. Don’t soak the piece just let the water run through for a minute.

Washing wool felt - how to clean you pieces the right way.

 

How to clean vintage and future vintage felt things.

Pop that newly clean felt item in a clean towel and gently press out as much of the moisture as possible. DO NOT RUB!! Your felt is in a delicate place right now and rubbing it may cause it to pill.

How to Clean Felt Safely

Examine your piece for any remaining stain. If it looks good place in a sunny place until just dry the UV rays will also help kill any lingering smell. If your piece is still in need of love repeat the vinegar – water – blot process until it is ready for storage.

Double down on your pest prevention by doing a thorough cleaning of your storage area this will be sure to clear out any hidden enemies and make the space less attractive to traveling moths.

How to store felt Christmas Items

A word on mothballs

Mothballs are a neurotoxin and smell horrible!!!

Stick to cedar wood pieces or lavender for a natural repellent that won’t gag you come next Christmas AND your brain won’t be full of poisons! Win win!
Make sure you replace the repellent every year since the natural oils in these items are what repel pests and they dissipate over time.

Here’s how to make a quick lavender sachet keeping the moths at bay (totally nailed that rhyme!)

DIY Lavender drawer sachets

The fancy stuff:

Flat ornaments can easily be wrapped in acid free tissue paper this allows enough of a buffer so that beads and sequins remain undisturbed and the paper should keep everything nice and dry.

Pack felt away in acid free tissue paper

Dimensional felt ornaments can be kept in coffee filters or clean egg crates with some tissue paper to reduce any motion damage and keep sets together.

How to store felt ornaments

How to store felt

Try to store pieces flat avoid folding to save the need for a low iron later. If you must fold because you are storing a large felt piece such as a tree skirt be sure to place acid free tissue paper between the felt to give the piece space to breathe and avoid any chance of colors running if exposed to moisture.

The felt approved guide for storing felt stuff

And there you have it  – follow those simple steps and your felt pieces will be around for generations to come.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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Gingerbread house Felt Advent Calendar – A sweet family tradition

29 Nov
Gingerbread Advent Calendar Free Pattern

Photos copyright Imagine Our Life

I am not sure what Stephanie the genius behind Imagine our Life has listed on her business cards but I am pretty sure felt magician would be fitting. Once you see this amazing DIY felt advent calendar I am sure you’ll agree. Every bit of this adorable felt gingerbread house is simply scrumptious!

Felt Advent CalendarEvery sugary detail is pure magic!

It seems like this stunning calendar would assemble surprisingly quickly thanks to adhesive advent numbers.

Sewn from a high quality wool blend felt and featuring sequined details doubt this piece will become a treasured family heriloom the kids will look forward to revisiting season after season.

Free Advent calendar - amazing

She generously shares this amazing advent calendar tutorial free on her blog. Wait until you see the genuis way she hangs this beautiful advent calendar.

Felt Gingerbread house - Advent calendar tutorial

The pockets are detailed with enchanting candy pieces that sparkle and shine.

Head over to the Imagine Our Life blog and prepare to be amazed!

Happy Crafting~ Andie

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Sequined Snowflake Tree Topper

20 Nov

DIY Felt Snowflake Tree Topper

No electricity is needed to show to off this stars sparkle.  Add a pop of  light to your ice palace with a DIY bejeweled snowflake.  Fitted over a sturdy cone this homemade tree topper will  to fit securely on any Christmas tree.  This DIY Snowflake tree topper is also lightweight and electricity free making it perfect for a home with small kids or troublesome pets. Put together a snowflake tree topper from felt in no time and add some sparkle to your favorite tree.

You will need:

TEMPLATE (at the end of this post)

Cardboard Cone Shape

Felt Glue

2 –  9″ x 12″ sheets or 1/4 yard White Felt

8″ x 3″ Bright Blue Felt like Slushie

Sequins in:

Mermaid

I used one bag but it was a close one so I’d recommend two of your chosen color for safetys sake.

Cut  1 felt snowflake from blue felt , 2 background pieces from white.

Cutting the felt snowflake out is the hardest part of this process and will require some patience.

You can try tracing the snowflake outline onto you felt and apply the sequins directly but it will be much harder to keep the lines straight.

For tips on cutting small or detailed shapes see: Cutting Detailed Shapes

or try Andie’s Method 

To cut centers from felt mark out the area to be cut out lightly in pencil and fold over to create an open space, work scissors around slowly until you have completely cut away the unwanted area.

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Pin Down Snowflake shape to one side.

DIY Snowflake Tree topper tutorial

And begin attaching sequins over blue snowflake shape.  For help on how to attach the sequins to felt check out our post:

How To Attach Sequins to Felt

Snow Flake Tree Topper Tutorial - DIY felt Christmas Tree Topper

After you complete the snowflake place the background pieces together.

Simple Snowflake Tree topperOvercast stitch around the sides and across the open base for added durability.

How to make a Felt Christmas Tree Topper Tutorial - American Felt and Craft

Coat the cardboard cone with felt glue and insert inside the snowflake sleeve.

Allow to dry for about 2 hours.

Easy DIY Tree Topper - Felt and Sequins

DIY felt and sequin tree topper

Snowflake Tree topper template - Frozen Christmas

Tree Topper Template

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Looking for more DIY Felt Christmas Ornament Tutorials?

Felt Gumdrop OrnamentsFree: Easy Felt Christmas Ornament Tutorials 

Sequined Snowflake Ornament Tutorial - Tons of felt Ornaments

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Felt Icicle Christmas Ornament

16 Nov

Felt Icicle Christmas Ornament Tutorial

 

Add an air of icy elegance to your Christmas tree this year with this easy felt icicle ornament pattern. These icicles sparkle  reflecting the warm glow of the lights on your tree thanks to a few well placed sequins and a little felt glue. These frozen felt ornaments  make a lovely addition to any tree, wreath or simply hung from varying heights throughout the tree. Crafted from wool blend felt and glittering sequins these felt Christmas Ornaments deserve a spot on your “to craft” list this season.

You will need:

Felt in pale blue Sparrow and White *

Stuffing

Dark Green Embroidery Thread

Felt Glue

Sequins I used Opaque Crystal and Snow White

*Matching Thread

free felt Christmas patterns

Cut felt icicle shapes from felt following the pattern below, you will need 2 per Christmas ornament.

felt Christmas ornament pattern

Sew along sides of the felt icicle stuffing as you sew.

Felt Icicle Free Christmas Pattern

Glue Sequins in place and thread embroidery thread through top for easy hanging on your Christmas tree.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

felt icicle ornament pattern

Why not make some more felt Christmas Ornaments?

Sequined Snowflake Ornament Tutorial - Tons of felt Ornaments

Make Some Felt Snowflakes with a Free Snowflake Ornament Pattern

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Make your own Christmas Tree Topper from felt and sequins.

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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 *

Pencil

Sequins 

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

Ric Rac Christmas Tree Felt Ornaments Tutorial - American Felt and Craft The Blog

Ric Rac Christmas Tree Pattern

Avoid the winter chill and buy your felt online.

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Sequined Snowmen Felt Christmas Ornament Tutorial

28 Dec

These last tutorials are too late for this year’s Christmas  but  I couldn’t bear to shelve them for a whole year.

Just look at that chubby snowman face and try telling him no.

*sigh

Felt ornament tutorial and template Sequined snowmen.

These chubby little felt snowmen are sure to melt any heart and brighten up any tree.

DIY felt snowman ornament tutorial

You will need:

Per Snowman TEMPLATE (at the end of this post)

5″ x 7″ scrap  White felt  

2- 1″ x 2″ scraps for hat I used Lipstick, PeacockLemon Meringue,  Key Lime PieRoyal Purple and Hot Pink

Tiny scrap for nose Orange Juice

Heart Felt Button

Black embroidery thread

Matching Thread

Sequins I used:

Classic Red

Hot Pink

Coral

Grape Soda

Buttercup

Cut

2 Snowman bodies from white felt

1 set of hat stripes and 1 hat shape from a contrasting color

1 snowman nose from orange felt.

And now the magic begins

Put one of the 2 felt snowmen bodies off to the side, this will be his back.

AFC felt snowman tutorial 2013Stitch snowman face onto the remaining snowman piece.

AFC 2013 Felt Snowman ornament tutorial Stitch down nose and cheek sequins with matching thread.

hat stripes from felt

Stitch stripes down to hat base. Add sequin to end.

felt snowman tutorial - Christmas ornaments AFC

Stitch down the hat and  heart shape with coordinating thread.

 Sandwich ribbon or cord between snowman front and the blank back piece if desired.

Overcast stitch front and back pieces together.

AFC felt snowman ornament tutorial and template 2013

Felt Snowman - Please pin pattern not template! Thanks

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Goodie Goodie Gumdrops Felt Christmas Ornament Tutorial

11 Dec

Welcome back to Technicolor Tidings Week!

DIY Felt Gumdrop Ornament Tutorial

This weeks felt ornament collection is all about color!

These felt gumdrops can be made in any color but they look great in brighter shades.

The pattern sews up quickly and the results are super sweet!

You will need:

TEMPLATE (at the end of this post)

7″ x 4″ scrap felt per ornament 

I used:

 White 

Lipstick

Peacock

Lemon Meringue 

Orange Juice

Key Lime Pie

Royal Purple

Hot Pink

Matching Thread

Bracelet connectors (Optional) 

Sequins I used:

Crystal

Classic Red

Dragonfly

Marigold

Buttercup

Hot Pink

Peacock

Grape Soda

Stuffing

DIY Felt Gumdrop Ornaments

Cut out one gumdrop shape and one gumdrop bottom from felt.

Felt Gumdrop Tutorial - Christmas Ornaments

Sew flat sides together using a small running stitch and matching thread.

Sew along each curved side as shown and turn right side out and stuff.

felt gumdrops how to

Sew bottom to felt gumdrop using an overcast stitch.

Gumdrop Ornaments from felt full tutorial and template - American Felt and Craft The Blog

Attach sequins to finished gumdrops by sewing into place or using felt glue .

See our tips on attaching sequins to felt

To attach rings simply sew onto the top of the felt gumdrop candy.

Hanging felt gumdrop Christmas ornaments

Felt Gumdrop Ornaments

DIY felt gumdrop template

 

How to make felt gumdrops

Other technicolor trimmings:

Ric Rac Christmas Tree Felt Ornaments Tutorial - American Felt and Craft The Blog

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Check out our store for more color than a rainbow…in a prism! 

American Felt and Craft online felt and craft store , over 100 colors of felt by the sheet! Ships worldwide.

Check out our other Free Ornament Tutorial Collections:

Domestic Bliss Week Home inspired Ornament Tutorials from American Felt and Craft

You may also dig: Hipster Week

Felt camera ornament tutorial

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