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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

DIY Christmas Ornament

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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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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Felt Voodoo Doll Pincushion

23 Oct

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This creepy cute voodoo doll pincushion is a simple and spooky addition to your sewing basket. Able to hold all the pins you can possibly imagine yet always there with a goofy grin, he’s the ultimate frienemy! I wanted to give mine a bit of a vintage aged feel so I went with a wool blend chai felt, a milky grey beige tone but you can make this felt pincushion in any color of the rainbow. The same applies to buttons, any size or shape will do. This project is truly great for allowing you to use whatever you have on hand and is an easy project for even beginning sewers.

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You will need:

9″ x 12″ sheet felt I used Chai 

Scrap of felt for heart I used Pomegranate

Buttons one larger than the other, any size or style will work

Black embroidery thread

Stuffing

 

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Two voodoo doll bodies from chai felt and one heart shape from scrap

felt voodoo dollSew buttons onto front of one voodoo body side.

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Using one full strand of embroidery thread stitch mouth shape and stitch over as shown.

Stitch down heart in an X shape.

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Place the two pieces together so that they match up.

cute felt dollUsing one full strand of embroidery thread overcast stitch around the outside, stuffing as you go. Ugly felt voodoo dollEnjoy your new friend…or enemy!

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~Andie

 

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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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Butterfly Felt Rings- no sew

24 Aug

nosewkidscraftIt doesn’t get too much easier than this craft. These felt butterfly rings take around 5 minutes each to make and require no sewing because they simply fold together. Consider adding sequins, cut designs, stitching or tiny pom poms to your ring for an even more impressive accessory.  Decorating felt butterfly rings also makes a great birthday party craft for even the least crafty kid in the group.

Surprisingly this size worked on people from 8- adult so it’s really a one size fits all situation. There’s a rounded cut along the back to make the ring more comfortable to wear. Be sure to use a quality felt for these since the flaps will need to hold some stress. You can also glue together for a more permanent hold.  For tips on accurate cuts see this POST

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You will need:

5″ x3″  Felt scrap per butterfly I used White, Amethyst Purple, Banana Cream, Hot Pink, Aqua and Pink Tutu.

Template at the end of this post

Felt glue and bits to decorate (optional)

cutoutringsCute ring from template including slits in the top of one end and the bottom of the other as shown on template. butterflycraftsfromfeltCurl ring together and hook the slits to form a ring.

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That’s it! butterflyringsHappy Crafting

~Andie

Feeling Star Beanbags

7 Aug

starsYou are the sky- everything else is just the weather.” – Pema Chodron 

Identifying feelings is tough for kids (and some adults) understanding feelings are temporary can be even tougher. These shooting star bean bags are designed to help with both. The weighted  bean bags are comforting and the ribbons are prefect for fiddling with. When your child is ready they can simply let go of the feeling and move on.

Great for preschools and toddlers. You can make these in any feeling or color scheme you can dream up. The star bean bags come together quickly and are prefect for developing a strong emotional IQ not to mention they are just plain cute!

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You will need: 

Felt in star colors 4″ x 8″ per star. I used Crushed Coral, Teal, Aqua, Grey, Banana Cream Pie, Honeydew and Lavender. *

Scraps for details in blue, yellow, pink and black

Embroidery thread in black and white.

Stuffing beads, beans, rice (whatever you  are planning to stuff with.

Various ribbons in various lengths. I used 4 styles per star varying in length from 6-8″.

Star bean bag template (at the end of post)

  * And matching thread.

Stitch faces to bean bags, if you are nervous about placement you can stitch over tracing paper and then carefully tear it away. add white spots in the eyes with white embroidery thread and a french knot.

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Fill star beanbag.

Stack ribbons with the smallest on the top.

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Tuck the ribbons inside and stitch closed with a running stitch.  Repeat with the remaining stars.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Star template print at full size.

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Felt Beach Ball Toys

31 Jul

ballsWe’re closing out our July Seaside theme with these great little felt beach balls. Super soft and indoor safe these DIY felt toys stitch together easily. The addition of a jingle ball makes this toy at least 9000x more charming.

You will need:

7.5″ x 7″ Felt in White*

2.5″ x 7″ scrap of 3 other colors, I used Aqua, Hot Pink, and Sunshine

Stuffing

Jingle bell noisemaker (Optional)

*matching thread

Cut 3 ball pieces from ball template (below) in white and one each of the remaining color. Cut 2 dot pieces for the center from color of your choice.  Lay a white piece and a color piece together and overcast stitch around one of the edges. You will be turning this inside out so keep the knot on top. Set aside and repeat with remaining pieces sewing white to color.

Lay the felt pieces together with outsides facing in and stitch the colored sides to white sides.  Leave the end pieces a little open on one side to turn it right side out. Turn right side out and stuff, add noisemaker to your toy if desired. Since this is a soft ball it will hold it’s shape better if it is well stuffed.

Sew center closed and cap stitch the beach ball accent to the center. Roll the ball in your hands to distribute the stuffing more evenly to get the ball shaped correctly.

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Darker felt beach ball in White, Navy, Lipstick and Egg Yolk.

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Happy Crafting~

Andie

Felt ball template print at full size.

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