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Felt Gerbera Daisies – Lazy Daisies of Summer

2 Jun

Felt daisy tutorial

By far my very favorite flower has to be the gerbera daisy, it makes no excuses for itself, there is nothing subtle or demure about them even their colors are extreme and demand attention and as Auntie Mame so famously put it, “more is more!”

Enjoy the best of summer with this free gerbera daisy template and tutorial. And now you can share pictures of your creations on our Facebook page!

You will need:

Felt in your choice of flower color I used our new color,  Hot Pink

Scraps of felt in a deep yellow, Gold Nugget is used here, and a pale green, I used Granny Smith.

Thread in pale green color

Flip Flops, or anything you want to accent with these whimsical flowers.

Gerbera daisy template and tutorial

Print out and enlarge this Template to the standard copy paper size.

1: Cut 2 each of templates A, B & C in your flower color choice.

2. Cut 1 of template D in deep yellow color

3. Cut 1 of template E in pale green color.

**For tips on cutting complex or small pattern pieces from felt see our blog post***

Now that the pieces are all cut stack them in order of size making sure that the petals fan out in different directions so that the finished piece looks fuller.

Step 3:

Place a small X with a running stitch through the flower, shown here in contrasting thread color for clarity. Pull threads tightly so the flower curves inward.

Step 4: You can now attach these to any project you like, to attach them to the flip flops as shown above simply attach the flowers to the toe posts as you would a button or use hot glue.

Try these on:

 A tank top

A handmade bag

Accent pillows

Backpacks

Lamp Shades

Headbands and hats

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How to cut small or detailed shapes from felt or fabric.

2 Jun

Today I thought I would share a handy tip from your handy tipster!

Sometimes when making a pattern or project you will find you have to cut out a tiny shape or even more difficult – a very detailed small shape.

When cutting  small shapes pins just aren’t an option so I thought I would share a little trick I use all the time to help with this exact issue…tape.

Yes, regular old tape, doesn’t matter if it’s gift tape, packing tape or cellophane tape the only requirement is that it be see through.

Step 1: Cut around your template as much as possible to remove unused portions of your image and tape down as shown: make sure you tape over the entire image .

Step 2: Cut through the tape to cut out your shape. Step 3: Once you are done your detailed piece will magically fall. Ok maybe it’s not magic but is sure does feel like it. Viola! No tape anyplace other than your paper template which you will find is sturdier and easier to reuse if needed.

 

If you do a lot of felt work you may want to look into nonstick scissors to keep your blades from gumming up.

Happy Crafting!

~ Andie

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Chop Chop- Cut Apart Felt Food Carrot, Free Pattern & Tutorial

22 Jun

Free Felt cut apart veggie tutorial from American Felt and Craft #FeltFood

What’s more fun than play veggies ready for slicing?

Besides a barrel of monkeys, which actually just sound dirty and loud to me but to each his own I guess… where was I… oh yeah veggies.

Here as promised is the felt carrot tutorial. You can do this with any felt food you’d like you’ll just need to modify the pattern by cutting it into smaller pieces and creating a Hook and Loop or Velcro inside. American Felt and Craft now stocks 16 diffrent colors to match with nearly anything you can dream up.

Keep in mind that most quality Velcro (aka hook and loop) is very strong so for the sake of your pieces posterity I would recommend “cutting” pieces apart with a plastic, wooden, or even felt knife rather than pulling on them.  The little blue knife from Ikea  pictured above is perfect for this.

For this project you will need:

1 sheet Sweet Potato, or orange colored felt (will make 2 carrots)

1 sheet Fresh Cut Grass or dark green felt (will make 2 carrots)

Stuffing, I used 100% wool legacy stuffing but any stuffing will do

1 6inch strip of colored hook and loop in Fresh Squeezed. (will make 2 carrots with quite a bit left over.)

Thread to match orange colored felt.

If you need help with stitches please refer to Putting it all together

Step 1 cut pieces from templates, below;top

Cut 1 carrot top from fresh cut grass felt.

Cut everything else from Sweet Potato color

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Step 2.

Roll stem up stem piece and stitch up as shown, stitching can be done with any color thread,  it won’t show.carrottop1

Step 3

Cut Hook and Loop (aka Velcro) into small circles, obviously you won’t be using this color.

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Step 4.

Match up rounds you have cut out, you should have two of each place scratchy side (hook) onto one of the pieces and soft side (loop) to matching piece, stitch into place as shown. Make sure the right pieces fit together, it will be hard to correct later.

Step 5.  Sew up sides of rings using a running stitch as shown below, turn inside out so seam doesn’t show

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ring1Step 6.

Sew bottom to slice A,  the dot represents Hook and Loop (Velcro).

Depending on how far in you made your seam on each carrot ring the bottom and top circles may need to be trimmed a bit to fit properly.

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Step 7

Set up like a cup and gather stitch around and lightly stuff.

finishedtopStep 8.

 Place stem into carrot and pull gather stitches tightly, pass needle through the stem a few times to hold it into place, the top is done.

ringtopandendStep 9

Sew tops and bottoms on to remaining rings as specified above. Stick Hook and Loop (Velcro) sides together and Viola! A felt carrot!

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OPTIONAL: To create, carrot “dents”  make a large running stitch in side of finished slice, Hiding knot in the seam. Come up through top seam, pull tightly and knot.  Repeat as desired.

Please let us know if you like the felt carrot pattern. We would love to see finished pictures!

Enjoy and please remember this pattern is for personal use only!

~Andie

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