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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.

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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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Pot of Gold – Felt Door Hanger

5 Feb

Pot Of Gold Door Hanger Tutorial - W/ pocket for leprechaun gold.

Irish folklore includes a rich history of the trouble making Leprechaun. Legends tell of these hardworking mischief makers storing their treasure- golden coins- in pots hidden at the end of a rainbow. This magical secret hiding place insures his pot of gold will never found – unless of course – you are very lucky!

Our felt pot of gold door hangers include a pocket to hold chocolate gold coins or other small treasures and a four leaf clover for luck!

These easy felt door hangers make a great Saint Patrick’s Day craft and and an even better Saint Patrick’s day surprise for the mischief making treasures in your life.

You will need:

8″ x 4″ – Black felt*

4″ x 4″ Gold Felt  – Egg Yolk*

2″ x 2″ scrap dark green Felt – Fresh Cut Grass*

Gold Sequins  –Goldrush

12′ – 14″ Rainbow Ribbon

*matching thread

Sewing needles, scissors.

Template (at the end of post)

Cut 

1 template B from black felt and 1 from gold felt, 1 template A from black felt and 1 shamrock from green felt.

Sew shamrock onto felt piece

Sew felt shamrock onto template A and set aside.

Attach Ribbon to one side of pot

Attach ribbon to the black B  felt piece in a loop. Set aside.

Sew Sequins onto top of gold felt piece

Attach sequins to the top of the gold felt B template.

See our blog post on attaching sequins. 

Attach B pieces together

Attach both B pieces together with a running stitch. I used an overcast stitch around the top of the piece moving my needle around the sequins and a running stitch  around the ribbon.

Pot of Gold door hanger tutorial - American Felt and Craft 'The Blog'

Add A piece to front and overcast stitch around the outside leaving the top open to make a pocket.

Fill with small treasures, gold coins chocolates or gold wrapped candies and leave on the door of your

Pot of Gold - Door Hanger tutorial  - American Felt and Craft 'The Blog"

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Happy Crafting~ Andie

A Collection of our Free Felt Food Patterns and Tutorials

20 Jan

Every Free DIY felt food pattern from American Felt and Craft all in one place.

This time of year I see a huge uptick in blog readers looking for felt food patterns. I suspect it has something to do with all those little kitchens Santa brought. In an effort to supply your chef with the widest choice of ingredients I present all of American Felt and Craft’s free felt food tutorials in one place. Just click on an image to see the free tutorial for DIY play felt food.

Free Tutorial for a cut apart carrot

Cut apart felt Carrot tutorial

Simple carrot made in sections secured with hook and loop for an added dimension to your felt food crafting.

Felt Saltine Crackers Tutorial

Felt Food Crackers Tutorial

My personal favorite free felt food blog tutorial  is ‘Salty Crackers’ patterned after the classic Saltine Cracker – they are just on the fun side of quirky.

free felt cherry pie tutorial

Felt Cherry Pie Tutorial

A free felt cherry pie tutorial in six fun slices. Also looks great under a decorative cake dome.

Easy Felt Food Petits Four (Tea party cake) tutorial and pattern.

Felt Petit Fours Tea Party Cakes Tutorial

Tiny tea cakes make a wonderful and simple addition to your felt food crafts.

Felt Jelly Beans Tutorial

Felt Jelly Bean Tutorial

Try your hand at wet felting with this felt jelly bean tutorial.

DIY mini felt pumpkin felt food tutorial

Mini Felt Pumpkins Tutorial

A fun felt food pumpkin pattern and tutorial –  a must for any felt foodies farmers market.

Easy Felt Food Cookies tutorial decorated

Felt rolled cigarette cookie tutorial

A simple no sew felt cookie for your cookie jar.

felt food chocolate cookie tutorial

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookie Tutorial

The classic reins supreme these sweet felt cookies are made in minutes with our easy felt food tutorial.

Free felt food tutorial popsicles

Felt Popsicle Tutorial

Beat the heat with a sweet treat – our free felt Popsicle pattern will walk you through making them step by step.

Free Felt Fortune Cookies pattern, template and tutorial

Felt Fortune Cookie Tutorial

Add this felt fortune cookie pattern to your crafting  menu and the future looks full of fun!

felt food candy cane header

Felt Candy Cane Tutorial

As Christmas tree decor or just a seasonal treat these felt candy canes are easy to make with our detailed DIY.

Felt and button sweetheart box

Felt Sweethearts Valentines Candy Box Tutorial

 This adorable felt and button  sweetheart stuffie is a fun felt Valentines day craft that doubles as the perfect V-day gift for the older felt foodie.

DIY Felt Cauliflower tutorial American Felt and Craft - Veggies

Eat your veggies. Felt Cauliflower Food Tutorial

DIY Felt Cauliflower and Broccoli Felt Food Veggies

Felt Broccoli tutorial - American Felt and Craft - felt food vegitables

Looking for something a little sweeter? Try some Felt Food Cake Pops

Felt Cakes Tutorials

Aren’t these adorable free felt food cake pops sweet?

 REQUESTS REQUESTED! 

Sardines, Pickles, Oatmeal?

What fun or unusual felt food are you dying to learn to make?

Leave me a comment and who knows maybe you’ll see the tutorial on ‘The Blog’  soon.

And in case you need some advice on making felt food why not check out our Felt Food 101 series.

felt food how to fall veggies

Also check out our felt food kits with nearly everything you need to make amazingly realistic felt food –  as seen on Zulily!

Felt Food Kits and Samples 2

Get to crafting in minutes with our instantly downloadable felt food PDF patterns

Felt Food PDF patterns from American Felt and Craft

All available online right this very second!!

Where you ask?

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Happy Crafting!

~ Andie Clark

DIY printed (stenciled) felt

9 Apr

DIY Printed Felt Lets face it felt is a pretty amazing medium to work in but  it does have its limitations chief among them is the lack of pattern.

Polyester patterned felt is available in very limited prints but what if you’re a felt purist or your imagination refuses to be constrained by commercially available choices? You have felt visions, nay dreams which you cannot ignore. You seem like a  free-thinker, I like that. So I’m here to help you… and I brought freezer paper!

Prepare to have your mind blown…unless you’ve seen this before in which case settle back down and don’t ruin it for the rest of the class! Printed Felt Sheets Tutorial

You will need:

Freezer Paper AKA grease proof paper – Printer sized if you plan to use a printer

X-acto Knife or Scalpel & Cutting Board

Acrylic Paint & Textile Medium or fabric paint.

Wool or Wool Blend felt

Sponge Brush

A Vision (or templates)

Create stencil.

Cheveron Template American Felt and Craft - The Blog

The first step is to create a stencil to work with. You will need to be able to cut away the area you plan to paint so simple outlines work best. Making the areas to be cut away a darker color will help keep your head from spinning when you try to figure out parts to cut later. Anything the freezer paper covers will stay the color of the felt. Whatever you cut away will become the print. 

Stenciling on felt

The templates for these 6 patterns are posted free through our store if your interested in any of these styles. CLICK FOR TEMPLATES

Freezer paper in rolls

Freezer paper can be bought in printer sized sheets or in rolls at the grocery store in the sandwich bag and plastic wrap isle. It is not the same as parchment, butcher, or waxed paper. The thinner, grocery sold freezer paper (rolled) is more opaque and will allow for easy tracing, but it also tears more easily and is a bit more cumbersome to cut.

Printer sized freezer paper

Printer sized freezer paper sheets (quilters paper) , thicker and sturdier than rolled freezer paper.

If you are printing onto the paper I highly recommend buying pre- cut freezer paper meant for printers. Paper sold on rolls even when cut down tends to hold its curl and can jam up printers. Plus commercially available freezer paper sheets (often called quilters paper) is often thicker and adheres to the felt better.

To print on freezer paper make sure that you print onto the matte (feels like regular paper) side NOT  the shiny side. Print your design out onto the freezer paper sheets making sure to leave space around the edges to keep the paper intact after you get done cutting.  This is exactly the way your pattern will look when it is stenciled so don’t get all fancy and print your letters backwards or anything. Viola!

feltstencil Now the real fun begins!  Lay your stencil down onto your cutting surface – You may want to tape it down to prevent shifting. Keep your cuts clean any cracks or extra cuts might result in areas you didn’t want getting painted onto your felt

And, we’re cutting…and we’re cutting. Freezer paper stencil

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat!

Congrats your freezer paper sheet is now officially a stencil!

 Set your iron to wool lady friend because it’s time to make some magic! iron

Line up your stencil on the felt sheet shiny side down. The shiny stuff (technical term) will melt slightly and create a seal which won’t leave residue on your felt when you’re ready to peel it off. This temporary seal will need to hold a clean line so make sure to press firmly as you go paying close attention to edges and corners.  NO STEAM! textile paint Textile medium (also called fabric painting medium) is not optional if you are using acrylic paint. It magically transforms dull flaky, acrylic paint into a fabulous permanent washable fabric paint.

How to print on felt

The textile medium also helps the paint become  more pliable which prevents, cracking, lifting, and fading.  Mix the paint with textile medium 2: 1. or as instructed. Mix well.

 Unless you get crazy with your paint and saturate through the entire thickness you shouldn’t need anything under your felt but this can be a messy process so you will need to protect your work area, a poster board is perfect for this. Making a felt stencil with freezer paper- tutorial Using a sponge brush paint over the stencil. One coat should be fine but if you want to do a second make sure your first layer is fully dry. Wood grain stenciled felt using freezer paper- American felt and Craft the blog

Remove the freezer paper after the paint is set but before the felt is fully dry or cured.

(The paint on the paper is dry but the paint on the felt is still moist.) This is much easier than letting the paint fully set.

Use freezer paper to create stencils for felt. - American Felt and Craft- The Blog

They will be dry to the touch pretty quickly but allow them to cure overnight.

To set the paint you will need to iron over the dried paint on the wool setting.

Use as you would any felt.

Check out what we made with the wood-grain felt!

Check out what we made with the wood-grain felt!

 Now what to do with these guys… I am thinking coasters, maybe a notebook cover?

Printed Felt sheet tutorial

Any suggestions?

*Those of you who did not properly prepare to have your minds blown, I am sorry but I did try to warn you . DIY stenciled felt sheets

* Handy Tips from your handy tipster:

* The textile medium worked fine on the synthetic felt but the freezer paper wasn’t able to make a solid bond on the appropriate heat settings for synthetics. It may have sealed at a higher temp but this isn’t Myth-busters and I risk my iron for no man!

* This technique didn’t work on the bamboo felt, the composition of the felt is so soft that it adheres a little too well.

* Painting with a sponge brush in light layers will help keep the lines clean.

* Don’t mess up- Paint is forever so be careful! If you didn’t over saturate your felt you should be able to flip it over and give it another try on the reverse side.

* Mixing textile medium with acrylic paint  is a way to get a large range of color choices without having to make an investment in each color of fabric paint.   Especially since you may only need a small amount paint. It also allows for easy custom tinting.

* You can also paint directly on the felt, which you would only do if you were better at it than I am, which isn’t that hard see…

Painting on Felt - American Felt and Craft - The Blog

The size of a sheet of freezer paper is pretty close to felt sheets we sell at American Felt and Craft and many other places so you know exactly what will fit.

Freezer paper is also great for cutting out templates with precision! (More on this next week!)

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

American Felt and Craft

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.

DIYrattle

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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Easy Felt Food Cigarette Cookies Tutorial

11 Mar

Easy Felt Food cookie tutorial

I think it’s safe to say these are the easiest felt food to make leaving plenty of time for tea partying.

No needle and thread required.

You will need:

 1- 4″ felt square per cookie (I used Buttercream, and Caramel) You can make yours larger or smaller it works with almost any size.

Felt glue

Optional:

Felt Highlighter– Fresh Baked

Hot Fudge Glue

Glaze Glue

Sprinkle Beads

Nut Beads

Begin by cutting two corners off of the square shape.

Felt food cigarette cookie template

How to make felt food cookies tea cookies

No sew felt food cookies

Place glue on the tip of one side of the cookie (Felt glue is thick so only the tip needs to be covered)

Roll felt cookie upward towards the glued section and wrap around.

Step by step felt cigarette cookies

Felt Cigarette Cookies 3

To shade use felt highlighter in toasted before rolling up. You only need to cover the areas that will show.

Highlighting Felt Food Cookies

See Easy!

DIY Play food cookies tea party

Feeling adventurous?

DIY play food cookies

Whip out the glue gun and Hot fudge glue.

Using Fudge Hot Glue on Felt Food.

Begin with one side, I started by “drawing” drip shapes with the glue but it actually looked better when the “chocolate” looked more dipped and even.

After glue becomes more solid and tacky press sprinkle or nut beads into glue if desired and allow to dry before starting second side of cookies.

Glue will set in about 5 minutes.

Felt play tea cookies

Easy  Felt Food Cookies tutorial decorated

Happy Crafting ~Andie

Felt food tea party

Looking for More Easy Felt Food Cookies:

felt food chocolate cookie tutorial

Felt Fortune Cookie Tutorial

 

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

American Felt and Craft online

Felt Hydrangea Bridal Bouquet Tutorial

7 Nov

felt hydrangea flowers how to felt flower template

A few months ago I was asked to make a felt bridal set, my would be client a family friend, was hoping for a felt hydrangea bouquet with pearl accents. As much as I relished the challenge I had to decline, my plate was already WAY too full. I promised to toy around with felt (like I need an excuse for that) and put together some bouquet instructions in case she decided to go DIY and it only made sense to share it with you all…in November?! Ok well better late than never, so Lisa here is the hydrangea bouquet you asked me for so many months ago and I hope you love it.

Lisa's Instructions for felt flower hydrangea flower bouquet.

For the bridal bouquet you will need:

1 pkg of pearl beads – Mine contained 700+ and was around $4. Quality is not a huge consideration since they will just be accents.

You could also use any bead, button, sequins, or even tiny jingle bells.

1 pkg  thin flexible wire – 1 pkg should more than suffice unless you’re making more than one bouquet or a larger version. Jewelry or floral wire is fine but you want to be able to cut through it easily. Cut wire into 8″ lengths.

1/2 yard or 6 –  9″ x 12″ sheets main felt bouquet color – I used Forget Me Not)

Because we need the felt to wrinkle and hold shape acrylic felt will not work.

1/8 yard or 2 – 9″ x 12″  sheets accent felt bouquet color – (I used Ice)

Duct tape

Hot glue gun and amo – aka hot glue sticks

1 and a half yards satin ribbon for bridal bouquet wrap.

Nail File

White Acrylic Paint – Optional 

Step 1:

Cut all felt colors into 2 inch squares, this can be done in 5-10 minutes using a guillotine chopper. You don’t need a felt flower template for this a little bigger or smaller won’t make any real difference.

felt flower template

Step 2:

Cut each square down the corners toward the center then cut off the corners of each square.

felt flower bouquet tutorial

Step 3:

Thread wire through 1 flower cutout near center leaving room for bead to lay in the center.

Thread pearl onto wire and come out the other side of your flower.

It’s easiest if you do this like stitching with a needle rather than bending the wire back into the flower.

thread bead through felt flowerPoke wire through flower. Back view of beaded flower. Front view of beaded flower.

Twist wire under flower head to hold in place.

felt hydrangea bouquet instructions

Gently go over the sharp ends with a nail file. Just once will be enough to dull the wire and prevent painful poking.

You can skip this step if you wear garden gloves until the entire piece is wrapped.

Place completed flowers into 3 or 4  bunches.

Felt bouquets for wedding instructions

Tape the base to make handling easier. This will be covered up so don’t worry about how it looks just  keep the sharp bottoms contained and the flowers together.

felt flower bunches taped

Step 4:

Wet felt flower boquet

Wet hydrangea flower bunches squeeze out. Roll bunches in towel and allow to dry.

Wet hydrangea flower bunches by dunking them into water and squeezing out extra moisture.

Roll bunches inside a towel and allow to dry overnight this will make them wrinkle and look more like real flowers.

Step 5:

how to make felt hydrangea flowersOnce the bunches have dried place them together and tape into place. 

Step 6:


felt bride's bouquet hydrangea flowerfelt flowers bouquet

Glue one end of ribbon to top of taped area of bouquet.
Wrap ribbon around gluing it down every inch or so.
Glue pearl beads down the front if desired.
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Step 7:

Tutorial instructions for how to make felt flower boquetFluff out flowers and shape.

OPTIONAL: Paint the areas around center of a few flowers with white acrylic paint to make the flowers look more realistic.

Step 8:

Brides Hydrangea bouquet made of felt flower template.

Get Married!!

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