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Felt Empanadas (hand pies)

14 Sep

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Popular in Spain and many Latin American countries an empanada prounounced (Em-pan-ah-dah) is a kind of stuffed bread or pastry which is either baked or fried. Fruit empanadas are made by folding dough over a fruit filling and are basically identical to hand pies in that they are both made of deliciousness.

Empanadas can be stuffed with any filling, our felt versions sport an apple, pineapple, cherry and strawberry for variety.

Felt foods don’t get too much easier than this. The most difficult part will be cutting the fruit shapes for your felt empanada for some tips see our post on Cutting Small Shapes. This play food craft is so super easy and is a great for the felt food beginner.

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You will need: per pie

 5.5″ x 5.5″ square of crust colored felt I used Pastry

2″ scrap slightly darker than crust covered felt* I used Toffee

Embroidery thread

Stuffing.

*Matching thread

Template at the end of post

felt food hand piesAttach your shape to the upper part of your felt circle with a running stitch and matching thread. Because you are sewing on a circle you don’t need to center it since you can fold it in any direction.

diy felt food easyFold circle over so the felt fruit shape is in the center. Using a full strand of embroidery thread doubled over and  an over cast stitch, sew along the outside of the open portion of the pie. Stop to leave room to stuff.

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Super easy. Felt hand pie tutorial and pattern easy felt foodMmmmmmm!Felt food tutorial - felt hand piesHappy Crafting!

~Andie

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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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DIY Unicorn Horseshoes

24 May

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     Yes, I know it would technically be unicorn shoes but I took some creative licence for clarity. I wouldn’t want you clicking on a link excited to see shoes with unicorns on them or even shoes FOR your unicorn. So really, I did this for you.

 No matter what you want to call this, this easy DIY project goes together super quickly and makes a great everyday toy for all ages but it would make a magical game for any Unicorn themed birthday party.  It’s easier than you think to make the stand and unicorn shoes even for a beginner.

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Let’s start with the DIY horseshoe stand. For this make a quick trip to the hardware store.  You may have some of these things in your home already. You will need an electric screwdriver and phillips head bit, a 1/8″ drill bit that fits into that screwdriver,  1 – #10, 2″ wood screw, a 1″ thick dowel, something to cut it down with a simple handsaw will do the trick, and a wood post cap, these are sold by the decorative wood pieces, table legs etc. and lightly colored spray paint, this will be your base coat to help the decorative acrylic paints stick to the wood.

You will also need some acrylic craft paints in colors of your choosing, I used a light blue, pearl white, and  hot pink. I also mixed the pink with blue to get a purple tone.

Once your dowel is cut down use the drill bit to carefully drill a hole in the center of the cut end, if you skip this step it will be nearly impossible to get the screw into the dowel.

Place the cap onto the dowel and screw into place.

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Spray your stand to give it the colors an even base to stick to without peeling.

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From here you will want to paint your stand using acrylic paint . This is kind of just trial and error but after a few tries here are some tips, start by blotting colors into each other as a base then go over with a brush in upward or downward streaks to create motion. Dot with clusters of stars and swirls of pearl toned white. (more pics at the end)

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Onto the unicorn horseshoes…need

You will need:

Sequins I used Fairytale

Felt  9″ x 12″ sheets – you’ll need a little over half the sheet. I used Orchid, Dewberry, Grey and Aqua 

Matching thread, sewing needle stuffing

Using the template (at the end of the post) cut out 2 horseshoes from each of the 4 colors.

Use Andie’s Method for a fast and easy cut.

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Attach sequins where marked on the pattern.

Need a refresher on adding sequins, I got you Adding Sequins

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Lay the two pieces together and overcast stitch around the outer edge.U3

Overcast stitch the inner edges stuffing as you go, if you’d like to add a little weight.

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This unicorn craft is a great family project.

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Happy Crafting!

Andie

The templates are the same I just thought it would be handy for your to have more than one, because I care.

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Glowing Ghost Finger Puppets

10 Sep

Glowing Ghost felt finger puppets

You know that feeling of being completely overwhelmed by the wonderfully endless possibilities of life, before you lies hundreds nay thousands of possible adventures just dying for you to pick which to take on first?

When there don’t seem to be any wrong choices, the euphoria of the sheer maze of wonderful possibilities is nearly audible making the decision of which avenue you’ll explore that much more difficult?   Oh did I say life I meant Glo Felt.

That’s what happens when you stock or order Glo Felt.

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What’s Glo Felt? Why it’s felt made from thousands of synthetic polyester fibers that absorb the sun and glow for nearly an hour with a charge of 10 minutes, that’s what. That’s right the felt is literally made of glowing fibers that won’t rub off or lose their glowing mojo. Yeah I know. I’ll let that one sink in for you.

So I sketched out at least 20 different plans for these awesome felt squares but this was one of my first and one of my favorites. Like all of our projects these ghost finger puppets are super easy to make and are made to be loved. Best of all you can whip these little guys up in no time flat.

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For 2-3 ghosts you will need:

Glo Felt and matching thread

Big eye sewing needle, I like these

Scissors

Black embroidery thread

Template (at the end of post)

Step 1:

Cut out 2 each of the ghost templates from the felt sheet. Save all the scraps they are great for gluing or sewing onto other projects for things like windows or spooky eyes.

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Step 2:

Stitch faces onto one side of the ghost templates with  about three strands of the black embroidery thread. It’s helpful to lightly trace them out in pencil first.

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Leave the bottom open for fingers. 

Step 3:

Place two pieces together and overcast stitch over the edges leaving the bottom open.

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Step 4: 

Be spooky.

*Pairs well with bed sheet forts and ghost stories.

Happy Crafting

Andie

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Ghost finger puppet templates

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Felt Pumpkin tutorial - American Felt and Craft

Sunny-Side Up Felt Egg Tutorial

13 Apr

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This fun and super easy felt project is perfect for beginner felt food makers. Adding crinkle to the egg allows it to crackle a bit while “cooking” Pair it with our easy tutorial for retro salt and pepper shakers and you’re well on your way to a fun and interactive breakfast experience.

Felt food egg tutorial

For 2 Eggs You will need:

White Felt- 9″x 12″

 Yellow Felt scrap 3″ x 6″ I used Mustard Seed but Hello Yellow and Egg Yolk are also good choices.

White and Yellow Thread

A Small Amount of Stuffing

Crinkle Material (Optional)

Scissors

Sewing Needle

Template (at the end of this post)

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Cut 2 of each of the egg styles (1 &2)  from white felt. Cut 2 yolk circles.

Decide where to place your yolks they look best when they aren’t centered.

Begin sewing down tolk to one of the egg style pieces with a running stitch and matching thread.

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Stuff lightly before completely stitching the yolk in place.

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Cut crinkle to just smaller than the size of your egg shape and place inbetween the two pieces before…

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Stitching together with an overcast stitch using white thread. Repeat for second egg style.

Folded up these little guys tuck perfectly into plastic Easter eggs you may have lying around.13001125_10209395605670781_3303243339562079221_nThey also look great in green.

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Shown with the Spring Supper Ham in green.

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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Felt Egg Template – Print at full page size.

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1st Birthday Blocks

21 Feb

 

Gift - stackable softblocks

Stack-able Soft Blocks Tutorial

Stitch up some fun with these stack-able soft blocks. Just like real gifts these felt soft blocks hide a surprise inside. Each block features a rattle, squeaker, jingle or crinkle sound. They make an adorable gift and are super easy to stitch up. The blocks are shown in 5 different styles but it’s easy to play with the styles and colors to come up with something completely your own. As with any hand sewn item please monitor kids during play. The dots are both glued using felt glue and stitched for durability. The felt should keep the blocks square but using lower quality felt or over stuffing may make the blocks less stable.

You will need:

1 sheet of each gift color – you should have enough scrap left from each to make the ribbon and bow pieces for an additional gift block.

I used:

 1 9″ x 12″- sheet each:

Kaleidoscope

Hot Pink

Chartreuse

Aqua

White

Orange Juice

*Matching thread

Noisemakers: Rattle, Mini Rattle, Crinkle Material, Jingle Ball and Squeaker

Stuffing

Felt Glue

Gift A: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 6 coordinating ribbon sides and 1 bow A piece. It is important each block piece be as straight and even as possible so I would recommend Andie’s method for cutting pieces out as precisely as possible.

Stitch 1 ribbon side to the exact center of each block piece using coordinating thread and either an overcast or running stitch. Leave ribbon accents off of the bottom for stackability, which may or may not be a real word. I don’t know – I haven’t had time to google it I’m busy making blocks here.

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Repeat with all sides. Create a top piece by crossing 2 ribbon pieces along the one of your block pieces.

Create a bow by sewing bow A into a loop.

Turn piece and stitch through the center of the piece.

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Stitch to the cross piece in the center and through the bottom of the bow for added security. You can also use felt glue to help secure the piece.

Assemble block as shown.

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Sew up the sides using an overcast stitch to form box shape. Leave the top open to add noisemaker.

Sew up felt sides to make block

Stuff the box shape lightly. If you over stuff the block will become rounded on the sides and won’t stack up properly.

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Add noisemaker to block.

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Sew closed.

Gift B: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 3 coordinating ribbon sides and 1 bow B piece.

Sew ribbon pieces down as shown. Sew bow down and accent with small running stitches.

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Finish in the same way as the previous block.

Gift C: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 6 coordinating ribbon sides and 1 bow C piece.

Sew ribbon top off center as shown.

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Sew Bow C down and accent.

Line up sides on each piece before sewing down with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

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Sew all the pieces together.

Variations:

Gift D: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 6 coordinating ribbon sides and 1 bow B piece.

Sew a running stitch down the center of each ribbon side and secure with overcast stitch along the sides. Add accents to bow piece.

 Sew box together.

To add crinkle cut a length of crinkle material and fold it to a two inch width. Add to the box as shown and stuff lightly before closing.

Gift E: Begin by cutting out 6 block pieces, 20 dot pieces (10 of each color)  and 1 bow C piece.

Secure dots with a small drop of felt glue in the center and randomly attach to sides using a running stitch.

Using scraps sew a small square to the inner side.

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Sew pocket shut. And assemble the block. As you did with the previous versions.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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