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Felt Friday Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

1 Mar

(re-blogged)

It’s Seuss’ Birthday and you’re in for a treat – in honor of a guy we never will meet.

His use of color amazing, his words quite astounding.

Teaching lessons so important I don’t mind expounding.

So pull up a chair, grab your coffee and afghan and join in a felt celebration of the man!

Felt colors matching the cat in the hat

First up is this Cat in the Hat Vignette, felt sheets in White Lipstick and Cadet.

Lipstick

Cadet

Lorax felt colors

The Lorax helped the Oncler reach an epifany felts in ,Hot Pink, Banana Cream, Limeaide, Butterscotch and Tiffany

Hot Pink

Banana Cream Pie

Limeaide

Butterscotch 

Tiffany

One Fish two fish felt colors

Fishy colors so cheery and bright next to felts in Lemon, Sparrow, Big Apple, Limeaide and White

Lemon Meringue 

Sparrow 

Big Apple

Limeaide

White

An adventurous team in Honeydew, Bubblegum and Banana Cream. Adding to the hullabaloo Forget me Not, Orange Juice, and Ice felt join the crew.

Honeydew

Bubblegum

Banana Cream Pie 

Forget Me Not

Orange Juice

Ice

Now I am done

I hope that you laughed

all felt can be found at American Felt and Craft.

Felt Friday – Baby Love

15 Jun

This week I became an Aunt again…and again!

My sister in law just had boy – girl twins! I am over the moon excited about these two and I cannot wait to get started on a BILLION felt baby crafts! Her children have not always appreciated my work so I plan on starting these two young!

There are so many lovely shades of felt just perfect for DIY baby projects I can’t wait to get started.

Look for some  really fun baby themed felt tutorials featuring rattles, crinkle material, jingle balls and even a few of those  felt bolts I’ve been hoarding coming soon!

It’s baby madness around here!!

Wool blend felt in baby colors

Wool blend felts in soft pastel baby colors: Pink Tutu, Egg Custard, Sunshine, Honeydew and Sparrow

A selection of pink wool blend felt from American Felt and Craft  Sugar and spice: Wool blend felt in Flamingo, Sweet Pea, Pink Tutu, Paris Pink and  Bubble Gum

Felt sheets in boy colors - American Felt and Craft felt supply

Stripes of Ice, White and Honeydew

Blue Wool Blend felt sheets - American Felt and Craft carries over 100 colors

Oh Joy it’s a boy! Peacock, Ice, Powder Blue, Sparrow and Rainy Day

very pale blue wool blend felt American Felt and Craft

Bubble – A wool blend felt with a hint of blue

Felts in baby blue and baby pink

Pink Tutu and Sparrow 

A slightly brighter bunch: Bubble gum, Banana Cream Pie, Spearmint, and Rainy Day

soft baby pink wool felt

Pink tutu – a delicate sugary pink shade

Happy Felt Friday everyone and welcome to the world Penny and Charlie your Auntie adores you!!

~Andie

Pop by the store:

Supplies to make baby toys

Rattles, Jingle Balls, and Crinkle from American Felt and Craft. 

Felt Friday Seuss edition!

2 Mar

It’s Seuss’ Birthday and you’re in for a treat – in honor of a guy we never will meet.

His use of color amazing, his words quite astounding.

Teaching lessons so important I don’t mind expounding.

So pull up a chair, grab your coffee and afghan and join in a felt celebration of the man!

Felt colors matching the cat in the hat

First up is this Cat in the Hat Vignette, felt sheets in White Lipstick and Cadet.

Lorax felt colors

A fun new movie I can't wait to watch alongside felts in Tiffany, Hot Pink, Banana Cream, Limeaide, and Butterscotch.

One Fish two fish felt colors

Fishy colors so cheery and bright next to felts in Lemon, Sparrow, Big Apple, Limeaide and White

An adventurous team in Honeydew, Bubblegum and Banana Cream. Adding to the hullabaloo Forget me Not, Orange Juice, and Ice felt join the crew.

Now I am done

I hope that you laughed

all felt can be found at American Felt and Craft.

All your wool felt questions answered* Part 1

18 Aug

*Provided you have less than 5 questions about wool felt fabrics and that they are the same questions I will be answering.

I get emails nearly everyday asking some basic questions about felt fabrics. I thought I would re-post the top 5. Of course if your question isn’t here email me at customerservice@feltandcraft.com and I’d be happy to help any way I can.  So here we go with…

Question 1:  

Which kind of felt fabric is best for my project? Acrylic felt, Wool Blend Felt, or 100% wool felt?

That depends on many factors however 75% of the time my answer is wool blend felt. Wool blend felt combines the beauty and durability of 100% wool felt fabric with the lower price point of an acrylic. I actually find that the wool rayon blend felts are nicer to work with in small sculpture (felt food, stuffies. plushies etc.) compared to 100% wool felt, since it moves and drapes into shape beautifully. If you follow this blog at all you probably know my feelings about Acrylic felt. In short I think it is horrible!!

For more specifics on which felt to use see the Felt Smack down where in I discuss all the ins and out and light stuff on fire too!

Still stuck? Have no fear for I have created this handy flow chart:

What kind of felt should I use

~ Andie


Felt Food 101 – Lesson 4 Putting it all together

16 Jun

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This is part 4 of our how to make felt food series, I’m Andie a felt food addict and co-owner of American Felt and Craft. Please stop into our store sometime and take a look around. And as always if you have any questions I am just an email away and I’m happy to share my knowledge and a few of my favorite patterns with you!

Felt Food 101 – Lesson 4 Putting it all together:

Putting it all together

There are many ways to connect to pieces of felt, each has it’s advantages and disadvantages. Here I will discuss machine and hand stitching, stitches to use and gluing, you can also needle felt, felt food but I will touch on needle felting in another post.

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Sewing felt

Machine sewing vs. Hand Sewing

Some shapes and forms can really only be done with an old fashion needle and thread. Machine sewing is an option, for some pieces but you’ll need to remember to enlarge your pieces since the machine sewn version will be about 3/4 size.  If you are concerned about all the fuzzies getting into your machine you can avoid this by putting a piece of paper under the seam line and one over it. I recommend regular scrap copy paper I have heard others use newsprint but I would be afraid of marking up my felt with inky fingers. You may also want to use the paper method if you have trouble holding your felt in place on the machine because it is acrylic since synthetics tend to slide. Also keep in mind that removing a seam from machine sewn felt can be extremely difficult if  not impossible.  I recommend simply cutting the seam out. Machine sewn pieces are also more likely to be flatter and you will require the use of  more felt since the seams will diminish a sewn pieces’ size. With hand sewn pieces what you see is pretty much what you get there are usually very few surprises since you can easily see problems as soon as they arise and removing your stitching is very simple. Personally I believe that hand sewing is by far the best method for making felt food unless your making a lot of the same item.

Hand sewing stitches

When hand sewing it’s interesting to note that suprisingly  few stitches are used in felt food construction here is a basic walk through and illustration thanks to our friends at The Popcorn Tree .

overcast

 Overcast Stitch/ Whip Stitch

(note: overcast stitch and the whip stitch are in fact the same stitch however whip stitching is done on two pieces of fabric to join them and overcast stitching is done on only one piece to prevent fraying. Most people use the terms interchangeably and we’re suckers for peer pressure so we’ll use the terms interchangeably too!)

  Without a doubt this is the stitch I use most often when making felt food. It easily joins to pieces together without losing any fabric to seams and lays remarkably flat. Best of all with a matching thread it almost disappears into the finished piece.

Whip/ overcast stitching is very forgiving since the seam does have a bit more adjust-ability than other stitches. A word of caution; placing stitches too far apart on an item you intend to stuff will cause stuffing to fall out. The stitches should be about 1/16″ apart to prevent this. Many people will pull too tightly on the thread when sewing this way. There is no need to use more thread tension when stitching this way, pulling thread too firmly will not help avoid gaps and will create a rounded seam, or lip which may effect your finished piece.

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  Running Stitch

This is the basic in out stitch taught to most of us as children and is used for connecting pieces which need to remain very firm and rigid. Sewing this way also helps when you want to prop of your piece since when turned inside out the pieces will not lay flat. Other than it’s simplicity the running stitches big advantage is how easily it can be removed. Ideally you want each stitch to be about 1/4″  in length or smaller.

 

gatheringGathering and Basting Stitches.

These stitches are not used as often in felt food design but are very useful for making rounded or dome shapes. The only real difference between the gathering stitch and the running stitch is the tension in the thread. Gathering stitches are pulled tightly, the effect of this on felt is somewhat less impressive than it is on other fabrics due to the thickness of the felt. The gathering stitch and the basting stitch are also essentially the same but the basting stitch is most often temporary and since it will be  removed large stitches are not only acceptable but actually easier to work with.

backstitch

  The Back Stitch

Back stitch is most often used as an outlining stitch, and is often used to create text or outlines on a felt piece.  As the name suggests small stitches are made in a similar fashion to the running stitch but the needle returns to complete a stitch at the same time it creates a new one.

blanket

 

Blanket Stitch

The Blanket stitch can be called a more decorative version of the overcast/ whip stitch. The biggest advantage to blanket stitching is that because of the obvious top seam it is very distracting and uneven stitching is not as noticeable. The blanket stitch is used to create a decorative edge and will hold felt together in much the same way as overcast stitching. This stitch is not subtle and is made to be shown off.
This  stitch can be a problem since you will not only create a seam but a larger and more obvious one and the top line of the stitch holds the pieces a bit farther apart from each other than the whip stitch.

To create a blanket stictch  you will need to start the same way you did with the overcast but instead of creating a second overcast stitch place your needle under the first stitch on from right to left. Continue on this way, making an overcast stitch and ducking underneath it until your project is complete.

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 French Knots

French knots are used to create seeds or dots on a piece, they take a bit of practice but look stunning when completed. The key to this method is to not pull the thread too tightly at the end. The knot should gently “sit” on top of the fabric.

satinSatin Stitching

Satin stitching is used to fill in an area with thread this is rarely used for felt food but in some rare cases it is used to create text or shapes that are too small to be made of felt. Satin stitching couldn’t be any easier. since it is basically one wide running stitch repeated over and over again. The trick to sewing with a satin stitch is to first outline your shape with a back stitch so that your edges remain smooth, simply satin stitch over your outline and viola!

sewingaknotSewing a knot

The holy grail of sewing! Most of us learned this in home ec. This knot is essential for sewing felt food since this know doesn’t require you to pull the thread and the knot is nearly invisible.

1. Begin by creating a loop where you intend to end your peice and pass your needle through that loop then pull thread through.

2. You should have a completed knot however this is not strong enough to hold long term.

3. Repeat step one on top of your original knot for added strength, many people pass the needle though the body of the knot and then create their second loop and then continue passing the needle though the loop and pulling. I personally do it this way and find it makes for a very tight knot.  

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Gluing felt

Really you want to glue it? Are you sure you wouldn’t rather just put a few stitches in it or easier still needle felt it? No. OK then here goes, it seems that the easiest way to hold pieces of felt together is to glue them. However this can be tricky since most thin or water based glues like Elmer’s will just absorb into the felt this is especially true if you are working with wool or a high wool blended felt because of the loft. I really recommend not gluing your felt unless you absolutely have no choice since this will make the felt harder and more difficult to drape or sew. If you must glue you should  avoid hot glue, since you will most likely have a noticeable ridge where the hot glue was laid down, and it can be a bit messy. Also when working with acrylics use of a high temp glue gun can be dangerous since acrylic is a plastic and will melt. In all instances I recommend using Beacon’s felt glue it will work on the thinnest acrylic without soaking through and I have seen it hold felt pom poms in place very nicely, it dries 100% clear and has no yucky fumes. It’s very similar to Elmer’s glue but thicker and not named Elmer’s. 🙂

If you are making something for a child I would recommend gluing and running a few stitches through for safety and if you are beading something for a child I would really recommend gluing since over time felts can shift making threads longer and making beads more easily broken off and swallowed. If you cannot find Beacon’s felt glue my second choice would be tacky glue, and my third choice would be quitting and having a glass of wine instead.

Unique glue situations (never thought you’d see those words together huh?)

If you only want to glue down a felt piece to hold it for stitching I recommend using a glue stick just make sure your glue stick is soft and be prepared for it to be all “felty” after use.  THIS WILL NOT HOLD LONG TERM! In fact in some cases it may not hold at all. This is dependent on the humidity, your felt and how lucky you are. After gluing you will need to remove the felty part from your glue stick to avoid it being transferred onto your next glue stick project and you should try to wait for it to dry before attempting to sew or your needle may get gooky from passing through the glue stuck? sticked? stucked?  felt.

Glues can also be used to accent a piece as in the case of American Felt and Craft’s Hot Fudge Glue.

Other Options

You can also Needle Felt pieces together however that’s a long and detailed post for another day.

Last week: Needles                                                                                             Next week : Felt Food 101 Stuff it

Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? – Free Felt Food Tutorial Cherry Pie

21 May

Well I don’t know about her, but you sure can!

This is the best kind of baking the calorie free, last forever kind.

Spend an afternoon making one and a lifetime enjoying it.

Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? - Free Felt Food Tutorial Cherry Pie - American Felt and Craft Tons of free felt craft tutorials!!!

Here’s what I used.

6 pie foam slices

3 sheets of wool blend felt in Lipstick

3 sheets of wool blend felt in Toffee

Red Thread

Tan thread

Felt glue

Sewing needle

18 wool felt balls in Cherry on Top.

Most of these items are currently available at American Felt and Craft.com

This pattern will make 6 felt pie slices.

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 The templates  and directions to make these are here: Cherry Pie

Have fun making your felt pie, and send me a picture!

– Happy Crafting

Andie

Need be further seduced by their cuteness?

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Please make and enjoy these cherry pies to your hearts content but remember this pattern is for personal use only.

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