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Crayflower- The DIY Crayon Mayflower

13 Nov

Cray-Flower – DIY Felt Mayflower Coloring StationDIY crayon Mayflower Thanksgiving Kids Table Craft. Passing crayons will be more fun than the coloring! Even the adults will be fighting for a place at the kids table when you add this fun rolling color station to your Thanksgiving festivities. This ship is a fun Thanksgiving craft they will be thrilled to play with all year round.

Passing crayons back and forth might prove to be more fun than the coloring.

You will need;

The Spirit of Adventure (required)

1 yard Dark Brown Felt I used Chocolate*

12″ x 5″ felt scrap in pale blue I used Ice*

I really doubt acrylic felt has the strength to complete this project I used a high quality wool rayon blend.

 1/4″ dowel cut into 2 pieces (10″ and 8″)

4 – 2″ wood wheels

Acrylic Paint to match felt

Crayons (a 96 pack does a good job of filling the boat)

Paper

Scotch Tape (to connect templates)

Boat Pattern (at the end of post)

Felt Glue (Optional)

Cardboard scrap to fit boat bottom – you can also add some to the ships sides if you’d like to make them more sturdy but the doubled up felt will work fine.

*Matching thread

Felt Thanksgiving Crafts - Mayflower Ship Pattern Free

This Felt Thanksgiving Mayflower ship also makes one heck of a pirate boat.

Cut the wave pattern from blue felt and the remaining pieces from brown felt – save some scraps to help attach the trolley later.

Lets begin with the wave wheels since they will need to dry.

Painting a wheel to make a soft pull toy. Paint wave design onto wheel as shown on templates.

How to make a wheeled toy from craft store supplies

Repeat with all wheels. Paint dowels if desired and set aside to dry.

You don’t need to assemble the wheels yet.

Sew the two boat backs (marked on template) together using an overcast stitch and brown thread. Do not add cardboard to this piece since you will need it to curve. Set aside.

Sew shelf pieces together along the sides with an overcast stitch. Set aside.

Felt boat pattern

Add waves with matching thread to opposite sides of boat as shown. The curve of the wave should point in the direction of the rounded boat front.

Sew second plain boat side to each side. You can place a piece of cardboard cut slightly smaller than the side template into the sides if desired but the boat will hold up just fine without it.

Free Felt pattern - Crayflower Crayon Mayflower with wheels! Match sides up with waves facing outward and plain sides inward. Stitch rounded part of fronts together with an overcast stitch, stop when you get to the flat bottom.

Insert Cardboard into felt pocket

Cut a boat bottom slightly smaller than the template from cardboard.

Sew two boat bottom pieces together with an overcast stitch and fill with cardboard for added stability.

Sew ship bottom closed.

Attach sides to bottom

Bend sides around boat bottom and overcast stitch to base with brown thread.

Add Felt bottom to ship - Free Felt PatternContinue until both sides are sewn down to bottom.

Open Felt Boat Pattern back

Your felt Mayflower boat should look like this. (But less blurry unless you need glasses)

Bend back piece around the open space in the back of the boat and overcast stitch from the top to the boat base.

Attach back to boat with overcast stitch

You’re almost done!

Thanksgiving Felt craft patterns - Mayflower wheel toy for kids table  American Felt and Craft

Fit shelf into felt Mayflower (or rather Crayflower) back. Attach with a few stitches along each side or felt glue into place.

Thanksgiving felt patterns - felt mayflower

Now that we have finished our felt ship, let’s make it roll!

Use scrap felt to stitch a 2″ wide rectangle slightly shorter than each of your axles to boat bottom .

Create Channel to insert axel

Sew down along the long sides. The rectangle should lay flat.

Slip axle through and fit wheels onto both ends. You can further secure these with glue if desired but they should fit on pretty tightly.

How to make a wheeled pull toy - Felt Mayflower American Felt and Craft

The wheels will spin inside their felt shaft making your Mayflower mobile.

LOOK OUT PLYMOUTH ROCK!

Cut some of the paper into 5 x 7  pieces to fit into the top shelf.

Thanksgiving Crafts - Crayon Mayflower

Fill with crayons and inhale that sweet new crayon smell.

Add full size printer paper to the ship to create ships larger sail.

Felt Mayflower for kids table

Felt Mayflower Pattern  PDF

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Crafting!

Andie

Thanksgiving crafts and patterns - Felt Mayflower

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Fall Felt Garland

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Spooky Shadows DIY Halloween Felt Bean Bag Tutorial

3 Oct

Easy DIY halloween bean bag toss, just add pumpkin buckets!

Halloween is creeping up on us.  Wrangle up all your favorite goblins for a Halloween bean bag toss.

Halloween bean bag toss game with plastic pumpkins

These simple yet elegant bean bags are a great project for the beginning hand sewer.

Toss in some a few pumpkin trick or treat buckets and you’ve got yourself an easy Halloween party game for all ages!

You will need:

1 9″ x 12″ Embossed jack – lantern felt sheet

1 9″ x 12″ Orange felt sheet (Monarch Butterfly)

1 – 9″ x 12″ Black Felt sheet

1 cup of dried beans

Orange and black thread.

OPTIONAL: Plastic pumpkin trick or treat buckets.

Felt Bean Bags for halloween

Cut the orange and patterned felt sheets into 6 rectangles.

bean bag template

Cut 1 of each of the felt shadow shapes on template below out of black felt.

For tips on cutting small shapes see: Cutting Felt  or try Andie’s method

Cute felt bat bean bag

Sew down one of felt shadows to each of the orange rectangles.

Place printed felt rectangle on back with print facing outward.

How to make a felt bean bag, picture tutorial, great beginner project.

Using a running stitch sew around the outer edges, stopping to fill with about 2 tbsp of dried beans before closing bean bag.

Felt Bean bag tutorial - super easy.

Repeat with remaining squares.

Easy Halloween templates for felt bean bags - please do not pin templates.

Easy Halloween bean bags - prefect project for a beginning hand sewer!

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Other Free Tutorials You Might Enjoy:

DIY mini felt pumpkin felt food tutorial

DIY felt pumpkins

Pattern for fall trees candle mat

Scrappy Felt Candle Mat

Felt Friday- Goodbye Fall

22 Nov

Next week is Thanksgiving week here in the United States and that means the official send off of fall and welcome to winter. But before we move on the jubilant colors of winter and the Christmas season grab a warm mug of something wonderful and lets stop and take a fond look back at the colors of Fall.

Fall Felt Colors- The Fall Guy

“The Fall Guy” – Blueprint, Tobacco, Rock Moss, Tobacco, Courtyard, Grey Flannel, Geige, Red Rock

Who can resist a man in flannel…not me! Here are some of our favorite rugged tough guy shades.

“The Fall Guy” – BlueprintAuburn, Rock Moss, Tobacco, Courtyard, Grey Flannel, Geige, Red Rock

Leaf Peeping - Autumn Leaves, Lemongrass, Sushi, Monarch Butterfly, Aurburn, Beet, and Saddle Brown Felt Sheets

Leaf Peeping – Autumn Leaves, Lemongrass, Sushi, Monarch Butterfly, Auburn, Beet, and Saddle Brown Felt Sheets

If you’ve never experienced the phenomenon known as leaf peeping it’s worth a spot on your bucket list. Truly one of the most beautiful sights in all of nature.

Leaf Peeping – Autumn Leaves, Lemongrass, Sushi, Monarch Butterfly, Auburn, Beet, and Saddle Brown Felt Sheets

Native Corn - Pastry, Hay Stack, Wild Blueberry, Black, Sunshine and Penny Felt Sheets

Native Corn – Pastry, Hay Stack, Wild Blueberry, Black, Sunshine and Penny Felt Sheets

It’s easy to get lost in the reds, auburns, shades of yellow and cream but perhaps the most surprising are the deep blues and blacks.  If only all veggies were this colorful.

Native Corn – Pastry, Hay Stack, Wild Blueberry, Black, Sunshine and Penny Felt Sheets

Bushel of Blessings: Autumn Leaves, Poinsettia, Nutmeg, Cactus, Banana Cream Pie, Bisque, Pastry, Sweet Pea, and Penny felt sheets.

Bushel of Blessings: Autumn Leaves, Poinsettia, Nutmeg, Cactus, Banana Cream Pie, Bisque, Pastry, Sweet Pea, and Penny felt sheets.

Bushel of Blessings: Autumn Leaves, Poinsettia, Nutmeg,Courtyard, Banana Cream Pie, Bisque, Pastry, Courtyard, and Penny felt sheets.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Andie

Now that we’ve sent fall off properly lets gear up for some serious winter crafting AFC will be doing  3 matching felt ornament collections starting with “Hipster Week” series on Monday. So join us all next week so you can tell all your friends you liked it “before it was cool” 

Hipster Week 11/ 25/13 - 12/1/13

Hipster Week 11/ 25/13 – 12/1/13

Get your craft on!

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DIY Mini Felt Pumpkins

4 Oct

DIY Plush Felt Pumpkin tutorial ~ American Felt and CraftA plethora of mini pumpkins make the perfect fall decor or felt food. These pumpkins are deceptively easy with our felt mini pumpkin tutorial.

Diy Mini Felt Pumpkins

You will need:

9″ x 12″ piece of Felt per pumpkin

We have over 100 colors to choose from try: Orange Juice, Sweet Potato, Monarch Butterfly, or mix it up with Buttercream or White.

Stem colored felt:  we used Banana Nut Muffin. Size will vary depending on the length of stem desired.

Beacon Felt Glue

1 skein of embroidery thread per pumpkin, you will need a lot of this! Match the color or use a contrasting color for a more vibrant look.

Stuffing

Long embroidery needle

Pipe Cleaner – Optional

Begin by cutting one 1 pumpkin circle and base from pumpkin colored felt and stem from choosen felt color.

How to make felt food

1. Using a full strand of cross stitch thread create a running stitch around the outside of the circle.

2. Pull gently to form a cup shape from your felt.

3. Fill with stuffing and knot.

Felt pumpkin tutorial

4. Using cross stitch thread doubled over sew through the stuffed shape  and pull to divide into sections.

Felt Pumpkin tutorial - step 4

5. Continue dividing until you are happy with the look don’t worry too much about symmetry since pumpkins are often naturally uneven.

add bottom to pumpkin

6. Turn pumpkin over and glue base onto back.

Making the Stem

A.K.A

Felt Glue is the Best!

Place a seam of glue just inside the rectangle

Make a felt stem

Roll up adding another seam of glue at the end let dry for 15 minutes.

felt stem 2

Decide on a length and cut into an angle on one side so it sits on the pumpkin correctly.

position felt stem

Position stem onto pumpkin and glue into place to cover center stitches.

Cut a small scrap of felt stem colored felt and glue to cover the rolled stem end if desired.

Advanced Stem- ography:

Don’t worry it’s not that advanced!

Felt Pumpkins tutorial

Bent Stem –

Cut stem to desired length  – cut pipe cleaner to the same size then fold over so it is shorter and slip it into the hollow center of your rolled stem.

Making a stem - pumpkin

felt pumpkin DIY

Attach to your pumpkin with felt glue allow to dry before bending stem.

Felt Pumpkin tutorial - American Felt and Craft

Vary the stem by cutting some at an angle and others blunt and flat.

Create a more dimensional stem by gluing smaller angled stem pieces to the main stem.

Small vine pieces can be made from very thin cuts of rolled felt stem pulled apart slightly before being attached to the pumpkin.

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Mini Pumpkin Template

pumpkin templatePrint at full size

 Looking for more felt fun?

Felt Avocado

Felt Avocado Pattern

Whip up some felt avocados.

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Create magic with magic snow globe Felt Christmas ornaments

mermm

Craft some lovely felt sand dollars

Glowing Ghost felt finger puppets

Scare up some fun with ghost finger puppets

Sequined Snowflake Ornament Tutorial - Tons of felt Ornaments

Sparkle with sequined felt snowflake ornaments.

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Simple felt costumes with big wow factor!

30 Sep

Easy felt costumes

Every mom on the block knows that felt is a great go to fabric for your Halloween costumes. It’s inexpensive, requires no seams, is warm and comes in a myriad of colors perfect for any Robot, Princess or Clown or Robot-Princess- Clown.   Have a look at a few of our favorite beginner friendly felt costumes.

homemade-pinata-costume

Photo via Costume Works

 Felt Pinata Costume – Wendi via Costume Works

This super easy felt Halloween costume is made from rainbow tiers of felt strips hot glued onto PJ’s. The hat is constructed of cardboard and felt. A unique and colorful costume for the kid who loves to be the life of the party!

Read all about it here:  http://www.costume-works.com/contest2012/pinata.html

Photo via Princess E & Me

Photo via Princess E & Me

Felt Owl Costume – Princess E. and Me

Similar to the Pinata costume this look can be achieved by laying down feather shaped felt and adhering them to a onesie, PJs, or sweats, try adding a few actual feathers between the layers softer effect. Ally the mommy extraordinaire behind Princess E. and Me shares the full tutorial for this no sew, super soft felt owl.

Read all about it here:

http://princesselsieandme.blogspot.com/2011/10/no-sew-adorable-owl-costume.html

Photo via RadMegan

Photo via RadMegan

Quick Kermit Costume – Radmegan

Want a fun way to dress up at the office but don’t want the weird stares at the Starbucks? This quick and easy Kermit costume is easy to slip on and off- hiding your secret Muppet obsession from your local Batista.  Radmegan shares an awesomely photographed step by step tutorial featuring a felt collar and needle felted eye barrettes!

Read all about it here: http://radmegan.blogspot.com/2011/11/kermit-crafts-neck-bunting-and-eye.html

Photo via Parenting.com

Photo by Frank Heckers via Parenting.com

Sweet Gherkin – Parenting.com

In a last minute Halloween pickle? Yet another no-sew wonder this felt pickle costume is actually held together with glue and only requires two shades of green felt.

Read all about it here: http://www.parenting.com/article/pickle-21354930

Photo via Martha Stewart

Photo via Martha Stewart

Flower Petal Collars- Martha Stewart

Create a garland of girls with these no sew headbands and felt floral collars . Made with floral tape, wire, felt, fusible webbing, glue and bias tape.

Read all about it here:

http://www.marthastewart.com/270250/family-costumes-flower-bouquet?czone=holiday%2Fhalloween-center%2Fhalloween-center-pumpkins&gallery=274407&slide=270250&center=276965

Photo via Flikr

Photo via Abethanymind Flikr

Felt Hedgehog Costume- abethanymind via Flikr

This little Hedgehog couldn’t be any cuter! No tutorial to go with this adorable photo but it can be recreated with brown felt cut into points and adhered to a warm and comfy romper. Keeping the points less variegated along the top prevents anything from distracting from that adorable baby face ! Add an oval belly and pop up eyes for the sweetest costume on the block!  Bethany shares lots of shots of her masterpiece from all angles be sure to check it out here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/abethanymind/5133967023/in/set-72157622545388749/

Honorable mention:

Photo via Imagine Our Life

Photo via Imagine Our Life

Imagine Our Life – World’s Best Robot Costume

When Stephanie from Imagine Our Life takes on Halloween you know your’re in for something special!  Here she has created the end all be all of toddler robot costume.s, complete with light up display. While this project does not qualify as beginner friendly it’s definitely a labor of love and a once in a lifetime a costume your child will never forget!

Get the step by step on Imagine Our Life: http://www.imagineourlife.com/2013/09/22/make-the-worlds-best-robot-costume/

Lobster Bake Costume

Lobster Bake- Holly

Check out what one of our customers created using her own lobster pattern and our Gulf Coast Catch shrimp and Clams! The matching melted butter treat bucket is to die for!

Looking for more inspiration:

Dobby Costume

Photo Via Pinterest

 We have 150 felt costume ideas to peruse on our Pinterest Board: Felt Costumes

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Making a felt costume? We’d love to see it – submit your photo on our Facebook Page!

Felt Fall Quiet Book Page & Printables

19 Sep

Fall is here!  

All photos copyright Imagine Our Life

Copyright Imagine Our Life

And if you weren’t already excited here’s a great felt fall project guaranteed to have you longing for crisp autumn days.

 Stephanie from Imagine Our Life not only has an amazing fall felt quiet book page perfect for the little leaf peeper in your life but she also has an entire home school unit devoted to the season. 

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Copyright Imagine Our Life

As usual her attention to detail is stunning and her designs are always so inventive and kid friendly! Kids can practice sorting, sizing and counting.

Fall craft projects

 Her free felt patterns as well as printable leaf identification cards, color pages and instructions for a super fun sensory bin are available on the Imagine Our Life blog.

Happy Fall Y’all

~Andie

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Pattern for fall trees candle mat

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Scrappy Fall Felt Candle Mat.

7 Nov

This super easy candle mat is a great way to use up those fall colored felt scraps just add a pumpkin scented candle and it makes a great hostess gift this Thanksgiving.

Pattern for fall trees candle mat

You will need:

White felt 1/4 yard

Scraps of felt in fall colors

used here:

Gold Nugget

Fresh Cut Grass

Autumn Leaves

Beet

Courtyard

Hot Chocolate

Tomato Soup

Banana Cream Pie

coordinating thread

Brown embroidery thread

Step 1: 

Cut 2-  12″ circles from the white felt. Feel free to adjust this to whatever size suits your needs or make it really easy and just trace a plate. Set one circle aside.

Step 2:

Begin cutting random blobs from scraps of fall colored felts.  Place and pin at top, bottom and sides of one of your white felt circles. Try to make each “tree” a little different from the others.  Fill in the rest of the space and pin when the placement looks right.

Thanksgiving fall candle mat

Step 3:

Using brown embroidery thread create tree trunks and branches with a quick running stitch along each tree.Fall Tree Candle Mat craft tutorial

Step 4:

Once all the branches and trunks have been stitched begin stitching down your trees with coordinating thread.

Felt autumn project

Step 5: 

Once all the trees have been sewn into place, stack white felt circles together and trim any uneven edges before overcast stitching them together with white thread.

Felt hostess gift

Enjoy!

Check out our other fall themed felt crafts:

Super easy felt napkin rings 

fall garland

Fall Garland

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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