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Ghost Party Candle Mat

12 Sep
Ghost Candle Mat

It’s a dead man’s party! Ghostly guests gather by your flickering candle light to revel in the thrills and chills of the Halloween season. Each little ghost is dressed in their party best adding their own ‘spirit’ to this ghoulish gathering. You’ll only need a few sheets of felt and matching thread to stitch up a spooky centerpiece you’ll be happy to be haunted by for years to come.

You will need:

2- 9″ x 12″ black felt sheets*

1- 9″ x 12″ white felt sheet*

Scraps of felt in oranges and gold I used Gold Nugget, Orange Juice and Tangerine. *

Embroidery thread in Black, pink and bright orange.

Felt Ghost Party Template:

*Matching thread

Cut:

Ghosts from white felt

2 – 8″ circles from black felt

Hats and party horn from colored felts as marked on pattern

How to make a ghost party candle mat:

Lay ghosts in a circle on one of the round black pieces, sew ghosts down with white thread and a running stitch or appliqué stitch.

Add facial features with black embroidery thread. Stitch dots for cheeks with pink thread as marked on pattern.

Add a long stitch with a single strand of black embroidery thread where each set of ghost hands meet.

From here we will go ghost by ghost. To make things easier I have given each ghost a name and broken down the steps for each one. Each party guest has unique details but don’t be spooked they are all super simple to create.

It’s time to meet our ghostly guests.

Henry

Henry is the life of the party with his co-ordinating hat and party horn cut from a pale orange. You know this guy came to live it up!

Sew hat and horn into place with a running stitch and matching thread.

Accent the hats with embroidery thread X shapes and finish horn with decorative stitch stripes.

Clara

Clara is a big believer in simple elegance and timeless style in her gold crown and classic frightening frock.

Clara’s crown is sewn down with a running stitch and matching thread and that’s it, simple, elegant.

Izzy

Izzy’s oversized party glasses are sure to lift everyone’s spirits!

The hat is sewn into place with a running stitch and then accented by long stitches of black embroidery thread. The glasses are super easy and are created with orange embroidery thread with just a few simple stitches.

First sew the top of the glasses with one stitch extending from around the eye to the where you want the glasses to extend out.

Create a second smaller stitch pointing downwards for center of the glasses frame.

Next create the bottom of the eye piece with another long stitch connecting the top eye piece to just below the eye.

Starting from the center of the frames (where the nose would be) sew a small stitch downward to create one side of the glasses.

Repeat on the other side to create a second eye piece.

Ralph

Ralph is a free spirit, dancing along and happy to be out of the attic! Stitch loveable Ralph’s party hat into place with a running stitch and matching thread, the small dots are actually just tiny stitches of a single length of black embroidery thread.

Create the pom pom by sewing overlapping stitches with standard sewing thread. Sew small stitches in angles at the pointy end of the party hat.

Walter

No one is more pleased to be invited to the party than Walter. In his tall party hat he’s clearly having the time of his afterlife. Attach the party hat with matching thread and a running stitch and accent with black embroidery thread.

Use bright orange to sew a pom pom to the top as described above.

Ava

Ava is loving every second of this ghostly gathering, sporting a pom pom headband and howling like a banshee she hasn’t been out in ages and she’s not scared of a good time!

For Ava’s headband sew a single length of black thread along the ghosts head and then create two longer stitches near the sides sticking out upwards for the pom poms to sit on top of.

Accent these pop pom stems with a length of standard white thread and diagonal stitches to create stripes.

Then sew pom poms to the ends as described above using white and orange standard sewing thread.

Oliver

Wearing an orange party crown and sporting a slightly tattered sheet suit, Oliver is here for a good time AND a long time.

Sew Oliver’s crown into place and accent with three french knots. His “tattered” ensemble is created with standard black thread and a few small stitches near the base.

Harper

This little ghost looks like it can tell you some great ghost stories (and centuries of spine tingling gossip)

Harper’s hat is sewn down with matching thread and accented with diagonal stitches of a single length of black embroidery thread. A second diagonal stipe is stitched in using standard white thread. Add a french knot at the tip of the hat in bright orange thread.

Once all your party guests have been assembled it’s time to add the backing.

Sew finished front to the second black circle with an overcast stitch and black thread.

Add a candle and enjoy!

Happy Crafting

Andie

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Felt log circle drink coasters

25 Jun

I am a big fan of cute I am also a big fan of useful, these DIY felt log coasters / trivets are both! These felt coasters don’t require any sewing and look so cute!

These simple felt woodland coasters are held together with hot glue and can be made into any size you like. I think these DIY felt log cuts look great as coasters but they could just as easily create an adorable trivet for your pots and pans or even a beautiful mat for a cake stand.

Felt tree stump coasters make lovely gifts in a basket of artisan tea and a personalized mug or scones.

The key to the perfect felt tree trunk coasters is all in the prep, the more even you can cut the strips the better your results of course you can always trim off mistakes as you go if your cuts are less than perfectly even.

If you are a quilter no doubt cutting these felt strips will likely be a simple task. If you don’t have a rotary cutter no problem just cut into strips with scissors. More tips on cutting below.

You will need:

To make a set of 4 log coasters:

1/2 yard tan felt, I used Pastry

1/2 yard dark brown felt I used Brownie

Hot Glue and glue gun

Cut:

4- 4″ circles from outer bark colored felt

Cut tan and the remaining scraps dark brown into 1/2″ ribbons

To make cutting easier you can use a ruler or cut a scrap of cardboard into 1/2″ wide strip. Trace lines onto felt and cut.

Cut 1/2″ felt into a 5″ length and roll to create the center. Glue felt with hot glue as you roll.

Alternate between tan and bark color felt. There isn’t any set length just glue until you are happy with the look and switch colors as you go. Try to line the ribbons up as evenly as possible.

When you get the felt tree trivet the size of your bottom circle wrap with a final dark brown outside. Glue cut lengths (anywhere from 1/4″ – 2″ long) randomly along the outside to create shingled bark look. Round the felt log coaster between your hands until it sits as evenly as possible and trim if needed.

Chose the less attractive side and coat with hot glue, leave the outside of the felt log cut free of glue so when you place the back it doesn’t overflow.

Pace the back and press down, go back along edges and glue down any sides that need it.

Enjoy you’re new cottage inspired felt coasters.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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DIY Felt Food – Chocolate Heart Cake

14 Jun

Embracing this months cottage cozy theme I knew if I was going to make a felt cake it would need to be chocolate and it would need to be a heart shape. A little felt cake that would be simple to make but would look right at home in a play picnic basket or tea party.

I experimented with adding some DIY felt roses as an added accent to this felt food cake pattern but it just lacked the simple rustic feel I was hoping for. I love the look of the felt daises against this fun felt dessert. If you are wondering how to make a felt heart cake, it really is surprisingly easy. Below you will find a tutorial for a simple heart shaped cake tutorial dripping with a dark chocolate felt “ganache” and accented with DIY felt daisies.

You will need:

9″ x 6″ felt cake color I used Brownie

9″ x 12″ felt icing color I used Chocolate

Stuffing, scraps or foam to fill heart cake

Free pattern to make felt heart cake:

Felt daises – full tutorial Here

Cut:

2 Cake sides from light brown felt

2 icing sides from icing color, top and bottom from icing felt

(you can create a bottom from light brown if accuracy is important to you)

Sew daisies to felt cake top, you can also glue these down with got glue if desired.

Sew icing drips to both sides of cake with matching thread and a running stitch.

Place cake sides outsides facing and sew sides together. This meeting point will the the dip at the top of the heart.

Sew the top to the side with and overcast stitch and matching thread.

Sew bottom the felt heart cake the same way as the top. Add filling, stuffing or foam before closing to help it hold structure. If you find it too lumpy try reinforcing the sides with a bit of thin cardboard (like a cereal box) before stuffing.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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DIY Felt Tea Bags and Tin

5 Jun

A tea party is just the thing to inspire imaginative play and practice manners and fine motor skills too! While we’ve covered free felt food patterns for tea party staples such as cookies, (chocolate chip, fortune cookies, rolled cookies) as well as pies of all kinds (hand pies, lemon meringue, cherry) and even petit fours, snack cakes and cake pops. Sadly we neglected the star of the show DIY felt tea bags.

This set features a matching floral patterned felt but any 2mm thick felt will do, the standard wool blend is too floppy for this project unless you want to double up but that can make stitching a bit tricky. Stiffer or thick felts are best for this project and I think the Cottage Floral print I used here for the felt tea tin and tea tag backs worked out wonderfully.

When working with felt objects in need of structure 2- 3mm felt is a game changer, it easily holds shape without stuffing and doesn’t need to be finished off along the tops or bottoms because it won’t stretch out as easily.

You will need some filling for your tea bags and shredded scraps work well, if you are using a high quality felt for the felt tea bags the color wont matter.

In regards to the label have included the image on the pattern in reverse if you’d like to try printing on special paper and ironing it on (although that method can be prone to flaking) as well as a blank one for hand stitching.

All June long we will be including a free felt “Tea” label with every order while supplies last.

This label is colorfast, nontoxic and washer dryer safe. If you decide to craft up a set of DIY felt tea bags with this free pattern we’d love to see your finished product http://www.facebook.com/feltandcraft

You will need:

To make a set of 5 tea bags and 1 tin you will need:

2- 3 mm thick felt for the top, bottom and sides of tin. 8″ x 11″ total *

I used Cottage Floral for the sides and White for the top and bottom

9″ x 12″ white felt for tea bags*

Scrap felt for tea bag details I used: Mint, Purple Haze, Lemon, Lipstick, Crushed Coral, Granny Smith, Cilantro *

Embroidery thread in Green, White, Grey and Black

*matching thread

Free printable felt tea bag and tin pattern

Cut:

5 tea bags and 5 tea tags and blank tag from wool blend white felt

2 tea tin sides and 5 tea tags from patterned 2mm thick felt

1 bottom, 1 top and two sides from 2-3mm thick white felt

5 – 6″ long tea bag strings knotted on each end

Sew lemon shape with yellow thread and a running stitch.

Place strawberry greens down and sew berry shape over top with a running stitch, accent with a few stitches in a contrasting color.

Sew mint shape down with matching thread

Sew lavender shapes down with a single strand of green embroidery thread.

Place peach greens onto tag and sew peach into place on top.

Place one of the knotted ends in-between the patterned and detailed tags, trim to match if needed and overcast stitch around the outside of the tag to hold. Repeat with each tag.

Fold a tea bad shape in half lengthwise and overcast stitch with matching thread.

Move the seam to center and fold so both seams face outward. Stitch along the bottom of the bag.

Trim felt for filler and fill each end with about a tbs of felt. Fold so the seams face inward and trim tops to a matching point. Be careful not to cut through the tea bag seams.

Place the other end of the knotted tag between the tea bag and stitch closed with small stitches using a running stitch and matching white thread.

Optional: Place a small grey stitch at the top of each tea bag. Repeat for each tea bag.

If you are using a printed tag sew to the center of one of the side pieces. If you are creating your own label stitch the work tea onto your label and sew to side piece.

Center the label to the front and sew onto thick felt base with an overcast stitch.

Center second side and stitch. When sides overlap sew them together with a running stich, this will give the tin added stability.

Sew lid sides to tin top the same way trimming if needed and sewing the side together without overlap.

Enjoy a legendary tea party!

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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