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Felt Popsicle

8 Jun

Felt food craft free Popsicle tutorial

Nothing says summer like a Popsicle. Once you get the hang of it these felt Popsicles can be put together in no time!

Supply List:

Each 9x 12 sheet will make 2 Popsicles here I used, Rubber DuckieMonarch Butterfly, Key Lime Pie  and Lipstick

Scrap felt  2″ square per popsicle will more than suffice here I used Pastry

You will also need:

Matching thread (for each Popsicle color and stick color) cross stitching thread is fine just don’t use more than one strand or your piece may look more like frankenpop.

Stuffing

Scissors

Template below

Begin by cutting out the templates:

Felt Popsicle tutorial template

Free felt food Popsicle tutorial

Assembly:

1: Cut out Popsicle template on fold, do not cut along dotted line or red and blue stripes unless you are making a three colored pop (see instructions for this below)

2: Fold over and stitch along the side using a running stitch and matching thread

3: Turn right side out and place seam in the center, stitch down middle using a running stitch and matching thread.

4:  Attach the top pieces using an overcast stitch and matching thread, you may need to trim the oval-shaped tops and bottoms to fit.

5. Stuff popsicle (you may need a pencil or chopstick to assist in this); cut a small slit in through the center of bottoms.

6: Stack stick pieces together and overcast stitch around the outside leaving 1/4″ unsewn along the top.

7. Slip stick piece in through the slit in bottom piece.

8. Fold unsewn flaps down and sew down using a running stitch and thread that matches Popsicle color.

9. Sew bottoms into place using an overcast stitch as in step 4.

To create a layered Popsicle:

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Shown here: White, Peacock, Lipstick, and Pastry

Cut along red and blue lines, cut each strip (on fold) from a different color of felt. Sew strips together with running stitch making sure the seams are facing outward for step 2 and inside for step 3,  proceed as outlined above.

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TIP: Our Mini Rattle inserts fit perfectly inside this felt Popsicle, simply slip one in during the stuffing process to create an adorable summertime baby rattle.

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Stay tuned for next tutorial  “Patriotic Popsicle Party”, an awesome 4th of July party plan featuring print ables from our friend Maura from Blackbirdie Designs, and more felt fun than you can shake a Popsicle stick at.

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Maybe not on trees but money does grow on Sheep!

18 Sep

FELT MONEY:

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It’s inevitable that once your child collects enough felt food he or she will want to make an imaginary store or restaurant. Since no little grocer or waiter wants to work for free little shoppers will need to cough up some cash and what better way to pay for felt food than felt money. This is also a great way to teach your child math by helping them to make change for their purchases and you can be sure your wool blend money will last through thousands of mini transactions.

This pattern is super easy to follow for every 10 bills you will need:

1 sheet Cilantro colored wool blend felt

2 sheets  Buttercream colored wool blend felt

1-2 sheets  Fresh Cut Grass colored wool blend felt depending of the size and amount of numbers you are making

Cream thread, green thread, and or felt glue.

First cut your  Cilanto or money colored felt  into ten bills. Since our felt is sold in 9″ x 12″ pieces just cut as shown into a little larger than 2″ x 4.5″ inch pieces.

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Or if your cutting from yardage use this template

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Next you will need to cut 2 buttercream circles for EACH bill so if your only making 4 bills you will need 8 circles, for 10, 20 circles and so on.  Each circle is about 2″ in diameter.

Circle Template:

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Lastly you will need to cut numbers in whatever denomination you like from the Fresh cut grass, or darker green color, don’t forget little circles for the inside of the 0’s. For each bill you will need a set (2) of matching numbers.numbers template

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Step 1 : Sew numbers to circle as shown,using green thread to match your numbers you’ll obviously want to do these in matching sets. You may want to use felt glue to speed things along. Felt glue is wonderful and your numbers will stay on indefinitely however your bills may be a little stiff. I like the homespun look of sewing but if time is of the essence nothing is faster than felt glue.

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Step 2: Pin circles to both side of the money making sure your numbers match, for clarity I have left off the number in the example picture.

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Step 3: Stitch around the circle using cream colored thread and a running stitch, watch to make sure that each stroke looks nice from both sides. Finish hiding your knot along the ridge of your circle. Again I have left the numbers off the example for clarity.

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And VIOLA! Felt money…if only making real money were this easy!

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Enjoy and please remember our patterns are for personal use only!

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Chop Chop- Cut Apart Felt Food Carrot, Free Pattern & Tutorial

22 Jun

Free Felt cut apart veggie tutorial from American Felt and Craft #FeltFood

What’s more fun than play veggies ready for slicing?

Besides a barrel of monkeys, which actually just sound dirty and loud to me but to each his own I guess… where was I… oh yeah veggies.

Here as promised is the felt carrot tutorial. You can do this with any felt food you’d like you’ll just need to modify the pattern by cutting it into smaller pieces and creating a Hook and Loop or Velcro inside. American Felt and Craft now stocks 16 diffrent colors to match with nearly anything you can dream up.

Keep in mind that most quality Velcro (aka hook and loop) is very strong so for the sake of your pieces posterity I would recommend “cutting” pieces apart with a plastic, wooden, or even felt knife rather than pulling on them.  The little blue knife from Ikea  pictured above is perfect for this.

For this project you will need:

1 sheet Sweet Potato, or orange colored felt (will make 2 carrots)

1 sheet Fresh Cut Grass or dark green felt (will make 2 carrots)

Stuffing, I used 100% wool legacy stuffing but any stuffing will do

1 6inch strip of colored hook and loop in Fresh Squeezed. (will make 2 carrots with quite a bit left over.)

Thread to match orange colored felt.

If you need help with stitches please refer to Putting it all together

Step 1 cut pieces from templates, below;top

Cut 1 carrot top from fresh cut grass felt.

Cut everything else from Sweet Potato color

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Step 2.

Roll stem up stem piece and stitch up as shown, stitching can be done with any color thread,  it won’t show.carrottop1

Step 3

Cut Hook and Loop (aka Velcro) into small circles, obviously you won’t be using this color.

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Step 4.

Match up rounds you have cut out, you should have two of each place scratchy side (hook) onto one of the pieces and soft side (loop) to matching piece, stitch into place as shown. Make sure the right pieces fit together, it will be hard to correct later.

Step 5.  Sew up sides of rings using a running stitch as shown below, turn inside out so seam doesn’t show

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ring1Step 6.

Sew bottom to slice A,  the dot represents Hook and Loop (Velcro).

Depending on how far in you made your seam on each carrot ring the bottom and top circles may need to be trimmed a bit to fit properly.

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Step 7

Set up like a cup and gather stitch around and lightly stuff.

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 Place stem into carrot and pull gather stitches tightly, pass needle through the stem a few times to hold it into place, the top is done.

ringtopandendStep 9

Sew tops and bottoms on to remaining rings as specified above. Stick Hook and Loop (Velcro) sides together and Viola! A felt carrot!

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OPTIONAL: To create, carrot “dents”  make a large running stitch in side of finished slice, Hiding knot in the seam. Come up through top seam, pull tightly and knot.  Repeat as desired.

Please let us know if you like the felt carrot pattern. We would love to see finished pictures!

Enjoy and please remember this pattern is for personal use only!

~Andie

C is for cookie- Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Felt Food Tutorial

11 Jun

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookie Tutorial - Lots more felt food patterns too

I’ve received a few emails asking me for a starter felt food project so here it is, the chocolate chip cookie this one is an absolute basic felt food tutorial but it’s a great starter project if your new to sewing it’s also great for kids since it really couldn’t be easier. I also threw a few variations in at the end for you overachievers! Oh and the milk carton is from our Picnic Lunch pattern.

Here’s what I used:

1 sheet wool blend felt in Camel (will make at least 3 cookies)

Scraps of chocolate brown felt.

Thread to match Camel colored felt

Thread to match  Chocolate colored felt

A small amount of batting, I prefer wool batting.

OPTIONAL: Stuffing beads (these add a small about of weight to the cookie which makes them more fun to play with and can help a child develop a sense of balance when picking them up with a toy spatula.)

Felt and batting can be purchased at American Felt and Craft.

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For each cookie:

Cut light brown colored felt into 2  3″  circles

Cut Chocolate colored felt in 1/4″ circles (as many chips as desired)

Cut Batting into a slightly smaller than 3″ circle.

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Step 1 Sew chips onto outside of one of the cookie rounds, since you are using felt your only goal is to affix them firmly so a simple X stitch on top will do.  I used light green here for illustration.

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Step 2 Check batting size by sandwiching between the two cookie halves, now is the easiest time to trim it if you need to.

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Step 3 with batting removed whip stitch around outer perimeter until your a little more than halfway done, stop and place your batting and stuffing beads (if using) into cookie. Whip stitch the rest of the way around and your cookie is complete!

Varations on the theme:

Cookie Counters:

felt counting cookies from American Felt and Craft Make the desired number of cookies using 1 chocolate chip on the first, 2 on the second and so on. Before sewing the pieces together using cross stitch thread back stitch numbers onto cookie bottoms before sewing matching cookie tops and bottoms together.

You and your little one can practice basic math skills by counting the number of chocolate chips and then turning the cookie over to see the corresponding number. They can also be used to learn the numbers by asking questions like, Which cookie has the number 4 on it and then turning them over and counting to see if the child is right. These are a big hit at my house!

Gifted with love

Felt food chocolate chip cookies

Your felt cookies are sure to last a lifetime or two so why not help history out a bit by marking their beginning.  Here I used Orchid colored felt to cut a small heart shape followed by the giver and the year.

White Chip

Chocolate and white chip cookies

By using the same process you can make a white chocolate chip cookie. Here I used Chocolate and Buttercream felt.  Perhaps you live in a magical house where cookies are pink and purple, the combinations are endless… have fun and send pictures!

Andie
American Felt and Craft

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DIY Play felt food cookies perfect or your next tea party

Tea Party Cookies Tutorial

Free Felt Fortune Cookies pattern, template and tutorial

Felt Fortune Cookie Tutorial

…It’s Baaack! Shrimp Stirfry in stock now!!

9 Jun

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Back in April and again in mid May we put these wonderful felt food kits  up for pre-sale on our site. To our surprise we sold out in pre-sale in less than 1 week BOTH times!   Now their actually  in stock  and ready to ship out when you order! So Hurry before their gone and if history has taught us anything, they will go fast!

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The Popcorn Tree’s Shrimp Stir-Fry includes everything(pre-cut wool blend pieces, full color picture instructions in English, needle, thread, stuffing, everything! ) you need to make approximately 20 stir-fry noodles, 3 shrimp, 3 snow pea pods, 2 water chestnuts and 2 Straw Mushrooms, packaged in a signature Chinese take out box from The Popcorn Tree.
This isn’t a flimsy template or a hard to follow pattern, every piece is precut to the correct size so you can spend less time measuring and cutting and more time crafting.

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Made in America.

Seriously what are you waiting for???!! www.AmericanFeltandCraft.com

AFC Presents: Chocolate Fudge- Hot Glue!

3 Jun

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American Felt and Craft is proud to announce our new product, Fudge- Hot Glue! Not since kindergarten paste has glue been so appetizing! Made in the U.S.A, this chocolate brown hot glue adds an unbelievably realistic look to your felt food creations and holds tight to fibers for a strong bond. Great for drips, drizzles, toppings, and dips. Totally non-toxic and best of all available at our on line store, 4 – 4″ sticks for only $2.75, talk about a cheap thrill!

For use in all full sized low temp glue guns.

Hot Fudge

Tips for use:
To avoid stringy pieces never pull away from the piece until you have stopped all pressure on the trigger and waited a few seconds.
To remove colored glue from gun place new color (or clear) glue stick into gun, pull trigger emptying glue onto paper until no more of the original color can be seen, usually around 3-4 trigger pulls.
In the event you need to remove the fudge glue from your piece, wait for it to cool thoroughly and then attempt removal.

Note:  This hot glue sticks firmly and in some cases it may be impossible to remove, in which case try cutting away as much as possible and cover spot, attempting to remove glue while still hot can result in messy strings and smashing it into interlocked fibers making removal impossible.

Please do not attempt to eat glue of any kind, even paste.

Felt Food 101 – Lesson 2 Right said thread, How to make felt food.

1 Jun

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A little background,

2 years ago I was put on bed rest during a pregnancy it was also around this time that I spent my daughters college fund on a beautiful pink retro kitchen set, I think you know which one I am talking about, you know the one everyone passes and says, “who would pay that!?” Well I did. Anyway for Christmas that year along with her lovely kitchen she received some wooden play foods, which being very little she promptly used to scratch and dent her wonderful kitchen! Needless to say those little suckers were gracing the shelves of goodwill by weeks end!

But what can you do in a play kitchen without play food? I wasn’t about to bring a bunch of plastic junk into my home, then the solution presented itself in the form of felt food. I have now made everything from soup to nuts, literally. After crafting felt food for sometime I began to get frustrated trying to find the bits and pieces I needed to to create the things I wanted to. So together with my BFF and fellow crafter Amelia I decided to create the store I was looking for, American Felt and Craft. Please stop in 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!

Lesson 1 Material Girl                                                 Coming Soon: Lesson 3 Needles

Lesson 2 Right said Thread

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Thread

For making felt food just about any thread will do, if you’re going to make heirloom quality felt food, stand the test of time, your great granddaughter will be playing with it, felt food you’re going to need sturdy thread. I highly recommend a cotton or polyester thread, keeping in mind that polyester threads have a bit of a sheen to them and often distract from the piece a little, although there are cotton coated polyester threads. Personally I prefer 100%cotton since the threads are more flexible and softer than other types and since felt absorbs light the felt blends well since cotton usually doesn’t have the shiny qualities of other types. In terms of strength both cotton and polyester are less likely than other threads to break, snag  or form unwanted knots.  You may see thread called quilting thread this is ideal for felt food since the threads are thin and smooth but tough enough to hold up to hand sewing, and blend exceedingly well,  the problem with quilting thread is it’s color range is extremely limited.

Thread to avoid

Don’t bother sewing felt together with silk or rayon thread it’s like attempting to hold it together with paste. And forget about the heavy duty carpet or button thread, sure it’s durable but it’s so thick that it tends to distract or misshape a piece.  The giant spools sold for sergers are great values but tend to tangle and knot easily because they are generally made with a lower quality short cotton strands so I wouldn’t buy any colors you don’t plan on using frequently.

Cross Stitch Thread

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Lately I have been using the skeins of cross stitching thread, they are cheap and come in more colors than I knew existed, I just separate the threads and sew with just one or two. Occasionally some cross stitching threads may leech dye so you may want to test them prior to use and avoid lower quality brands as they are more likely to bleed.happysheep

Specialty threads

Sewing with specialty threads can take a felt piece to the next level. Variegated colors, for corn cob kernels, metallics for the shine on a cherry, iridescents for flower details and glow in the dark just for fun are all great details. <br>You might try experimenting with these keeping in mind that metallic and clear threads can be hard to knot and in the case of metallics may break very easily so both are only best used only for detailing.

Choosing colors

When picking a thread color you should consider buying thread a shade darker than your felt, once sewn it will actually appear closer to the color than exact matches. Felt absorbs light rather than reflecting it so it’s very easy for the human eye to pick up shade differences so try to match the tones as well as possible, again going a shade or so darker for maximum benefit. Lighter threads are great for highlighting  and adding depth to a piece.

I hope this covers any questions you had on thread selection, please feel free to leave any further questions, tips, or suggestions in the comments section.

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