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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

You might also enjoy: Felt mini Pumpkins

Felt Pumpkin tutorial - American Felt and Craft

Thor Inspired Viking Helmet Hat

15 Oct

DIY Thor Hat Tutorial Pattern

Just in time for Halloween and as part of our continuing commitment to turn hats into better hats we present the DIY Thor Inspired Viking helmet hat.

This retro Thor style hat couldn’t be any easier and in most cases you won’t even need to alter the hat!

Easy Thor Hat Tutorial with Felt

You will need:

2 – 9″ x 12″ sheets off white I used Fresh Linen Felt

2″ Velcro AKA Hook and Loop I used Grey

Grey knit winter hat

Thor Hat Wings Template (at the end of this post)

Begin but cutting 4 of the larger wing and 2 of the smaller wing shapes from felt.

Stack the smaller wing over one of the larger ones make sure they mirror each other.

Detachable Felt Thor Wings for Hats

Sew along rounded portion with a running stitch and matching thread.

Thor Hat Tutorial

Place hook (scratchy) side of Velcro to the remaining large wing shapes and stitch down. Your wings should be facing two different directions as shown.

Match up large pieces so that Velcro is on one side and the smaller wing on the other, stitch around with an overcast stitch.

retro thor wings template - felt

You should find that the felt wing shapes stick onto the hat without having to attach the loop (soft side) part of the velcro to the hat.

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If your pieces don’t stick on simply try hat on and mark for placement.

Stitch soft side of velcro to hat where desired.

DIY Thor Hat Tutorial - Super easy!

Because one photo of me in a Thor hat is all you really need.

Because they are attached with Velcro you can remove the wings to wash or dry the hat or to use on another hat (Golden Snitch Anyone?!)

Thor Viking Hat Template

 

Print wings at full size

Happy Crafting

~ Andie

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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

American Felt and Craft online felt and craft store , over 100 colors of felt by the sheet! Ships worldwide.

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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- Halloween Edition!

25 Oct

Halloween’s nearly here and we’ve put together a few of our favorite Halloween inspired felt color combos to get you in the mood. 

Candy Corn Felt Colors

Candy Corn Hues

Candy Corn : Rubber Duckie, Orange Juice, White

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Sugar Skull Inspired Pallet

Sugar Skull: Royal Purple, Black, Watermelon, Slushie, Key Lime, White. Hot Pink Sequins, and Felt Cutouts.

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Alas Poor Edward! A Vampire themed color collection.

Vampire: Darkest Ruby, White, Black, Grey

Happy Felt Friday!

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NEW FROM AMERICAN FELT AND CRAFT!

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.

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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.

Stop by the Store and Celebrate Felt Season! 

Felt Season - 2013 - Stop by the shop

Mini Pumpkin Template

pumpkin templatePrint at full size

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.

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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!

A Gulf Coast Catch Halloween

3 Nov

Holly made her daughter this adorable lobster bake costume using our Gulf Coast Catch pattern and was nice enough to share shots of her amazing work!

Lobster Bake Costume

 Lobster bake costume Felt shrimp and clams

 

Isn’t that melted butter trick or treat bucket is the absolute cutest thing you have ever seen?!

Great job Holly!

Gulf Coast Catch Felt Food pattern

If you’ve made one of our patterns we’d love to see the finished product!

Email us at Customerservice@feltandcraft.com

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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