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Wizard Wand Baby Rattles

25 Oct

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These soft Harry Potter inspired felt wands feature a rattling core to make magic happen when they get into even the tiniest of hands. Just like the in the Potterverse no two wands are exactly alike. So if you are looking for the perfect project for an expecting Harry Potter fan or you’re just looking for a DIY baby toy even a muggle could love.  Skip the trip to Ollivanders and read on…

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Potterheads and those of us who have studied wand lore know that the wand chooses the wizard that much is true. So I have designed these in 4 styles, you can easily mix and match these techniques and colors to create a one of a kind wand for your little wizard. The mini rattle core makes this a fun gift any tiny wizard will enjoy waving.

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You will need:

Felt for wand a 9″ x 12″ sheet will provide you with enough felt to make any of the patterns with lots of scraps left over.

Vinewood- Light beige felt I used Pastry*

Willow-  Light Brown felt I used Mud Puddle*

Walnut – Dark Brown felt I used Saddle Brown*

Rosewood – Coppery Brown felt I used – Penny*

Stuffing

Mini Rattle Insert

Pencil or chopstick to help with stuffing and turning (optional)

Template at the end of post

*Matching Thread

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Willow  Wand

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Cut one wand shape, one handle and one handle top as well as an end piece from mud puddle wool blend felt. Overcast stitch along the length of the shape and flip so the knots and stitching face inward. Set aside.

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Sew the handle top to the handle base with a running stitch, you will be sewing along the top later so you can leave that unsewn for now.  Fold handle pieces together with outside facing in and overcast stitch along the length of the handle.

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Stitch end to the wider part of the handle piece with an overcast stitch and matching thread. Turn right side out and place a mini rattle insert into the base. Set aside.

wand4Stuff wand shape using pencil or chopstick to help if needed. Fit wand into all the way down into the handle base. Overcast stitch the handle top to wand using matching thread.

wand5Run a gathering stitch around the wand tip and pull to seal. Tuck in loose ends and sew through to secure.

Rosewood/ Vinewood Wands

DIY Felt WandCut one wand, one wand base and vine carving from wool blend felt. Lay the vine carving shape along the wand and cut in diagonal lines as shown. Sew down along all the edges with a running stitch and matching thread. Fold wand inside out. and overcast stitch almost all the way up. You will want to leave an area open to add the rattle insert after you turn the wand inside out. This space will also make turning much easier.

*For Vinewood style keep the vine carving only on the base of the wand

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Stitch end to base of wand and overcast stitch. Turn the wand using a chopstick or pencil to help. Stuff wand about 1″ up before adding the mini rattle and closing the wand.

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Walnut Wand

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Cut one wand shape, two cords and an end piece from saddle brown wool blend felt.  Lay cording shapes in lines along the base of the wand and along the length sew down using a running stitch and matching thread. Cut off any areas that hang over.

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 Fold wand inside out. and overcast stitch almost all the way up. You will want to leave an area open to add the rattle insert after you turn the wand inside out.  Add base and flip the wand, add mini rattle and stuff. Close the tip as shown above.

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You can easily customize these felt Harry Potter inspired wizard wand rattles with any color or style you can imagine. Share your wand creations on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram I’d love to see what magic you make!

Wizard wand template- print at full size

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Wanna make more magic? Try these free patterns and tutorials:

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Glowing felt firefly garland
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Felt Voodoo Doll Pincushion

23 Oct

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This creepy cute voodoo doll pincushion is a simple and spooky addition to your sewing basket. Able to hold all the pins you can possibly imagine yet always there with a goofy grin, he’s the ultimate frienemy! I wanted to give mine a bit of a vintage aged feel so I went with a wool blend chai felt, a milky grey beige tone but you can make this felt pincushion in any color of the rainbow. The same applies to buttons, any size or shape will do. This project is truly great for allowing you to use whatever you have on hand and is an easy project for even beginning sewers.

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You will need:

9″ x 12″ sheet felt I used Chai 

Scrap of felt for heart I used Pomegranate

Buttons one larger than the other, any size or style will work

Black embroidery thread

Stuffing

 

Cut

Two voodoo doll bodies from chai felt and one heart shape from scrap

felt voodoo dollSew buttons onto front of one voodoo body side.

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Using one full strand of embroidery thread stitch mouth shape and stitch over as shown.

Stitch down heart in an X shape.

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Place the two pieces together so that they match up.

cute felt dollUsing one full strand of embroidery thread overcast stitch around the outside, stuffing as you go. Ugly felt voodoo dollEnjoy your new friend…or enemy!

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~Andie

 

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Zombie Mouse!

13 Oct

IMG_6807Invite your cat to battle zombies, zombie mice that is. Cats love felt, the texture allows them to sink their teeth and claws into the fibers, which they find immensely satisfying.  Enjoy the sight of watching your cat go head to head with an army of mice back from the dead and hungry for brains.

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You will Need:

Green felt, I used Honeydew, Cilantro and Granny Smith*

Scraps of red felt I used Lipstick *

Scraps of white felt

Stuffing

Cat Nip – Optional

Embroidery thread in white, red, beige and black, optional dark green for whiskers

Zombie mouse pattern at the end of post

*matching thread

 

Cut

Cut one body shape on the fold, two paws, two ears, a base and a foot base from green felt

Cut 2 eyes from white felt

Cut tail wound, mouth and any various wounds from red felt

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Fold paws over at the wrists and secure with overcast stitches as shown. Set aside.

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Pinch ears together at base and secure with a few stitches. Set aside.

3 (1)Place eyes down first and secure with french knots in red embroidery thread. Keep the eyes near the center and away from the edges.

Place mouth into the center between the eyes and sew down with red thread, sew desired wounds into place.

Add ribs with a few stitches of white embroidery thread onto one side near the center.

Add stitches with black embroidery thread as desired. Simply stitch into a line and then go back over with spaced stitches.

Sew down paws at the base with a running stitch.

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Sew tail wound into place with red thread. Sew along the center with white embroidery thread to simulate tail bones. Add any dark stitches with the same method you used above.

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Bring edges of the tail together and overcast stitch along the raw edges in matching thread.

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Fold accented mouse body in half placing tail near the base and overcast stitch, until you get to the tail. Stitch over the tail with a running stitch or two before returning the overcast stitch to the bottom.

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Turn right side out and stuff. Add cat nip if you are using it in your cat toy.  Sew a nose over the top with beige embroidery thread.

 

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Sew zombie mouse ears into place with a few stitches.

 

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Sew base to foot base. Leaving the edges free to make sewing base to the body a bit easier. Overcast stitch base into place.

 

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Now your cat has a worthy foe thanks to your amazing DIY cat toy making skills.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Felt Ice Cream Cones

17 Jul

icecreamcoverSummer is here and it’s the perfect time to set up a living room ice cream shop. Fill your felt freezer with these adorable and super soft felt ice cream cones. Our felt tutorial will walk you step by step through the entire process.

You will need:

8″ x 5″ Light Brown felt* I used toffee

5″ x ^” Ice cream Color, I used Pink Tutu, Chocolate, and White. *

Stuffing

Pencil to trace (optional)

Felt Ice Cream Template at the end of this post.

*Matching embroidery aka Cross Stitch thread.

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Fold long ends of ice cream piece together and overcast stitch together. Lightly stuff but leave the very tip a little unstuffed to curl it later.

Stitch around the opening with a gathering stitch, pull closed and run the need through a few times. Using a full stand of embroidery thread not doubled over go in through the base and out through the base of the body. and wrap around.  Pass needle through the tip and create a tiny stitch back to the base to make a curl and hide the knot.

Hold wrapped string in place with small tacking stitches along the body of the ice cream. (see below for a close up of tacking stitches) Place with the tip of the ice cream a little to get it to curl. Set aside.

Cone Time!

ic2Cut out cone base from light brown felt, lightly trace the triangle shapes with pencil. Stitch along pencil marks with long stitches and a full strand of cross stitching thread doubled over.

ic3Go back over long stitches with short stitches into the centers to hold the thread down. As shown. These are tacking stitches.

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Put long ends of the felt cone together and sew to form a tube. Stuff Lightly.

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Sew ice cream to cone with an over cast stitch. You will be covering up this part of the cone so don’t worry about perfection.

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Sew or glue rim to the top of the cone and overcast stitch base onto bottom of cone.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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