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Felt Food Cake Pops – Tutorial and Pattern

29 Jan

DIY Felt Cake Pops

CP22Get into the spring party mood with these fun felt food cake pops. They are a little tricky to master but once you get the hang of them the theme and decorating possibilities are endless.

DIY felt cake pops

These sweet felt cake pops make the prefect addition to your felt food bakery or teddy bear’s picnic.

Add some more fun to your felt project by poking a few holes onto crafter’s foam with a chopstick and slip the pops in for a fun and colorful felt food display.

You will need:

Per pop:

4.5″ square of felt in cake pop color, I used: Buttercream, Pink tutu, Mint, White, Chocolate, Aqua and Amethyst Purple*

3.5″ x 1.5″ white felt scrap for stick*

*Matching thread

Felt Glue

 (optional) 

Ribbon for base

Nut Beads

Classic Sprinkle Beads

Sugar Beads

Jimmies (sprinkle beads)

Felter’s Friend Freezer paper – Cutting accuracy is important here.

Felt Scrap for misc decor.

Template – at the bottom of post.

Cross stitching thread for sprinkles

Step 1:

 Cut out your cake pop and stick pieces, you may want to print or copy the pattern onto freezer paper for the most accurate cutting.

For tips on this see our post on Cutting Felt

Step 2:

stcurl

 Roll the white felt rectangle long between your hands to help it better curl. Roll up and stitch down the side with a running stitch and matching thread. Set aside.

Sew Up the stick

Step 3:

If you are embellishing with french knot sprinkles now is the best time to create them .

How to make a felt cake pop - felt foodShown right side out.

Sew the cake pop from the center hub down until you get to the flat bottom edge. Leave your knots exposed because you will be flipping the piece inside out.

How to sew felt food - cake pops American Felt and Craft

Repeat on 3 sides. Sewing it this way makes your piece a bit more uniform and is the best way to compensate for any small differences in cut.

Step 4:

American Felt and Craft free felt project tutorials

Sew all but one remaining side, flip piece so it is right side out and gently stuff. Sew up open side.

DIY felt food cake pop

Step 5:

Place stick piece into the center of the felt cake pop.

felt food patterns free

Run a small gathering stitch around the base of the pop and pull tightly, then pass the needle through the “stick” a few times to insure it is secure.

DIY felt toys

Step 6:

You may need to roll the “pop” between your hands to round it out.

Tie bow around the base and add sprinkles or other embellishments with felt glue or stitching.

Felt Cakes Tutorials

Click here for the Template : cakepopPDF

Hungry for more free felt food tutorials?

Easy Felt Food Petits Four (Tea party cake) tutorial and pattern.

Free Felt Cherry Pie tutorial and pattern

felt food chocolate cookie tutorial

Stop by the store for all your crafting supplies:

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

How to store felt crafts

30 Dec

How to properly store all your felt stuff. AKA Like a Boss

Storing things made from felt

So you’ve made all these wonderful felt things but you just don’t know how to store felt crafts, ornaments, or heirloom pieces in the best, safest way possible you say?

Have no fear, AFC is here.

All in all felt is a great material to work with because a good quality wool or wool blend is pretty durable as fabrics go. But there is a right and a wrong way to store felt long-term. This is the best way to store wool and wool blend felt but the principles will work for any fabric materials.

First it helps to know felt has three main enemies:

Don't pack felt in cardboard alone.

Light

Light can fade felt’s colors and deteriorate it over time. It’s best to store your felt pieces in plastic airtight containers. Clear containers work well too and will allow you to better see the contents. However if you plan to store your pieces anyplace that may be exposed to sunlight regularly store in a solid color plastic container or place the items into other light barriers such as a shoe box or acid free tissue paper before packing.

light tight storage containerMoisture

Luckily wool  has antimicrobial properties which resist mold and mildew naturally so you needn’t worry too much about those as a threat however moisture can weaken felt over time not to mention create a mess. To avoid problems make sure each piece is completely dry before packing it up. Avoid storing in cardboard alone, near garage doors or low to the ground.  Throw in a few of those silica packets that come with shoes if you happen to have any handy. If not please feel free to see this as an excuse to go buy those new boots! I’m extremely pro shoes.

Pests

It’s true moths love wool and other natural fibers. They also love peace and quiet like your basement. Keeping your felt pieces safe from months is actually pretty easy. Avoid any nasty run ins by storing in an airtight plastic container and making sure your felt pieces are cleaned of any food or debris that might be left on them. Not only do crumbs attract pests, the oils can discolor your pieces over time. If you are bringing in vintage pieces consider placing them in a zip lock baggie and freezing them for a few days, this will kill any stowaways and keep the rest of your collection safe.

Here’s a quick run down for cleaning your felt pieces before storage.

Wondering how to clean felt - wonder no more - step by step photos

Oh no someone has smashed peanut butter and cheese crackers into my ornament (It was totally me but I did it for you)

How to clean felt

DON’T PANIC! Dust away and loose crumbs gently. You’ll want to avoid grinding anything into the fibers. Flick the piece from the back if possible to help knock out any loose crumbs in the fibers. I ground this cracker in a bit for emphasis.Keep in mind that even if the piece appears clean you want to make sure no food particles remain or you may have a nasty surprise next year with set in stains and possible pest damage.

Cleaning felt ornaments

Mix 1 part white vinegar or lemon juice to 2 parts water and gently dab at the remaining greasy spots. This will help break up the oils and get rid of any odor that might attract pests. Still have issues? That’s alright dear all the best people do.

Step by step guide to cleaning felt

Take your piece to the sink and run room temperature water through the side opposite your stain. The flowing water will help dislodge any crumbs or oils. Hot water may hurt your wool and cold water will make it hard for the oil to dislodge. Try not to saturate any more of your piece than you have to. Some dyes may run and wet felt is weaker which isn’t great for vintage pieces. Don’t soak the piece just let the water run through for a minute.

Washing wool felt - how to clean you pieces the right way.

 

How to clean vintage and future vintage felt things.

Pop that newly clean felt item in a clean towel and gently press out as much of the moisture as possible. DO NOT RUB!! Your felt is in a delicate place right now and rubbing it may cause it to pill.

How to Clean Felt Safely

Examine your piece for any remaining stain. If it looks good place in a sunny place until just dry the UV rays will also help kill any lingering smell. If your piece is still in need of love repeat the vinegar – water – blot process until it is ready for storage.

Double down on your pest prevention by doing a thorough cleaning of your storage area this will be sure to clear out any hidden enemies and make the space less attractive to traveling moths.

How to store felt Christmas Items

A word on mothballs

Mothballs are a neurotoxin and smell horrible!!!

Stick to cedar wood pieces or lavender for a natural repellent that won’t gag you come next Christmas AND your brain won’t be full of poisons! Win win!
Make sure you replace the repellent every year since the natural oils in these items are what repel pests and they dissipate over time.

Here’s how to make a quick lavender sachet keeping the moths at bay (totally nailed that rhyme!)

DIY Lavender drawer sachets

The fancy stuff:

Flat ornaments can easily be wrapped in acid free tissue paper this allows enough of a buffer so that beads and sequins remain undisturbed and the paper should keep everything nice and dry.

Pack felt away in acid free tissue paper

Dimensional felt ornaments can be kept in coffee filters or clean egg crates with some tissue paper to reduce any motion damage and keep sets together.

How to store felt ornaments

How to store felt

Try to store pieces flat avoid folding to save the need for a low iron later. If you must fold because you are storing a large felt piece such as a tree skirt be sure to place acid free tissue paper between the felt to give the piece space to breathe and avoid any chance of colors running if exposed to moisture.

The felt approved guide for storing felt stuff

And there you have it  – follow those simple steps and your felt pieces will be around for generations to come.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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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

More free Thanksgiving felt craft patterns because we love you:

Thanksgiving napkin ringsEasy Felt Napkin Rings

fall garland tutorial

Fall Felt Garland

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Sequin Snowflakes Felt Christmas Ornament Pattern

9 Nov

Felt Snowflake sequin ornament pattern

I love the way these sequined snowflakes catch the light. These snowy beauties can be made in any color befitting your holiday decor or and at just over 4 inches they add a whimsical sophistication to any Christmas tree.

Felt Snowflake Ornament Pattern

You will Need:

2 sheets 9″ x 12″ White felt *

Pencil

Sequins 

I used Fuchsia, Peacock, Mermaid and Opaque Crystal *

Matching Thread

White Embroidery Thread for hanging. 

Cut out 2 of each of the snowflake shapes from white felt.

Easy felt snowflake ornament pattern

Lightly mark out snowflake shapes with a pencil.

Stitch sequins down onto snowflake ornament

Stitch sequins down over marked areas.

But how you ask? For more on how to attach sequins to felt.

Read This

021Stack embellished pieces on matching backs. Overcast stitch around the outside with white thread and sew the embroidery thread through the top to create a loop to hang.

Felt Snow Flake Ornament Tutorial

This piece is perfect for hanging on an indoor tree and would make a great gift tag for the unique people in your life.

Sequined Snowflake Ornament Tutorial - Tons of felt Ornaments

Happy Crafting – Andie

snowflake ornament pattern

Check out some other great free felt ornament patterns and tutorials

DIY felt snowman ornament tutorial

Felt Snowman Pattern

DIY Felt Gumdrop Ornament Tutorial

Goodie Gumdrops Felt Ornament Pattern

Ric Rac Christmas Tree Felt Ornaments Tutorial - American Felt and Craft The Blog

Ric Rac Christmas Tree Pattern

Avoid the winter chill and buy your felt online.

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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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Felt Octopus Needlebook

6 Aug

DIY felt needlebook tutorial

Octopus are awesome. That’s just factual. You can Google it if you want I’ll wait…

This sea themed needle book features a sequined felt octopus holding all your project needs in his undersea lair.

Your fish pins will love the wave shaped book pages and your organized side will appreciate the small thread pockets on the sandy felt bottom and sides.

The pockets are perfectly sized for small thread scissors 4″ or less and can easily hold 4 or more colors of thread on each side.

One long tentacle wraps around to a faux pearl button closure keeping everything safely tucked away until project time.

You will need:

1- 9″ x 12″ sheet pinkish felt (I used Orchid)

1- 9″ x 12″ sheet pale blue felt (I used Ice)

1- 9″ x 12″ wave blue (I used Capri)

8″x 8″ scrap sand color (I used Banana Nut Muffin)

1 Pearl Button

Sequins :

Hot Pink Sequins and Baby Pink Sequins

Cut out pieces as directed on templates. For tips on cutting open centers see our post on how to cut felt. HERE

Pin octopus shape to 1 rectangle and mark where you would like to add sequins. This can be done with a sharp pencil.

Do not worry about marking the pieces that extend over we will get to those later.

Felt Octopus needle book felt craft tutorial.

 

 Sew sequins where desired. I alternated the two pinks for a little more depth.

Stitch octopus shape down sewing across the any of the pieces that extend over.

Stitch along edges of felt octopus - needle book tutorial

Cut loose the bottom extended pieces along the bottom edge.

Add sequins and line up with sand base as shown and sew down.

For more on sewing sequins to felt check out our post HERE

Set  pieces aside.

Add tentacles to felt base.  Felt Octopus Needlebook

Sew side pockets to opposite sides of the back of the felt needle book.

Sew along the straight edges with a running stitch and matching thread.

attach pocket sides to felt back - Octoneedlebook

Add base pocket to felt needle book

Sew embellished sand base to the bottom of inside page using a running stitch and matching thread as shown above.

Continue lining up the extended octopus pieces moving them to the inside pieces.

DO NOT cut the main tentacle (marked on template).

repeat with remaining sides of felt needlebook

Your finished sides should look something like this:

Sides of felt needle book tutorial - Octopus

Fold inside piece in half to find the center.

Add felt pages to needle book inside cover.  Felt Needle book tutorial

Lay tall wave piece in the center of the long smaller wave piece and sew down using a running stitch and thick thread.

Set piece aside.

Attach tentacle to back side of the attached tentacle on front cover using an overcast stitch.

attach felt back piece to large overhang - felt tutorial

Sew both sides of felt needle book together using an overcast stitch and matching thread.

Sew felt sides together.

Place faux pearl button where marked on template.

Octopus felt needle book

BAM! You’ve got yourself one awesome octopus needle book! Go You!

Octopus Needlebook Felt Craft Tutorial

Octopus template - needle book Octoneedle2

Need some fish pins? 

That was rhetorical – of course you do:

Here’s How:

DIY felt sea urchin pincushion

Be a dear and stop by the shop

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See our full line of Felt & craft supplies at American Felt & Craft.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

DIY Seahorse Stick Hobby Horse.

27 May

DIY Felt Sea Horse Hobby Horse- free tutorial and Pattern American Felt and Craft

Is there a mermaid in the house in need of a lift?

Have no fear American Felt and Craft is here with the perfect solution.

This adorable felt hobby horse is actually pretty easy to make and guaranteed to be loved by all weary mer-people in your underwater castle.

But first lets learn some fun facts about Seahorses*, shall we? Oh I think we shall…

*Seahorses (that’s correct plural form- yes, I looked it up) are actually fish.

Most *seahorses are monogamous and can be extremely romantic they “dance” and even “sing” to one another while courting.

Male *Seahorses carry the young.  (That’s right ladies singing AND childcare)

*Seahorses are one of only two fish species that swim upright and are actually quite slow-moving.

*Seahorses are vulnerable to extinction for many reasons (mostly us) and need to be protected.

*Yeah I know it’s bothering me too but I swear it really is “seahorses”.

For more on these beautiful fish and to see some amazing pictures of *seahorses as well as ways to help I would encourage you to visit:

Project Seahorse

(I guess it’s just the one because as we’ve established the plural is seahorses)

Now on to our felt seahorse craft project:

Diy ride on horse toy

You will Need:

1/2 yard Seahorse Body Color – I used Sparrow*

1 – 9″ x 12″ sheet Seahorse spot and back fin color – I used Ice*

Scrap Black* felt

1/8 yard green felt – I used Fresh Cut Grass*

4 x 5 scrap White felt*

Hook and Loop in color matching seahorse- I used Pool

Wooden Dowel  The one I used was 5/8″ x 48″

1/ 4 yard matching Tulle netting

*matching thread

Sequins in Mermaid and Snow White

Hot glue gun and “ammo”

4   yards 3/4″ ribbon

Large eyed needle

Templates (in PDF at the end of this post)

Tape Seahorse templates together as shown: 

tape templates together

Cut 2 tail pieces and 2 head pieces from main body felt color

Desired number of dots and 3 back fins from contrasting felt color.

1Kelp Bridle from green felt on a fold.

2 Eyes from black felt

4 Shell sides from white felt

Cut hook and loop into 2 – 1″ lengths – you will be trimming the loop (soft side) down more later.

sequins on felt

Sew snow white sequins to black eye pieces and to 2 of the shell shapes as shown above.

On the opposite side of the second shell piece sew hook (rough side) of hook and loop.

Set aside these will be used for the detachable kelp bridle.

Add coordinating  sequin details to felt dot shapes as desired.

For more on sewing Sequins to felt see our post on -well …sewing sequins to felt.

Fold tulle in half and cut.  Set one half aside for the fin and cut the remaining piece in half again for the ear fins.

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I totally made up that body part name – they are actually called pectoral fins but I think you’ll agree ear fins sounds at least 45% cuter.

Gather the tulle up along the long part and tie together with thread or thick string to hold.

accent seahorsehead

Lay out details on one side of the seahorse head. Pin tied tulle piece under a dot.

Cut loop (soft) side of hook and loop into small ovals.

Pin one oval onto each side where the bridle will be attached.

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Stitch details to each of the two sides.

Because of my deep love for you I ask that you please double check to make sure you are using mirroring sides.

Otherwise you may find yourself cursing like a sailor and no one wants that!

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Pin 2 back fin pieces between the two detailed head pieces.

OK technically it’s a called the superior trunk ridge but we make our own rules around here so back fins it is!

Overcast stitch around the outside and around the “back fin” with a running stitch leaving the bottom open.

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Stuff head piece and set aside.

headseq

At this point you should have a lovely and large felt seahorse head.

Mad at the pool guy or local aquarium? Consider placing this head in their beds for a warning that’s creepy – yet whimsical and also squeezably  soft because we are after all a peaceful people and everyone needs a hug.

Sew details to both sides of tail piece and begin sewing around the loop stuffing as you go using the overcast stitch you used for the top piece.

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Stop where marked on template and place “fin” piece between tail pieces and sew closed.

Bonus points if you just did air quotes when you read that.

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Cut small slits into felt to make sewing and gathering with ribbon easier do not cut through any of your stitches.

Unless you are feeling too accomplished and wish to begin all over again.

sew felt seahorse head

Necessary but  glaringly obvious instruction: Thread needle, pass ribbon through holes in felt piece.

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Place stick inside and all the way up to provide structure for years of play. Pull ribbon to gather.

how to make a stick horse from felt

Tuck raw felt edge in. Use your hot glue to attach tucked in felt pieces to the dowel.

Work through the process a time or two before breaking out the scalding hot glue.

Knot to hold and wrap the ribbon around the base a few times before gluing down for a cleaner look.

attach stick to stick horse

Add ribbon down the length of the dowel gluing the entire way down.

wrap dowel with ribbon

Attach tail to the dowel the same way you did the seahorse head.

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Use the remaining tulle to create a top fin by tying in a knot around the dowel.

This fin has no name since it does not actually exist but you cannot ride on seahorses so lets not get too bogged down in reality shall we?

Hot glue to hold.

DIY Seahorse hobby horse

To make the detachable felt kelp bridle:

Sew the sequined shell front to the loop shell back with an overcast stitch and white thread.

kelp bridle

Sandwich one end of the kelp in between the front and back of the felt shell pieces before sewing closed.

felt kelp bridle

Check to make sure the bridle isn’t twisted before attaching second shell end.

felt seahorse stuffy

Stop by the shop:

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Templates

Look at that! I’ve put all the templates into a handy PDF for you:

Seahorse-templates

Happy Crafting!

Andie Clark

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