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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

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No Sew Felt Sunflower Magnets

18 Jul
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DIY no sew felt sunflower magnets.

These no sew felt sunflowers are super easy to make and oh so cute!

Adding a magnet to the back transforms them into versatile decorative elements.

The addition of a second magnet means you can easily add flowers to lampshades, curtains or even clothing with no damage or commitment.

You will need:

1/2 sheet of felt – about 4.5″ x 11″per flower. I used Gold Nugget and Buttercream

Beacon Felt Glue

Sequins– I used Olive Drab

16 clothes pins

Round magnet(s)  with decent strength

Sunflower Template at end of post.

(Optional) Hot Glue

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Cut three sunflower shapes per flower. Flip one so it points in the opposite direction as the other two. Set one of the matching two aside.

Cut three sunflower shapes per flower.

Flip one so it points in the opposite direction as the other two. Set one of the matching two aside

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Add a small amount of felt glue to the base of each petal of remaining two flower shapes.

Add a small amount of felt glue to the base of each petal of remaining two flower shapes.

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Pinch petals together and use a clothes pin to hold petals together.

Pinch petals together and use a clothes pin to hold petals together.

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Repeat with remaining petals on the remaining piece. This can get tricky so try pointing your pins in varying directions.

Repeat with remaining petals on the remaining piece. This can get tricky so try pointing your pins in varying directions, over or under the others.

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Unpin after an hour and use your fingers to open the petals.

Unpin after an hour and use your fingers to fold open the petals. Don’t panic they will look a little messy.

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Glue the sunflower face to the base. These petals should go opposite directions.

Glue the sunflower face to the base (flat remaining piece.)

These petals should go opposite directions.

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Place a thin layer of felt glue into the center of the remaining sunflower face.

Place a thin layer of felt glue into the center of the remaining sunflower face spreading it thinly will help it to dry more quickly.

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Glue sequins to center. Set aside to dry for at least 10-15 minutes.

Glue sequins to center. Set aside to dry for at least 10-15 minutes

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Glue front to the rest of the flower.

Glue sequined front to the rest of the flower. Allow to dry.

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Glue magnet to back and allow to dry overnight. You can also use hot glue for instant satisfaction.

 

Glue magnet to back and allow to dry overnight.

You can also use hot glue for instant satisfaction.

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Sunflower Template

 

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:

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 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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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