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Easy Sew- DIY Cowrie Shell Bracelet

19 Jul

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These cowrie shell inspired felt bracelets add a touch of the tropics to your child’s summer crafting. Easy to make these can be made start to finish by a beginning sewer with minimal effort. To make sure these beauties were totally doable for the tween crafter I enlisted the help of my 10 year old niece Ruby.

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And they turned out fabulously!

You will need: 

9″ x 1.5″ Bracelet felt color – Ruby used Chocolate, Lavender, and Embossed  felt.

6″ x 6″ Off white felt/ shell color,  she used Linen.

3/4″ Button per bracelet – she used  wood grain buttons

Brown thread

Scissors

Sewing needle

Felt glue

Clothes Pins

Packing tape- Optional

1Loosely cut around the bracelet template and try on to get it close to the right size. It will need to overlap so the button works.

Trim the template and tape or pin it down to the felt and cut out.

Cut out 4 shell shapes per bracelet cut the edges of these shapes with pinking shears, scallop scissors or just cut small triangles out along the edges with regular scissors.

2Mark where the button should go and sew down with criss crossing stitches.

3Mark the correct spot for the button-hole and carefully fold over the felt and cut. Cut less than you need to, you can always make it bigger.

When you’re done your bracelet should button up!

4Lay down the shell shapes and sew along the middles with a simple running stitch.

5To make the shells curl place small dots of felt glue fold over and clip clothes pins to hold them until dry…about 15 minutes. Then remove the clips and rock those babies!

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Kids cowrie shell bracelet template:

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Happy Crafting!

Ruby & Andie

Gone Fishin’ Felt Bookmarks

23 Jun

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These felt bookmarks make a great kids sewing project. The wood “pole” lays flat while the dangling fish hangs from the book. This easy project can be made from felt scraps in most cases.

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You will need

Brown Felt I used: Chocolate

*Lighter Brown Felt I used:  Toffee

*Green Felt I used:  Cilantro 

A Small Amount of Stuffing

Brown Embroidery Thread

2 buttons for eyes (optional)

Light Blue Ric Rac  8″ inches

*Matching Thread

Template (at the end of this post)

 

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Stitch lines up and down the felt tree “wood” with embroidery thread, this is a great chance for new sewers to practice since it’s practically impossible to goof up. Stitch ovals onto the wood pieces as shown.  Set Aside

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With large fins facing upward attach the fish eyes making sure the eyes are on opposite sides so the fish can be sewn together later.

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Sew ric rac onto the inside of one of the fish shapes and one of the stick shapes, 3 stitches should hold just fine.

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Place fish pieces together and stitch along the outside, stuff lightly before closing.

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Stitch the pole shapes together. And get to readin’ and fishin’

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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25 days of Felt Christmas Crafts Day 25: Whose kids are these?!

23 Dec

Felt crafts for Christmas

You know the Shtick…25 days 25 felt Christmas crafts and away we go!

Christmas is nearly here and lets face it you can probably use a few minutes and your little cherubs creating a handmade gift for the Grandparents wouldn’t hurt either right? Just Mommies to the rescue with this fast, easy, felt ornament even kids can make.

What You’ll Need

  • Cookie cutters
  • Felt
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Needle (with large eye)
  • Marker
(all photos via Just Mommies)
See the full tutorial on the Just Mommies Blog
Happy Holidays!

Missed some of the 25 days and want to start from day one?

https://americanfeltandcraft.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/25-days-of-felt-christmas-crafts/

25 days of felt Christmas Crafts Day 5 Kiss me!

3 Dec

Felt crafts for Christmas

Few things say Christmas crafting as much as felt. Felt is a perfect medium for nearly every Christmas project.

Lest you doubt this AFC will be featuring free felt Christmas crafts and templates from the blogosphere for the next 25 days .

Fair disclosure I have never seen anything on ohdeedoh’s Blog I wasn’t madly in love with.

My Ohdeeoh crush was only intensified by this felt mistletoe kissing ball. You can read the full tutorial on the Ohdeedoh blog: http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/diy-mistletoe-kissing-ballhow-to-134939

Here’s what you’ll need:

Felt or fleece
pom poms
glue

Super easy, super fast and you can be smooching away in no time!

Pictures Via Ohdeedoh

Happy Crafting!

Andie

American Felt and Craft online

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