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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

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25 days of Felt Christmas Crafts Day 2 No sew Felt tree.

30 Nov

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 I will be featuring free felt Christmas crafts and templates from the blogosphere for the next 25 days .

So sharpen those scissors break out that felt stash and craft along.

Day 2

Isn’t this toddler tree adorable?? And it can be made in 1 naptime! And… wait for it…ITS NO SEW!

You will need:
  • ¾ yard of  72″ wide felt in green (can be found on the bolt at craftsstores such as JoAnn- often on sale!)
  • 4-5 sheets of 8 ½” x 11″ felt in your choice of colors
  • ¼ yard Heat N Bond (either the Ulta Hold red label that is ‘No Sew’ or the Lite sewable in the purple package)
  • Command Adhesive strips
  • Iron

Picture via the empty bobbin

For the full tutorial check out The Empty Bobbin http://emptybobbinsewing.com/2010/12/12/o-christmas-tree-o-felt-christmas-tree/

See you tomorrow!

American Felt and Craft online

Jelly Beans!

30 Jan

What is it that makes Jelly Beans so exciting? It could be that every bean is a new taste sensation sure to be delicious (except of course the nasty black jelly beans and the slightly mouthwashy green ones), or their bright colors heralding in spring and warm weather days, maybe it’s because they are only available once a year. No matter what the reason I always feel a little giddy when I see them roll out the first bags of beans at my local stores.  What little felt food play store would be complete without a few boxes this Easter?

For this project you will need:

Colored roving: I used both sets in our mini packs (brights and pastels).  About 6″ of roving per bean.

Dish soap

9″ x 6″ piece of felt in color  you’d like your box, I used honeydew and matching thread

White felt scrap – 1.5″ X 3″

Thin Clear Vinyl– 3x 3 square

Cross stitch thread

Sewing and embroidery needles

Scissors

Rattle insert (optional)

Templates at the end of this post.

Making the beans:

You will need to make your jelly beans and allow them to dry before the next few steps, fortunately the jelly beans dry quickly (an hour or two) and if you have some little ones around you can easily whip up a whole slew of beans in less than an hour.

To make these jelly beans you will need to wet felt them, ok breathe…don’t panic, it’s easy I swear! How easy, allow my adorable 4-year-old daughter to demonstrate:

Here is a more detailed run down.

Step 1:

Pull off the amount of roving you need from the rest (about 6″ long ). Pull into a thin strand. Starting at one end roll upwards (it may help to have slightly damp fingers) wrap around and over to create a ball shape.

Your felted piece will be approximately 50% smaller than this so you want your roving ball to be about the size of a large gum ball or quarter.

Step 2:

Once you have a reasonable facsimile of a ball shape you will need to begin the felting process. This is done by agitating and shocking your wool. If you have ever been a teenager you should be well versed in shocking and agitating. Begin by gently dunking your ball into a bowl of warm water add a small drop (almost a half a drop) of hand dish washing liquid to the top of your ball. Gently move the ball from one hand to another squishing it ever so slightly. Dunk in cool water and squish and then warm water. Lightly rub the wool so the wool catches on itself.

DO NOT roll  between your hands yet, if you do this the fibers will come apart and you will end up with a very unsightly shape.  Continue cradle and lightly squish your soon to be jelly bean from one hand to another for about 30 seconds to 1 minute better to overdo than underdo. You will need to be gentle to prevent your roving from coming apart, my daughter likes to pretend that the ball is an egg. I think that’s a good way of thinking about the level of stress you want to put on your piece at this point.

Step 3:

There! You’ve finished the hard part now to finish the jelly beans. making by rolling in between your hands moving the piece from warm to cool water to help shock the wool into place. You should begin to feel your piece firming up. While it still has some give to it roll between your palms in one direction to create more of an oval shape.

Step 4:

From here you want to manipulate into a  bean shape you can do this many different ways. Working it so that one end is thinner than the other, by thinning out the middle or by pressing a finger into the center while pulling the ends upwards. Experiment and see which method works best for you.

Lay out to dry and repeat as desired.

Making the Jelly Bean Box

Step 1:

Cut out template pieces

Cut 2 of each A, B and C from the color felt you have chosen for your box.

Cut the jelly bean shape out of only 1 of your A pieces.

Step 2:

Place your vinyl piece over the window area and stitch down using a running stitch.

Step 3:

Trace out the letters for Jelly Beans onto your white felt scrap insuring that they will fit on the front of your finished box. Using cross stitching thread and whatever style stitch you like , stitch the letters into place.

Cut around the letters to create a more fun feel.

Stitch label into place.

Step 4:

Assemble the box by adding one side piece (B) to the side of your completed front and overcast stitch up the side.

Continue with the other side piece.

Add back to the box by stitching side pieces (B) to back (A).

Stand box on it’s head and stitch the bottom piece (C) in place using the overcast stitch.

‘Before continuing you will need to decide if you plan on having an open jelly bean box or a closed one.

If you plan on using a rattle insert place, box front side down and add your jelly beans until nearly full, slip the rattle into the back so it isn’t visible and adjust jelly beans if needed. Place box right side up again and add top the same way you added the bottom.

To make an open box start attaching your top from where you want the opening to begin, stitch around until you reach the matching point on the other side. Continue your overcast stitch around the unfinished edges to create more of a polished look.  Enjoy!

Templates

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Felt Tree Frenzy (or why my family ate spaghetti twice this week)

9 Dec

This year I knew I wanted to do a tutorial for a felt Christmas tree on our blog. I quickly got to work and whipped up three sweet little trees, however my mind began ruminating on another idea, so of course I had to at least try it out… and while finishing that one up I had a great idea for three more! Well not one to ignore inspiration I worked out the logistics on the others and made them too!

Picking just one to showcase on the blog this month was tougher than I expected so I decided to get more opinions. When I showed my  handy work to my brood, my daughter ooohed and awwed, of course she has a real appreciation for anything that sparkles. And my son piped up to ask if these were the reason we had to have spaghetti twice in one week. And I am proud to say they are! And they were worth it!

The projects themselves aren’t really all that time-consuming unless you are trying to design tree styles, make templates, shoot tutorials, make them all and shoot the finished product all in 2 days, in which case you may want to stock up on spaghetti sauce!

The templates are available for download on our website and are totally free,

www.Americanfeltandcraft.com (under kits and patterns)

And don’t forget to tell us which is your favorite by leaving a comment here or posting on our Facebook page.  One person will be picked randomly to win a set of the adorable bird picks like those used in the project! Hurry contest ends December 17th at midnight. Winner will be announced December 18th, contest open to U.S residents only please.

Pudgy Trees

These little cuties are SO easy to make they are the perfect project for a beginning sewer or an older child. You can make just one of the trees but I think everything looks better in threes. To make them you will need:

A quarter yard Dark Green felt (I used AFC’s Fresh Cut Grass)

Matching Thread

Scissors

Stuffing

Glitter (optional)

A sewing needle.

Templates (available for free download here) or on our Facebook Page 

Begin by cutting out template pieces.  You will need 1-piece  A & E   2- pieces B and D ,   3 – piece C,    as well as the base of each of tree.

Fold each pieces A- E over and stitch up the side using a running stitch

Turn each of the template pieces so the stitching faces inward.  You will be working with one template piece A  1 template piece B and 1 template piece C.  Set all other pieces aside.

Using an overcast stitch attach the largest base to 1 A piece, stopping when 3/4 of the way done to stuff. Then sew closed. * You may need to trim the base piece down a bit depending on the exact size of your tree.

Repeat with one B to medium base and one C to small base.

Once completed stack unstuffed pieces B and C onto stuffed A to create the largest tree

Stack unstuffed  pieces C and D onto stuffed piece B to create medium tree.

Stack unstuffed D and E onto stuffed piece C to create the smallest tree, decorate with felt glue and glitter if desired

A partridge in an avant garde tree

These trees are both whimsical and a bit sophisticated, they are by far the most time consuming of all of the trees but I think they are worth the time.

You will need:

1 1/4 yard dark green felt (I used AFC’s Fresh cut Grass)

1/4 yard lighter green felt (I used AFC’s Key Lime Pie)

A few hundred sewing pins

Scissors

Foam tree shapes (we used 3 different sizes but you can use any sizes you like)

Scrap paper

Bird or other picks for top (optional, sold in the Christmas section of many craft stores)

Template F  available for free download on our website ( 2.5″ circle)

Cut circle template from both felt colors (piece F in the PDF download) it is impossible to give you an exact number since tree sizes will vary as well as placement technique but let me just tell you it will be A LOT!  Please note circle shapes don’t have to be perfect but they should all be around the same size. Since you will be cutting a lot you may want to free hand them.

Map out the design you intend to use for trees by pinning scrap paper in the areas you want the lighter felt to be, this will ensure you will not accidentally cover them with the wrong color of felt.

Here I did a large polka dot, a swirl and one broad stripe but you can do just about anything you can dream up.

Begin by folding circles in half, then into quarters push a pin through and place along the base of the tree with the poofy end facing downwards.

Cover the bottom row along the base of the tree before moving upward this will allow you to cover the pins of the bottom pieces with the next piece.

When you get to the design it may be necessary to angle pieces so that the design can be clearly pinned. Complete all of the darker parts of the tree before moving on to the design.

Note used lighter felt to mark my design for clarity but paper works just as well.

After you have covered all but the paper design go back and begin to cover it in the same way you covered the rest of the tree. Once complete look over the tree and puff out any areas you need to in order to better hide pins. Repeat with remaining trees. Insert  picks into the top of each tree you may need to cut the picks to a smaller size first.

You will need

1/4 yard Dark red felt (we used AFC’s Poinsettia)

and 1/4 yard lighter red felt (AFC’s poppy)

Scissors

1 foam tree shape

White pearl head pins (100 pieces)

Red glitter, foam brush & felt glue (optional)

Template Piece G

Cut out poinsettia templates (marked G in the PDF file) from the colored felt. Approx 33 of each color. You may need more or less depending on the size of your foam tree.

If you’re planning on using glitter lightly brush the darker red pieces with glue using the foam brush. Sprinkle glitter onto pieces and allow to dry.

Stack the darker red poinsettia pieces on top of the smaller poinsettia pieces.

Place onto foam tree starting from the base, push three pins into the center of each flower to secure to tree.

Continue around the base moving upward until you reach the top in the same method used for the avant-garde tree. Fluff as necessary.

Happy Holidays one and all!

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