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Potted Cactus/ Succulents Felt Ornaments

4 Dec

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I’m an Arizona girl through and through so when designing this year’s Christmas ornaments I knew this year’s tree wouldn’t feel right without some potted cactus friends.

Creating DIY cactus Christmas ornament is simple and totally thorn free. Sew up some sweet succulents this season; they make a great gift for the cactus lover in your life and their small sizes makes great desk decor long after Christmas has passed.  I’ve included patterns for a 3-D saguaro, aloe and barrel cacti. Check out the step by step process and learn to sew up a desert full of felt Christmas cactus

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You will need:

Felt Cactus template Cactus Template or see end of post

4″ x 5″ felt for pot and base I used prints from the Wrapping Paper Collection*

2″ x 2″ sandy colored felt for soil, I used Oatmeal

4″ x 6″ felt for saguaro cactus Christmas ornament I used Four Leaf Clover*

4″ x 2″ felt for barrel cactus Christmas ornament I used Cactus*

5″ x 6″ felt for aloe Christmas ornament I used Fresh Cut Grass*

Embroidery thread in white

Felt glue or hot glue

String or cord for hanging

Stuffing

Sewing Needle / Embroidery needle

*Matching Thread

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DIY Barrel Cactus Ornament

Cut out pot shape, pot rim and pot base from printed felt cut soil from sand color

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Fold pot so the short ends meet, overcast stitch up the side with the print facing outwards.  Set aside.

To make a barrel cactus sew up each of the curves on the top and bottom of felt cactus template with matching thread and an overcast stitch.

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Leave the side open, turn inside out so the knots don’t show before stuffing and sewing closed.

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Run a stitch around the open end and pull to close. The other end should meet in a pointed tip when sewn together.

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Sew through cactus in random areas with white embroidery thread and a small stitch, pull the ends through and knot. To make the “thorns” look softer rub the knot with your finger.

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Sew cactus smaller side down to sand top with a few stitches along the base.

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Sew soil to top of the pot with an overcast stitch. You will cover this with the rim so thread color doesn’t matter.

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Stuff lightly and sew base to end just as you did the soil. Glue rim into place and sew a loop through the center to hang.

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DIY Aloe Ornament

Create the pot body using the instructions above. Set aside.

Cut out all three aloe shapes from felt.

Stack together and sew a few large stitches into the center in a circular shape.

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Pull to curve the leaves inward and knot to hold.

IMG_6283 Attach aloe to the sand colored top by sewing through the center into the top a few times. Sew aloe soil top to pot as shown above, stuff lightly, sew base into place.

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Glue on rim and add loop to hang if desired.

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DIY Saguaro Cactus Ornament

Create the pot body using the instructions above. Set aside.

Cut out two saguaro cactus shapes and over cast stitch around the edge, leaving the base open as marked on template

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Stuff lightly and add thorns as shown in DIY barrel cactus pattern above.

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Fold soil top in half and cut a small slit in the center, you can always make this bigger so start small.

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Pull unsewn base of saguaro cactus through the slit and fold sides upward. Sew into place. Sew soil top to pot as shown above, stuff lightly, sew base into place. Glue on rim and add loop to hang if desired.

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Felt Cactus Template print at full size.

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Happy Crafting!

~ Andie

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Stay tuned for all new Christmas DIY felt ornament patterns all December long!

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DIY Llama Christmas Ornaments

2 Dec

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Bring the llama trend to your tree with a herd of adorable little felt llamas. These cute DIY felt llama ornaments are easily customized to suit your holiday theme or colors and make a great group crafting activity.

Use some to spruce up your spruce or accent your gifts with a one of a kind DIY keepsake llama ornament they are sure to love.

You will need:

Template- Download Here or see end of post

3″ x 3″ felt for llama blanket I used Fire Engine Red, Four Leaf Clover and prints from the Wrapping Paper Collection*

4″ x 6″ felt for llama I used White , Grey, Chai and Brownie *

4″ x 2″ Brown felt for legs  – I used Peanut Butter and Toffee

Embroidery thread in black and metallic gold

Felt Glue (optional)

Sequins; I used Diamond, Red, and Holly 

String or cord for hanging

Stuffing

Sewing Needle

*Matching Thread

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Cut out one blanket shape. To create fringe cut small slits along the bottom (rounded edge) Cut away every other notch as shown below.

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Cut 2 llama shapes and one of each leg and muzzle from desired felt colors

IMG_6239Sew blanket down with matching thread and accent the ends with a few stitches of embroidery thread.

Add any sequins or details to blanket.  See photo below for a closer look at the blanket styles I used for creating these llama ornaments.

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Llama template- print at full size.

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Happy Crafting!

~ Andie

Stop by the shop and check out hundreds of felt colors, prints and thicknesses.

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Stay tuned for all new Christmas DIY felt ornament patterns all December long!

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Llama Ear Hair Clips

8 Aug

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These fun and stylish llama ears are perfect for any occasion! Wedding, parent teacher conferences, funerals…the drug store.

Ok maybe not, but if you need a fast and easy Halloween costume, your the mama of a little llama lover or you just want to bring more of the llama lifestyle to your head these low sew felt llama ears are perfect.

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You will need:

4″ x 6″ Grey felt

9″ x 12″ White felt for back and inside

Pom Poms in 2 sizes. 4 Large 8 Medium

I used Hot Pink, Teal, Mint, Peach, Pink and Cream

Embroidery thread in your choice of colors

 I used purple, dusty blue, peachy pink and mint.

Doll Needle

Hot  glue gun and hot glue

2 Alligator Hair Clips

Llama ear templates at the end of post

*Matching Thread

Make llama tassels

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You will need 6 tassels for this project. 3 for each side.

The steps are shown in different colors for clarity.

  1. Cut out rectangle from cardboard and lay a 4″ length of string down (the blue thread)
  2.  Wrap cross stitch thread around in the opposite way 12x (the punch colored thread)
  3. Slide the 4″ piece (blue) to the top and knot
  4. Slide the looped threads (punch colored) off the cardboard
  5. Pinch the top (where the knot is) and loop a second 6″ piece (mustard color) around 5x and knot tightly. Clip the ends.
  6. Fit scissors into the looped area and cut to create tassel ends.

For the llama ears project I have use the same color thread for each step.

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String llama tassels

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To string thread a doll needle with 1 foot of white embroidery thread, do not double over. Knot the end of the string and pull it through the center of your tassel.

Tie another knot at the top of the tassel to secure.

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One inch from tassel top tie another knot and  thread a medium sized pom pom through. One inch from the pom pom knot and thread a tassel through.

Knot again and add the large size pom pom.

Repeat the knot and thread process with the final medium pom pom. Knot one more time at the top. The knots will keep the tassels and pom poms from sliding and the top knot will make it easier to glue the strings to the clips.

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How to make felt llama ears

DIY llama ears

Cut four ear shapes and two clip covers from white felt, 2 inner ear shapes from grey felt.

Stitch the grey front to two of the white ear pieces with grey thread and a running stitch. Make sure to flip one of the ears so the curves face each other.

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Overcast stitch along the outside of the ears with white thread, leave the bottom open as shown.

Repeat with other ear shape.

Cover the alligator clips with white felt using hot glue.

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Glue end of long felt piece into the inside of the clip wrap around hot gluing as you go.

Add two lines of hot glue to each side of the ear base. and glue to felt covered clip.

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Glue a medium pom pom to the inner corner of the ear and a large to the center.

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Glue string to the end and cover with a medium pom pom and prepare to llama it up.

I’m madly in love with how well these turned out and I think you will be too.

These DIY llama ears make a perfect Halloween costume or  just a way to fully embrace a more llama llifestyle.

I you make a set or 50 we’d love to see them.

Share them with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Llama ear template shapes llama pattern

PDF Pattern

Can’t get enough llama crafts?

Check out these other free tutorials.

Felt Llama Garland Tutorialllama craft- pincushion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Llama Pincushion

16 Jun

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Thanks to motherhood I can recite nearly every word to “Is Your Mama A Llama” which admittedly, is less impressive than the works of collected works of Keats but Keats doesn’t rhyme and is unlikely to inspire adorable pincushions.

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For this project you will need:

Embroidery thread in various colors, I chose a punch color, a mustard color, a sunny yellow, aqua and a blue.

Cardboard

Felt in teal, linen, orchid, sunshine and matching threads

Sequins in Mermaid and Hot Pink

Stuffing

DIY Llama Pincushion Patterns (at the end of post)

Optional: Pins, Mini Pom Poms and Hot Glue

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These tiny tassels are super easy to DIY and so super cute.

I made these in a different color for each step in the interest of clarity but then I fell in love with the look and ended up using the multicolored versions on the pincushion.

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  1. Cut out rectangle the cardboard shape and lay a 4″ length of string down (the blue thread)
  2.  Wrap cross stitch thread around in the opposite way 10x (the punch colored thread
  3. Slide the 4″ piece (blue) to the top and knot
  4. Slide the looped threads (punch colored) off the cardboard
  5. Pinch the top (where the knot is) and loop a second 6″ piece (mustard color) around 5x and knot tightly. Clip the ends.
  6. Fit scissors into the looped area and cut to create tassel ends.

For this project knot the top threads (blue cords in the picture) 3 more times to give it something to hang from when we stitch it to the pincushion. Clip off extra thread.

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For the Llama Pincushion

Cut 1 side and two tops from off white (Linen) felt.

Cut 3 cross shapes and blanket shape from pink tone (Orchid) felt

Cut 12 petal shapes from yellow felt

Cut 1 llama shape from Teal felt.

p2Stitch design down as shown using a running stitch and matching threads. Attach sequins to the centers.

For tips on attaching sequins read Attaching Sequins.

p3Stitch Llama shape to the center of one of the round pieces using a running stitch and matching thread.  For help cutting complex shapes see this post.

p4Stitch  blanket shape to llama with matching thread and accent with french knots in various colors. p5Attach top to sides using an overcast stitch and matching thread. Stitch down where short ends overlap with a running stitch.p6

Stuff  so the top piece is slightly rounded and begin attaching second round felt piece. Before sewing closed slip in smaller round cardboard piece to help the pincushion sit flat and allow the top to bulge out.

Sew tassels along the top in the spaces between designs with a stitch into the knotted tops.

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To make pom pom pins you simply hot glue tiny pom poms to pins I am not sure how usable they are but they are so cute I think they still deserve a place on your DIY pincushion.

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Llama pincushion craft pattern- Print at full size.

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Now go forth and craft!

~Andie

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