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Spooky Shadows DIY Halloween Felt Bean Bag Tutorial

3 Oct

Easy DIY halloween bean bag toss, just add pumpkin buckets!

Halloween is creeping up on us.  Wrangle up all your favorite goblins for a Halloween bean bag toss.

Halloween bean bag toss game with plastic pumpkins

These simple yet elegant bean bags are a great project for the beginning hand sewer.

Toss in some a few pumpkin trick or treat buckets and you’ve got yourself an easy Halloween party game for all ages!

You will need:

1 9″ x 12″ Embossed jack – lantern felt sheet

1 9″ x 12″ Orange felt sheet (Monarch Butterfly)

1 – 9″ x 12″ Black Felt sheet

1 cup of dried beans

Orange and black thread.

OPTIONAL: Plastic pumpkin trick or treat buckets.

Felt Bean Bags for halloween

Cut the orange and patterned felt sheets into 6 rectangles.

bean bag template

Cut 1 of each of the felt shadow shapes on template below out of black felt.

For tips on cutting small shapes see: Cutting Felt  or try Andie’s method

Cute felt bat bean bag

Sew down one of felt shadows to each of the orange rectangles.

Place printed felt rectangle on back with print facing outward.

How to make a felt bean bag, picture tutorial, great beginner project.

Using a running stitch sew around the outer edges, stopping to fill with about 2 tbsp of dried beans before closing bean bag.

Felt Bean bag tutorial - super easy.

Repeat with remaining squares.

Easy Halloween templates for felt bean bags - please do not pin templates.

Easy Halloween bean bags - prefect project for a beginning hand sewer!

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Other Free Tutorials You Might Enjoy:

DIY mini felt pumpkin felt food tutorial

DIY felt pumpkins

Pattern for fall trees candle mat

Scrappy Felt Candle Mat

Back to School Felt Laptop Case

23 Sep


Sunshine on a cloudy day - Felt Laptop sleeve

Despite being entirely hand sewn this DIY felt laptop sleeve comes together quickly and is sure to brighten the cloudy days ahead.

DIY 14″ Laptop sleeve

You will need:

1 yard base color (I used Grey Flannel*)

1/4 yard accent color (I used Banana Creme Pie*)

*Matching thread

Grey cross stitching thread

Velcro to match Contrast: I used Butter

Leather punch (available in craft, tack and hobby stores)

DIY laptop - easy felt

I realize my laptop is a weird size but you can easily size up or down as needed.

Cut the yardage down to 15″ x 32″

(or 16″ x 33″ for larger laptops)

Using the left over grey felt cut a 15″ long scalloped strip. (template A at the end of post)

Punch holes in the center of the scallops with a leather punch. (You can also use a heavy-duty hole punch if you use a wool or wool blend felt.

punch felt - with a leather punch

Repeat with 2 strips of yellow felt. Set aside.

Cut scraps of  yellow into:

6 –  1″ x .05″  (B)

1 – 2″ x .05″ (C)

1 – 10″ x .05″ (D)

(on template)

Create bow using the 10″ and 2″ pieces as shown.

The making of a felt bow

Because I neglected to take photos of the piece before I folded it over on itself I have created this handy albeit terrible artists rendering of the process.

Cut triangles out of Velcro sides to create points and set aside.

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Lay out the rectangle and now shape and stitch into place using an applique stitch or running stitch and matching thread.  On the opposite side stitch the hook (scratchy side of the Velcro) down with embroidery thread for added strength.

DIY laptop tutorial

Lay out the scallop shapes in alternating colors and stitch down along the flat edge and ends if desired.

Position soft Velcro side (loop) and sew down.

sides

Fold along center and stitch top scallops together with an overcast stitch.

Laptop scalloped shapes

Overcast stitch the bottom closed the same way.

American Felt and Craft - Laptop tutorial felt

Fold along center of felt case.

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Using embroidery thread over cast stitch up the sides, stopping at flap.

side laptop sleeve tutorial

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Felt laptop sleeve tutorial

Happy Crafting

Andie

American Felt and Craft - Felt Laptop Tutorial

DIY laptop sleeve template - felt scallops

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Felt Sweetheart Candy Box Tutorial

16 Jan

 Felt Sweetheart box for your sweetheart

Nothing says Valentine’s day like the iconic pink sweetheart box.

Here’s our felt version.

DIY felt valentines day sweetheart box back

You will need: 

1- 9″x 12″ sheets Pink felt-  Bubblegum Felt*

3″ x 3″  scrap White Felt*

5″ x 5″ scrap Red Felt – Lipstick

3′ x 3″ felt scraps for heart shapes Sparrow, Chartreuse, White*

Crafting vinyl

1 pkg – Sweetheart buttons

Stuffing

* Matching thread (you can use 1 strand of embroidery thread in place of standard thread.)

Embroidery thread in Hot Pink

 Templates (at the end of post)

Felt and button sweetheart box

Cut

Cut both 2 front and back pieces (A) and 2 each of the side piece (D, H)  one felt backing (B) from pink felt

Cut heart shape from the center of one of the A pieces.

Here are some tips for cutting small shapes or try Andie’s method

Cut out felt heart shape (I) from white, chartreuse, and sparrow colored felts.

Cut (C) from white felt.

pinning templates to felt with scotch tape

Cut  one each of templates E, F, and G from and 1 D from red felt.

How to make a felt candy box valentines day craft

 Trace out the heart shape onto template B try to leave lots of spacing around the heart  it will be easier to sew the vinyl down.

Cover heart shape with buttons – This doesn’t need to be exact.

heart shaped buttons

Sew vinyl over button pieces.

Vinyl and felt - Valentines day craft

Throw a few loose buttons in if desired.

 Set Aside.

Scalloped felt heart - V-day Felt craft

Stitch template C onto template A

stitch felt ribbon onto felt box

Stitch down red D piece using an overcast stitch and matching thread. Trim ends of felt so they fit at an angle.

How to make a felt bow- with templates American Felt and Craft The Blog

Make a Felt Bow

Loop E piece over as shown and stitch down. Wrap F piece around the loop and stitch down. Lay onto G piece and secure with a few stitches.

Add ribbon to front of felt valentines day box

 Place the ribbon in the center and stitch down.

Make a felt valentines day box front complete

Place vinyl covered B piece behind the box front. Carefully stitch together using matching thread and hiding the stitches under the loose scalloped heart edge. Set aside.

Sew hearts to back of felt valentine

Lay out heart shapes (I ) as shown and stitch each down with a running stitch and matching thread.

Felt V-day. Sew sides onto felt valentines day box

Sew sides together (D and H) Attach back piece  to frame with an overcast stitch with matching thread.

Felt Sweethearts box Valentines Day CraftSew front on, stuffing before you close.

Felt valentines day craft - sweetheart box tutorial

Valentines Felt and button sweetheart  box

Print templates as full page.

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

We’re planning out future felt blog posts- tell me what you’d like to see on our blog.
Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Check out some of our other sweet felt tutorials:

Easy felt Rose Pillow tutorialDIY Felt Giraffe Tic Tac Toe Tutorial

Domestic Bliss Tree and Felt Ornament Recap

7 Dec

Finished Domestic Bliss Christmas Tree - Ornament tutorials

Ahh Domestic Bliss never seems to last as long as you hope it will.

Such is life.

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorials Domestic Bliss Theme

At least we’ll always have our memories.

Domestic Bliss Chistmas Tree Tutorials step by step

Here’s what you will need to make your own  little slice of domestic bliss

You will need:

Sewing Tape Measure & faux pearls (to drape across tree)

Plastic Needles ( these look so cute on ornament hooks)

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And of course a few handmade felt ornaments:

DIY Felt Cameo Ornaments

3  Felt Seamstress Cameo Ornaments

Merry Mugs Felt Ornament Tutorial

4- Merry Mug Ornaments

DIY felt apron ornament tutorial

4 Happy Hostess Apron Ornaments

Pint sized Pincushions an easy DIY felt Christmas ornament tutorial

5 Pint Sized Pincushion

glue gun Christmas tree topper tutorial

And of course a Glue Gun Tree Topper

Check out Hipster X-Mas for more holiday ornament tutorials…

Hipster Tree Felt Ornament Tutorials American Felt and Craft

Next week kicks off our third and final felt tree theme – be sure to join us for another week of felt ornament tutorials!

…And be prepared for a big finish!

Happy Crafting~

Andie

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Hipster Christmas Tree and Felt Ornament Recap

1 Dec

Anatomy of a Hipster Christmas Tree

As Hipster Week winds to a close lets take a look back at all the ornaments and the completed tree shall we?

I think we shall.

Above you will find the quintessential Hipster Christmas Tree with all its trappings.

Here’s what you will need to make your own .

You will need:

1 Sparkly fedora and vintage scarf preferably thrifted.

American Felt and Craft Free Record Ornaments Tutorial

3  Felt Record Ornaments

Felt Mustache Ornaments

4- Mo’vember Mustache Ornaments

Hipster week day 2 Felt Instagram ornament

1 Felt Instagram Ornament

Vintage Style Hipster Glasses - DIY Felt Christmas Ornament Tutorial

2- Felt Vintage Frames

Sweater Party

3- Ugly Felt Sweater Ornaments

And a Sad looking Christmas Tree (ours is 4ft)

Check out Hipster X-Mas for more hipster holiday goodness…

Hipster Tree Felt Ornament Tutorials American Felt and Craft

Join us all next week for another entire week of felt ornament tutorials!

Next week is “Domestic Bliss week” grab your prettiest apron and pearls and meet me here Monday!

Domestic Bliss Week Home inspired  Ornament Tutorials  from American Felt and Craft

Happy Crafting~

Andie

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DIY printed (stenciled) felt

9 Apr

DIY Printed Felt Lets face it felt is a pretty amazing medium to work in but  it does have its limitations chief among them is the lack of pattern.

Polyester patterned felt is available in very limited prints but what if you’re a felt purist or your imagination refuses to be constrained by commercially available choices? You have felt visions, nay dreams which you cannot ignore. You seem like a  free-thinker, I like that. So I’m here to help you… and I brought freezer paper!

Prepare to have your mind blown…unless you’ve seen this before in which case settle back down and don’t ruin it for the rest of the class! Printed Felt Sheets Tutorial

You will need:

Freezer Paper AKA grease proof paper – Printer sized if you plan to use a printer

X-acto Knife or Scalpel & Cutting Board

Acrylic Paint & Textile Medium or fabric paint.

Wool or Wool Blend felt

Sponge Brush

A Vision (or templates)

Create stencil.

Cheveron Template American Felt and Craft - The Blog

The first step is to create a stencil to work with. You will need to be able to cut away the area you plan to paint so simple outlines work best. Making the areas to be cut away a darker color will help keep your head from spinning when you try to figure out parts to cut later. Anything the freezer paper covers will stay the color of the felt. Whatever you cut away will become the print. 

Stenciling on felt

The templates for these 6 patterns are posted free through our store if your interested in any of these styles. CLICK FOR TEMPLATES

Freezer paper in rolls

Freezer paper can be bought in printer sized sheets or in rolls at the grocery store in the sandwich bag and plastic wrap isle. It is not the same as parchment, butcher, or waxed paper. The thinner, grocery sold freezer paper (rolled) is more opaque and will allow for easy tracing, but it also tears more easily and is a bit more cumbersome to cut.

Printer sized freezer paper

Printer sized freezer paper sheets (quilters paper) , thicker and sturdier than rolled freezer paper.

If you are printing onto the paper I highly recommend buying pre- cut freezer paper meant for printers. Paper sold on rolls even when cut down tends to hold its curl and can jam up printers. Plus commercially available freezer paper sheets (often called quilters paper) is often thicker and adheres to the felt better.

To print on freezer paper make sure that you print onto the matte (feels like regular paper) side NOT  the shiny side. Print your design out onto the freezer paper sheets making sure to leave space around the edges to keep the paper intact after you get done cutting.  This is exactly the way your pattern will look when it is stenciled so don’t get all fancy and print your letters backwards or anything. Viola!

feltstencil Now the real fun begins!  Lay your stencil down onto your cutting surface – You may want to tape it down to prevent shifting. Keep your cuts clean any cracks or extra cuts might result in areas you didn’t want getting painted onto your felt

And, we’re cutting…and we’re cutting. Freezer paper stencil

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat!

Congrats your freezer paper sheet is now officially a stencil!

 Set your iron to wool lady friend because it’s time to make some magic! iron

Line up your stencil on the felt sheet shiny side down. The shiny stuff (technical term) will melt slightly and create a seal which won’t leave residue on your felt when you’re ready to peel it off. This temporary seal will need to hold a clean line so make sure to press firmly as you go paying close attention to edges and corners.  NO STEAM! textile paint Textile medium (also called fabric painting medium) is not optional if you are using acrylic paint. It magically transforms dull flaky, acrylic paint into a fabulous permanent washable fabric paint.

How to print on felt

The textile medium also helps the paint become  more pliable which prevents, cracking, lifting, and fading.  Mix the paint with textile medium 2: 1. or as instructed. Mix well.

 Unless you get crazy with your paint and saturate through the entire thickness you shouldn’t need anything under your felt but this can be a messy process so you will need to protect your work area, a poster board is perfect for this. Making a felt stencil with freezer paper- tutorial Using a sponge brush paint over the stencil. One coat should be fine but if you want to do a second make sure your first layer is fully dry. Wood grain stenciled felt using freezer paper- American felt and Craft the blog

Remove the freezer paper after the paint is set but before the felt is fully dry or cured.

(The paint on the paper is dry but the paint on the felt is still moist.) This is much easier than letting the paint fully set.

Use freezer paper to create stencils for felt. - American Felt and Craft- The Blog

They will be dry to the touch pretty quickly but allow them to cure overnight.

To set the paint you will need to iron over the dried paint on the wool setting.

Use as you would any felt.

Check out what we made with the wood-grain felt!

Check out what we made with the wood-grain felt!

 Now what to do with these guys… I am thinking coasters, maybe a notebook cover?

Printed Felt sheet tutorial

Any suggestions?

*Those of you who did not properly prepare to have your minds blown, I am sorry but I did try to warn you . DIY stenciled felt sheets

* Handy Tips from your handy tipster:

* The textile medium worked fine on the synthetic felt but the freezer paper wasn’t able to make a solid bond on the appropriate heat settings for synthetics. It may have sealed at a higher temp but this isn’t Myth-busters and I risk my iron for no man!

* This technique didn’t work on the bamboo felt, the composition of the felt is so soft that it adheres a little too well.

* Painting with a sponge brush in light layers will help keep the lines clean.

* Don’t mess up- Paint is forever so be careful! If you didn’t over saturate your felt you should be able to flip it over and give it another try on the reverse side.

* Mixing textile medium with acrylic paint  is a way to get a large range of color choices without having to make an investment in each color of fabric paint.   Especially since you may only need a small amount paint. It also allows for easy custom tinting.

* You can also paint directly on the felt, which you would only do if you were better at it than I am, which isn’t that hard see…

Painting on Felt - American Felt and Craft - The Blog

The size of a sheet of freezer paper is pretty close to felt sheets we sell at American Felt and Craft and many other places so you know exactly what will fit.

Freezer paper is also great for cutting out templates with precision! (More on this next week!)

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Felt Finger Puppet Theater

17 Aug

Check out the latest free pattern from the insanely talented Stephanie at Imagine Our Life!

What a fun and amazing work of art not to mention a great toy for all those holiday car trips!

Finger Puppets and puppet theater DIY Copyright Imagine Our Life.

The whole piece is supported on folding struts which allow it to fold flat to fit in quiet books or just for easy storage and travel!

I just love the flying dragon!

Copyright Imagine Our Lives

Check out the full and stunningly detailed tutorial over at Imagine Our Life

Copyright Imagine Our Life

Happy Crafting

~Andie

Felt from American Felt and Craft - over 140 colors!

* All images via Imagine Our Life.

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