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Win a Felt Food Picnic Lunch Kit!

8 Aug

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Top off your summer with an endless picnic lunch!

Just head over to your Facebook page tell us who you would make out felt food Picnic Lunch set for and you could win the complete kit!

Wanna see what’s included? Check it out at the store: http://stores.americanfeltandcraft.com/-strse-244/Felt-food-kit-lunch/Detail.bok

*Open to all countries winner chosen at random from Facebook comments left between 8/8/12 – 8/30/12 Winner announced 8/31/12

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Check out our other Felt Food Kits handmade in the United States!

Good Luck!

Andie

Doc McStuffins Inspired Felt Stethoscope

21 May

DIY felt stethoscope tutorial

My kids are crazy obsessed with Disney’s new show Doc Mcstuffins.

I like to think it’s because they aspire to be doctors helping out those in need but more than likely it’s because they like toys and singing .

What better way to encourage all of the above than with your own Doc Mcstuffin style stethoscope!

Stethoscope from felt

For each Stethoscope you will need:

1 plastic headband (look for fabric wrapped ones without the little teeth along the top the headbands pictured are from Dollar Tree in a package of 3)

2 feet of ribbon (I doubled it over to glue it but if you are willing to sew you can get away with 1 foot). Shorten if needed to insure ribbon can’t be wrapped around the child’s neck.

*All felt wool or wool blend, acrylic lacks the thickness so measurements may be off and hot gluing acrylic is a recipe for burns

Scrap tan felt, I used Toffee from American Felt and Craft

Scrap heart color I used Hot Pink and Sparrow from American Felt and Craft

White felt 4″ x 8″ for stethoscope body I used

Felt for ear covers 2″ x 5″ I used Hot Pink and White

1 large squeaker.

Hot glue gun and glue

Needle and Thread

Felt Glue (optional)

diy tutorial to make felt stethoscopes

Cut out template pieces in desired felt shades.

template and tutorial for felt stethoscope

felt bandage

Attach heart to small bandage center and bandage center to bandage. Finish with french knots if desired.

Attach bandage to one of the stethoscope circles and set aside.

Loop Ribbon over headband.

Glue ribbon together with felt or hot glue (you can also sew it)

Attach the back of the stethoscope (the piece without the bandage)

Place stethoscope top (the side with the bandage) on top of the back and  stitch where the ribbon meets with a running stitch and continue with an overcast stitch.

Slip in large squeaker and whip stitch closed.

Wrap end of headband with felt strip and hot glue. Make sure to use glue along entire strip to felt can’t come loose.

wrap headband in felt

Finish by placing glue in center and gently pinching to seal off the headband end.

When finished the ends should be large enough to fit over ears like ear muffs and should not fit in the ear canal at all, add more felt if needed to accomplish this.

The Doc is In!

May not suitable for younger kids

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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

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

Felt Hydrangea Bridal Bouquet Tutorial

7 Nov

felt hydrangea flowers how to felt flower template

A few months ago I was asked to make a felt bridal set, my would be client a family friend, was hoping for a felt hydrangea bouquet with pearl accents. As much as I relished the challenge I had to decline, my plate was already WAY too full. I promised to toy around with felt (like I need an excuse for that) and put together some bouquet instructions in case she decided to go DIY and it only made sense to share it with you all…in November?! Ok well better late than never, so Lisa here is the hydrangea bouquet you asked me for so many months ago and I hope you love it.

Lisa's Instructions for felt flower hydrangea flower bouquet.

For the bridal bouquet you will need:

1 pkg of pearl beads – Mine contained 700+ and was around $4. Quality is not a huge consideration since they will just be accents.

You could also use any bead, button, sequins, or even tiny jingle bells.

1 pkg  thin flexible wire – 1 pkg should more than suffice unless you’re making more than one bouquet or a larger version. Jewelry or floral wire is fine but you want to be able to cut through it easily. Cut wire into 8″ lengths.

1/2 yard or 6 –  9″ x 12″ sheets main felt bouquet color – I used Forget Me Not)

Because we need the felt to wrinkle and hold shape acrylic felt will not work.

1/8 yard or 2 – 9″ x 12″  sheets accent felt bouquet color – (I used Ice)

Duct tape

Hot glue gun and amo – aka hot glue sticks

1 and a half yards satin ribbon for bridal bouquet wrap.

Nail File

White Acrylic Paint – Optional 

Step 1:

Cut all felt colors into 2 inch squares, this can be done in 5-10 minutes using a guillotine chopper. You don’t need a felt flower template for this a little bigger or smaller won’t make any real difference.

felt flower template

Step 2:

Cut each square down the corners toward the center then cut off the corners of each square.

felt flower bouquet tutorial

Step 3:

Thread wire through 1 flower cutout near center leaving room for bead to lay in the center.

Thread pearl onto wire and come out the other side of your flower.

It’s easiest if you do this like stitching with a needle rather than bending the wire back into the flower.

thread bead through felt flowerPoke wire through flower. Back view of beaded flower. Front view of beaded flower.

Twist wire under flower head to hold in place.

felt hydrangea bouquet instructions

Gently go over the sharp ends with a nail file. Just once will be enough to dull the wire and prevent painful poking.

You can skip this step if you wear garden gloves until the entire piece is wrapped.

Place completed flowers into 3 or 4  bunches.

Felt bouquets for wedding instructions

Tape the base to make handling easier. This will be covered up so don’t worry about how it looks just  keep the sharp bottoms contained and the flowers together.

felt flower bunches taped

Step 4:

Wet felt flower boquet

Wet hydrangea flower bunches squeeze out. Roll bunches in towel and allow to dry.

Wet hydrangea flower bunches by dunking them into water and squeezing out extra moisture.

Roll bunches inside a towel and allow to dry overnight this will make them wrinkle and look more like real flowers.

Step 5:

how to make felt hydrangea flowersOnce the bunches have dried place them together and tape into place. 

Step 6:


felt bride's bouquet hydrangea flowerfelt flowers bouquet

Glue one end of ribbon to top of taped area of bouquet.
Wrap ribbon around gluing it down every inch or so.
Glue pearl beads down the front if desired.
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Step 7:

Tutorial instructions for how to make felt flower boquetFluff out flowers and shape.

OPTIONAL: Paint the areas around center of a few flowers with white acrylic paint to make the flowers look more realistic.

Step 8:

Brides Hydrangea bouquet made of felt flower template.

Get Married!!

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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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Gulf Coast Catch

6 Jul

Gulf Coast Catch Instantly downloadble PDF pattern available now!

Our new pattern : Gulf Coast Catch features some of the Gulf Coasts’ best offerings. Fish, Shrimp and Clams!!

This pattern was created to specifically to help the animals and fisherman effected by the BP oil Spill. American Felt and Craft has always taken our commitment to protecting our environment seriously. And in an effort to help 100% of our profits from this pattern, EVERY PENNY, will be donated to 2 charities to help those effected by this horrible event. We hope you will join us in helping those effected and we know you will enjoy this beautiful pattern.

The first of the two charities we donate to will be the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund which focuses  on helping  fishermen and their families but we know that losing livelihoods pales in comparison to the massive loss of life and homes for millions of animals so please join us in selecting the second of the charities we donate the profits to:

For more on these Charities:

American Bird Conservancy

Friends of the Earth

Green Peace

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund

Here’s to leaving this world a better place for our children!

~Andie

Gulf Coast Catch available now at : http://www.FeltandCraft.com

Confucius Says: Felt Fortune Cookies are in your future!

30 Mar

 

This week AFC introduces our second in what we hope will be a long line of Downloadable PDF patterns, and we know your going to love it. We proudly introduceShrimp Stir Fry! Yes that’s right the very same Shrimp Stir Fry that sold out as a kit THREE times in pre-sale and was our #1 best-selling kit over the last year! We just could not keep this one in stock, take a look and I am sure you’ll see why.

We now have the pattern in a full color INSTANTLY downloadable PDF, Paper pattern(with full color photo booklet) and the ‘just enough’ felt pack, which does not contain the pattern but all the felt needed to make everything in all the right colors at a great price!

And what’s a great meal without dessert? Included with both the PDF and Pattern you will find our Felt Fortune Cookie pattern. But as loyal blog readers you’ll also get it here, plus read on to find out how you can win the PDF Shrimp Stir-Fry pattern FREE!

Supplies needed: (will make up to 4 cookies)

1/8 yard or 1 9×12 sheet cream colored felt

Scrap white felt

Black fabric marker or embroidery thread

Coordinating thread

Optional: Felt highlighter and shading kit in Fresh Baked.

Step 1:

Cut your cream felt into 2 circles for each cookie (template at bottom of post)

Cut out white scrap into fortune size if using marker you will only need 1 per cookie if embroidering your message you will need 2.

Step 2:

Write or embroider your message on white fortune; if you are embroidering it you want to add another white piece to back to hide stitches, you can either stitch or glue these pieces together.

Step 3:

Attach completed fortune to the right upper side of one of the circles as shown:

Step 4:

Place both circles together and fold two rounds together as shown and sew along rounded parts leaving bottom edges open. (trim top part so it looks even if needed)

Step 5:

Push bottom center inward and push cookie together until your happy with the look then place a stitch or two to hold. (You can also use felt glue for this but you will need a clothes pin to hold it in place until it dries.)

Highlighting:

 Highlighting creates an amazingly realistic look here’s how using our new Felt Highlighter in Fresh Baked.

Lightly highlight entire cookie with ‘golden’ adding a bit more to edges and curves.

Follow up by highlighting where the cookie meets and a small portion of the edges in ‘toasted’

Highlighting will become permanent in 2-3 hours.

Some fortune ideas

Hug your mom

Eat your veggies

Nap in future

Lucky girl/boy

Share

Smart cookie

Miso Cute

Now we want to hear yours!

Submit your felt fortune cookie fortune in comments below or via facebook for your chance to win a free Shrimp Stir Fry felt food pattern in PDF form. Winner will be announced March 15th! Can’t wait that long? If you win and have already bought AFC’s Shrimp Stir fry pattern you can choose an alternate prize.  So go on make a small fortune and win a great prize while you’re at it!

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Felt Food 101 – Lesson 2 Right said thread, How to make felt food.

1 Jun

felt food how to fall veggies

A little background,

2 years ago I was put on bed rest during a pregnancy it was also around this time that I spent my daughters college fund on a beautiful pink retro kitchen set, I think you know which one I am talking about, you know the one everyone passes and says, “who would pay that!?” Well I did. Anyway for Christmas that year along with her lovely kitchen she received some wooden play foods, which being very little she promptly used to scratch and dent her wonderful kitchen! Needless to say those little suckers were gracing the shelves of goodwill by weeks end!

But what can you do in a play kitchen without play food? I wasn’t about to bring a bunch of plastic junk into my home, then the solution presented itself in the form of felt food. I have now made everything from soup to nuts, literally. After crafting felt food for sometime I began to get frustrated trying to find the bits and pieces I needed to to create the things I wanted to. So together with my BFF and fellow crafter Amelia I decided to create the store I was looking for, American Felt and Craft. Please stop in sometime and take a look around. And as always if you have any questions I am just an email away and I’m happy to share my knowledge and a few of my favorite patterns with you!

Lesson 1 Material Girl                                                 Coming Soon: Lesson 3 Needles

Lesson 2 Right said Thread

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Thread

For making felt food just about any thread will do, if you’re going to make heirloom quality felt food, stand the test of time, your great granddaughter will be playing with it, felt food you’re going to need sturdy thread. I highly recommend a cotton or polyester thread, keeping in mind that polyester threads have a bit of a sheen to them and often distract from the piece a little, although there are cotton coated polyester threads. Personally I prefer 100%cotton since the threads are more flexible and softer than other types and since felt absorbs light the felt blends well since cotton usually doesn’t have the shiny qualities of other types. In terms of strength both cotton and polyester are less likely than other threads to break, snag  or form unwanted knots.  You may see thread called quilting thread this is ideal for felt food since the threads are thin and smooth but tough enough to hold up to hand sewing, and blend exceedingly well,  the problem with quilting thread is it’s color range is extremely limited.

Thread to avoid

Don’t bother sewing felt together with silk or rayon thread it’s like attempting to hold it together with paste. And forget about the heavy duty carpet or button thread, sure it’s durable but it’s so thick that it tends to distract or misshape a piece.  The giant spools sold for sergers are great values but tend to tangle and knot easily because they are generally made with a lower quality short cotton strands so I wouldn’t buy any colors you don’t plan on using frequently.

Cross Stitch Thread

 crossstitch thread

Lately I have been using the skeins of cross stitching thread, they are cheap and come in more colors than I knew existed, I just separate the threads and sew with just one or two. Occasionally some cross stitching threads may leech dye so you may want to test them prior to use and avoid lower quality brands as they are more likely to bleed.happysheep

Specialty threads

Sewing with specialty threads can take a felt piece to the next level. Variegated colors, for corn cob kernels, metallics for the shine on a cherry, iridescents for flower details and glow in the dark just for fun are all great details. <br>You might try experimenting with these keeping in mind that metallic and clear threads can be hard to knot and in the case of metallics may break very easily so both are only best used only for detailing.

Choosing colors

When picking a thread color you should consider buying thread a shade darker than your felt, once sewn it will actually appear closer to the color than exact matches. Felt absorbs light rather than reflecting it so it’s very easy for the human eye to pick up shade differences so try to match the tones as well as possible, again going a shade or so darker for maximum benefit. Lighter threads are great for highlighting  and adding depth to a piece.

I hope this covers any questions you had on thread selection, please feel free to leave any further questions, tips, or suggestions in the comments section.

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Lesson 1 Material Girl                         Next week Lesson 3 Needles

 

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