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Feeling Star Beanbags

7 Aug

starsYou are the sky- everything else is just the weather.” – Pema Chodron 

Identifying feelings is tough for kids (and some adults) understanding feelings are temporary can be even tougher. These shooting star bean bags are designed to help with both. The weighted  bean bags are comforting and the ribbons are prefect for fiddling with. When your child is ready they can simply let go of the feeling and move on.

Great for preschools and toddlers. You can make these in any feeling or color scheme you can dream up. The star bean bags come together quickly and are prefect for developing a strong emotional IQ not to mention they are just plain cute!

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You will need: 

Felt in star colors 4″ x 8″ per star. I used Crushed Coral, Teal, Aqua, Grey, Banana Cream Pie, Honeydew and Lavender. *

Scraps for details in blue, yellow, pink and black

Embroidery thread in black and white.

Stuffing beads, beans, rice (whatever you  are planning to stuff with.

Various ribbons in various lengths. I used 4 styles per star varying in length from 6-8″.

Star bean bag template (at the end of post)

  * And matching thread.

Stitch faces to bean bags, if you are nervous about placement you can stitch over tracing paper and then carefully tear it away. add white spots in the eyes with white embroidery thread and a french knot.

s4After adding details stitch of star to the back. Leave side open to add filler and ribbon.

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Fill star beanbag.

Stack ribbons with the smallest on the top.

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Tuck the ribbons inside and stitch closed with a running stitch.  Repeat with the remaining stars.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Star template print at full size.

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Hai- Ya! DIY Felt Ninja pouches and throwing stars.

3 Nov

Fight school break boredom with this fun felt ninja craft.

These felt ninja throwing stars are lightning fast to stitch up and a great way to teach hand sewing your karate kid.

 A traditional throwing star has a hole in the center making it easy to string on a belt for transport. While you can easily add a hole in the center we think you’ll agree the ninja belt bag creates a far more adorable storage option.

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Hai – Ya! Of course your stealthy ninja needs some place to put his felt weapons.

Kick it up a notch with ninja faced pouches featuring a front pocket for easy access to your felt throwing stars. Very helpful in the event your samurai is faced with a sudden attack. Or store them on your black belt in the pouch pocket keeping your weaponry secure during all the stealthiest of ninja maneuvers.

Felt Ninja throwing stars tutorial.

Ninja Throwing stars also make a great DIY ninja birthday party favor.

DIY Felt Ninja Throwing Stars

You will need for 6 stars:

2-  9″ x 12″ sheets grey wool blend  felt (I used Grey Flannel)

Grey thread and sewing needle

Felter’s Freezer paper (Optional)

Templates at end of post.

As with most weapons precision is key when cutting the felt throwing stars, I cannot stress enough how helpful using Andie’s or the freezer paper methods for cutting out these pieces is.

To use felters freezer paper print out your shapes, cut them out  to make the most of your felt, iron the shapes down.

Felt ninja stars tutorial

Lay another piece of felt under the ironed on piece and cut out matching sets of throwing stars.

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Carefully peel the paper free from your star and set aside (These can be reused at least 3 more times)

Felt ninja throwing stars- great #ninja craft.

Overcast stitch along the edges with matching thread.

DIY felt ninja throwing stars - ninjago toy


Free DIY Felt Ninja belt pouches and throwing stars craft tutorial

DIY Felt Ninja Pouches

Per Pouch you will need:

1-  9″ x 12″ black wool blend  felt*

4″ x 3″ flesh colored felt, I used  Bisque, Pastry and Toffee *

1 – 9″ x 12″ Ninja tie color, I used Pink Tutu, Egg Yolk, and Lipstick*

Matching Thread

Templates at end of post.

DiY felt toys

Cut out 2 pieces of template A from tie colored felt. Sew the centers together and fold in half.

Starting 1/2″ in sew long edges together leaving last 1/2″ open.

Set aside.

Cut one face piece from flesh tone felt (Template B)

Cut 2 felt pouches (Template C), 2 eyes (Template E) 1 corner piece (Template D) and 1 Belt Loop (Template F) from black felt.

Stitch face mask to one of the pouch sides (Template C pieces) with matching thread and a running stitch. Place eyes and stitch down with matching thread.

Ninja Pouch Tutorial - felt craft

Attach triangle pocket (Template D)  as shown on template using a running stitch and black thread.

Attach belt loop to felt pouch - DIY tutorial pattern

Stack pouch sides so that the face is on one side and the belt loop on the other.

Cut slits into Felt Ninja Pouch #DIY Craft

Fold over can cut small slits as shown on template.

Thread the colored tie through the holes.

Felt Ninja Pouch and Throwing Stars tutorial - great beginner sewing project.

Overcast stitch around the outside.

Ninja belt Pouch from Felt

Leave the portion where the tie is exposed open.

Thread Tie through felt ninja pouch tutorial

Felt Ninja Tutorial Craft- great boys craft

Happy Crafting ~

Andie

Ninja blet pouch and felt throwing stars craft tutorial- American Felt and Craft

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Ninja Pouch Template

Felt throwing Star template - please do not pin template to pinterest.

Ninja Star Templates

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Thor Inspired Viking Helmet Hat

15 Oct

DIY Thor Hat Tutorial Pattern

Just in time for Halloween and as part of our continuing commitment to turn hats into better hats we present the DIY Thor Inspired Viking helmet hat.

This retro Thor style hat couldn’t be any easier and in most cases you won’t even need to alter the hat!

Easy Thor Hat Tutorial with Felt

You will need:

2 – 9″ x 12″ sheets off white I used Fresh Linen Felt

2″ Velcro AKA Hook and Loop I used Grey

Grey knit winter hat

Thor Hat Wings Template (at the end of this post)

Begin but cutting 4 of the larger wing and 2 of the smaller wing shapes from felt.

Stack the smaller wing over one of the larger ones make sure they mirror each other.

Detachable Felt Thor Wings for Hats

Sew along rounded portion with a running stitch and matching thread.

Thor Hat Tutorial

Place hook (scratchy) side of Velcro to the remaining large wing shapes and stitch down. Your wings should be facing two different directions as shown.

Match up large pieces so that Velcro is on one side and the smaller wing on the other, stitch around with an overcast stitch.

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You should find that the felt wing shapes stick onto the hat without having to attach the loop (soft side) part of the velcro to the hat.

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If your pieces don’t stick on simply try hat on and mark for placement.

Stitch soft side of velcro to hat where desired.

DIY Thor Hat Tutorial - Super easy!

Because one photo of me in a Thor hat is all you really need.

Because they are attached with Velcro you can remove the wings to wash or dry the hat or to use on another hat (Golden Snitch Anyone?!)

Thor Viking Hat Template

 

Print wings at full size

Happy Crafting

~ Andie

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A Collection of our Free Felt Food Patterns and Tutorials

20 Jan

Every Free DIY felt food pattern from American Felt and Craft all in one place.

This time of year I see a huge uptick in blog readers looking for felt food patterns. I suspect it has something to do with all those little kitchens Santa brought. In an effort to supply your chef with the widest choice of ingredients I present all of American Felt and Craft’s free felt food tutorials in one place. Just click on an image to see the free tutorial for DIY play felt food.

Free Tutorial for a cut apart carrot

Cut apart felt Carrot tutorial

Simple carrot made in sections secured with hook and loop for an added dimension to your felt food crafting.

Felt Saltine Crackers Tutorial

Felt Food Crackers Tutorial

My personal favorite free felt food blog tutorial  is ‘Salty Crackers’ patterned after the classic Saltine Cracker – they are just on the fun side of quirky.

free felt cherry pie tutorial

Felt Cherry Pie Tutorial

A free felt cherry pie tutorial in six fun slices. Also looks great under a decorative cake dome.

Easy Felt Food Petits Four (Tea party cake) tutorial and pattern.

Felt Petit Fours Tea Party Cakes Tutorial

Tiny tea cakes make a wonderful and simple addition to your felt food crafts.

Felt Jelly Beans Tutorial

Felt Jelly Bean Tutorial

Try your hand at wet felting with this felt jelly bean tutorial.

DIY mini felt pumpkin felt food tutorial

Mini Felt Pumpkins Tutorial

A fun felt food pumpkin pattern and tutorial –  a must for any felt foodies farmers market.

Easy Felt Food Cookies tutorial decorated

Felt rolled cigarette cookie tutorial

A simple no sew felt cookie for your cookie jar.

felt food chocolate cookie tutorial

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookie Tutorial

The classic reins supreme these sweet felt cookies are made in minutes with our easy felt food tutorial.

Free felt food tutorial popsicles

Felt Popsicle Tutorial

Beat the heat with a sweet treat – our free felt Popsicle pattern will walk you through making them step by step.

Free Felt Fortune Cookies pattern, template and tutorial

Felt Fortune Cookie Tutorial

Add this felt fortune cookie pattern to your crafting  menu and the future looks full of fun!

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Felt Candy Cane Tutorial

As Christmas tree decor or just a seasonal treat these felt candy canes are easy to make with our detailed DIY.

Felt and button sweetheart box

Felt Sweethearts Valentines Candy Box Tutorial

 This adorable felt and button  sweetheart stuffie is a fun felt Valentines day craft that doubles as the perfect V-day gift for the older felt foodie.

DIY Felt Cauliflower tutorial American Felt and Craft - Veggies

Eat your veggies. Felt Cauliflower Food Tutorial

DIY Felt Cauliflower and Broccoli Felt Food Veggies

Felt Broccoli tutorial - American Felt and Craft - felt food vegitables

Looking for something a little sweeter? Try some Felt Food Cake Pops

Felt Cakes Tutorials

Cake Pops

Felt Food- Crab ragoon, spring rolls, edamame

Felt appetizers; spring rolls, edamame, crab rangoon

felt empanadas

Fruit Empanadas

 

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Felt Ice Cream Cones- DIY

Felt Avocado

Felt Avocado Pattern

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DIY Italian Meal

REQUESTS REQUESTED! 

Sardines, Pickles, Oatmeal?

What fun or unusual felt food are you dying to learn to make?

Leave me a comment and who knows maybe you’ll see the tutorial on ‘The Blog’  soon.

And in case you need some advice on making felt food why not check out our Felt Food 101 series.

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Also check out our felt food kits with nearly everything you need to make amazingly realistic felt food –  as seen on Zulily!

Felt Food Kits and Samples 2

Get to crafting in minutes with our instantly downloadable felt food PDF patterns

Felt Food PDF patterns from American Felt and Craft

All available online right this very second!!

Where you ask?

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Happy Crafting!

~ Andie Clark

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 Felt Christmas Ornaments – Vintage Vinyl -Hipster Week

30 Nov

American Felt and Craft Free Record Ornaments  Tutorial

Vinyl just sounds better…or so I hear. I can hardly find my music on my phone without the added stress of record needles and multiple speed options. Bring the joy of vintage vinyl to this year’s tree with these easy felt Christmas ornaments.

You will need:

TEMPLATE (at the end of this post)

9″ x 12″   – sheet of  Black felt

1″ scrap of reddish felt – Poppy

1″ scrap  White felt

1″ scrap deep green felt – Cilantro

Matching Thread

12″ Ribbon for hanging (4″ per record)

Sequins in

Crystal

Silver Streak

Felt Glue (Optional)

MAKES 3 RECORDS

Cut out 6 large circles from black felt and 1 each of  smaller circle from Poppy, Cilantro, and White felt.

Felt Record Ornament DIY tutorial step 1

Attach Crystal colored sequin to the center of the smaller circle. Place the smaller circle onto the larger on and glue or sew into place using an overcast or running stitch and matching thread.

Free Christmas Ornament Pattern Felt Records

Attach Silver Streak sequins to both sides of 1 of the black circles as marked on the template using felt glue or matching thread.

DIY felt Christmas ornament free pattern - records - Hipster Week

Loop ribbon over and attach to undecorated felt circle. Overcast stitch both record pieces together.

Hipster Week Felt Vinyl Record Ornament Tutorial

Sit back and jam out the sweet sweet sounds of a completed felt ornament.

Repeat with remaining felt pieces and colors.

Vintage Vinyl Felt Record Tutorial - Felt Chirstmas Ornaments Hipster Week

record template for felt ornament

Tune in tomorrow for pics of the completed Hipster Tree...you know you want to!

Felt camera ornament tutorial

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