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The Digby Pillow – 15 Minute Felt Beagle Pillows

4 Aug

The Digby Pillow

The Digby pillow is a felt craft with plenty of wow factor. These 15 minute faux applique pillows are a must make!

 I chose to create beagle pillows as a way to honor of our lemon beagle Digby, pronounced “DIG-BEE”. If beagles aren’t your thing you can easily customize your pillow with whatever shape or silhouette you fits your style.

All you need are 15 minutes and a few simple supplies to transform a plain or inexpensive pillow into crisp stylish custom throw pillow.

Felt pillow supplies

You will need:

 Pillow(s) of your choice

1/4 yard felt of your choice – I used white, this amount will make two beagles with plenty of leftovers.

Wool or wool blend felt works best, acrylic felt, polyester felt and eco fi will ball up over time.

Beacon’s Felt Glue

Thread coordinating or (contrasting if your the type who likes to live on the edge.)

Felter’s Friend freezer paper sheets

Iron, Scissors, Sewing Needle

Felt Beagle Pillow tutorial

Print out the your template onto freezer paper (the Digby template I used is at the bottom of this post)

Felt on freezer paper pillow tutorial

Using the beagle template line up the head and tail section and iron onto your felt using the wool setting,

For more on Felt and Freezer paper see:

DIY printed felt

Cutting small and detailed shapes from Felt 

You can also try pinning template to felt and cutting but the freezer paper makes the job much much easier.

Felt pillow

Cut away extra paper and gently peel away freezer paper you can re- use this template up to 5 times so save it.

Felt beagle pillow tutorial

Lay your applique out on the pillow(s) exactly as you want them and mark their position lightly.

Sew faux stitching to felt

 Remove your applique and thread the needle and sew a running stitch along the outside.

Because you are using felt you won’t need to worry about fraying and you can just attach the applique straight to your pillow.

However the stitching helps to create a more authentic appearance and adds a nice weight to the piece.  Be sure to only knot on the backside of your shape.

Glue down faux applique

Line up your applique with the marks you made earlier and glue down with felt glue one section at a time.

Smooth out but do not press the glue down into the fibers. Once dry the glue will hold as well as stitches.

 Allow the glue to set and you’ve got yourself a fabulous new set of throw pillows.

Please do not pin this template to pinboards.

beagle template

Beagle template

Stop By the Shop:

Online Felt Supply American Felt and Craft

Fast easy faux applique

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

25 days of Felt Christmas Crafts Day: 10 Make yourself a merry little pillow

8 Dec

Felt crafts for Christmas

You know the Shtick…25 days 25 felt Christmas crafts and away we go!

Dang right it’s cute!

Even better Amy Smart’s Christmas pillow tutorial is LOW -SEW those dots are attached with glue. I think an elogated version would also make an adorable draft stopper for doors.

You will need:

  • heavy canvas fabric
  • felt for the circles
  • sharp scissors
  •  glue
  • DMC floss
  • a biggish needle for embellishing
  • batting/stuffing
  • fabric for the pillow backing
Stop by Diary of a Quilter for the full tutorial: http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2010/12/felt-circle-pillow-tutorial.html

  Limeaide              Spearmint        Four Leaf Clover       Red Rock                Lipstick

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Felt tooth fairy pillow tutorial roundup.

30 Sep

Felt tooth fairy pillow tutorial roundup.

My daughter’s tooth has been lost and another wiggly one is right behind it and I somehow managed to recover from my wisdom tooth extraction without any further complications…ok one…I seemed to have formed an addiction to “Dance Moms” on Lifetime…is it my fault they had a marathon?!?

Anyway I thought what better way to celebrate (teeth not Dance Moms) than with more felt tooth fairy pillow awesomeness!  Just click on the picture to visit each site.

 

Felt Tooth Fairy Bag tutorial from Purl Bee

Tooth officer, tooth marshal, and frankentooth available on ETSY from mmm crafts.

Free ballerina tooth fairy felt pillow tutorial also from mmmcrafts.

Felt Tooth Fairy Pillow Magic Wand   $19 by Kata Golda

Magic Wand (Tooth Fairy Pillow) $19 by Kata Golda

Tooth Fairy Monster Because not all fairies are pink and sparkly via the long thread

Russian doll tooth fairy pillow

Matryoshka Felt Tooth Fairy Pillow tutorial from Dragon and Phoenix!

Happy crafting and don’t forget to brush!

~Andie

Soft Felt Tooth Fairy Pillow Box *

25 Sep
Felt tooth fairy pillow tutorial*Crafted under the influence
 
Warning: Before you read this post please note I have just had my wisdom teeth removed (well half of them anyway) and this project (or at least it’s photography) was influenced by the vicodin I have had to take to keep myself out of the fetal position. I almost didn’t post because the pictures are less than stellar but I think the project is worth it so keep trying and leave me a comment if I left something out or confused you.

It’s official my baby girl has wiggly front teeth. A tooth fairy pillow has long been on my list of things to make and so I knew it was now or never and since my wisdom teeth should have been removed about 2 decades ago it seemed like the perfect time for such a project….Kismet, except the part where my eyes won’t focus and my brain can’t make sentences!

When designing a tooth fairy pillow I knew I wanted something to make the tooth seem special, worthy of a girl who prides herself in her shiny white teeth. I also knew it needed to have easy access for exhausted tooth fairies waking up at 2 am because the plan to stay up and wait didn’t pan out.  But maybe most importantly it had to be  soft so it could be slept on.

Here’s what I came up with.

tooth fairy box tutorial

It’s heavily influenced by a Tiffany box, but rather than a bow I have given it a little set of sparkly tooth fairy wings.

tooth fairy tutorial

Inside a cushion to hold the tooth and or the loot and her initial monogrammed up top with a stitch I like to call, “geeze I hope I didn’t sew my finger into that stitch” and a shiny molar.

Since this was all crafted from my beside I just made up the dimensions but the finished box is pretty close to 3″ X 3″. And before you question the judgement of my husband allowing me to use scissors while on Vicodin let me assure you NO one takes this girls scissors NO ONE!

You will need:

3″ x 3″  Foam or 3″ x 3″ batting

1 – 9″ x 12″ felt sheet (outside color)

1- 9″ x 12″ felt sheet (inside color)

Please note you may use more or less felt, all I know is I had 2 sheets when I started and my face hurts.  See disclaimer above

Embroidery floss (optional)

Glitter (never optional)

Scrap white felt 4″ x 4″

Felt glue

1- foot of trim

Step 1:

Cut thick batting or foam into a 3″ cube, cut 1″ slit into top.

Step 2

Cut out the wings and molar from the template provided below. Cover with a thin layer of felt glue and glitter or sparkly puff paint. Allow wings to dry for 2 hours or so before adding glitter to back of wings.

Step 3

         Cut all sides to cover cube.  (see template)

Step 4

Create fold in center of  inside top piece. Using a running stitch and matching thread sew to create a pocket in the center

 Step 5

Glue or sew tooth onto top piece, embroider initial if desired.

Step 6

Place top into foam slit and attach 3″ x 3″ sides and bottom.

felt tooth fairy pillow pocket

Attach sides to top & bottom with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

You should now have a pretty block.

felt block for tooth fairy pillow

Step 7

Cut outside pieces: (also on printable template below)

Fold box sides down 1.5″ and glue or sew down side so sides now measure 3 1/2″

Attach sides to  bottom piece to create a box the same way you did with the cushion above.

Tooth fairy pillow tutorial

Slip cushion into finished box. Add felt glue to the bottom of your tooth fairy box if desired to hold cushion in place.

Step 8

felt box top

Double the pieces for the box top either by overcast stitching along one edge to connect the pieces before assembling the top, or glue two pieces together with felt glue. Repeat with top of box.

Assemble the top with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

Step 9

Hand sew or glue trim to outside of box and top (since my trim was thick I didn’t go all the way up to make sure there were no problems with the top.)

Attach tooth fairy wings to center of your box with felt glue or a few running stitches.

tooth fairy box tutorial

Template: Fit to print on standard size printer paper, enlarge first.

tooth fairy box template

~I love the way this turned out. Here’s hoping it scores me a few bonus points with the tooth fairy!

~Andie

fairy tutorial

Felt Gerbera Daisies – Lazy Daisies of Summer

2 Jun

Felt Gerbera Daisy Tutorial

By far my very favorite flower has to be the gerbera daisy, it makes no excuses for itself, there is nothing subtle or demure about them even their colors are extreme and demand attention and as Auntie Mame so famously put it, “more is more!”

felt flowers

Enjoy the best of summer with this free gerbera daisy template and tutorial. And now you can share pictures of your creations on our Facebook page!

You will need:

Felt in your choice of flower color I used our new color,  Hot Pink

Scraps of felt in a deep yellow, Gold Nugget is used here, and a pale green, I used Granny Smith.

Thread in pale green color

Flip Flops, or anything you want to accent with these whimsical flowers.

Gerbera daisy template and tutorial

Print out and enlarge this Template to the standard copy paper size.

1: Cut 2 each of templates A, B & C in your flower color choice.

2. Cut 1 of template D in deep yellow color

3. Cut 1 of template E in pale green color.

**For tips on cutting complex or small pattern pieces from felt see our blog post***

Now that the pieces are all cut stack them in order of size making sure that the petals fan out in different directions so that the finished piece looks fuller.

Step 3:

Place a small X with a running stitch through the flower, shown here in contrasting thread color for clarity. Pull threads tightly so the flower curves inward.

Step 4: You can now attach these to any project you like, to attach them to the flip flops as shown above simply attach the flowers to the toe posts as you would a button or use hot glue.

Try these on:

 A tank top

A handmade bag

Accent pillows

Backpacks

Lamp Shades

Headbands and hats

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Bed of roses, sweet little rose accent pillows

23 Jan

Felt Flower pillow tutorial - Roses

It was finally time…my daughter has been in her toddler bed for quite some time and has had the same bedding since before she was born, so if anything new bedding  was overdue. I wasn’t quite ready to move her to a larger bed but her Glenna Jean bedding I “just had to have” was worn thin. I looked everywhere for quality toddler bedding with no luck everything seemed to have a negative thread count, rough, cheap and thin. And in today’s economy I wasn’t about to spend $400 on a nice crib set.

That’s when I decided to make my own, not the fitted sheet mind you I simply bought a new crib sheet, I am not insane enough to attempt such a sewing feat, not yet anyway. The blanket was super easy I just made a large pillow case shape out of 2 yards of  fabric and filled it with batting and tied it down with cross stitch thread to prevent shifting. I then made a bed skirt out of tulle and ribbon, but something was still missing, that’s when I thought of the little felt rosettes I had been searching for an application for and made some lovely accent pillows. I am thrilled with how they turned out. You could really use these rosettes on anything but I think these little pillows are sweet and would make a lovely Valentines Day decoration or gift.

For one pillow you will need:

7 sheets felt (I used pink tutu)

Stuffing

Matching thread/Sewing needle

Sewing machine (ok that’s optional I guess, but making pillows can be a pain without it)

Step 1:

Cut as many small circles approx 2 inches in diameter as you can from one of your felt sheets.

Cut as many circles approx 3 inches in diameter from another  2 felt sheets

Cut as many circles approx 4 inches in diameter as you can from your 4th  and 5th felt sheet

You can free hand these they do not need to be exact.

Step 2:

Cut all circles into whirls as shown below, the less cutting you do the better your rose will look. I know it seems like the opposite would be true but too many whirls in the circle make for a very small tight rose.

Step 3:

Thread and knot your needle.

Starting from the small end roll your cut circle until you reach the fat middle piece, wrap around the outside and sew through your rose on each side to hold into place knot and begin the next one. After about two this becomes very easy and can be done while watching your favorite movie.

Step :4

Hand stitch all of your roses onto one half of your pillow leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance around the edges.

Step 5

Place your pillow pieces right sides together and sew around outer edges leaving space to stuff. Turn right side out stuff and sew closed.Felt Flowers - bed of roses felt throw pillow tutorial

Variations on the theme:

Try making a shape or a letter from the roses as I have shown on the center pillow.

pink felt rose pillows

If sewing pillows is too daunting you can always make small drawer sachet by scaling down the project and making only small roses and stuffing with potpourri.

I think this would also make a great wall hanging using your childs initial.

Happy Valentine’s day!

Felt Flower Rose throw pillows

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