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Squeaky Sunscreen Friends

21 Jul

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I sunburn super easily and I live in AZ the nonsense of which is very indicative of my life choices in general.

Everywhere I go I am surrounded by golden tanned people and their healthy glows but alas, after years of blistering sunburns I am content knowing that look will always elude me.

Point being I use a LOT of sunscreen and I mean a LOT, like take the amount you are thinking and triple it. Sunscreen has become a pal, my personal super hero. So without further ado I present to you my ode to sunscreen.

These sunscreen felties have different sized squeakers inside because why wouldn’t they? Here’s to unsung super heroes!

sunscreens2You will need:  (per felt sunblock friend)

4″ x 4″ Felt Stripe and Top color, I used Macaw and Aqua

4″ x 5″ Sunscreen bottle color I used White

3.5″ x 2″ scrap for sun background I used Sunshine and Mustard Seed

2″ x 2″ felt scrap for sun front  I used Sunshine and Mustard Seed

Black scrap for mouth and numbers 3’x 3″ should be more than enough

2- 6mm safety eyes

Squeakers: I used Medium and Large.

Felt Glue

sunscreeen2Find the center of the top and mark where you would like to place the eyes.

Create small holes, poke safety eyes through and add safety backings. Glue mouth into place and set aside.

sunscreen1Add stripes to the body of one of the sunscreen bottle pieces as marked on felt craft template below.

Use felt glue or small stitches to tack down the SPF numbers into the center of the sun shape. Lay sun background in between the two stripes and sew the number/ sun center down as shown. stuffPlace the two bottle body pieces together and overcast stitch around the edges. Stuffing lightly as you go, add squeaker to the center.

sewcapPlace the face cap around the base trim and stitch to fit and overcast stitch to the sunscreen body as shown.

sunscreencapOvercast stitch the base to the cap and name your new friends.

Mine are named SPFFY and Casper.

sunscreens

Happy Crafting~

Andie

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Felt sunscreen tutorial pattern: sunscreentemplate

How to wash felt, wool felt foods, soft sculpture & toys.

23 Apr

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Sooner or later you’re gonna have to clean that felt food. Here’s how to do it!

Felt Cherry Pie

While dry felt can withstand major abuse it becomes a whole different creature when wet and must be treated gently so here is a walk though, please remember use of soap will result in further felting your felt, I.E creating piling and fuzz. The following is written with wool and wool blend felt in mind but it is also useful for acrylic or eco-felt, (eco-spun & eco-fi) synthetic felts which although washable, have a tendency to tear at the seams when hand sewn.Please note that I am erring on the side of caution and your felt items are generally not all that delicate, a good quality felt will actually stand up to a lot of rubbing but better safe than sorry right?

Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning is the obvious way to go with 100% wool felt but a lot of dry cleaners won’t touch soft sculpture or basically anything that isn’t clothing you CANNOT use a product like dryel on felt the heat and moisture will continue to felt your piece, this would not be a good thing. The #1 thing to keep in mind is avoiding drastic temperature fluctuations on the felt.

Surface Wash

If your item is only slightly messy for example moist cookie crumbs, I would suggest letting them dry, before proceeding with your clean up, you may mash the mess into the wool mesh, say that 5 times fast!

The exception to this rule is a substance which you feel will stain. In that is the case proceed to hand wash. After felt is dry brush off the crumbs and gently wash the surface with a baby wipe.

sinkHand Wash

Lets say your felt food is really messy, for example your child dunked his felt cookie in his real milk. You can hand wash using the steps outlined below, I have used this method with great success Using these methods I have removed apple juice, wet candy cane, yogurt and cracker mush from my daughters felt food collection.

1. Brush as much of the dirt, dust or dried whatever off as you can while the item is STILL DRY. If whatever has gotten on your felt is in liquid form that’s OK to but please avoid rubbing it.

2. Fill a sink or basin with cool or cold water, no soap.

3. Place said item in water and wait until it soaked, gently squeeze the air out if it is a stuffed item

4. Gently press water out of felt without rubbing

5. Continue to squeeze like a sponge do not rub,  Repeat until spot is gone, you may soak the felt overnight if needed.

Air dry, felt may feel stiff at first but will regain its softness when played with for awhile.

lemons

Worse case scenario…

Got something really nasty on your felt, like boogers or pee? Luckily for you wool has antibacterial properties so it’s isn’t as germ laden as you think however you now need to remove whatever germs remain and any smell, try lemons. Lemons contain antibacterial and antiseptic properties on top of naturally removing odor. Cut lemons and squeeze into the water in your basin and proceed as outlined above.

But it’s winter in the middle of nowhere…

Your last best hope is Vinegar. Vinegar will  disinfectant and help destroy odor, the weird vinegar smell will fade with time , it dissolves grease too! So if you have a stuffie that’s gotten really grungie this is your method! Put in 1/2 part vinegar to 1 part water and wash as directed above be sure to lay it out to dry as soon as possible and do not use it to soak your item for longer than 10-15 minutes as it could in theory hurt your fabric although this has never been my experience. The bonus to this method is your dried felt will be surprisingly soft.

Drop me a comment or two and let me know how it all turned out and show me some love by checking out the store,

Happy Crafting- Andie

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Please give credit where credit is due and be sure to link to my blog when using this info. Thanks, you’re the best!

For more on how to clean felt see our post on cleaning and storing felt fabric.

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