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Firefly Garland

30 Jun

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DIY Fireflies are literally the first thing I wanted to make when we stocked our glow felt last fall. This adorable firefly garland is the perfect addition to a baby  or child’s room. The glow in the dark felt creates a smooth and gentle glow without wires or batteries.

You will need: (for 8 fireflies and stars from scraps

2 sheets of glow in the dark felt

1- 9″ x 12″ sheet of a dark brown felt I used Saddle Brown 

1- 9″ x 12″ sheet of white felt but I think a pale pink like Paris Pink or blue like Sparrow  would look great too.

3 yards of twine or any thicker string, I like the rustic natural look of twine

Felt Glue

Sequins (optional) I used Snow White

Firefly template, see bottom of post.

firefly1Begin by folding the one of the abdomen pieces in half and stitching  along the long side.  Because ALL of the fibers used in glow felt glow it doesn’t matter which side of it you use.

Run a small gathering stitch along the open top and stuff. Pull closed and run your needle through the gathered end a few times to even it out. Set aside and repeat with remaining 7 glowing felt bottoms. Save the scraps you will use these to create glowing felt stars. For pointers on sewing see Stitches.

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Place two of the felt body pieces together and overcast stitch around the edges. Stuff the rounded head part and sew all but the bottom.  Repeat 7 more times and set aside.

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If you want to add sequins to your felt wings for some daytime sparkle consider adding sequins, I added them to both sides of the wing but honestly the bottom ones don’t really show so cut your work in half and consider skipping one side of the wings. To add sequins sew onto one or both sides of the wings and overcast stitch the two together. Repeat with 15 remaining felt wings (they are tiny they go pretty fast.) And set aside.    For tips on sewing sequins to felt see THIS POST.

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Now the real D.I. Y crafting action begins. To complete this felt craft place the body piece over the pointed end of one of the abdomen pieces.  As shown.

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Stitch the body to the base.

attachwingsPlace felt wings where you want them and stitch down one at a time. 19598637_10213610622083557_6597021799813192986_n

Create antenna by knotting doubled over cross stitching thread and pulling through at the front of the head where marked.

Using the same technique create a loop on the body of the fireflies, because of their weight you will need to remember to keep the loops on the underside because the DIY fireflies will flip. If you are tired of sewing you can also hot glue them onto the twine I promise I won’t tell.

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Assemble the DIY felt firefly garland.

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Create a loop in one end to hang the garland.

Cut round star pieces from scraps of glow felt. You will need two of each size star to sandwich between the twine. I got 13 pairs from my felt scraps.

stars2Cut as many felt circles as you can.

There is no template because you will need to use scraps for this so the sizing will vary.

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String the fireflies and glue stars to the twine with felt glue to keep them from sliding too far one way or another.

Print Template at full size.

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fireflyheaderHappy Crafting!

Andie

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Salt and Pepper’s here! Interactive felt salt and pepper shaker tutorial.

27 Aug

How to make Felt food - Salt and Pepper Shakers

Supplies to make felt food salt and pepper shakers

You will need:

1 sheet White felt & matching thread

1/2 sheet Grey felt- Grey Flannel

2 Rattle Inserts

Ric Rac – 1 yard Really Red

Red and Grey embroidery thread

Sewing and embroidery needles

Stuffing

Template – at the end of post

Cut

Cut shaker bodies and shaker bases from white felt.

Cut shaker rims and tops from grey felt

embroder felt salt and pepper

Lightly trace the letters onto the center of the shaker bodies with a pencil.

felt salt and pepper shakers

I am not skilled at embroidery so I fake it with short back stitches. The good news here is yours is bound to look WAY better than mine.

 Stitch out the letters I used 5 strands for the thick parts and 3 for the lighter lines.

Add dots onto the shaker tops with French knots and grey thread.

 DIY felt food salt and pepper shakers

Stitch shaker rims to the top of each shaker with grey thread and a running stitch.

Stitch red ric rac to the front of the shakers about 1/4 inch from the base.

felt food salt and pepper shaker

Turn shakers inside out and overcast stitch up the long edges with a sturdy white thread.

rattle toy from felt

Insert a large rattle into base of each shaker.

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Sew base to shaker and turn right side up to settle rattle into the base.

stuff felt tutorial

Push stuffing into open top.

sew felt top

Sew shaker top to rim with an overcast stitch and grey thread.

Salt and Pepper Tutorial

Spice up your felt food!

Happy Crafting

Andie

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Felt Icicle Christmas Ornament

16 Nov

Felt Icicle Christmas Ornament Tutorial

 

Add an air of icy elegance to your Christmas tree this year with this easy felt icicle ornament pattern. These icicles sparkle  reflecting the warm glow of the lights on your tree thanks to a few well placed sequins and a little felt glue. These frozen felt ornaments  make a lovely addition to any tree, wreath or simply hung from varying heights throughout the tree. Crafted from wool blend felt and glittering sequins these felt Christmas Ornaments deserve a spot on your “to craft” list this season.

You will need:

Felt in pale blue Sparrow and White *

Stuffing

Dark Green Embroidery Thread

Felt Glue

Sequins I used Opaque Crystal and Snow White

*Matching Thread

free felt Christmas patterns

Cut felt icicle shapes from felt following the pattern below, you will need 2 per Christmas ornament.

felt Christmas ornament pattern

Sew along sides of the felt icicle stuffing as you sew.

Felt Icicle Free Christmas Pattern

Glue Sequins in place and thread embroidery thread through top for easy hanging on your Christmas tree.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

felt icicle ornament pattern

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Make your own Christmas Tree Topper from felt and sequins.

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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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DIY Seahorse Stick Hobby Horse.

27 May

DIY Felt Sea Horse Hobby Horse- free tutorial and Pattern American Felt and Craft

Is there a mermaid in the house in need of a lift?

Have no fear American Felt and Craft is here with the perfect solution.

This adorable felt hobby horse is actually pretty easy to make and guaranteed to be loved by all weary mer-people in your underwater castle.

But first lets learn some fun facts about Seahorses*, shall we? Oh I think we shall…

*Seahorses (that’s correct plural form- yes, I looked it up) are actually fish.

Most *seahorses are monogamous and can be extremely romantic they “dance” and even “sing” to one another while courting.

Male *Seahorses carry the young.  (That’s right ladies singing AND childcare)

*Seahorses are one of only two fish species that swim upright and are actually quite slow-moving.

*Seahorses are vulnerable to extinction for many reasons (mostly us) and need to be protected.

*Yeah I know it’s bothering me too but I swear it really is “seahorses”.

For more on these beautiful fish and to see some amazing pictures of *seahorses as well as ways to help I would encourage you to visit:

Project Seahorse

(I guess it’s just the one because as we’ve established the plural is seahorses)

Now on to our felt seahorse craft project:

Diy ride on horse toy

You will Need:

1/2 yard Seahorse Body Color – I used Sparrow*

1 – 9″ x 12″ sheet Seahorse spot and back fin color – I used Ice*

Scrap Black* felt

1/8 yard green felt – I used Fresh Cut Grass*

4 x 5 scrap White felt*

Hook and Loop in color matching seahorse- I used Pool

Wooden Dowel  The one I used was 5/8″ x 48″

1/ 4 yard matching Tulle netting

*matching thread

Sequins in Mermaid and Snow White

Hot glue gun and “ammo”

4   yards 3/4″ ribbon

Large eyed needle

Templates (in PDF at the end of this post)

Tape Seahorse templates together as shown: 

tape templates together

Cut 2 tail pieces and 2 head pieces from main body felt color

Desired number of dots and 3 back fins from contrasting felt color.

1Kelp Bridle from green felt on a fold.

2 Eyes from black felt

4 Shell sides from white felt

Cut hook and loop into 2 – 1″ lengths – you will be trimming the loop (soft side) down more later.

sequins on felt

Sew snow white sequins to black eye pieces and to 2 of the shell shapes as shown above.

On the opposite side of the second shell piece sew hook (rough side) of hook and loop.

Set aside these will be used for the detachable kelp bridle.

Add coordinating  sequin details to felt dot shapes as desired.

For more on sewing Sequins to felt see our post on -well …sewing sequins to felt.

Fold tulle in half and cut.  Set one half aside for the fin and cut the remaining piece in half again for the ear fins.

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I totally made up that body part name – they are actually called pectoral fins but I think you’ll agree ear fins sounds at least 45% cuter.

Gather the tulle up along the long part and tie together with thread or thick string to hold.

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Lay out details on one side of the seahorse head. Pin tied tulle piece under a dot.

Cut loop (soft) side of hook and loop into small ovals.

Pin one oval onto each side where the bridle will be attached.

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Stitch details to each of the two sides.

Because of my deep love for you I ask that you please double check to make sure you are using mirroring sides.

Otherwise you may find yourself cursing like a sailor and no one wants that!

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Pin 2 back fin pieces between the two detailed head pieces.

OK technically it’s a called the superior trunk ridge but we make our own rules around here so back fins it is!

Overcast stitch around the outside and around the “back fin” with a running stitch leaving the bottom open.

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Stuff head piece and set aside.

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At this point you should have a lovely and large felt seahorse head.

Mad at the pool guy or local aquarium? Consider placing this head in their beds for a warning that’s creepy – yet whimsical and also squeezably  soft because we are after all a peaceful people and everyone needs a hug.

Sew details to both sides of tail piece and begin sewing around the loop stuffing as you go using the overcast stitch you used for the top piece.

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Stop where marked on template and place “fin” piece between tail pieces and sew closed.

Bonus points if you just did air quotes when you read that.

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Cut small slits into felt to make sewing and gathering with ribbon easier do not cut through any of your stitches.

Unless you are feeling too accomplished and wish to begin all over again.

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Necessary but  glaringly obvious instruction: Thread needle, pass ribbon through holes in felt piece.

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Place stick inside and all the way up to provide structure for years of play. Pull ribbon to gather.

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Tuck raw felt edge in. Use your hot glue to attach tucked in felt pieces to the dowel.

Work through the process a time or two before breaking out the scalding hot glue.

Knot to hold and wrap the ribbon around the base a few times before gluing down for a cleaner look.

attach stick to stick horse

Add ribbon down the length of the dowel gluing the entire way down.

wrap dowel with ribbon

Attach tail to the dowel the same way you did the seahorse head.

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Use the remaining tulle to create a top fin by tying in a knot around the dowel.

This fin has no name since it does not actually exist but you cannot ride on seahorses so lets not get too bogged down in reality shall we?

Hot glue to hold.

DIY Seahorse hobby horse

To make the detachable felt kelp bridle:

Sew the sequined shell front to the loop shell back with an overcast stitch and white thread.

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Sandwich one end of the kelp in between the front and back of the felt shell pieces before sewing closed.

felt kelp bridle

Check to make sure the bridle isn’t twisted before attaching second shell end.

felt seahorse stuffy

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Templates

Look at that! I’ve put all the templates into a handy PDF for you:

Seahorse-templates

Happy Crafting!

Andie Clark

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Peek – a – Boo Bill – Felt Pop Up Groundhog Puppet Tutorial

30 Jan

Peek a Boo Bill - Felt groundhogs day puppet tutorial with<br /><br />shadow finger puppet.

The celebration of Groundhog’s Day is
based on the legend that a groundhog will leave his of his burrow
after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.

Peek a Boo Bill puppet Felt Tutorial

If he sees it, he regards it as an
omen of six more weeks of chilly winter weather and returns to his
hole.  But if he doesn’t he stays out and unpacks his
shorts…or something like that.

Peek a boo Bill - Felt Groundhog Puppet tutorial from American<br /><br /><br />Felt and Craft

I named him Bill after Bill Murray
star of Groundhogs day and a super hilarious guy. Make your
own felt groundhog  and shadow puppets and help your little
one welcome spring with a laugh.

You will
need: 

5″ x 8″ Groundhog Brown Felt –
Tobacco
* 2″ x 3″ Dark brown Felt for Groundhog belly and
hair – Chocolate* Tiny scrap of White Felt for teeth and Black Felt for nose. 9″ x 12″ Green
Felt for hill – Fresh Cut Grass * 4″ x 4″ Light brown
Felt for soil – Hot Chocolate* 4″ x 6″ scrap grey felt
for shadow – Grey Flannel * * Matching thread. 12
inch dowel and dowel cap Sturdy Paper Party Cup (Plastic will snap
and could create sharp edges) Hot Glue & Glue Gun Black
embroidery thread Felt Glue (Optional) This project was
posted on our Instagram feed live as it was being
made – some parts have since been refined and so some steps will be
shown as sketches of the better way to do something. (Read: I
screwed some stuff up but I fixed it so you won’t)
Smoosh cup to measure
Before you start cutting
and sewing measure the same size cup you will be using against this
pattern to make sure the pattern will match up – adjust as needed.
ground puppet tutorial step 1 cut
Cut: 2 Groundhog bodies from lighter
brown felt 1 Belly and 1 hair piece from Dark Brown Felt 2 soil
pices from brown felt 1 nose from black felt 1 set of teeth from
white felt 2 Grass hills and 3 grass detail pieces from green felt
2 shadow pieces from grey felt For tips on cutting
small pieces
 see or use Andie’s
Method
secures smaller felt pieces with felt glue before stitching<br /><br /><br />down
Mark out eyes and mouth
lightly onto one of the groundhog shapes. Sew hair, belly,
nose and teeth  onto front it’s helpful to use felt glue tack
down those smaller pieces. It will dry a bit stiff though so it’s
best to use in areas you don’t plan on sewing through
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piece.
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soil using a running stitch and matching thread.
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Secure dowel with hot glue
Using hot glue glue the
dowel to the head part of the  un-decorated side. Avoid the
edges or using glue any place other than the head. Lay decorated
piece on top  and allow glue to cool.
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Stitch around the outsides
of both pieces to connect them using matching thread and an
overcast stitch. Add grass details to each side. You may want to
wait before sewing up the bottom to more easily slide the cup inside.
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Cut the center from the
cup you will be using. It’s really important to cut this as cleanly
as possible this will insure Bill can make an easy escape should
it be  too chilly out.
Fit cup inside groundhog puppet
Slide the paper cup into the grass sleeve it should stop itself about halfway up the soil.
Fold felt over<br /><br /><br />cup bottom and secure with glue Fold the overhang into the cup and secure to the underside with hot glue.
grpundhogg40 Attach knob to the end of
your dowel with hot glue – (I clearly over glued here.)
Shadow finger puppet
To make shadow simply
overcast around the shadow template leaving the bottom open. Happy
Crafting and Happy (almost)  Spring- Andie
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Felt puppet toy in action

Print at full size

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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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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:

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