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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.

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

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

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:

Easy felt Rose Pillow tutorialDIY Felt Giraffe Tic Tac Toe Tutorial

Palace Guards Royal Baby Rattle Tutorial

19 Jun

 Hand-stitched  British Palace guard rattles- Tutorial and templates - lots of other felt projects too!

The Royal Family (not to mention the rest of the world) is looking forward to welcoming a new baby prince or princess into the world this July.

Never one to miss a chance to celebrate this hand stitched felt rattle is our tribute to Price William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s bundle of joy.

Although these sweet British Palace Guards do get a little rattled when you shake them they remain loyal and steadfast.

 Hand-stitch a few of  these Charming British Palace guard rattles to watch over the little prince or princess in your life. Full Tutorial and template.

 Hand-stitch a few of  these Charming British Palace guards to watch over the little prince or princess in your life.

You will need – per guard

8″ x 8″ (21 cm x 21 cm) Black felt

3″ x 5″ (8 cm x 13 cm) Flesh Colored Felt ( Bisque, Camel, Hot Chocolate)

4″ x 9″(11 cm x 23 cm) Red Felt (Tomato Soup)

2.5″ x 1″ (6 cm x 3 cm) White felt scrap

Noisemaker or rattle insert (Rattle, Jingle Ball, or squeaker)

Thread to match felts

Gold Embroidery threads

Eye Colored Embroidery thread

Stuffing

Royal Baby Rattle Template (at bottom of post)

Felt Rattle Tutorial- How to make a place guard baby rattle - Lots of other felt projects too!

CUT

2 each of the pants, and hat template from black felt.
4 hand pieces and 2 face templates from flesh colored felt.
2 jackets pieces from red felt and 1 belt from white felt.

hand

Step 1:

Lay two hand pieces together and overcast stitch up the sides using matching thread, adding a small amount of stuffing before closing. Repeat with other hand pieces and set aside

.details

Step 2:

Add eyes to face and buttons to jacket by making french knots with embroidery thread.

Add chinstrap details using embroidery thread and a back stitch.

Sew belt onto waist.

sides3

Step 3:

Using matching thread and a running stitch.
Sew hat to head, head to jacket, and jacket to pants. Repeat with backside pieces.

sides4

stufflegs

Step 4:

Using an overcast stitch and black thread sew pant legs together and stuff.
stuffchest

Step 5:

With red thread stitch jacket sides together and stuff.

Add hands to ends of sleeves with a running stitch.

If desired add rattle to chest before reaching the neck.
stuffhat

Step 6:

Stitch up the face and hat with matching thread stuffing as you go.

Rattle Template- Print full size

palacetemplates Rattle Tutorial - Buckingham Palace Guards - Welcome new royalty into your home with this Felt Palace Guard Baby Rattle.Welcome new royalty into your home with this Felt Palace Guard Baby Rattle.

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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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Don’t forget our great Easter collection pattern available now for a limited time only!

 

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

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