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10 Handmade Felt Kids Gifts

23 Nov

10 Handmade Felt Gifts for Kids

Roll up your sleeves, throw on your elf cap and get to crafting a handmade gift the little one in your life will treasure.

Here are 10 great handmade gift ideas complete with free tutorials and patterns.

DIY Seahorse hobby horse

1. Felt Seahorse Ride on

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.

Peek a Boo Bill - Felt groundhogs day puppet tutorial with shadow finger puppet.

2. Groundhog Puppet

Craft  handmade felt groundhog  and shadow puppets and help your little
one welcome spring with a giggle.

diy tutorial to make felt stethoscope

3. Felt Stethoscope

Create an easy handmade gift for aspirimg medical professionals these felt stethascopes are a Pinterest Favorite!

Felt Baby Rattle - Palace Guards

4. Felt Soildier Rattles

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

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5. Cut Apart Felt Carrot

What’s more fun than play veggies ready for slicing? This free felt food tutorial will walk you through handmaking  the whole thing!

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6. Chocolate Chip Cookies

chip cookie this one is an absolute basic felt food tutorial but it’s a great starter project if your new to sewing it’s also great for kids since it really couldn’t be easier.

Felt Money

7. Felt Play Money

Every kid can use some felt pocket money. This handmade play money is also a great way to teach your child math. Use high quality wool blend felt to insure your wool blend money will last through thousands of mini transactions.

Easy Starfish crinkle toy

8. Felt Starfish Baby Crinkle Toy

 Follow this simple tutorial for a  fun crinkle starfish toy no baby on land or sea can resist.

DIY Felt Giraffe Tic Tac Toe Tutorial9. Tic Tac Toe

The hearts are simple to sew (or at least hard to mess up) and so this makes a great mommy and me sewing craft . And of course you could always substitute the Pink with another color like a bright green like Key Lime Pie or lovely blue like Sparrow if pink isn’t your thing.

ninpow210. Felt Ninja Pouch and throwing stars

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.

Happy Crafting~ Andie

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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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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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Other Free Tutorials You Might Enjoy:

DIY mini felt pumpkin felt food tutorial

DIY felt pumpkins

Pattern for fall trees candle mat

Scrappy Felt Candle Mat

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.

sew felt seahorse head

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.

how to make a stick horse from felt

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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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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Step 3:

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

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Step 4:

Using an overcast stitch and black thread sew pant legs together and stuff.
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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.
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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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How to make a Felt Starfish Crinkle Toy

24 May

How to make a felt starfish crinkle toy

Babies love crinkle. I don’t know why exactly but they do, luckily crinkle toys aren’t hard to make.  Follow this simple tutorial for a  fun crinkle starfish no baby on land or sea can resist.

Felt starfish tutorial

DIY crinkle toy

Whip up and these little crinkle starfish to keep little hands occupied during any summer soiree.  Although they seem tedious don’t skip the little french knots, they add texture that babies love!

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You will need:

 2 sheets 9″ x 12″ felt or 1/4 yard of felt per starfish

(Summer House, Ice, Buttercream)

Embroidery thread in black for face and contrasting color for raised spots

Lead and Phthalate Free Crinkle material (1 toy size yard should produce 6 or more starfish)

A sewing machine, pins, scissors, a needle and thread

Starfish template (at the end of post)

Cut:

2 Starfish shapes from desired felt color

Felt Starfish Toy tutorial - Crinkle

Step 1:

Create eyes and spots with french knots, stitch in smile with a back-stitch onto one side of your star fish.

Don’t make any knots in the seam allowance area of pattern.

Pin Crinkle to felt shape

Step 2:

Place starfish pieces together with the face facing inward. Cut a square of crinkle slightly larger than your project and pin it to the wrong side (the part that will be inside of your piece. Sew along outside of starfish as marked on the template.

 Trim notches into felt curves for curves that don't pucker

Step 3:

After machine sewing down cut off excess crinkle scrap, don’t throw it away –  you can place this into toys with stuffing for a less dramatic crinkle. Cut notches along the seam to help the curves lay flat. Be careful not to cut through your stitching.

Turn felt right side out

Step 4

Turn the whole thing right side out.

Push out corners of felt

Push out corners with a pencil or chopstick. allow the crinkle to lay on the side it was sewn pushing a pencil or chopstick into it could cause it to rip.
Trim away axcess crinkle material

The crinkle will stick out from the open area trim it back.

DIY baby crinkle toys starfish

Step 5:

Close up the starfish with an overcast stitch.

How to make an easy Starfish crinkle toy

*Note I used wool blend felt for these projects and so only spot cleaning is recommended. For more tips on cleaning felt see:

How to Wash Felt

Starfish template - Please Images and  NOT template

Felt Starfish tutorial

Happy Crafting!

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