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12 back to school supplies for felt crafters

29 Jul

12 awesome back to school supplies for felt crafters

If you’re anything like me the sight of sharpies on sale makes your heart skip a beat. Sure the back to school season heralds in shorter days, the promise of new friendships and crisp autumn afternoons but mostly it’s all about the amazing sales on school supplies.

You may not consider the back to school isle to be a treasure trove for crafters but with a closer look and you’ll see endless possibilities all at great prices. Take advantage of the back to school sales and stock up on some unexpected “back to school” items perfect for felt crafters. Here’s our top 12 in no particular order.

12.  Plastic Storage Containers

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Store your felt treasures in air tight comfort with a new plastic tub. Small and mid sized tubs aimed at departing college students are often on sale at unbeatable prices this time of year.

Stick with smaller sized boxes (around 6qt or less) so your items are snug and easy to sort, opt for a clear tubs to make finding ornaments and toys simple. Store your tubs  in  a larger plastic light tight opaque storage tub for safety and easy garage storage. For more tips on storing felt items see: How to store felt stuff

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11. Rulers

aSince most felt projects are rather small a standard ruler can handle most if not all your projects. This time of year you’ll usually see a great assortment of fun sizes, materials and themes. Stock up, now’s your chance to pick them up at a fraction of what they will be in 2 months.

10. Sketch Book

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Stock up on plain sketching paper. Felt Ormaments

Nothing beats a good hand sketch to get the juices flowing. Having a stack of clean white sketching sheets at the ready is a must! Interested in making these cuties here are the free tutorials Gumdrops, Snowman

9. Scotch Tape

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Clear tape is the magic that makes cutting small shapes a breeze! Simply cut closely around your pattern, tape to felt and cut! a4For more tips on cutting with tape see our post on Cutting Small Felt Shapes.

 

8. Pencils

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Take advantage of fall sales and pick up a pack or two of #2s. A good quality freshly sharpened #2 will write on wool blend felt with ease making freehand pattern making or template tracing super simple.

While #2 pencils are the industry standard snatch a set of #1s for a softer lead or if you’re really lucky you may pick up a sketching pencil (#’s 5B- 9B) for soft lead and ultra dark markings just go slow and softly so you don’t end up smearing the lead.

7. Tracing Paper

aaTracing paper is a great low tech way to create pattern pieces. Trace each segment of a sketch for perfect patterns.

6. Pens

Quill Pen Topper- felt craft tutorialOk this one is technically not so much for crafting as the actual craft. Treat your future self to some fancy fountain pens perfect for all those Christmas cards you’ll be firing off in a few months. A well timed back to school buy makes a bag of 24 as low as .33! INK PENS FOR EVERYONE!!!

Get the tutorial for the fancy pen of your dreams HERE felt craft- pen toppers

 

5. Sharpies

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Color your thread! Low on thread, have an odd color to match or just don’t like stopping to change thread colors? Try using only white thread and coloring your tread to match. Simply run the sharpie marker (or any permanent marker) over the exposed white thread so it absorbs the color. Carefully color the exposed thread allowing the pigment to soak in. This works best with cotton threads and wool blend felt.

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Pre- test your thread and markers before use by coloring on a bit before attempting to color a finished piece. Avoid using on acrylic or synthetic felt blends the sharpies won’t absorb into the acrylic creating a marker mess.

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You can also use the pens to outline areas on the felt you want to stitch over.

4. Pencil Cases

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Hard sided pencil cases make great thread storage. I was able to fit over 20 in each box.

3. Chalk

bts6Mark off your patterns standard chalkboard chalk. Standard white chalk is great for darker felts, it marks clearly and dusts off easily. When working with felt drag lightly across the felt you only want the chalk on the surface of the felt not ground into it. When you’re done simply tap or flick a few times to remove all traces. You can also remove with a wet wipe by dabbing lightly.

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Need a finer edge? Run the chalk piece at an angle along concrete or chalk board to create a slanted edge, for very detailed or delicate patterns you can grind the chalk and apply with a brush. For more on chalk outlines see THIS

2. Pencil Pouch

bts7You can take it with you! Pencil pouches make the perfect home for your work in progress. Grab it on your way out the door and work on your craft during practices, pick ups and lessons. Look for a clear pouch to make finding your pieces a snap.

1. 3″ 3 Ring Binder

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The bigger the better! Store your threads in style by winding them on smaller bobbins and sticking them in clear pockets. For the full tutorial on making a sheep bobbin binder little bo peep would be proud of see our post on Storing Embroidery Thread.

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Glow in the dark Constellation Hoops

6 May

Glow in the dark constellation hoopsLooking for a unique way to dress up your walls?  These constellation hoops are a fun and easy way to dress up any space. Because the stars are small fusible webbing is a must which makes this project very low sew and super simple.

Choose constellations based on the season, a star sign of someone special or just what speaks to you. I have included some sketches of the most common constellations on the template. But as you can imagine the possibilities are endless.

Using glow in the dark felt makes lights out a stunning stargazing event.

You will need:

Scraps of Glo felt

8″ x 8″ Dark blue felt for hoop background here I used Ink

Yellow green thread.

Fusible Webbing

6″  Embroidery Hoop

Template at the end of post

*Matching Thread

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Cut 8″ circle of felt and set aside.

Follow the directions for your fusible webbing and iron onto the back of your glow in the dark felt scrap.

hoop2Remove paper backing. when cool. Cut star shapes. The iron on backing will insure even the smallest stars hold together and don’t fray. Star shapes can be cut from template or freehanded.

To freehand start with a square cut out v shapes along the side using the corners as a guide. See the template for more info.

Lay out your choosen constellation on the circle. Move the stars around varying the sizes until you are happy with the placement.

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Follow the directions on your webbing and iron stars down.

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Allow to cool and mount into hoop.

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Connect stars with a running stitch and yellow green thread.

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hoops1Share your creations on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram I’d love to see what you make.

Happy Crafting   ~Andie

Constellation hoop template print at full size.

Constellation Hoop PDF Template

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Looking for more felt fun? Try these free patterns and tutorials:

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Free felt food tutorials - Lemon pie

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Star Wars inspired Lightsaber Rattle

4 May

Felt Star Wars baby rattle

These fun Star Wars inspired felt lightsabers feature a rattling core for baby sized battles.

I have included the pattern and tutorial for both styles of felt rattles.  So if you are looking the perfect Star Wars baby gift the force is with you!

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You will need:

10″ x 4″ Lightsaber felt- I used Glo felt and Aqua*

4″ x 6″ Felt for base and end cap, here I used Grey and Black*

For Classic style

4″ x 4″ Black Felt for Strip and Stripes*

For Button Style 

4″ x 4″ grey felt

Scraps of black and red for buttons I used Lipstick

Yellow Green embroidery thread

Stuffing

Mini Rattle Insert

Pencil or chopstick to help with stuffing and turning (optional)

Template at the end of post

*Matching Thread

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Fold saber piece so long ends meet and overcast stitch along the side with matching thread.

LS2Run a gathering stitch around the wand tip and pull to seal. Sew through a few times to secure.

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Turn lightsaber using a pencil or chopstick.

LS3aStuff lightsaber using pencil or chopstick to help if needed, add mini rattle near the base, more stuffing and set aside.

DIY star wars baby toysSew pieces into place with a running stitch and matching thread as shown.LS5Fold base so outside faces inward and overcast stitch along the long side using matching thread. Turn right side out.

 

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Slip lightsaber into large opening on base and pull through until it is snug.

DIY  soft lightsaberStuff base and stitch bottom into place with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

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Stitch around the base where the lighstaber and base meet to hold.

Stop by the shop: fsYou can easily customize these felt Star Wars inspired baby rattles with any color or style you can imagine. Share your creations on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram I’d love to see what you make.

Happy crafting and may the force be with you!  ~Andie

Lightsaber rattles

Lightsaber template- print at full size

Lightsaber Template PDF

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Wanna make more magic? Try these free patterns and tutorials:

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Glowing felt firefly garland
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DIY Mini Carrot Easter Tree Ornaments

19 Mar

felt carrot ornaments     While there seems to have been an explosion of colorful Easter trees in stores and style blogs lately decorating trees or plants with eggs is practically an ancient German tradition. But they aren’t alone, the Swedish also create colorful Easter trees decorating them with ornaments including Easter eggs and even colorful feathers.

These whimsical Easter “trees” add a splash of color and a nod to spring to your room all in one go. Whether your style is pastel traditional, daring avant garde color or muted neutrals these mini carrot ornaments can be made to fit the feel of Easter tree or any room.  Making your own felt Easter tree ornaments couldn’t be easier, give it a go and let send pics!

You will need:

3″ wool blend felt in color of your choice per carrot. *

3″ Wool blend felt in pale green I used Honeydew

Stuffing

Cross Stitch thread in a pale green.

*Matching thread

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Cut carrot top shapes and set aside.  Cut cone shape.  Fold so rounded edge is on top.

Overcast stitch along side. Sew small gathering stitches stitch loosely along top of carrot.

Stuff lightly. Stack carrot tops together stitch through base and pull to close up top.

Run the needle through the top and carrot a few times to secure.

Sew level stitches along the carrot body to give it a few dents. Knot. Fluff out carrot top.

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To create a string to hang run a single strand of cross stitch thread through the center leaf. Bring into a loop and knot to tie.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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carrot template

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Lemon Meringue Pie – Felt Food Tutorial

14 Mar

How to make pie - felt food - Lemon

Happy Pi day! Let’s celebrate with pie.

We’ve shared tutorials for cherry pie and for hand pies so today let’s tackle felt lemon meringue pie. The key to making felt pie is the cut. Mess up the cut and the pie won’t sit right so take your time and cut with care. Consider the freezer paper method although the pie template pieces are all fairly easy to cut. This pie slice is based on a 6 piece pie. 6 pieces = 8″ pie. If you need a quick refresher on the stitches check out our post on stitches.

You will need:

4″ x 8″ White or Cream colored felt I used Cream *

4″ x 4″ Yellow Felt I used Lemon Meringue but Banana Cream is also a great choice *

4″ x 8″ Beige felt I used Peanut Butter *

Stuffing

Pie form (optional)

*Matching Thread

Felt pie template (at the end of this post)

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Cut

2 Filling pieces from yellow felt

2 Meringue pieces and 1 top from cream color

1 Crust and one bottom from beige felt.

Make felt food- free felt food tutorial - pieSew the filling pieces together along the short side of one end with yellow thread and an overcast stitch.

making felt food cream pie step 2Repeat with meringue pieces, joining them along the widest end with white thread and an overcast stitch. DIY Felt pieLine up the center seams and overcast stitch the edge of the meringue to the filling. The center ridge should be facing outward. diypie4Attach the top along one of the sides following the curve using an overcast stitch and white thread.

felt foodRepeat on second side. felt pie crustAttach the crust along one of the filling sides.  Repeat on second side. attach sides felt pieCrust will stick up attach creamUsing white thread and a running stitch attack the back of the meringue filling to the crust. making a felt pie- felt food, how toCurl crust back and sew along the base with a running stitch to create a tube.diypie10Turn pie over and stuff with stuffing and or pie form. Stitch closed with yellow thread and an overcast stitch.

 

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Stuff the crust using a pencil to help if needed. Stitch both ends of the crust closed.

With a large loose over cast style stitch use the thread to create indentations along the length of the crust.

Free felt food tutorials - Lemon pie

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Lemon Pie Template PDF 

Happy Crafting,

Andie.

felt food pattern - free tutorial - Lemon Pie

Felt Chestnuts Christmas Craft

30 Nov

Felt Chestnut Christmas Craft

Roast some felt chestnuts by an open felt campfire this year, string them up for felt chestnut Christmas ornaments, a unique nature inspired felt banner or scatter them along your holiday display, the options for these guys are endless. Best of all this felt Christmas craft can be made from scraps and sews together SO fast and easy. I found these look best when you make them in various sizes so I have included three size variations on the craft template.

You will  need:

Scrap felt – about 3″ x 3 per- Chestnut color I used Auburn but you could easily use a darker shade like Brownie or Chocolate

Scrap felt 1″ x 1″ per -Chestnut top color I used Camel

Thread to match nut colored felt.

Stuffing.

Cut:

One side and one front from Chestnut color

One top from top color.

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Stitch open area of the side piece with a quick overcast stitch.

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Attach the front piece with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

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Stuff. Lastly sew on the top piece with an overcast stitch and that’s it!

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Now make like a squirrel and fill your home with these fun Christmas crafts.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Chestnut Template

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Just a Phase- Glow in the dark felt moon ornament.

16 Nov

Glow in the dark felt moonBring the wonders of the universe to your Christmas tree this year! This glow in the dark felt moon ornament shines with it’s own light thanks to glow in the dark felt. Scientifically accurate

You will need:

Glow felt*

Black felt*

4″ string or ribbon for hanging

*matching thread

Cut

One large circle shape from glow in the dark felt and one from black felt, cut out details from glow felt and dark shapes from black felt. You can freehand the smaller shapes for tips on cutting small or difficult shapes from felt see THIS POST.

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Sew details to glow in the dark felt circle as shown.

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Stitch the moon shape and details onto black circle. Stitch mouth and stitch down eye.

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Stack front and back pieces together and overcast stitch around the outside of the circles. Place ribbon between the two pieces and stitch completely. For tips on stitches see This Post

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Hang and enjoy your new felt moon ornament!

Happy Crafting

~Andie

Moon Ornament Template

 

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Felt  snow globe ornaments:

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Felt Snowflake sequin ornament patternRic Rac Christmas Tree Ornaments:

Ric Rac Christmas Tree Felt Ornaments Tutorial - American Felt and Craft The Blog

 

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