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Pocket Felt Stingray Ornament

14 Dec

I am so smitten with the look of these little stingrays. I love the serious look from the top and the surprisingly goofy smile from underneath. There are many reasons a pocket sized sting ray might come in handy but these charming rays are definitely a must have for any aquatic mobile or ocean themed Christmas tree. If you choose to make them in the icy tones I chose you can even call them ice skates.

You will need:

To make a felt stingray

5″ x5″ scrap felt color or print of your choice, I used Aqua, White and Mint

Blue and white sequins or colored to match your felt

Matching threads

Black embroidery thread

2 small black beads or small doll eyes, you can also create eyes with french knots.

Sewing Pin – optional

Pattern for felt stingrays below

Cut:

One each of the stingray front and back and two tail pieces you can also freehand these if you prefer. For more on cutting small shapes see our post here

How to make a felt stingray

Starting with the larger piece (top) fold in half and pin if needed.

With a running stitch and matching thread sew the ridge along the top of the sting ray. Start a little below the pointed tip and ending before the base area (see sting ray pattern)

Sew two small stitches for the eyes with a single strand of black embroidery floss. Sew on sequins as desired. For more on attaching sequins see our post.

Set aside.

Accent the smaller (bottom) stingray by sewing down two beads for eyes. You can also use 4mm doll eyes or create eyes using black embroidery thread to create two french knots. Sew a smile using a small stitch in the center to hold the smile in place.

Create tail by overcast stitching the tail pieces together,

Overcast stitch the stingray front and back together with matching thread. Match the curves up as you go.

Leave the base of the sting ray open for the tail .

Close up the bottom with overcast stitches using a running stitch to attach the tail.

These felt sting rays look great in any color! To turn them into an ornament simply sew a loop through the the sting ray.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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Felt Lollipop DIY

1 Dec
Felt Lollipop hearts

Sugar and Christmas are hand in hand in my mind and so often my holiday crafting turns to sugary sweets. I love the look of these heart shaped lollipops. The added sequins create a little sparkle if you choose to hang them on a tree or add them to a gift. You don’t have to save these cuties for Christmas they also look super cute as is and are perfect for some valentines day love or just a sweet reminder that you’re loved.

You will need:

To make a felt lollipop

3″ x5″ scrap felt color or print of your choice, I used Lipstick and Sprout

1″ x 3″ felt for lollipop stick I used prints from the Wrapping Paper Pack

Clear sequins or colored to match your felt

Matching threads

Stuffing

Pattern for felt lollipops below

Cut:

2 heart shapes from lollipop color of your choice and one “stick” piece from color or print.

How to make a felt heart lollipop:

Fold the long side of your stick to the center, the fold the other side over to form a stick.

Sew Up the stick

Pin and sew the long sides together with an overcast stitch and matching thread. Set aside

(optional) Sew 3 sequins to one side of the felt heart shape as marked on pattern.

Sew heart shapes together leaving the bottom open. Stuff lightly.

Place stick into heart shape and adjust so it is centered. Sew to heart with a few small running stitches along the base and continue to close up heart shape as needed. Sew a loop to one side to hang or attach to a gift.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Felt lollipops - felt food - heart

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DIY Daisy Chain Crown

24 Jun

The sweet simplicity of a daisy chain crown will forever be a symbol of warm summer days. This DIY felt daisy crown will last forever and have you dreaming of summer picnics all year round.

A word about felt:

Wool or wool blend felt works well for little petals like those in this felt flower tutorial. Bamboo and most acrylics aren’t going to hold the smaller shapes as well and may fuzz out along the ends.

It’s important to use a pair of scissors that are small but sharp enough to handle tight edges and curved petals. I highly recommend holding your felt daisy pattern in place with packing tape, you can re-use your template again and again this way. The daisy centers can be freehand cut and varying the length will make your daisy larger or smaller.

You will need:

Floral Wire about 16 wires – 12 for flowers and the rest for crown base.

Wire cutters

Floral Tape

9″ x 12″ sheet of high quality felt for flowers, I used white

9″ x 6″ golden yellow felt for felt flower centers, I used Egg Yolk

8″ x 6″ Green felt for leaves and end caps, I used Fresh Cut Grass

Hot glue gun and glue

Free pattern to make felt daisies.

Optional: Packing tape or clear tape for cutting

Cut:

12 flower shapes from white felt

12 centers from yellow felt

Leaf and cap from green felt

Making felt daisies – the easy way

For loose felt daisies, carefully cut out daisies from white felt using clear tape on top to help hold your template as you cut.

To create a daisy on a stem place the floral wire at the end of the strip, add glue and roll gluing as you go. Wrap the felt flower around the center and glue at the base.

Cut a small slit into the center of the end cap and slits along the sides as marked so it curls around the base easily. Slide cap up the stem and glue down the sections trimming if needed so the green doesn’t extend past the flowers base. Keep the leaves fairly high because you will need to cut the wires to create your daisy chain crown.

To add a leaf, place glue along the center and part way up the leaf and fold onto the floral wire. Trim off any extra leaf felt along the ends and side. You can also glue these on after you create your crown.

Measure out your head or the head of the person you plan to crown. The crown needs to sit on the midway on the forehead, mine measured 7.5″.

Starting with two floral wires 2/3rds of the way down your first wire twist a second floral wire. Add more wires by twisting until your crown is the desired size for me this was 4 wires.

Twist daisies around your base using as much of the wire stems as possible to create a solid crown. Cut the extra wire once it is securely attached. Repeat until you’ve created a full crown of glorious daises.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

DIY Felt Toadstool Mushrooms 🍄

21 Jun

No cottage experience would be complete without felt toadstools. These Diy felt toadstools could not be any cuter!

It can be a bit tricky to learn how to make these felt mushrooms, but once you get the hang of it you’ll be ready to make sew up dozens for wreaths, gift tags, imaginative play, keychains, mobiles, headbands and ornaments. Is there anything these felt mushrooms wouldn’t make cuter?

Other than our free felt mushroom pattern you’ll need red and white felt, stuffing and a small scrap of sturdy cardboard. Switch up the colors to change these felt toadstools to DIY felt button mushrooms for an adorable felt food.

So cute!! Felt toadstools are a must make craft!

To make 5 felt toadstool mushrooms you will need:

Please keep in mind this pattern is made for high quality wool blend felt.

Using a thinner, weaker or stiffer felt will not work as well if at all.

9″ x 12″ White felt – I used two whites for my felt mushrooms Fresh Linen for the base and ruffle and White for the spots. *

9″ x 12″ Red Felt – I used Lipstick

Stuffing

Sturdy cardboard, like from a shipping box rather than a cereal box

White embroidery floss

Hot glue gun and glue (optional)

*Matching thread.

Felt Toadstool Mushroom Pattern

HERE:

Cut


Mushroom top from red felt

Ruffle and felt mushroom base from white of off white felt.

Free hand cut spot shapes from white felt

Center circle from cardboard

Sew spots randomly onto mushroom top, avoid the outside where the piece will be gathered.

Vary the size and location of the spots so each mushroom is unique. You may be tempted to glue these on but they just don’t sit as well when you gather the felt in the next step so it’s worth it to take the time and sew them down with a few stitches individually.

Run a gathering stitch around the outside of the felt toadstool top with a sturdy thread.

Pull slightly and begin to stuff with stuffing. It helps to roll the stuffing around in your hands to help it form a more solid shape.

Place cardboard circle onto top and hold with thumb while you pull the felt mushroom closed.

It can be tricky but do the best you can we will tighten it up in the next step.

Pull tightly then go back through the gather on section at a time to tighten it up, pull until you there is no slack and knot closed.

Insanely cute!

Repeat with all tops

Hiding the knot at the bottom randomly sew stitches along mushroom top with a single strand of white embroidery floss. Keep these stitches a bit irregular. Exit through bottom of mushroom head and hide the knot in the opening from the gather.

Repeat with remaining mushroom tops and set them aside. Doing this after we have gathered and stuffed the piece insures the stitched spots don’t get too loose and insures you get to place the “spots” where you want them.

Experiment with making the stem a little longer by or shorter so your mushrooms vary just a bit more if you want.

You can also cut the long end a but to create a thinner stem but you may need to trim down the ruffle as well.

Roll stem up and overcast stitch closed along the long edge.

Wrap ruffle around the stem and stitch closed along the seam with an overcast stitch.

Run needle all the way though the stem and back again making a stitch in front to hold.

You could also hot glue this into place but the ruffle won’t flare out as much.

Stick the finished stem onto the felt toadstool. Run a sew stitches through both the mushroom head and the stem several times in several directions to hold.

You CAN also use hot glue here! Place a healthy dollop of glue onto carboard through the gathered opening and stem in and down. Let glue set with head down.

And that’s all it takes to make dozens of felt toadstools!

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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