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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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Felt Baby Booties

8 Nov

Little feet are just the cutest things ever, keep those teeny tootsies toasty with some DIY felt baby booties. These hand sewn baby booties are super simple to make with the free pattern below. It’s easy to hand make booties to fit any theme, holiday or event.

The template for these felt booties are sized to fit work three months and under. To keep them loose they rely on slipping the foot in so they may not be as secure as elastic versions and but definitely more comfy. They go together fairly quickly making them a fun interactive activity for baby showers.

DIY felt booties only require one sheet of felt unless you’re sewing on small details like pumpkins or acorns shown here and on the felt baby booties pattern

You will need:

To make a set of DIY baby shoes;

1 sheet felt color or print of your choice, I used Fall Forage, Tree Bark, and Granny Smith

Detail colors, I used Chocolate, Pastry and Sweet Potato

Matching threads

Pattern for felt baby booties below

Cut:

4 sole pieces, 2 toe pieces and 2 side pieces from felt. (2 pieces for Acorns and 2 Pumpkins if your are adding details)

Sew 2 soles together with a running stitch and matching thread.

Place one toe piece under the sole and stitch down with an over cast stitch starting in the center. Starting in the center will help to keep the pieces even and lined up.

Sew toe to the rounded edge at the top of the sole with an overcast stitch. Once you reach the edge go back and secure the other side the same way.

Your baby bootie should look like this.

Attach the side with the flat side to the heel. Start sewing with and over cast stitch and matching thread. Sew down the side starting at the back center part of the heel going to one side as you did with the toe box, this will help insure your piece is even.

Tuck the loose side into the toe box.

Stitch the toe box to the side with three or four diagonal stitches.

Baby Booties DIY felt

Place bumpkin end down and stitch pumpkin into place over it with a running stitch and matching thread. For the acorn baby shoe stitch the acorn top down with the acorn nut behind it.

felt acorn accent

Stitch V shaped stitches to acorn to hold down and to accent the felt acorns

Assemble felt baby shoes as shown above.

DIY baby booties from felt

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

DIY Felt Shoes Booties

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Felt log circle drink coasters

25 Jun

I am a big fan of cute I am also a big fan of useful, these DIY felt log coasters / trivets are both! These felt coasters don’t require any sewing and look so cute!

These simple felt woodland coasters are held together with hot glue and can be made into any size you like. I think these DIY felt log cuts look great as coasters but they could just as easily create an adorable trivet for your pots and pans or even a beautiful mat for a cake stand.

Felt tree stump coasters make lovely gifts in a basket of artisan tea and a personalized mug or scones.

The key to the perfect felt tree trunk coasters is all in the prep, the more even you can cut the strips the better your results of course you can always trim off mistakes as you go if your cuts are less than perfectly even.

If you are a quilter no doubt cutting these felt strips will likely be a simple task. If you don’t have a rotary cutter no problem just cut into strips with scissors. More tips on cutting below.

You will need:

To make a set of 4 log coasters:

1/2 yard tan felt, I used Pastry

1/2 yard dark brown felt I used Brownie

Hot Glue and glue gun

Cut:

4- 4″ circles from outer bark colored felt

Cut tan and the remaining scraps dark brown into 1/2″ ribbons

To make cutting easier you can use a ruler or cut a scrap of cardboard into 1/2″ wide strip. Trace lines onto felt and cut.

Cut 1/2″ felt into a 5″ length and roll to create the center. Glue felt with hot glue as you roll.

Alternate between tan and bark color felt. There isn’t any set length just glue until you are happy with the look and switch colors as you go. Try to line the ribbons up as evenly as possible.

When you get the felt tree trivet the size of your bottom circle wrap with a final dark brown outside. Glue cut lengths (anywhere from 1/4″ – 2″ long) randomly along the outside to create shingled bark look. Round the felt log coaster between your hands until it sits as evenly as possible and trim if needed.

Chose the less attractive side and coat with hot glue, leave the outside of the felt log cut free of glue so when you place the back it doesn’t overflow.

Pace the back and press down, go back along edges and glue down any sides that need it.

Enjoy you’re new cottage inspired felt coasters.

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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