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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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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

Summer Daisies – Felt Flower Daisy Tutorial

10 Jun

These sweet summer daisies can be used to add a natural feel to an endless number of summer crafts. Of all the DIY felt flowers, daisies are some of the easiest. Learning how to make felt daisies is simple if you take your time and invest in quality felt and a good set of scissors.

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. The key to this felt flower is a clean cut. 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.

Created with hot glue, these felt flowers are no sew. The addition of floral wire allows the daisies to be used in wreaths or tossed into a vase or bouquet. What will you use these easy little felt flowers for? We’d love for you to share your creations with us on our facebook page.

You will need:

For 12 flowers

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: Floral wires for stems, packing tape or clear tape for cutting

Dirty Glue Gun for Crafting Cred.

Cut:

1 flower shape from white felt

1 center 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.

Place a small drop of glue on the end of the center strip and slowly roll upwards, gluing occasionally.

Once the center is rolled add glue to the side and wrap your daisy around the center gluing as you go. Glue cap on as shown below.

To create a daisy on a stem place the floral wire at the end of the strip, add glue and roll as before. Add the felt flower with glue as show above.

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.

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 along the ends and side.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

DIY Origami Paper Boat Ornament Pattern

17 Dec

Inspired by a simple folded paper boat a DIY felt boat ornament makes an adorable addition to your Christmas tree and when used as a gift tag is a sweet way to send oceans of love to the people who keep your boat afloat.

This easy nautical felt boat pattern couldn’t be much simpler. While there isn’t much folding it does feature a wooden bamboo skewer, if you don’t happen to have one available you can easily use a twig or even a Q tip or lollipop stick. Don’t limit yourself to Christmas ornaments. These little felt boats look great in any color so you can easily match any theme or event. This free ship pattern also makes a great nautical felt craft for birthday decor or even an amazing DIY boat mobile.

To make each felt boat you will need:

8″ x 4″ felt scrap for each boat I used Antique White, Sparrow and Toffee *

4″ x 2″ white felt scrap for banner

Small scrap of red felt for heart shape Fire Engine Red

1 bamboo BBQ skewer cut to 3.5″

*matching thread

Embroidery thread to sew a hanger if making DIY felt boat as an ornament

Felt glue or hot glue

Cut:

2 felt boat bases and 1 felt sail from boat color

1 banner from white felt and 1 heart from red because it is so small it may be easier to free hand cut a heart.

Instructions to make a felt boat:

Sew sail piece to one side of one of the boat bases with a running stitch and matching thread.

Overcast stitch along the sides where marked on felt boat pattern leaving very top and bottom half of boat open.

Fold sides up and overcast stitch up the edges with matching thread. Repeat on second side.

Sew heart to one end of the banner with a running stitch. I like the look of contrasting thread but you can easily use matching thread if you prefer.

Poke skewer through the top of the boat.

Place a line of felt glue or hot glue along inside in the center, place skewer onto glue and allow to dry.

Fold the banner and overcast stitch around the outside with matching thread. Place over wood piece and sew along the folded banners edge creating a tunnel for the skewer add a touch of glue to end of skewer and place banner, allow to dry before sewing a loop to hang if desired.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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