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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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Three DIY 1970’s inspired felt ornaments

21 Dec

Add some funky to this years festivities with 3 DIY 1970’s inspired felt ornaments. We crafted ours in a sunny yellow orange color scheme but they would look great in vibrant jewel tones too. So if you’re looking to add a but of 1970’s aesthetic to this years Christmas tree look no further because we’ve got 3 free DIY ornament patterns, one is no sew!

Let the sun shine in with a DIY sunshine ornament, this low sew craft is the perfect nod to the 1970s celestial aesthetic and a great way to tell someone they are the sunshine of your life. Get the free pattern and tutorial for this sunny 70’s DIY Here

You can almost hear the Sonny and Cher coming off these paisley feathers. These new so beauties are simple enough for a kid and create a really unique wow factor to any Christmas tree. DIY up some felt feathers with this free tutorial: Here

This sweet trio of birds is a happy addition to your holiday crafts. Crafted in familiar warm fall tones this unusual color pallet creates a warm sunny feel with a touch of groovy. Get the full pattern for these DIY felt birds Here

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DIY Starfish Ornaments

13 Dec


Real starfish belong in the sea but these sparkly star fish deserve a spot on your tree. Sparkling sequins bounce the light from your tree while the knots give the pieces much needed texture. Best of all these DIY starfish ornaments is simple once you master the french knot, although you could always just tie a knot and sew through the back if need be.

These felt starfish were crafted in subtle pastel shades but these would look great in neutrals or even some bright aquas or pinks. These starfish stuffies also look great adorning a gift or hanging from a mobile, read on for the tutorial and free DIY felt starfish pattern.

You will need:

4″ x 8″ felt scrap for each starfish

I used Bisque, Teal, and Antique White

Sequins I used Just Peachy, Crystal and Snow White

Stuffing

Embroidery thread I used white can also be used to hang

Cut

Two star fish

Sew sequins down and add french knots as indicated on pattern.

Overcast stitch the starfish front to back stuffing as you go.

Sew a loop to hang with embroidery thread if you plan to use your felt starfish stuffie as an ornament.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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Paisley Feather Retro Felt Ornaments

12 Dec

How fun are these funky 70s style feather ornaments?

Inspired by a sunny 1970s orange aesthetic they definitely bring happy vibes. Of course they can be done in nearly any color (see the peacock set below) but I think the orange / yellow / gold combo feels true to the retro feel. If vintage is your vibe check out this no sew DIY felt ornament pattern. Since most of the “work” is cutting and gluing these make a great ornament for kids crafts too!

These feather ornaments look great in any color and can be attached to a gift for fun handmade touch.

You will need: makes at least 6 depending on your number of color choices

9″ x 12″ sheet felt in each color you plan to use I used:

Banana Cream Pie, Mustard Seed , Tangerine, Gold Glitter Felt, Beet, Monarch Butterfly

Felt or fabric glue, tacky glue etc.

Ribbon or cord for hanging

(optional) Sequins Just Peachy

Cut:

Cut one of each shape per ornament

When gluing make sure to go all the way around the shape so it holds tightly.

Cut lines into largest (bottom shape) Cut into the shag at angles to create gaps. Glue down remaining felt feather shapes in order from largest to smallest.

Glue sequin to bottom of smallest feather shape. Glue ribbon or sew a loop through back of the ornament to create a loop for hanging.

I hope these fun and unique felt pattern puts a smile on your face.

Happy Crafting

~Andie

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