Sewing Inspiration: Halloween Felt Crafts

A little sewing inspiration for today.  Each of the pieces for these Halloween felt crafts can easily be free-form cut or you can cut the pieces on a piece of paper then trace them onto your felt.  The witch’s hat pattern can be found here.  I stuff my little candy corns, pumpkins, witch hats, and Frankensteins with some polyfil and often attach a craft stick so they can be easily slid into wreaths or Halloween baskets for decor.  My children also like to play with them.  You can use craft glue or your sewing machine to attach the pieces.  Even throw in a bit of fabric paint for more detail and fun!

Halloween Felt Crafts

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Sewing Tutorial: Mama Cloth Wet/Dry Bag

Wet/Dry Bag TutorialThis tutorial is a simple no measurements needed sewing project that will enable you to create a wet bag to hold both clean and dirty mama cloth.  Wet/dry bags are nice when you are on the go because you have one convenient place to store both your used and unused menstrual products while you’re out.

The mama cloth wet/dry bag we are creating in this tutorial has one large opening at the top that is secured shut with hook and loop tape.  You could also alter the pattern and install a zipper here.  The large top opening is designed to hold your dirty items.  There is a large pocket on the front with snap closures designed to hold your clean items.  There is also a handle that has a snap closure so that it can be hung not only on door knobs or hooks, but also towel racks or even the toilet paper holder.

You can choose whatever fabric design you like, the bag just looks like any other clutch so no one would ever know what is inside unless you showed them.

Materials Needed

  • Waterproof PUL fabric – amount will vary based on how large or small you want your bag to be.
  • Hook and loop tape (or zipper if you prefer a top zipper closure)
  • Snaps and Snap Pliers or Press
  • Sewing Machine
  • Polyester Thread
  • Scissors
  • The PDF tutorial with fully detailed and illustrated instructions.  Print the file as fit to page or follow along on-screen.  Click here to download file:  Mama Cloth Wet Dry Bag.

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Felt Witch’s Hat

Witch's HatAs much as I love creating a one of a kind sewing pattern, I also love the convenience of printing one and devoting all my creativity to making the actual finished project.

I happened across this mini witch’s hat pattern a few years ago and have used it in some form every Halloween since.  I have always used regular craft felt for this pattern and skipped the interfacing pieces altogether.  I have also used one brim piece and find that one piece works almost as well, if not better than, using two pieces.

Felt is wonderful for this project because it stands on its own and eliminates the need for interfacing altogether.  You can use ribbon, buttons, or any embellishment that suites your fancy for these hats.  You can add ribbon to the sides to tie them on or pin them to your head with bobby pins.  They are also ideal for Halloween decor and my kids have even popped them on their stuffed animals.  You can even scale the pattern to make larger, or smaller, hats.

Enjoy!  And feel free to share a few of your own witchy creations.  My hat this year is for a witch who’s a super hero villain.  Idea courtesy of my three-year-old 😉 .

Sewing Tutorial: Felt Cookies

Felt Cookie TutorialThis week’s sewing tutorial is super simple and super quick.  You won’t even need a pattern!

Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.  These cookies are fantastic as a learning tool.  You can embroidery or draw (with puff paint or fabric paint) letters and numbers on them.  You can use them to teach colors, shapes, or even as coins.  You are only limited by your creativity.

This tutorial will focus on creating the cookies with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.  They also should not be given items with puff paint as they could pick the paint off.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.  Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Cookies:

  • Felt in whatever colors you desire
  • Scissors
  • Thread in colors of your choice
  • Sewing machine and/or hand sewing needle

Directions

  1. Cut out shapeStart out by placing two pieces of felt wrong sides together and cutting out a circle.  You can use any size circle you like, freehand it or trace a cup, etc.  If you’re going to sew a plain cookie and don’t want to add any other design, then you’re ready to sew, go ahead to step 3!  If you want to add a design, go on to the next step.
  2. Once your cookie is cut out, you can add a design to the cookie.  Sometimes I like to add dainty stitches like the heart design pictured.  Take one side of the cookie and add your design.  You can put the same Decorative stitchesdesign on the other side, or do something different so you get more ‘activities’ or designs in one cookie.You could do numbers and letters to teach the alphabet or counting.  You could do sprinkles, colors, shapes, etc.  You really are only limited to your imagination with these and kids love to get in on the design.
  3. overcast stitchOnce you’ve added a design to both sides, pin the cookie together, right sides both facing out.We’ll sew the cookie together using an overcast stitch.  If you don’t have an overcast stitch on your machine, a wide zig zag stitch works great.  Since the edges of the felt won’t fray, you could even use a straight stitch.
  4. sew around the edgeIf using an overcast stitch, make sure your right hand side stitch falls just over the edge of the cookie.  You might need to sew a stitch and then adjust your cookie’s placement under the presser foot to get it just right.  Sew all the way around the outer edge of the cookie making sure you back-stitch/reinforcement stitch at the beginning and end.  Clip your threads when you’re done.
  5. That’s it! Easy peasy.  You can make as many of these as you can crank out.  They make lovely gifts and are great to have for any home school or home learning lesson plans.

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Graphic Art Freebies: Fall & Sewing Inspiration

This week we have another fall cover photo and a little sewing inspiration for the season.

Falling Leaves

 

Fall Toddler Pants

 

Falling Leaves Fiber Art

 

Falling Blessings Fiber Art

Sewing Tutorial: Felt Steak

DSCN5970Welcome!  This is the first sewing tutorial in a two-part series where we will make a felt Steak Dinner set.  Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.
Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Steak:

  • Felt in brown and cream/white
  • Polyfil to stuff the steak
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament thread or coordinating thread, black thread for grill marks
  • Sewing machine AND hand sewing needle
  • The steak template and detailed instructions included in the template: Felt Steak Tutorial.  Do not scale the file to fit, print as actual size

Grab the tutorial for your sides here!  Yummy mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and crinkle carrots!

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Sewing Tutorial: Felt Milkshake

Felt Milkshake TutorialWelcome!  This is the fourth and final sewing tutorial where we will make a felt “We’re Grillin’” set.  This week we’re making a tasty treat to beat the summertime heat.

Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.
Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Milkshake:

  • Felt in your color choice with white and red for the whipped cream and cherry
  • Polyfil to stuff the milkshake
  • Weighted beads to help the milkshake stand(optional)
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament thread or coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine AND hand sewing needle
  • The milkshake template and fully illustrated PDF:  Felt Milkshake Tutorial. Do not scale the file to fit, print as actual size.

You can grab the burger and bun, fixin’s, and hot dog bun pdfs to complete your set.

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Sewing Tutorial: Felt Hamburger and Bun

Felt Hamburger and Bun TutorialWelcome!  This is the first sewing tutorial in a series of four where we will make a felt “We’re Grillin’” set.  Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Hamburger and Buns:

  • Brown felt for the hamburger, tan and off-white felt for the buns
  • A small bit of polyfil to stuff the burger and buns
  • Scissors
  • White, black, and brown thread
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • The fully illustrated tutorial that contains the hamburger and bun template as well as detailed instructions:  Felt Hamburger and Bun Tutorial.  Print actual size, do not scale to fit.

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Grab the fixin’s tutorial here!  And the hot dog and bun here. How about a tasty milkshake?  Think you know someone who would enjoy this post?  Share it with the links below!

Sewing Tutorial: Felt Orange Slices

Felt Orange Slice TutorialWelcome!  This is the fourth and final sewing tutorial in a series of four where we will make a felt breakfast set.  Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Orange Slices:

  • Felt Orange Slice MaterialsOrange felt for the outer orange, yellow felt for the inner orange slice (you can choose a bright or dark yellow, doesn’t matter)
  • A small bit of polyfil to stuff the orange slices
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating thread (monofilament thread is nice because it’s clear and will blend with any color)
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • Chalk or fabric pen.
  • The Felt Orange Slice Tutorial and Template PDF that contains fully illustrated and detailed instructions.  Do not scale to fit.  Print to size: Felt Orange Slice Tutorial.

You can find the other PDFs for the full breakfast set here:
Bendable Bacon
Eggs
Pancakes with Syrup and Butter

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Sewing Tutorial: Felt Pancakes

Felt Pancakes TutorialWelcome!  This is the third sewing tutorial in a series of four where we will make a felt breakfast set.  Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Pancakes:

  • Tan felt for pancakes, brown felt for syrup, yellow felt for butter
  • A small bit of polyfil to stuff the pancakes
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating thread (monofilament thread is nice because it’s clear and will blend with any color)
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • The pancake template and fully illustrated tutorial:  Felt Pancakes Tutorial.

You can find the bacon set here, the eggs here, and the oranges here.

We’d love for you to share your sets with us on Facebook or via email!

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