Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays!

We just wanted to take out the time and wish you and your families, peace, joy and happiness this Holiday. We really appreciate you visiting The Felt Store blog during the year, and supporting us! Thank you for following our Felting, sewing, DIYing and crafting journey. We look forward to sharing more with you in 2015! I leave you with fun little gifs from our holiday collection! 








Friday, December 5, 2014

DIY Gift Guide- Felt Holiday Coasters

I'm back with a new DIY gift you can make and it's a perfect gift for the host. An instant way to add festivity with these Felt Holiday Coasters, there is a Santa, a penguin, a bitten gingerbread man and a candy cane donut! Follow the steps below to make your own versions! Are you crafting a gift this holiday? Share your project with us :)


Materials
9" x 12" Acrylic Felt - Brown 
9" x 12" Acrylic Felt - Flesh
9" x 12" Acrylic Felt - Red
9" x 12" Acrylic Felt - White 
9" x 12" Acrylic Felt - Black 
9" x 12" Acrylic Felt- Orange 
9" x 12" Acrylic Felt- Antique Gold 
Cork Coasters
Felt Confetti 
Template
Glue Gun
Scissors
Pencil

Santa Coaster

Keep Santa with you before and after the 25th!

Cut out the entire frame of Santa with the flesh coloured felt (this will be your base). Then cut out each of the pieces to create the coaster.


 Once you've cut everything out, glue the flesh onto the cork coaster and then place the rest of the pieces where you desire.  To create the eyes I just took a black sharpie ( I was having difficulty cutting a perfect circle with felt) but by all means you can use small felt eyes.

Penguin Coaster

Okay not sure what a penguin has to do with the holidays but it's cold outside and well penguins came to my mind. Plus who wouldn't want this little guy part of their holiday coaster set. I mean look at it! 

Same drill as Santa, cut out each piece this just makes it so much easier to put everything together. (it's like a puzzle).



 Once you've cut everything place the black frame of the penguin and then take your white felt and place it where you desire. Just make sure you have enough space to glue the feet at the bottom. Again I decided to take the easy way out (due to my perfectionism) and just use black sharpie to make the eyes.

Candy Cane Donut Coaster

I got inspired by the Tim Hortons "Candy Cane Chocolate Donut" while taking a bite out of this delicious snack and crafting the Santa coaster it occurred to me that I should add a Candy Cane Donut coaster! I mean duhh! 

Trace the coaster onto the brown felt and take your scissors and cut a messy "scalloped" pattern for the frosting. Now luckily we have felt confetti so I didn't have to worry about cutting the little green and red circles *phew*


Place the green and red felt confetti where you desire, I went with a green, red, green sequence. 


Bitten Gingerbread Man Coaster

This is so morbid I know, but I can't help and think it's oddly cute! Plus a normal happy gingerbread man it's just not as fun! 

I traced the coaster onto the ginger felt and then cut out deep semi circles for the "bite". I traced out a circle onto the black felt. I folded it in half and snipped the middle of the circle to create the inner circle (it helped to create a nicer inner circle). I cut anime eyes and then again, used my trusted black sharpie to create the eyes 


I placed the eyes so that it looked like the gingerbread man was looking at the bite in distress! 




Voila, you have a 4 piece coaster set that is ready to be used! or wrapped and gifted.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DIY Gift Guide- Wool Heart Appliqué Mittens/Gloves

Last week for our DIY Gift Guide we paired a no sew felt bookmark tutorial with our felt sketchbook. This week we pair wool mittens and gloves with a tutorial on how to appliqué a needle felted or cut out wool felt heart. This is the perfect stocking stuffer or a way to add a handmade present to complete your thoughtful gift! 

Wool Felt Heart Cut Out Tutorial 

Because there is a likely a chance your mittens will be exposed to snow and precipitation it's probably best to use wool felt since it has the ability to bead off water and would last a lot longer compared to a regular craft felt. 

Materials
Needle & Thread
Scissors 
Pencil 
Heart Template 


Step 1)

Start by tracing a heart on to your felt. Ours was about 3 1/2 inches in length. Once you're done tracing cut the heart out take your mittens and turn them so that the thumbs are NOT facing you. 






Step 2)

Cut the heart in half (not to worry we're sewing it onto the mitten with love) and place the heart as you desire onto the mitten. Then take your needle and thread and start sewing the edges. I just did a basic stitch. Do the same thing on the other side making sure both heart pieces align together. 


 Step 3)

Once you're done sewing both sides you'll be left with something similar as below! Super easy and it only took 5 minutes to do! A great last minute idea!



Needle Felted Heart Appliqué

Materials 
Scrap Felt (not required) 
Heart Cookie Cutter or Cardboard Cut out





Step 1)

If you don't have a cookie cutter (like me) I just took scrap cardboard and quickly made a cut out as a guide to shape the wool. I also took a scrap felt square and placed it inside the glove so that the wool would not felt to the other side (unless you want both sides to have the shape) 


 Step 2)

Place the glove on the Needle Brush Mat (the thumbs facing you) so that your glove will not move and take your cardboard cut out and place it on the glove. Take a clump of wool and place it around the outline of the inner heart. Take your needle felted tool and start to lightly punch the wool into the glove. 
*First time needle felting? We have a video tutorial to teach you how to use these tools. See our How to Needle Felt video. 



Step 3) 

Do the same thing with the other glove and make sure the wool consistency is the same. Once you are done you should be left with something similar to below!



The second project takes a little more time but totally worth the effort! Are you making a handmade gift this year!? Share your DIY with us! 


Friday, November 28, 2014

DIY Gift Guide - Felt Sketchbook + No Sew Felt Bookmark Tutorial

Hello everyone!

There is always something more special about giving a handmade gift to your family and friends. So for the next few weeks we'll be giving you tutorials and a list of DIY gifts you can make with felt and which products to pair them with for the perfect gift!

Pair our Felt Sketchbook with a No-Sew Felt Bookmark that you can craft with our Acrylic Felt. To make the adorable fox bookmark you can follow the instructions below.


Materials


1 sheet of orange acrylic (we used premium felt for ours)
1 sheet of black acrylic 
1 sheet of white acrylic 
Scissors
Glue Gun
Template
Pencil












Step 1 

Start by tracing out your template onto the felt. Make sure to trace two of the fox head, this will create the pocket. Trace out two eyes, two ears...etc. you get it, two of everything.

Step 2
Once you've traced everything out on to the felt cut the pieces  and you should have something similar to what you see below. You're already more than half way done!




Step 3

Now all you have to do is glue everything into place. First start by your two corner heads. Place one on top of the other and now glue each of the sides together to create the pocket. Then take your white acrylic felt and position it on the edge of each side. Last but not least, take your eyes and nose and place those where you desire. The ears will be your last step. We glued them to the front of the pocket from the inside. 


There you have it your done! Super easy. 

Now just pair it with one of our sketchbooks to complete the gift. You can choose from the following colours! 
    
  

Do you want to really personalize the gift? You can monogram the sketchbook with receivers name! All you need is our 2" felt alphabet letters! Use a contrasting colour for fun or of course go with a classic black or white. Click on the image below to see all the colours available. 










Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Holiday Prize Pack & $200 Gift Card Giveaway!

If you've been following us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google +, we've been posting about some awesome collaborations with bloggers. Last week we revealed our Felt Holiday Wreath DIY that was part of Laura (Lupin) Howard's 2014 Crafty Christmas Link Party and this week we have another partnered post! It just keeps getting better and better.
This week we've partnered up with Cherylstyle! We've been featured on the website (eeks) but what's so great about this you ask? As the title suggests we're also doing a give-away! Yup, head over to the post: http://www.cherylstyle.com/favorite-products/get-crafty-with-the-felt-store/ for a chance to win A Holiday Prize Pack worth over $400 and a $200 gift card to use at The Felt Store!

This Holiday Pack has everything you'll need for your Christmas projects and more! (below is a peak at what it includes...there is much more!) Make sure to enter for a chance to win, contest ends on Nov 26, 2014.






Friday, November 14, 2014

Crafty Christmas Tutorial Link Party!

Earlier this week I posted our first Christmas DIY of the year - A Felt Holiday Wreath as part of Laura (Lupin) Howards' Crafty Tutorial Link Party:




Below are some awesome DIY's other bloggers did for the 2014 Crafty Christmas. If you click on the links below it will take you directly to the individual blogs with their tutorials. Enjoy 


Teeny Tiny Snowman Pendant - i ManuFatti
Nativity Bunting Tutorial - Hoogally
Floating Pompom Garland - RetroDelicious
Printable Colouring-In Snowflake Labels - It's Organised
Blackwork Pleated Heart - Carina's Craftblog

Patchwork Christmas Bauble - Made by Mrs M



Upcycled Jumper Christmas Stocking with Robin Appliqué - Halcyon Threads
http://halcyonthreads.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/tutorial-christmas-stocking-from.html
Felt Christmas Mouse Ornament - Molly & Mama

First Flake, Snowflake Ornament - Betz White
Gingerbread House Ornament - Shiny Happy World
Mod Winter Table Runner - Tumus / Little Red Thread
Shabby Christmas Denim Heart - Cocojude
Washi Tape & Button Christmas Card - The Lilac Linnet



Christmas Card String & Pegs - Fizzi Jayne Makes
Felt Christmas Stocking - Vicky Myers Creations
Felt Holiday Wreath - The Felt Store
Penguin Pocket Friend or Ornament - Lulu & Celeste
Saint Nick Ornaments - Homemade at My Place
Retro Photo Christmas Cards - Bugs and Fishes

Modern Felt Advent Calendar - Hugs are Fun

Felt Christmas Ornaments - Marc's Treasure Basket


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Felt Holiday Wreath Tutorial

We're super excited about this project! Not just because we crafted it but because it`s our first holiday DIY for this year. It seems we're not the only ones who are thinking ahead, everyone is on the holiday wagon. Anyway without further a due the tutorial to create your own version or to be inspired by ours. You can also find our tutorial as part of this year Crafty Christmas link party and other awesome craft ideas!.



Cardboard Circle 
Bird Template
Glue Gun 
Scissors
Thread
Pencil
Ruler 

Steps
*PS we realized after that if you cover the cardboard with red felt it would give it a more finished look. 

1) Taking a Cardboard sheet cut out a 12" Diameter Circle, the inner circle we cut was 8 1/2" diameter but it's completely up to you

2) Next take a piece of Red Acrylic Felt 9" x 12" and cut it in half vertically and do the same for a White Acrylic Felt 9" x 12" piece.

3) Place the Red Felt on top of the White Felt as seen below. To ensure the red stays in the middle when folding the piece, align the corners together.


4) Now fold the left side first so that it comes to the middle and then fold over & take the right side and wrap it around the right side so you have something similar.. These will be your large "cones"
 

5) Glue the wrapped corner to the felt. Cut to desired length, we cut it half way so that it was 6" long. 

Repeat this process, we needed about 16 pieces to cover the outer diameter of the circle. 

6) For the small cones take a piece of Red Felt & cut it into 4 pieces, do the same for the White Felt. Again over lap the red felt onto the white felt.



7) Again, take the right side and fold over to the middle and again take the right side over to the left to create the cone.



8) Glue the wrapped corner to the felt. Cut to desired length, we cut it half way so that it was 3 1/2" long.

Repeat this process, we needed about 15 pieces to cover the inner diameter of the circle. 

9) Once you have all your pieces ready, it's time to glue the felt cones! Turn the cone around and have a strip of glue at the bottom and hold it in place on the outer corner. Repeat the process until your entire outer diameter is covered. Then start with the small pieces and glue to the inner corner.

You should start to see your wreath form as seen below.



Once all the felt cones are glued you'll be left with something that looks like what you see below. Now you can leave it as is and just glue ribbon at the back to hang or you can add a little bird in the middle.


If you want to add Bird below are the steps

1) draw up a template for the bird our's was about 2"in height & a separate template for the wings


2) Trace two birds using the template on the white felt and 1 bird on the hunter green felt


3) Trace out two white wings and two hunter green wings to have total of 4 wings. 

5) layer the bird shape white felt, hunter green felt, & white felt. Glue the layers together. Then layer one white felt wing with a hunter green felt wing underneath place them as you like and glue to the body. Repeat for the other side.


7) Now take a white thread cut to desired length so that it is hanging in the middle of the wreath. Glue the thread to the bird and the other end to the back of the wreath. 

Your final wreath should look like this!