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 :)

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 
Glue Gun

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. 

Needle & Thread
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

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!