Monday, November 20, 2017

DIY 100% Wool Felt Christmas Stockings

It's easy to get into the holiday spirit when you're creating your own with our Wool Felt Christmas Stockings!

An easy way to add personal flair to your gift-giving this year is with a durable hand-made wool felt Christmas stocking. We love this craft because it's easy to replicate, kid-friendly, and simple, simple, simple! Impress your relatives, and even yourself, with your very own beautifully festive yet totally achievable holiday decor.

Our instructions will make 2 stockings, but you can make up to 9 and have matching stockings for all your family and friends!

This Christmas craft is durable, long lasting, and easy to make. We'll show you how!

What You'll Need





Note: For smaller stockings, you can use our 12" x 12" Wool Craft Felt Squares instead. You would need 2 squares of 1 color and 1 additional square of a contrasting color, for a total of 3 squares.

Instructions

1. On the 100% Wool Craft Felt (choose the color you want to be the main color of the stocking), draw out one stocking shape using the chalk. Using the scissors, cut out the shape.









2. With the chalk, trace the cut-out shape 2 more times on the same color of 100% Wool Craft Felt and 3 more times on the other color. Cut out all the shapes with the scissors. You should end up with a total of 3 shapes in each color.









3. Using one shape from each color (making sure the toe of each shape points to the right), trace out the pattern you want with the chalk directly onto the stocking. We did a diamond/harlequin pattern. Cut out the pattern from each shape using the scissors. You can line it up on one of the other shapes to get an overview of what the final pattern will look like. This is also a good time to sew your cut-out pattern onto 2 of the stocking shapes if you prefer to sew it rather than glue it like we did.






4. Take the remaining 4 shapes and pin them together using the sewing pins based on color (blue with blue and green with green). Make sure the toe of the shape is facing the right.









5. Sew the pinned pieces with the sewing machine about 1/8” (or 0.5cm) from the edge. We also folded the top of the stocking about 1/4” and sewed the seam, but that is not necessary as wool felt will not fray.








6. Flip the sewn stockings right side out so that the seams are on the inside. Make sure to push the edges from the inside to get a smooth final shape.










7. Take the damp (not soaking) towel or cloth and place over one of the sewn stockings. With the iron on a medium heat setting, iron over the damp towel to take out any wrinkles in the felt. Iron both sides of each sewn stocking for best results. Delicate fabrics (like the 100% Wool Craft Felt) should not be in direct contact with the iron unless the iron is on a wool setting.







8. Once ironed, lay each sewn stocking so that the toe of the stocking shape is facing to the right. Lay out your cut-out-pattern design over each one to map out the placement for yourself. We started the pattern in the top center and worked out from there to ensure the pattern looked centered on the stocking. Don't worry if your pattern is not larger than your sewn stocking. You will be able to trim the pattern down once it's been affixed.




9. Using the hot glue gun, glue your pattern onto each stocking. We glued one piece at a time so that we could follow the mapping of the pattern.
Note: You can also sew your pattern on if you prefer, but that would need to be done before pinning and sewing the stocking pieces together (after Step 3 but before Step 4).








10. Once all the pieces of your pattern have been glued on, use the scissors to trim around the edges of the stocking so that the edges of the pattern are flush with the stocking.









11. Add any embellishments or additional decorations that you want. We added sequins to one of our stockings and a weaving pattern with ribbon to the other to provide a little extra glitz to each one.








12. Cut 2 small lengths of the ribbon (approximately 3” to 4” long each). Using the hot glue gun, glue each ribbon length to the inside of each of the stockings. This ribbon will be used as the hanging loop. It's best to glue one end of the ribbon to the inside of the front of the stocking, and the other end of the ribbon to the inside of the back of the stocking (so the ribbon ends are not glued together). This allows the stocking to open more freely.

Now you can hang your stockings over the fireplace or anywhere else you like!

Monday, November 6, 2017

DIY Standing Felt Christmas Tree

Nothing brings on the warm, comforting feeling of the holidays like a Christmas tree. That is until your toddler decides to pull on the branches - or worse, test their tree-climbing skills!

Here's a fun project that will satisfy the most curious kids: the DIY Standing Felt Christmas Tree. We love it because the cute felt ornaments cling to the tree on their own and can be effortlessly peeled off. Ours is shaped like a pyramid, providing four equally-sized canvases kids can share. When the season is over, simply stick all the ornaments to the tree, untie all the ribbon on the edges, and stack the triangles to store.

This Christmas craft is inexpensive, easy to store, and easy to make. We'll show you how!

What You'll Need

  • High Quality Acrylic Craft Felt – Kelly Green – 72” x 1 yard ($6.39 USD)
  • High Quality Acrylic Felt Sample Bag ($13.99 USD)
  • Tri-fold foam display board (18” x 24”)
  • 3/8” wide satin glitter ribbon (we used 4 colors)
  • Adhesive spray (we used 3M Super 77 adhesive spray) or another type of fabric adhesive
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Marker/pen/pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Packing tape (we used a heavy duty version)
  • Cutting mat (optional)
  • Cookie cutters (optional, 3” or smaller in size)
  • Sequins (optional)
  • Chalk (optional)

Instructions

1. On the tri-fold foam display board, draw out the triangles for your tree using the marker/pen/pencil. We made it simple by drawing out 1 full triangle plus 6 triangle halves. This gave us 1 full triangle plus 3 triangles made from the halves, and used just one full board









2. Using the X-Acto knife, carefully cut along the lines. We had to go over each line twice with the X-Acto knife to get a clean cut.










3. Tape 2 halves together with the packing tape to make full triangles. You should end up with 3 full triangles that have been taped from the halves.











4. Unroll/unfold the High Quality Acrylic Craft Felt and trace out the 4 triangle shapes onto the felt, leaving space in between. We traced them with chalk, but you can also use a marker if you prefer. You will need to invert 2 of the triangles (so that they look upside down) to fit all 4 triangles on the 1 yard of felt. We also left approximately 2 inches between each triangle.






5. Leaving approximately a 1 inch border around each triangle, cut them out using the scissors. We do not recommend an X-Acto knife for this step as it would cause the felt to bunch rather than cut, and your edges would appear more jagged. We recommend having the 1 inch border around each triangle so that you can fold the felt over the edges of the board to create a more “seamless” look.








6. In a well ventilated area, spray one side of a display board triangle with the adhesive spray.











7. Carefully line up the adhesive side of the display board triangle with the outline on the felt triangle and gently press down to stick, making sure the adhesive is sticking to all areas and the felt is flat underneath.








8. With the felt underneath the triangle, spray the edges of the foam board triangle and fold over the excess felt border to cover the edges of the foam board. This provides a nicer look when complete because you won't be able to see the white edges of the board.


9. Repeat steps 6-8 for the remaining foam board triangles and felt triangles.






10. While the adhesive is drying on the triangles, you can create the ornaments for the tree. Simply take the cookie cutters and, using a marker/pen, trace them onto the High Quality Acrylic Felt Sample Bag pieces. You can also draw the shapes out by hand or use other templates if you prefer. For our tree, we used 1 square of each color and took out the darker colors. However, for more ornaments or a fuller tree, you can use the full sample bag. Cut out the ornament shapes using scissors.








11. Grab the 4 tree triangles and place them side by side to form a half-octagon shape (like in the picture).











12. Using your hot glue gun, glue the ribbon to your tree triangles in any pattern you choose, like a garland. However, when you reach the edge of a triangle, leave extra ribbon so that you will be able to tie all the pieces together later on.










For our pattern, we marked 3 dots on each side of the triangles. Starting from the top mark, we then crossed to the middle mark diagonally on the same triangle piece. We then glued the ribbon on the 2 marks with extra on each end for tying. From the middle mark on the next triangle piece, we crossed to the bottom mark diagonally, and glued the ribbon on the two marks with extra on each end. Then we worked our way back up until we made it across all 4 triangles. We repeated with pattern with all 4 ribbon colors.



13. Once the ribbon has been glued, simply stand up the triangles and lean them against each other to form a square base. Tie the ribbons together tightly on each seam to hold the tree together, making sure to match the colors if you used our pattern.









14. Now take the felt ornaments you cut out earlier and simply stick them to the tree. You do not need any adhesive as the felt pieces stick to the felt tree by themselves and can easily be moved around by toddlers and children.