Tuesday, May 15, 2018

100% Wool Dryer Balls

The benefits of using wool dryer balls (and uses that will surprise you)


Are you a fan of fabric softeners and dryer sheets? If so, we cannot recommend our 100% Wool Dryer Balls enough! Our wool dryer balls work the same as your fabric softeners and dryer sheets, but without all the chemicals that may leave your skin irritated.

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What are Dryer Balls?

Our Wool Dryer Balls are handcrafted from merino wool. The wool is felted to a finely formed ball dense enough to give it some weight to tumble around. While in the dryer, the dryer balls bounce around to create air circulation between your laundries and help maintain the humidity level by absorbing excess moisture as your load dries. This results in softer clothes that dry fast with less wrinkles and static, and bedding that stays nice fluffy. In fact, dryer balls eliminate the need for dryer sheets and fabric softeners altogether. Colored with beautiful vegetable-based dyes, our dryer balls are eco-friendly and safe to use. Simply toss 3 or more balls into your dryer along with your laundry.  We recommend using 3 dryer balls for normal sized loads and about 6 for bulky items.

What are the Benefits?


1. Saves Money
One of the biggest benefits of our 100% Wool Dryer Balls is they reduce drying time by 20-30%, lowering the energy required to dry clothes. 100% Wool Dryer Balls absorb the moisture from washing, allowing you to get through your laundry faster. Plus, you’ll save money on your electricity bills!

2. Fluffs Up Laundry
100% Wool Dryer Balls help your dryer run more efficiently - fluffs up laundry, prevents clothes from clumping, increases air circulation and absorbs odor from clothing. When using dryer sheets, you are actually coating your clothing with an invisible film which not only damages your dryer but also prevents your clothes from naturally absorbing water (towel).




3. Baby Safe
Creating a baby-friendly environment starts with gentle, toxin-free clothing. With our organic 100% Wool Dryer Balls, your little one can snuggle up to naturally soft laundry free of harmful chemicals. Our wool dryer balls are hypo-allergenic, making them completely safe for people with sensitive skin and for baby/children’s clothes. Plus, the wool does not rub off or unravel and there are no dyes or perfumes.




4. Naturally Non-Static
Our dryer balls break the static energy in your laundry naturally with the power of 100% wool! Dryer sheets, liquid softeners and dryer pods all reduce the static in your clothing using a harmful silicone. This chemical can result in skin irritation and allergic reactions. Fortunately, our 100% Wool Dryer Balls are naturally anti-static and free of irritants.




5. Fragrance-Free
Did you know that chemical poly-dryer sheets give off harmful chemical scents when not in use? Fragrances in dryer sheets and fabric softeners can create respiratory issues, especially asthma, or trigger migraines. 100% Wool Dryer Balls are naturally unscented. If you would like to add some fragrance, just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the dryer balls before putting them in the dryer.

6. Soft to the Touch
100% Wool Dryer Balls are super soft. And because they are made up of an all-natural material, you don't have to fret when your little one, or even your pet, gets a hold of them.




7. Long Lasting
While a box of 80 dryer sheets may last up to 20 weeks, 100% Wool Dryer Balls can last up to 4 years! That’s approximately 1500+ loads.

8. Eco-Friendly
When using dryer sheets, they need to be thrown away frequently, taking up space in landfills. By contrast, wool will break down naturally. Simply throw them into your compost when your 100% Wool Dryer Balls have reached the end of the line.

BONUS!
Did you know you could use wool as mulch in your garden? Just toss your old 100% Wool Dryer Balls in your garden bed! Wool can hold water, increases oxygen in the soil, acts as a slow release fertilizer, and repels slugs and snails.





Monday, March 26, 2018

Easter-Themed Egg Cozies {Free Printable PDF}


Bring some extra-cute cheer to your Easter breakfast this year with our Easter-Themed Egg Cozies! They look cute, are easy to make, and are useful in keeping your eggs warm while you finish getting ready for breakfast.

If you were like me, you're asking "what is an egg cozy?" Well, It's basically a "hat" or cover for a boiled egg to keep it warm. You may have also heard them called egg warmers or even just egg hats.

So, whether you call them boiled eggs or dippy eggs, eat them with toast soldiers or just plain toast, these egg cozies are just for you! 


What You'll Need:
Craft Felt
Fabric scissors
Straight pins
Embroidery floss and needle
Small white pom-pom ball (optional)

Egg cozies measure approximately 4.3" wide,and 3.8" from top to bottom (excluding bunny ears and chick hair).

Here is the complete template for the Easter-Themed Egg Cozies.


1. Print out the Easter Theme Egg Cozies Template and cut out the shapes using the scissors. Trace the shapes onto the craft felt sheets in the colors you prefer (using chalk or a marker) and cut them out using the fabric scissors .

2. Once all the pieces are cut out of the felt, sew the inner ear pieces to the ear shape pieces for both the bunny and the lamb using some of the embroidery floss and the needle.

3. Take the bunny and lamb ears and sew the bottom edges into a crinkle to make a more 3D ear shape. Also do this for the wings of the chick.

4. Take one of the egg cozy pieces and sew or glue on your facial features. For this step, you’ll need to refer to the template for the facial features for each cozy. You can either use the leftover felt to cut the shapes and glue them on, or you can stitch the features on using a satin stitch. Here is a tutorial by Sublime Stitching for ‘How-To: Satin Stitch.



5. Next sew on the ears for the bunny and the lamb, and the wings for the chick, to the inner side of the other cozy piece where marked. For this step, refer back to the template to see where they should be sewn. The ears and wings should end up between each cozy piece.

6. Using the straight pins, pin the front and back of each cozy together and stitch both front and back of each shape together with the embroidery floss and needle, to make a completed shape. We also sewed the bottom for a finished look.



This craft is perfect for adding that extra flare to your Easter brunch with family or simply having your kids waking up to cute cozies on top of their eggs. Once they are finished, you can send them off to play with their new puppets.



Did you create your own? We would love to see. Tag The Felt Store on social media and/or use the hashtag #thefeltstore to show us your creation!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Shamrocks

Quick and easy to make, this St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock is a great way to decorate any space so that you’re ready for the festivities!


St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and we have a quick and easy craft to get you in the Shamrockin’ spirit!

These Shamrocks can be used as decorations for a St. Patrick’s Day themed party or just to brighten up any room. You can hang them using ribbon, attach them directly to any surface using some adhesive, make a key chain and much more! We are showing you how to make one size, but you can change the measurements below to make larger or smaller Shamrocks.


What You'll Need:
Stiff Felt Sheets - 12” x 12”
Ruler
Rotary cutter or fabric scissors
Hot glue gun and sticks
Ribbon (optional)

Instructions:
1. With your Stiff Felt Sheets, rotary blade and ruler, cut 4 strips measuring 1 inch wide by 12 inches long and 4 strips measuring 1 inch wide by 10 inches long. You should have a total of 8 strips. These strips will be the outside and inside of the Shamrock.



2. Take the 12-inch-long strips and fold them in half lengthwise to end up with 6-inch-long strips. Make sure to press down on the crease so that you will know where the middle is.


3. Stand the now 6-inch-long strips on their sides back-to-back, so that all the folded creased corners are facing each other in the center, like in our picture. Using the hot glue gun, glue the strips together approximately 2 inches from the corners, keeping the same shape. You can also add glue to the center if you do not want a gap showing.


4. Take the 10-inch-long strips and fold them in half lengthwise to end up with 5-inch-long strips. Make sure to press down on the crease so that you will know where the middle is. Using the hot glue gun, glue these 10-inch-long strips to the inside of each of the 12-inch-long strips. The corners of these 10-inch-long strips should line up with the corners of the 12-inch-long strips, and the hot glue should be about 2 inches from the corners.



5. Next, we will start transforming these strips into small hearts for the Shamrock shape. Start by forming a heart using the end of one of the 10-inch-long inner strips and glue it using the hot glue. Then glue the inner portion of the top of each heart to the corner. Repeat with the remaining 10-inch-long strips .



6. Repeat the previous step for the 12-inch-long strips. Instead of gluing the inner portion of the top of each heart to the corners, you will glue the inner portion of the top of each heart to the top of the smaller heart. And there you have it, your own Shamrock decoration!



Don’t be afraid to get creative! You can even use multiple shades of green or different colors to make your Shamrock stand out from the rest.






Did you create your own? We would love to see. Tag The Felt Store on social media and/or use the hashtag #thefeltstore to show us your creation!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

DIY Valentine's Day Cards Using Felt Scraps


Valentine's Day is just around the corner (well actually it's tomorrow!). If you're like us, you've procrastinated until today and still need cards. We've got that problem solved for you!

If you've got some extra felt laying around, you can get these cards finished in no time at all. Handmade cards always add a little extra love and care that you can't get from store-bought cards. And everyone will think you spent so much time making them, when in reality, it shouldn't take you more than a half hour. Simply print the templates, cut, and glue on the felt. There's absolutely nothing to it!

What You'll Need
Felt scraps
Valentine's Card Template
Xacto Knife
Fabric Glue

What's Included in the Template
The Valentine's Card Template has the following designs included for you (plus a few extras to spark your creativity):


You don't have to stick with the colors we chose for our designs, be creative and make the best use of the scraps you have.

But don't miss the little details in the designs! They're what will set your cards apart from the rest tomorrow and will make your Valentine feel extra special. 


We can't wait to see what you come up with! Tag The Felt Store on social media and/or use the hashtag #thefeltstore to show us your cards!

Friday, February 2, 2018

DIY Valentine's Love Bug Chair Backer


What else would you need to collect your Valentine's cards and candies than your very own Love Bug Chair Backer?

Our Love Bug has two pockets: a larger one for your cards and a smaller one for your candy. Or, if you're like us, the larger one will be used for candy! It attaches easily to the back of most chairs and can be used at school, at home, or at the office.

Quick, easy to make, and using minimal supplies, this Love Bug is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day (especially since it falls on a week day this year).




What You'll Need:
Red Viscose Felt Sheet - 9" x 12"
Pink Viscose Felt Sheet - 9" x 12"
Black Viscose Felt Sheet - 9" x 12"
Fabric scissors
White embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
Velcro strips
Black pipe cleaners (we used 2)
Hot glue gun and sticks (or other fabric adhesive)
Tape measure (optional)
Love Bug Chair Backer Template

Instructions:
1. Cut out the pieces from the Love Bug Chair Backer Template. Trace the larger heart on the Red Viscose Felt Sheet, the smaller heart on the Pink Viscose Felt Sheet, and the backing (with head) and straps on the Black Viscose Felt Sheet. Cut out the shapes from the felt with the fabric scissors. You can also switch up the colors to add some extra personality to your Love Bug!



2. With your embroidery floss and embroidery needle sew a line up the middle of your large red heart. This will mark the wing split for the Love Bug. We used a chain stitch for this step (you can find a great tutorial on Snapguide here).


3. Sew your smaller pink heart in the center of your larger read heart with the embroidery floss and embroidery needle. Make sure to leave the top of the pink heart open for pocket access. If you do not want it to be a second pocket, you can sew it completely shut. We used a whip stitch for this step (you can find a great tutorial from Apartment Therapy here).


4. Use a tape measure or length of embroidery floss to measure the straps for your chair. To do this, wrap the tape measure or string around the top of the chair where you would like the Love Bug to attach. Remember to overlap by 1 to 2 inches so that you have enough space to attach the Velcro strips. Next, cut the two straps from Step 1 to the length you need using the fabric scissors.



5. Sew the middle of the straps using the embroidery floss and embroidery needle onto the backing you cut out from the Black Viscose Felt Sheet in Step 1. We positioned the straps at the widest part of the backing and used a back stitch for this step (you can find a great tutorial from Apartment Therapy here).



6. Position your Velcro strips onto the straps and glue them in place using the hot glue gun, or you can sew them in place instead.



7. Using the embroidery floss and embroidery needle sew the black backing to the larger red heart. Ensure the straps on the black backing piece and the pink heart on the larger red heart are facing out. Make sure to leave the top open for pocket access. We used a blanket stitch for this step (you can find a great tutorial from Apartment Therapy here).



8. Add the finishing touches! We embroidered a cute face onto our Love Bug using the embroidery floss and embroidery needle. We used a chain stitch for this step (you can find a great tutorial on Snapguide here). We also used the hot glue gun to glue antennas onto our Love Bug using one of the pipe cleaners. We glued the other pipe cleaner down the middle of the black backing (in the back) to add extra support.



Your Love Bug is now ready to place on the back of your chair! If you would like to be extra sweet this Valentine's Day, fill the smaller pocket with candies so your card-givers get an extra treat when they drop off your cards.



Did you create your own? We would love to see. Tag The Felt Store on social media and/or use the hashtag #thefeltstore to show us your creation!