Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Stiff Felt Napkin Rings and Gift Card Holder


The countdown to Christmas is on! That means it's time to move into super-easy crafts you can whip up in under 30 minutes (we've included free printable templates for each of them). If you've got extra supplies handy, and some time to catch your breath, we think you'll love these last-minute craft ideas to add a little extra love to your home.

For these crafts, we've used our Stiff Felt because we found it is the best at holding its shape without going limp yet stays soft and pliable. It's also the easiest felt surface to trace on. Simply print the templates, trace, cut, and put together.


Napkin Rings: 

Download Template Here
This template includes the following designs:

Reindeer

Santa

Poinsettia

Holly Leaf


Gift Card Holders: 

Download Template Here
This template includes the following designs:

Santa

Reindeer

Elf

Snowman




Tuesday, December 12, 2017

High Quality Acrylic Felt Scandinavian Star


With only 2 weeks left until the big day, we are rushing around to get everything ready. That includes the one most-time-consuming part most of us dread...wrapping all the presents! Between the wrapping paper that cuts your fingers, the tape that never seems to want to tear, and ribbons that end up either too short or way too long, it can get to be too much. But we have a simple way to make your presents look their absolute best with minimal effort!

No sewing and no gluing, need we say more? Our Scandinavian Star is great way to top a present, or spice up your tree!

What You'll Need:





Instructions:

1. Using one of the colors of High Quality Acrylic Felt Ribbon, measure out a 24-inch length and cut using the scissors. Repeat with your preferred color combination until you have 4 strips (we used 2 strips of red and 2 strips of green). If you are using ribbon that is wider than 1-1/2", measure and cut the strips the same way, but you would only cut 2 strips and each of those strips would be cut in half lengthwise to end up with 4 long strips at half the width.


2. Take each strip and fold them in half. Weave the ends of each strip into the loops of one of the other strips until all 4 strips are woven together. Each strip should be sandwiching the previous one and both ends of each strip should be inside the same loop. Pull all the strips snug so there are no gaps, and it should now hold together on its own.


3. Using only 1 layer of the strip ends, weave them together in a basket-weave fashion and pull them snug.


4. Take one of the strip ends and fold it into a triangular point (like the first 3 images). Then fold the triangular point in half (like in the 4th image). Repeat with all of the strip ends to form 8 triangular points.


5. Using the scissors, cut some of the excess off the end of the folded triangular strip, and tuck the cut end into the ornament to hide it.


6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 with all of the strip ends to form 8 triangular points. It should end up looking like ours below.

This design is easy to adapt with different colors and materials. You can use the Scandinavian Star as a bow for presents, as a tree topper, or as ornaments for your tree. Change the colors for the occasion!



Monday, December 4, 2017

Felt Candy Cane Wreath


We're big fans of holly wreaths! But so are the local birds who can't seem to tell apart the plastic berries from the real deal. Rather than confuse another generation of hungry birds, we decided it was time to switch things up. With some odds and ends on hand, we fashioned our own beautiful felt wreath that features a candy cane stripe pattern, burlap bows, and (of course) felt holly.

You can easily replicate this design, or create your own for any time of the year with your favorite colors. The leftover felt ribbon can be used as ribbon to wrap presents, or re-purposed into bow toppers for your gifts. As with some our other Christmas crafts this season, there is no sewing required. Just grab your hot glue gun and jump right in!

What You'll Need:









Instructions:

1. Take one color of the High Quality Acrylic Felt Ribbon and wrap a strip around the Styrofoam wreath to determine the length of the strips you would need. Our strips needed to be about 7 inches long.







2. Cut strips from each of the 3 colors of High Quality Acrylic Felt Ribbon. We used approximately 20 strips of each color.










3. Starting at any spot on the Styrofoam wreath, take a strip of your first color (we started with red) and wrap it around the wreath. Glue it to the back of the wreath using the hot glue gun. Take a strip of your second color (we used green) and wrap it around the wreath, overlapping the red half. Glue it to the back of the wreath using the hot glue gun. Repeat with the third color, and then again for all the strips in the same color pattern until the wreath is completely covered.




4. To make the burlap bow for the wreath, cut 3 strips of the Burlap Ribbon into 13-inch lengths and 1 strip into a 6.5-inch length.
Optional: We finished the edges of the Burlap Ribbon strips by sewing them to prevent them from fraying.








5. Take 1 of the 13-inch Burlap Ribbon strips and fold the ends into the center to form a loop. Glue down the ends with the hot glue gun. Repeat with the other 2 13-inch strips.










6. Using the hot glue gun, glue the 3 loops on top of each other in a star pattern.











7. Take the 6.5-inch long Burlap Ribbon strip and scrunch the middle to create a bow shape. Glue the scrunched area together with the hot glue gun to keep it from coming apart, then glue it to the burlap star. From the red and green High Quality Acrylic Felt Ribbon, cut out 3 holly berries and 2 holly leaves. Glue to the center of the burlap bow.








8. Glue the bow to the starting/ending point of the wreath to cover it up.











9. If you do not have a wreath hook, simply glue the string/ribbon around the wreath at the top to create a hanging loop. This step is optional and not necessary but may help to keep the wreath straight.


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!