Posts Tagged ‘felt’

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Gnome Garland

March 25, 2013

Hello friends!

I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of some good friends this weekend.  It was a beautiful ceremony followed by a great reception.

Prior to the wedding, I was asked by the mother of the bride to make some new garland for the couple.  After marriage both of their initials will be L.E.P.  The second component of this garland are the awesome gnomes.  This couple is fabulously quirky, and they love gnomes.  (Their cake topper was even a little gnome couple!)

Supplies:
-Felt
-Die Cut Machine (or letters to trace and cut out)
-Gnome Fabric
-Interfacing (Iron on, paper backed)
-Ric Rac (or any ribbon really)

Supplies for Gnome Garland

Supplies for Gnome Garland

Procedure:
1. I started by cutting all the letters out of felt on my die cut machine (have I mentioned I bought a die cut machine? LOVE IT!)  The only mistake I made here was that with these letters, I should’ve used interfacing and doubled up the stiffness of the felt.  (I’ll show you how I made it work later.)

2. Iron interfacing to back of gnome fabric.

Felt Backing on Gnomes

Felt Backing on Gnomes

3. Peel paper layer and iron felt to back of gnomes.

Felt Backing on Gnomes

Felt Backing on Gnomes

4. Individually cut out each gnome with love and care.

Cut out Gnome Close Up

Cut out Gnome Close Up

5. Line up gnomes and letters on ric rac allowing extra on the ends to tie the garland.

Gnome Letter Garland

Gnome Letter Garland

6. Once I realized my letters were too floppy, I went back and stitched along the bottom of the three letters to hold them together.  That got tricky because I had to make sure they were spaced enough apart to not pull and twist each other.

Gnome Letter Garland

Gnome Letter Garland

In general, I love the final product.  The gnomes really make it though!  The bride and groom were so happy with their surprise decor too!

Congratulations, gnomies!  Have a great honeymoon!

Love,
Amanda

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Valentine’s Day Garland

February 14, 2013

Hello Hello!

As I have explained previously, I am in love with Valentine’s day.  While my previous blogs have been love related, this one is straight up Valentine’s, and what more appropriate day to post on than Valentine’s day!  I hope your day is filled with lots of love from all around.  Seriously, spread love and find love in everything you do!  Today my love is particularly strong for my family.  I wouldn’t get through life without them and this past year has been one for the books and one we need to overcome with love.  So I dedicate this Valentine’s day to my beautiful mom, sisters, husband, extended family, and in-laws.  Love is what makes the world go round.

Ok, enough of that sappy stuff, and let’s get down to business.  I made what I would consider one of the cutest felt garlands for this Valentine season.  I have purchased many a felt garland in my life, but have been obsessing over the opportunity to make one on my own.

Valentine's Garland Template

Valentine’s Garland Template

I did this one the old fashion way and created a template out of a folder and cut it out of two colors of felt.  Easy!

Valentine's Garland Template

Valentine’s Garland Template

The next step was to lay them out in a pattern and stitch them together.  I used a cream thread because I like the way it stands out, and I was a little bit lazy about changing my sewing machine thread.  ek!  Anyway, I pumped out three sets of these garlands, each a varying length.

Valentine's Felt Heart and X Garland

Valentine’s Felt Heart and X Garland

They are all over my house and I can’t wait to make more garlands out of felt!  I think I’ll need to design some for every holiday.  Psst: I have a secret.  I have purchased a die cutting machine and I can’t wait till it arrives!  I am going to be pumping out all kinds of felt garlands!  I’ll do a whole blog about my new toy, don’t worry!

 

Valentine's Felt Heart and X Garland

Valentine’s Felt Heart and X Garland

What kind of garlands do you like?  Leave a comment letting me know what holiday is your favorite to decorate for!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
-Amanda

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Felt Wreath

March 26, 2012

I was preparing for a trip to visit my grandmother and tasked with making her two new wreaths for her home.  This wreath was to go on her back door that stays open into her living room.  I wanted to make something springy and happy and this is what I came up with: a felt bulb grapevine wreath!

In order to make this wreath, you need to pick what color felt bulbs you want to make.  I chose a mixture of blue and yellow to give a good Easter / Spring feel to the wreath.  I’d love to make one for my house that is made of one color.  I’ll post if I make it!

I was anything but precise when I cutting my felt squares.  I cut my felt sheets into approximately 2 inch strips.  (I cut it in fourths.)  Fold the strip in half (or thirds) and roll it into a bulb.  Secure with a straight pin.

 I laid out my pinned bulbs on the wreath until I decided I had enough to cover as much as I wanted.  I then heated up my hot glue gun and filled the bottom with hot glue to hold it together as well as the end where the pin is securing the bulb shut.

Glue the bulbs in whatever design makes you happy and enjoy your beautiful wreath!  I added a big yellow bow to make it springy, but it is beautiful without the bow too!

Happy Crafting!
-Amanda

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Felt Wreath

August 29, 2011

Today’s post is going to reveal two important things about me: 1. felt is one of my favorite things to craft with and 2. I am obsessed with wreaths. Seriously.

I made a felt wreath (adapted from the book “Fa la la la Felt”) with my aunt and cousins so you’ll be able to see some great variations.  It’s pretty simple, follow along!

Materials:

  • One wire hanger (NO MORE WIRE HANGERS! – just had to get that out there)
  • Wire cutters (small ones are good, I only had HUGE ones.)
  • Scraps of felt (or precisely cut pieces like me)
  • Tape (I used painters tape, duct tape would work too)
  • Ribbon or extra felt

Procedure:
Cut your wire hanger about 3 inches to the side of the hook.  Force the hanger into as circular of a shape as possible since you want it to look like a round wreath in the end.  You will feed pieces of felt onto the longer side of the hanger until you fill it up.  My cousin used scraps while I used strips.  The way you feed them onto the hanger determines how they will look.  You’ll see my wreath is very uniform because I pushed the felt all the same way.  My aunt’s wreath is not as uniform and much fluffier because she twisted and turned her felt as she pushed it onto the hanger.  Have fun with it!

When you fill up your hanger you can tape the wire together to close the loop.  We ended up twisting the wire to hold it in place and then taping it.  I then wrapped the hook of the hanger with burlap to give it a finished look.  Voila, it’s done!  And you can make it whatever shape you want since it’s wire!

Above is my aunt’s wreath!

This is my cousin’s wreath!

Above is my wreath, and it’s on my door!

Happy crafting!
-Amanda!