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!

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!