Thursday, September 14, 2017

Decorative Felt Mittens - Free Tutorial and Patterns

Felt Mittens - Easy Tutorial 

I found these cute Felt ideas at Pinterest. I have a lot of Pins there for Holiday Decorations and Crafts.
Go to https://www.pinterest.com/laceroseayla/
to see all my Boards and Pins for great ideas!



          Two of the dozen Red Mittens I made



I made four of these white mittens with red embroidered snowflakes and red beads


From Pinterest the idea behind the red mittens I made


The red embroidered snowflake pattern with red beads I used for my white mittens. This was also found at Pinterest

Supplies to make Mittens

To make these Mittens you will need felt that comes by the yard because it is thicker than the  squares of felt that you get in the multi colored felt packs.  You can use those squares if you wish.  I prefer the thicker felt that you can get from Hobby Lobby and Craft type stores like Michaels and Joann.
You will need embroidery floss and thread for the beads. Small beads, pins, ruler, the patterns and embroidery large eye needle and a thin needle that has a large enough eye for the thread as well as thin enough for the beads. 

I have been doing crafting for 40 years and usually buy things in large lots.  I also go to the 2nd hand store to get a lot of my supplies.  If I am doing something specifically for a child under the age of three, I will then use all new materials for health safety.   I usually wash all the materials if they come from the 2nd hand store. I always buy my felt by the yard and that is new material. No need to wash new felt. 



I had bought a pattern from online for another Mitten kit and this was the mitten pattern I used for all the Mittens


The Mitten cuff on the top left is what came with the Kit.  I made the Triangle out of cardboard. Lower is the Mitten cuff I cut out of cardboard that has the scalloped edging. 
These two photos can be printed and used for your pattern. You can crop out the ruler and then just print with black ink. Use your ruler to gauge the size of mitten you want. 
By the way the kit I bought was this one below:
I got it from this place - she has several to choose from: Ericas Wool Felt Kits





 White felt with the paper Mitten patterns ready to cut out. 

I layered my felt by the yard from Hobby Lobby with two layers.  Then pinned the paper patterns on the felt.  I cut the rough squares with my large scissors. Then I used my smaller sharp scissors to cut the curves more accurately.  It really helps to have good sharp scissors to cut material. 

I used red, white and green embroidery floss for these Mittens.

Red Mitten

After you cut out your mittens and your triangle, attach the green triangle on the one top side of the mitten piece.  I used running stitches to attach the triangle as well as attaching the two mitten pieces together. Lastly attach the cuff with a running stitch as well. You can add a button to the top of the cuff if you wish it to look like the one on Pinterest.  If you want to add beads to the triangle, add those before you attach the triangle to the mitten. 

Running stitch to attach the triangle on the Mitten front.

Snowflake Mitten



The snowflake pattern was a very simple one length stitch from the outer edge to the center for each 8 legs of the spoke. The same one length stitch for the ends of the snowflake. 
I used a ruler to measure the center of the area where I wanted the snowflake. I drew on the snowflake using the ruler and a red felt tip pen. The felt tip pen markings will be covered by the floss so it is not visible.  I only drew the four main lines. My vision is very limited so my embroidery is not professional at all.  These are very simple stitches that a young child can do.  Lastly I added the beads with some Ecru colored Pearle cotton.  It is not as thick as a six strand floss. See this chart it is B on the chart.  Regular Embroidery floss is E on the chart. Chart explanation from Cotton threads


Sizes of Pearl Cotton and Embroidery floss



Pearle Ecru cotton thread, thin needle and beads

Make sure your bead will fit on the needle. Thread your needle with the desired thread. Add bead by starting from the underside of your Mitten and add your bead where desired. 
After you embroider your snowflake and attach your beads you can then use the running stitch to join the two mitten pieces together. Lastly add your cuff piece with the running stitch. 

Other Mitten Ideas

I found these other ideas at Pinterest.





I hope to find these cute Heart shaped buttons! 


I have some large red and green buttons that will be perfect for this project! 




I really like this tree and I may do a shortened version on a white Mitten.



I have a lot of white buttons - perfect for this tree shape



These three snowmen are so cute!!!



The Blanket stitch takes more embroidery floss than the running stitch, however, it looks so cute!

Close up of this project. Looks like material attached with a star made from embroidery floss


So many cute ideas!!! Most of these Pins at Pinterest do not have patterns - so you will have to make your own.

I like the Snowmen and I will probably do those next! So stay tuned for the next tutorial on the Snowmen!!!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

FREE Halloween Plastic Canvas Tutorial

Halloween Plastic Canvas Decoration

I have been making Plastic Canvas items since 2009 when a friend had a class for our Singles group.

I found that I really loved this craft.  It was something that I could do with my limited vision.

I use the size 7 plastic Canvas. Which is 7 squares per inch.  

I had made these Ghost Baskets in 2010 and I loved the Ghost.


The pattern is from this Leaflet.


I love the Ghost - however the basket is really small. So this year I decided I wanted to make a large container decorated with the Ghosts and pumpkins.

After I made the container my daughter said I should add a Tombstone!

So I found a pattern that said Trick or Treat and added that to the Tombstone.  I had an extra Ghost and added that to the Tombstone. 

I had made this tiny Black cat in 2012 and so I added her to the top of the Tombstone. 

  Ha Ha - My owl is grabbing the Cat! 

Finished product and below is instructions and patterns.

You will need two or three sheets of Plastic Canvas, the yarn colors of your choice, a Needle point blunt end needle that has a large eye, "Googly - eyes", a glue gun and glue. 
I glued the googly eyes on the ghosts with the glue in the glue gun. 
The photos here should print nicely to 8 1/2 by 11 paper.   You could probably print in black ink and save the photos for referral

First I made 5 Ghosts as per this pattern.
Then I made 9 of the Pumpkins and I made them a bit larger.


Next I cut out the plastic canvas as a pattern for a cube Tissue Box container.  That is 35 holes long or tall by 31 holes width.
It can be slightly bigger as the one pattern I have suggests making the container 30 holes wide by 36 holes long or tall. So you are cutting 4 sides and one bottom. The bottom is made with the same width, in my case - 31 holes by 31 holes square.
There is no top because the container is open to fill with Halloween candy and the Tombstone!



Smaller Squares              Larger Squares

The two sides have smaller squares and the other two sides.
 have larger squares.


Pattern of the stitching for the larger squares.  As you can see diagonally it is 11 stitches for a square and takes up 6 holes on each side of the square.  Reverse the alternate color so it is the opposite pattern the way the yarn is stitched. 



Pattern for the smaller squares.  As you can see diagonally it is 7 stitches for a square and takes up 4 holes on each side of the square.  



First I did all the squares in Purple first. Working diagonally down the plastic canvas. Then I saw I had an uneven amount of squares at the end to make a complete square. I filled in as you can see at the bottom of each of the squares.
After  I did all the Purple, I added in the black yarn.  When you complete the 4 sides you can add the Ghosts and Pumpkins.  Then stitch together the 4 sides.  Lastly add the unworked bottom.

I made this container two different sizes of Checkerboard pattern to reflect the craziness of Halloween.  I love the Checkerboard pattern!

The Tombstone



I did the same large square pattern for the Tombstone.  In this photo you can see how the 4 squares make a lovely pattern when you reverse the stitching. 
Of course I did the bottom part first then I had to piece in the top with the rounded edges.  

When I worked the gray after I did the words Trick or Treat, it was difficult to fill in the squares exactly correctly.  

Some people do the words after they make their background pattern. 

After I had made the square tombstone my daughter said it would look better if it had a "rounded" top to it.  
So I added a piece that was more rounded looking at the top. Of course you will cut your piece so that it is the way you want it.
Also I cut two pieces of plastic canvas for the tombstone so it would stand up. The thinner plastic canvas will not stand up straight unless you use two pieces back to back.  
It is not hard to work the yarn through the two pieces. 

I used this pattern as a guideline for the words Trick or Treat.


I have quite an extensive collection of Plastic Canvas Patterns at Pinterest.  You can find them all at :

I have five dedicated boards for Plastic Canvas separated by Hollidays. 

For the cat - I could not find the original pattern so I made one to approximate what I did make back years ago. 

The mini cat is cut on the diagonal of the Plastic canvas.   The cat is 17 holes tall and 21 holes wide. It was very hard to work with because it is so small. The tail was particularly hard to do.  Once you do the edges it makes them more rounded and not so angular.  

She is softer once the edging is done. I recommend doing the edging first! Then fill in the stitches. 

When you add the Ghosts, Pumpkins and Cat, use that same color yarn to attach the item to the container and the Tombstone. 

If you need any further help or questions, leave a comment here and I will answer your query. 

              Happy Halloween!!!!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Angels: Easy Felt and cloth Angel Christmas decorations

My Blue Angels: Easy Felt and cloth Angel Christmas decorations for your tree or home

Felt Angel

Easy Felt angel

I saw this cute angel on Pinterest. I decided that I would make it very similar and without the feet.
I also wanted to add tulle for an extra pair of wings.
It was a little hard to cut the tulle, as it slides around. Pin it well and it cuts easier. I made six layers of tulle and used Fiskars scissors that are very sharp to cut the tulle and the felt.



Original design of the felt Angel

Folk Angel Ornaments by Look Happy Shop
Folk Angel Ornaments by Look Happy Shop

Buttons, Pom poms and floss

With the blanket stitch, it takes about 24 inches of floss for one circle. I usually cut my floss in about a 12 to 16 inch piece. I used one and a half lengths of the 6 strand floss. You can use three threads of floss and it will still look good.
I buy my floss in large quantity from Amazon so I have plenty on hand for projects.
I also got buttons and Pom Poms in large lots for the same reason.
I also am a fan of yard sales, second hand stores and gently used boutiques to get craft supplies that are mostly new but abandoned projects or supplies that no one had time to finish or use.
Many kits I buy have extra floss in them as well and I save that to use in other projects that do not come from a kit.

Another view of the original pattern

There is no pattern for this beaded angel ornament by LookHappyShop on Flickr. The crafter may have used 3 strands of floss for her embroidery. I cannot tell.
There is no pattern for this beaded angel ornament by LookHappyShop on Flickr. The crafter may have used 3 strands of floss for her embroidery. I cannot tell.
Source: You will find all the photos at my Pinterest account - link on this page

Supplies to make angels

Felt, floss, pom poms, pattern, tulle for wings and buttons
Felt, floss, pom poms, pattern, tulle for wings and buttons

Steps in making the angels -- FREE Pattern

The first thing I did was look at the pattern and decide how I wanted to make the angel the way I wanted her to look.
I knew I would need a lot of floss to edge the circles, so I decided not to add the legs and feet.
I ordered felt that had a lot of pinks, and yellows. I ordered the plain tulle, I believe I got that at the dollar store in the wedding section. You will find that also at WalMart in the wedding section. You can also by one larger spool of the Tulle for 2 to 3 dollars at Amazon.
I gathered all my buttons and ordered a large bag of pom poms that have all different sizes of pom poms. I sorted through the buttons and choose the colors I wanted and put them in baggies.
I sorted through all my floss and put those colors that matched the felt in another baggie.
I had all my supplies together and after I cut out the pattern that I hand drew I was ready to begin. I used a CD as a pattern for the circle. I hand drew the wings.
You may use my patterns for FREE.

FREE Pattern for all angels and wings I made

Wingspan is about 6 inches at the longest - and  1 3/4 at the widest. The circle is made from a CD.
Wingspan is about 6 inches at the longest - and 1 3/4 at the widest. The circle is made from a CD.
CD exactly over the top of my pattern piece - 4 and 1/2 inches wide.
CD exactly over the top of my pattern piece - 4 and 1/2 inches wide.

Steps for sewing the Angel

Blanket stitch all around the edge of the circle with floss
Blanket stitch all around the edge of the circle with floss
First fold of your angel
First fold of your angel
Second fold of your angel covering up the first fold with the end stitch of your floss
Second fold of your angel covering up the first fold with the end stitch of your floss

Blanket stitch tutorial

The link for this pattern is at my Pinterest account mentioned below
The link for this pattern is at my Pinterest account mentioned below

Sewing steps

First I sewed the embroidery floss in the blanket stitch all around the edge of the felt circles that I cut out. I made 20 of the angels so I needed a lot of floss.
After I edged the felt in the floss I was ready to cut out the tulle and the felt wings.
For the tulle I layered it into six layers and pinned it very well with a lot of pins as the first batch kept sliding so I found that the second batch came out better when I pinned it very well.

Start your stitches to sew the angel

First stitch to close the angel and attach button, come from inside the folds.
First stitch to close the angel and attach button, come from inside the folds.
Holding the wings on the back go through one time to the back and come through all the layers to the hole in the button
Holding the wings on the back go through one time to the back and come through all the layers to the hole in the button
Showing how the back looks under the wings
Showing how the back looks under the wings
Go through the back of the neck area and up through the pom pom  and back down again througn the pom pom to make the loop. Attach firmly behind the neck to anchor your pom pom.
Go through the back of the neck area and up through the pom pom and back down again througn the pom pom to make the loop. Attach firmly behind the neck to anchor your pom pom.

Angel wings made from tulle - from the back

Tulle wings added
Tulle wings added

Two Angels done

Two cute angels
Two cute angels

The other Blue Angels - 2013 - one of their last air shows

Angels made with cloth

Those came out well so I decided to try to make Angels made with cloth with the feet this time made from the smaller pom poms instead of felt like the original design.
I cut out circles of cloth and matched two colors one solid and one print of cotton material.
My Blue Angels

Instead of sewing and turning the circles, I decided to make them in the new "Shabby chic" style with raw edges and zigzag stitching.
I sewed the two colors together with the zig zag stitching. I carefully trimmed the circles of the excess material close to the edge of the circle and the zig zag stitching.
I then folded the circles and got them ready for the buttons, the pom pom head and the two wings of felt and tulle.
I had quite a lot of tulle from the one roll, so I have enough for both batches of angels.

My Blue Angels

The blue angels in the first stages before I trimmed the excess material.
The blue angels in the first stages before I trimmed the excess material.

The Blue Angels

As you can see from the photo I cut out and sewed the circles with the zig zag stitch.
I cut out the wings of felt. You can see the pattern for the wings and the circle.
These are smaller by two inches than the felt version because you fold the top for the angel dress. It reminds me of a Kimono.
See photo below for the idea I found on Pinterest.

One Blue Angel

One Blue Angel for your tree

Here is one of the finished blue angels. I used floss to add the smaller pom poms for the feet as was in the original folk art angel pattern shown at the top of the page here.
After I trimmed the circles of the two blue material pieces sewn with the zig zag stitch, I went through the same process as outlined above and added the wings and the beads to close the folds of the angel.

Fold ideas and Angel from Pinterest

Folded dress angel
Folded dress angel
Folded circle
Folded circle
Folded circle
Folded circle
Folded circle on crocheted angel
Folded circle on crocheted angel

Another Angel idea with folded dress

Folded angel dress from Pinterest at my Christmas Crafts board
Folded angel dress from Pinterest at my Christmas Crafts board

Folded circle

So from those three folded circle patterns from Pinterest I got the idea to fold the circle for the angel.
You can see over 500 pins alone for the Christmas themed crafts board I saved at my Pinterest account here at Laceroseayla Christmas Crafts - https://www.pinterest.com/laceroseayla/christmas-crafts/

The Blue Angels Christmas Ornaments

The Four Blue Angels - Christmas style

So you can see four of the blue angels I made. I made a total of twelve of the blue angels so far.
I had a problem with the feet - pom poms - getting tangled with the others in the floss where the pom poms are attached.
I thought what could I do to prevent this. Then I remembered I saw a pattern I saved on Pinterest of an envelope of felt.
So I took the squares of material that someone had cut out for a quilt that I got from the second had gave up. This is where I got the blues for the angels which inclueded a lot of other colors as well.
So I decided to used the greens and make a simple envelope attached with a small knot of floss.
I put each angel with their pom pom feet folded up in the skirt and folded the wings across the front and added it to an individual envelope.
Viola! problem solved!

The Blue Angels in their wrappers

Felt Envelope

Similar to what I made for a quick envelope -  saved Pin at my Pinterest account
Similar to what I made for a quick envelope - saved Pin at my Pinterest account

Seven Blue angels ready to mail

Here you can see four of the blue angels in their envelopes and three angels on top of their envelopes so you can get a perspective of the size of the envelopes.

Envelope wrapper for the Blue Angels

Three folds to make a simple envelope

Simple square folded into an envelope
Simple square folded into an envelope

Some of the pins from Pinterest of other angels and wing pattens

All these pins can be found at my Pinterest account mentioned above
All these pins can be found at my Pinterest account mentioned above
Angel wings patterns
Angel wings patterns
Cute smile that I used on another craft
Cute smile that I used on another craft
another angel
another angel

Angel Idea from Pinterest

Folded Angel cape with embroidery found at Pinterest and saved to my Christmas Crafts board
Folded Angel cape with embroidery found at Pinterest and saved to my Christmas Crafts board

Close up of the envelope

Shabby chic again for raw edges of the square of fabric for the envelope.
I make so many things each year that I cut corners. I usually make over 100 Christmas ornaments alone. In all I probably make 600 items each year for the Holidays, Birthdays and Anniversaries. It is fun for me and I listen to books at the same time.
I will watch a movie on the TV once in a while, but I cannot do much crafting while watching TV unlike my Mother who used to crochet while watching TV. A great talent!


Which angel do you like the best?

Will you be sewing some angels for yourself or gifts?

  •  Yes, I will be sewing the all felt angels
  •  Yes, I will be sewing the cloth angel with felt wings
  •  I love the cloth blue angel, but will not be sewing this year
  •  I love the all the angels, but will not be sewing angels this year, I will craft other things
  •  Yes, I will craft angels or other crafts this year
  •  No, they are cute but I will be buying crafts premade
Leave a message for me and a link to what you made and I will add your Blog page to my favorites!

Merry Christmas!