Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018 Preparing for Easter

Time goes so quickly! 

I spent January and February with Winter illness and trying to recover.  I am feeling much better but not totally recovered.

I did make a St Patrick's Day Hat. I used Plastic Canvas and yarn.  It is not the best as it does not have a pattern.  I had made the Shamrocks years ago.

Here is the Hat:

I am now cutting out more felt for the Felt Easter Eggs that I made several years ago. I gave them all away and did not save any for myself! So I am going to make more and give away more!

I have the felt and ribbon, I just need some lace and rick rack.

                                                     I love this tiny white rick rack.

I also have beads and buttons, as well as a lot of DMC Embroidery floss and some Poly Fill.

At least I have a month to work on them.

Here is the link for my Tutorial on how to make these Easter Eggs and Bunnies out of Felt:

I will add the photos of the new Easter Eggs as soon as I am done.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Felt Easter Projects - Eggs and Bunnies

Felt Easter Projects - Eggs and Bunnies - FREE Patterns and Tutorials 

                            Dark Pink Felt Egg no beads

                   Light Pink Felt Egg with buttons and beads

                                          Pink Felt Bunny

I saw some cute eggs and Bunnies at Pinterest and decided to make my own pattern for the egg.  I just drew a freehand drawing of an egg shape for the eggs. 
The Bunnies were two different patterns that I used.

Pattern One

Pattern Two

Felt Eggs

​I drew a few egg shapes and then pinned the cut out eggs on the felt that I wanted to use.

                           White felt buttons and beads 

 I cut two eggs for each finished egg. I attached the ribbon and lace on first. Then I embroidered each egg front with Embroidery floss. I used from two to six strands for each stitch.  I sewed on the buttons and beads lastly. 
White felt egg with buttons and beads

                           White felt egg no buttons and beads

After each egg front is completed I stitched each of the front and back of the egg together except the top two inches. Then I added a small amount of Poly Fill to each egg. Then I finished sewing up the egg. I added a loop of Embroider floss at the top so one could hang the egg. 
Some of the eggs I made with out beads or buttons to mail.  I could just use a regular envelope for mailing the eggs with out beads or buttons.  The eggs with the buttons and beads are cuter I think, but require a padded envelope.  


You can make a "tree" to hang the eggs and bunnies and add some of the mini lights on the tree. The mini lights have a battery. We did this for several holidays and as gifts. Here is one that we made for a friend with chocolate candy hearts hanging with glued on ribbon. 
My daughter used a branch from a tree that was about two feet tall. Placed in a large two quart size bucket from the dollar store. You can alternately use a 46 ounce can. You can decorate the bucket or not. For Christmas we used a piece of cloth tied with a ribbon. Fill the can with glass rocks from the dollar store. They look like flat marbles.  Fill to enough to hold the tree branch in place about 6 inches. You can then decorate your "tree" with each Holiday design. 

Here is the Tree we made for Valentines Day.

Bucket is finished with some pink tissue paper on top of the glass rocks decorated for Valentines day. 
Here is a link to a great tutorial to make a branch tree for Easter:
Branch Tree Tutorial

I made about 24 eggs. I have a lot of people I make gifts for so I need to make a lot of eggs!


I cut out several paper bunnies and laid the patterns on the felt of the colors I wanted to use.

​Decorate bunnies

​For each bunny I added a pom pom for the tail of the profile bunny. 
Sew two bunnies together except for two inches at the flat side near the tail.  Stuff with poly fill. Sew on pom pom.  If you do not have pom poms cut a circle and add it to the back before you sew the bunny closed.  With embroidery floss sew a few whiskers, eye and a nose. 

Bunny with white felt tail

For the full face bunny

I cut out the bunny pattern and then pinned the patterns to the felt. Cutting two for each bunny you want to make.

I made feet for some of the bunnies out of an oval shape two for each bunny.

Pin feet on the front of each bunny, white felt pinned for the tails when I ran out of pom poms

       Placement of feet for each embroidered bunny

Embroider eyes, nose and whiskers on the front of each bunny. Then add the feet.
Embroidered feet on the bunny front
Add a pom pom on the back for the tail

Sew shut as you did for the other bunny and stuff with poly fill. Sew remaining two inches closed.

Using cloth material for bunnies

Back of bunny to show the pom pom placement

The following year I did not have any colors of felt to make bunnies so I just used some material I had from other sewing projects.
I did the same as above for each bunny as for sewing and stuffing. Using two pieces of material I sewed the material with right sides together.  Then I turned it right side out. Then you can stuff as before and sew the last two inches together.
I used puffy paint to draw the eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers. I attached the pom pom on the backs of the bunnies.

More bunnies, a basket and an egg

I used white felt for the tails on these two bunnies as I ran out of pom poms. Add white felt before you sew the bunny closed.

Happy Spring! 

Easy to make Felt Birds

Easy to make - Felt Birds - FREE Patterns

Four white and red birds

I have only made four of these red and white felt birds.
I have only made four of these red and white felt birds.

Felt Christmas Birds from Pinterest

You will find all of these patterns and links to the Pins at my Pinterest account that are in this story.
You will find all of these patterns and links to the Pins at my Pinterest account that are in this story.

Another view of the Christmas birds

Both are at my Pinterest Christmas Crafts board
Both are at my Pinterest Christmas Crafts board 
Pinterest Felt Birds

Red and White felt birds

I did not have a pattern for these cute birds that I had seen at Pinterest.
I hand drew from the two photos a bird and the wing designs.
I cut out all the parts in felt. I sewed the two bird parts one red and one white together with red floss. After I sewed the running stitch on two sets of the these parts I tacked the two sets together at the nose and the top of the two sets. This held the birds together as shown in the photo.
I held the four wings in the order as shown with the red wing under and slightly above the white wing, so that the red wings were under the white wings. With all 8 layers [!]
I carefully made a double X to hold all the layers. You could also sew the two bodies together first with two X 's and then add the four wings. Either way you need to make two big X to hold the four wings to the four body parts. Leaving the end parts open as shown in the photo - you do not need to tack these parts together.
I have saved all the patterns on this page at my Pinterest account here 

Christmas bird - FREE pattern

Red and White birds cut out and ready to sew with pattern at the top
Red and White birds cut out and ready to sew with pattern at the top

Hand drawn body and wings

Looking at the general shape of the bird with a pointy end for the beak and the smooth rounded ends for the tail feathers, I drew the pattern.
I made my wings not as wide as their wings. I always make my interpretations a bit different as not to infringe on their design.
A lot of people pin their work projects to Pinterest with no webpage or words to express whether it is a copyright design or not. I always look to check if there is a copyright on the design or words to that effect if there is a website. So I use their general ideas or a lot of ideas and roll all those designs into my own design. That way there is no infringement.

Pattern for Red and White bird and Cardinal with ruler

Patterns with ruler
Patterns with ruler

First Finished red and white felt bird

This is the first red and white bird I finished
This is the first red and white bird I finished

Back view of the red and white felt bird

You can see how the body parts are attached - one red and one white body. Tacking the two sets together with the red parts of the body on the insides.

Front view of the red and white bird

Front of the white and red bird
Front of the white and red bird

Front view of the red and white felt bird

You can see how I carefully stitched the bird at the front in just a few places around the head. I also made a few stitches to tack the two sets together at the top of the bird.
I tried to hide the stitches in the red felt part so the stitching was not obvious.

Cleaning up the felt

After all the stitching is done you can take your sharp scissors and trim the felt so that the white covers most of the red from the outside.

Felt Cupcakes - Free Patterns and Tutorial

Felt Cupcakes

Six of my felt cupcakes 

Close up of the details of one of my Pink cupcakes

One of my Blue cupcakes

                              My Purple Cupcake 

I love Pinterest and I have over 60 Boards there that I have added hundreds of Pins to of Projects that I love or want to do or have done.  
I saw these cute felt cupcakes and when my middle granddaughter was having her 20th Birthday this year [2017] it was to be a cupcake theme. After the party I decided to see if there was some felt cupcakes I could make her for Christmas. 
Special cupcakes 
  Pretty in Pink Cupcake Birthday Party for my Granddaughter 

Three designs I found on Pinterest.  One of the reasons I make my tutorials is because sometimes the items on Pinterest are just photos and no instructions or they are something for sale at Etsy or a Flicker photo.

I always change up my designs as to not make an exact copy of what is online in case the item is copyrighted.  I do not copyright any of my designs. They are all FREE.  

The Three Pink Cupcakes I made for my Granddaughter 


You will need felt color of your choice.  Embroidery floss, Buttons and beads of your choice.  Polyfill, pins, needles, sharp scissors.  Paper for pattern. 
First Idea from Pinterest

            Second Idea from Pinterest
I love this one the best for the two top parts.

                            Third design from Pinterest

So from what I saw at Pinterest I hand drew my designs for my pattern.

I freehand drew the two parts and used a ruler for the base.
I decided to make them a bit larger than a cupcake that you would eat.  They are more like big Muffin size.

1.  Choose your felt colors.  Cut two of the middle part and only one of the top part.  Cut out two of the cupcake bottom.

2. Choose your buttons and other beads for the two top parts.

3. Choose your embroidery floss colors to match or contrast you color scheme for your cupcake.

My one Granddaughter loves the pink colors so I choose the Ombre design for her Pink cupcakes. 

Embroidery is next for the parts

Using two strands of floss for all the embroidery.

I started with the White top. I added the large button first so I had an orientation as to where I wanted that to be.
Next I added the crystal seed beads with the smallest needle I had. 

The middle layer

I pinned the white top layer over the top of one of the middle layers so that was oriented correctly so I knew where I could sew the buttons on.
I used two strands of floss for the buttons as well.

I sewed on the larger buttons first, then added the smaller buttons and filled in with the smaller beads.

Next attach the white top to the middle layer with the buttons at this point. I did a running stitch with two strands of floss. 

Next I made the vertical lines on one piece of the bottom layer.
Once that is done you can put all the parts together.

Using a running stitch around two sides of the cupcake bottom and sides sew the two bottom part together. I again used two strands of Floss. [See Illustration below.]

Lightly stuff both the middle and the bottom parts with Polyfil.

Next start your running stitch on the completed middle part.
Pin your middle part so it overlaps the bottom part of the cupcake so that the middle front and back cover the bottom. See back of cupcake photo below.

Start at the X A and go up and around to the top and slightly under the white part of the cupcake and down around to the X B part.

Once that is done you can finish between the B and back to the A area.

                    Back of cupcake showing stitching details

If you are going to use the cupcake as an ornament you can add a ribbon as shown here on the back side. I use the 1/8 size satin ribbon.  I use about 8 to 10 inches of ribbon.

Red Cupcakes

My youngest granddaughter loves red so she requested red cupcakes with a brown or "Chocolate" colored cupcake bottom.

Her Mom, my daughter, found this cute Corduroy type felt for the Chocolate cupcake bottom.
So I made two for her. 

This photo does make them look dark pink, however the felt is very dark red.  Note  that on the cupcake on the left has decorations in the shape of shells, circles, fish, and a butterfly. 
Here you can see how I use the tiny crystal seed beads on the top for the "sugar" they like to add on the real cupcakes. 

I had a lot of fun making these cupcakes.
I am going to make some 3 dimensional cupcakes next such as shown in this photo from Pinterest! 
Tutorial on that when I complete that project.

Her Blog with the pattern

I look forward to adding more of my Tutorial!
Let me know if you made any of my Tutorials and I will add your link to my blog if you wish!

Happy 2018! 

Happy New Year 2018

2017 Wrap up

                 My Christmas tree and the snow outside Dec 25, 2017

I am welcoming 2018 with hopeful anticipation.  Many on social media have expressed that 2017 was filled with a lot of tragedies.

In my own circle, this was very true. The fires in California were devastating.  My former husband and his wife lost their home in the Santa Rosa area in the #Tubbsfire.  For more information on the Tubbs Fire see this link: #Tubbsfire 

My daughter and her fiance were on the edge of the evacuation zone in Santa Rosa. I have other cousins, Aunt and Uncle and friends who were evacuated. When my daughter and my son lived in Lake county they were evacuated several times several years as I have posted before here in my blog. 

A cousin's daughter's cousin was in Labor and delivered a baby Sunday Oct 8 only to have to be evacuated from the Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa a few hours later early on Monday Oct 9.

I have not heard yet about my cousin who lives in the Santa Barbara area of how they or her house are doing.

Our beloved Batman Kitty has passed away.  He fell out the third story window on my son's apartment.  He must have survived because 6 weeks later they found him on the side of the road.  He had been hit by a car. He was gone.  He had a scar on his head we presume was from the fall out the window. 
Here is a photo of Batman in the flyer my daughter and son posted.  They had many who searched for him for 6 weeks. RIP our beloved Batman. 

            My son Martin holding Batman - 2011 - 2017

This was the very saddest news of 2017 for my family and friends.

There are good things in 2017 and we are all grateful for that.

My Tutorials 

I have added several tutorials this year of my craft projects.

I had intended on adding more however I had several illnesses and injuries so I got behind.  My foot was injured in June; I pulled my right thigh ligaments in August and have had some Irritable Bowel Syndrome flare ups in November.  Thankfully I am feeling almost healed from all. 

I will be working on these Tutorials this year. 

Additionally my computer had issues. It was 10 years old and was laboring hard until things would just not work.

So I was using my backup my Laptop.

I have a lot of things I backed up on CD and DVD so thankfully I have the photos for the tutorials.

So I just need to write the tutorials.

Here are some of the Tutorials I am working on.

The Felt Kitties

The first group I made were to hang on the Christmas tree. The second group people were requesting magnet for the back as shown on the white kitty on the right so they could put the kitty on the refrigerator,.

The Felt Cupcakes

This first group was made with felt and I embroidered the bottom of the cupcakes,  

These two were specifically requested by my youngest grand daughter to be all RED with "Chocolate" colored cupcake bottoms. 
My daughter found the brown "corduroy" felt so there was no need to embroider that part. 

More Tutorials coming in 2018! 

Happy New Year 2018!!!