Good morning! I have another felt flower tutorial for you today! Below I have for you all the materials listed along with the step-by-step video tutorial! This daffodil is one I’m definitely most excited to share – you can use some of the petal variations on other flowers as well to show wear and tear and just irregularities that you find with flowers. You can check out my last felt flower post here – and subscribe to my YouTube channel to be the first to know when a new video is posted! Life definitely hit me hard this past month as we battled everyone getting sick at one time or another — spring, please stick around and leave the sickness at bay!
I think the less perfect they are, the better they look.
This felt flower daffodil using 2, 1.5″ strips of felt cut from a 9×12 sheet, thick floral wire for the stem and 2, .75″ strips of green felt for the leaves along with thin floral wire. I have all the supplies linked for you down below.
Thanks for checking out today’s tutorial! Like I mentioned in my last flower post, be sure to let me know what flowers you’d like to have me tackle next! Dahlias have been requested a few times in the last week, so those have been climbing on my to-do list! It’s a fun challenge, so throw the flower types at me!
I hope your spring is off to a great start! Besides the coyote that won’t leave our yard…UGH….we are loving the warm weather around here!
Good morning! I definitely feel a bit like I’m learning how to ride a bicycle again when it comes to carving out moments to write in this space. I have a slew of photographs ready go, along with video tutorials to share. It’s that riding a bike and working out bugs with the new site design and a combination of time …and the fact that my body requires me to at least pretend to sleep. <– wish that wasn’t the case! But I’m working on that whole choosing-to-rest piece as well.
I digress, as I always tend to do.
I’m excited to share the first of the felt flower tutorials I’ve been creating! I got totally hooked on making felt flowers last year when Harlow asked to have a garden party to celebrating turning five. I spent late nights and early mornings crafting a felt crown, various bouquets to display and little flower barrettes for each of the girls attending.
Hooked, I tell you. Absolutely hooked.
I was a bit underwhelmed with what I could find as far as tutorials go on this here world wide web of ours, so I thought I’d push myself to improve the flowers I have been making along with teaching myself how to make new varieties, all so I can share these tutorials with you!!
I’d LOVE to hear what you think as well as what flowers you’d love to see me create next. Leave a comment with some of your favorite flowers, so I can add them to my list! I am hoping to publish a daffodil, 3 more daisy variations and an anemone in the next few weeks. Dahlia and Gerbera daisy will be following after that. I should have (now that I’m realizing Easter is this Sunday) done an Easter Lily…because you know, that would have been smart. But c’est la vie. I did not. Goals for next year, right?
First off, supplies! These are just a few of my favorite things when it comes to felt flower making:
This first flower isn’t as much of an actual flower, but more of a good foundation for how these flowers are made. I hope you enjoy!
I’m always looking for creative ways to help our kids – and our family as a whole – focus on the reason we celebrate various holidays. We’ve spent time learning about the history of Saint Valentine, celebrating Advent at Christmas together, and of course now, Easter. I’ve been wanting to make these Easter Resurrection Advent Eggs….for 3 years now! Whoops! Better late than never.
As a parent, it’s fun incorporating traditions Andy and/or I had growing up as well as new ones. The Easter Advent or AdventResurrection Eggs tradition wasn’t one either of us had, but we are excited to incorporate it into our family moving forward.
Keep reading for instructions on making your own set, along with links to supplies, as well as links to various ready-made sets for purchase!
The funny – maybe not haha – thing is that I bought these wooden eggs, oh, I don’t know….three years ago? I had really good intentions. I really did. A post for another time, yes, but I am often paralyzed by my drive for perfectionism. I had an image in my head of how I wanted these to look, and I would always find something else to work on before them. Well, I finally tackled it! And guess what: they aren’t how I envisioned, but they are perfectly imperfect.
You could definitely use plastic eggs for this – it’ll be way cheaper! Heck, you can probably make 12 sets of them for the same cost, but I wanted to make something that would last for years (and I’d enjoy putting out on the table each year!).
The eggs were really pretty easy once I decided on a plan. I used my ScanNCut (not affiliated with Brother, just still love it) to cut out numbers from painter’s tape. I’ve included the SVG file along with the PDF of verses below. You don’t need a ScanNCut or cutting machine for this project!! Here are some other ideas:
use an x-acto knife to cut out numbers with painter’s tape
use acrylic/watercolor paint to simply paint numbers on each egg
use permanent marker to write the numbers – on either plastic or wooden eggs
if using plastic eggs, you could get vinyl numbers from any craft store (like these)
paint the eggs with watercolor (no masking), and us a marker/pen to write the numbers after paint has dried
….or do whatever your pretty heart desires!
Next up is filling them! I spent entirely way too much time one night figuring out what to place inside — and I definitely changed my mind a few times. I ended up mixing a few lists together! Feel free to do the same or use the list below. If you google “advent Easter eggs,” “Resurrection Eggs,” or “12 days of Easter eggs,” you should find plenty to choose from. I used the new CSB Bible translation for my printed cards – the PDF has very light lines for you to cut them out. I just rolled each one up and placed inside.
WHAT TO PLACE INSIDE
Day 1: leaf (I cut from paper, but you could use a real one or silk); Mark 11:8-10
Day 2: bread; Matthew 26:26-29
Day 3: 3 dimes; Matthew 26:14-16
Day 4: rope; Matthew 27:1-2
Day 5: chunk of soap; Matthew 27:24-26
Day 6: red fabric; Matthew 27:28-30
Day 7: nail; Matthew 27:31-32
Day 8: dice; Mark 15:24-27
Day 9: strips of white fabric; Matthew 27:57-60
Day 10: flat round rock; Matthew 27:65-66
Day 11: cloves or cinnamon stick; Mark 16:1-3
Day 12: empty; Matthew 28:5-8
He is not here. For he has risen, just as he said.
Well this project might be my new favorite. I know. I know. I always have a new favorite…but that’s probably a good problem, right? I love pushing myself creatively, but I also love making something we would maybe otherwise buy. A mobile, coat hooks, snack bags, and now fleece socks for Harlow’s rainboots!
If you know anything about Pittsburgh, you know it rains a lot. It can be gorgeous and sunny, too, but I always joke that it’s why we pay Pittsburgh prices. If we had weather like San Diego? We’d be paying for it too! Well, it’s also been raining a good bit here in Boston…and we don’t pay Pittsburgh prices…so……. Anyways….I digress.
Rainboots. A must around these parts, but they always seem to eat the little socks Harlow wears when she takes them off. I knew I could buy a pair of fleece socks, but we decided to have fun making and customizing a pair together instead!
The PDF patterns for the actual sock is available at the end of this post, but to alter the pattern to fit your selected boots, you’ll need a few measurements of your own as well.
The first measurement we will need is the sole of the boot. The biggest thing here is the length — then determine how the boot fits/how wide you want the fleece sole piece to be cut. I used the outline of the boot as my sole piece — including seam allowances.
You can take the length of your sole measurement and modify my pattern. Using the .JPG available below, you will want to resize the sole to the correct length — depending on how much you are resizing it, you may need to change the aspect ratio or the width will be off. Be sure to modify all of the pieces at the same time — especially the “foot” and “sole” pieces.
The next modification you’ll have to make is for the leg of the boot. The best way to do this is simply place your boot on the pattern piece — the ankle of your boot should hit at the bottom of the pattern piece. Extend the piece with more height or change the width, etc. Just make sure it’s about 1/4″ taller than your boot leg and the opening is about 1/4″ wider as well.
When you’ve created your leg boot piece, you’ll need to alter the cuff of boot piece to match the opening width. I promise this will make sense as you do it. :) You can also change the height of the cuff piece if you want more or less folded over!
After you’ve created your pattern pieces, cut everything out of the fleece. Be sure to cut the pieces on the fold that need to be — the foot, leg of boot and cuff of boot.
If you are just creating the fleece boot, you can skip to the construction section of the project, but if you are embroidering the cuff like I did, then keep reading here! As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m still very new to embroidery, so between learning about all of the thread and stabilizers and designs and whatever else, I’m also figuring out what works for me. I’ve decided I’m approaching it like quilting: there is not just one “right” way of doing things.
Moving on! Goodness, I’m a bit rambl-y today — sorry!
Because we are embroidering on fleece, I’ve chosen to use 2 layers of a medium weight stabilizer and a layer of water soluble stabilizer on top. I love the water soluble product for materials like minky, fleece and velvet — it keeps the design from sinking into the fabric. A quick rinse and it’s gone.
Hooping — getting your sandwich taut within the embroidery ring — can be a little intimidating at first. Try to hoop your fabric as centered and straight as you can. I find loosening the outer ring, pulling the layers tight and then tightening the rings seems to work best for me.
After I’ve hooped my fabric, I use the plastic guide to line up where I want the embroidery image to go. I’ve purchased this image (Hallie the Hippo from Doc McStuffins) from iBroidery — there are thousands of images and text available.
Align your embroidery pattern using the PE770 screen. I always check the perimeter of the design — as shown in the video — so I can see exactly where it will stitch. When you are ready to begin, just follow the color instructions on your machine. This design took 20 passes to complete.
I always recommend watching the thread throughout the entire process. One catch of the thread can mess up an entire color, so you want to be sure it’s loosely feeding the thread, as the tension on the machine takes care of the rest.
When the design has been embroidered, you can begin the construction of the socks!
I used a serger for mine, but a zig-zag stitch would work great too. You don’t need to worry about the fleece fraying, but the zig-zag stitch will allow for stretch. First, mark the middle of your boot leg and foot pieces.
Using pins, line up the top of the foot piece with the bottom opening of the boot leg piece, as shown below.
Serge in place.
Next, pin the cuff piece to the boot leg piece as shown below.
Sew in place. Be sure to check the direction of your embroidery design, so it’s right side out and up when folded over the boot.
For this next part, you will be pinning the back of the sock and also pinning the sole to the foot piece. I like to do this in tandem, so you can remove any excess from the top of the foot piece. (No matter how many times I measure, I always end up with a little excess on this piece.)
Pin the back seam down to the top of the foot piece. Pin the sole to the foot piece, starting at the center of the toe.
When you get to the back, pin in place and cut the excess fabric either with a scissor prior to sewing or with your serger.
If serging, be sure to tack your threads in as shown above! After you’ve sewn down the back seam, sew around the sole.
I use these little bottles and their labels daily, and I’ve been meaning to share the details on where I purchased my supplies — and also give y’all the file for the labels!
When I moved to a new apartment in 2008, I had this crazy desire to make all the bottles for my toiletries match. If you want to know the whole story, I was at Williams Sonoma, saw their refill containers for things like dish and hand soap….and I wanted needed to find bottles similar to have at home!! I began googling for wholesale bottles, and stumbled upon SKS Bottles. Since 2008, I’ve purchased glass bottles to put things like bath salts for gifts, plastic and tin containers for storage, spray bottles, etc. They’ve up’d the minimums you have to buy per item, but if you even grab another person to go in on it with you, it would work great!
A lot of vinyl is removable — made for wall decals, etc. — but I wanted a more permanent vinyl for these bottles. If you google “permanent vinyl,” you’ll probably find a lot of options, but I purchased the Oracel 651 in white for these labels. I purchased it from here.
The labels! So I’ve included the 6 that I’ve made and used — but let me know in the comments what else you’d like to see, and I’ll add to this look. I used my ScanNCut to cut these labels from the vinyl — and yes, I’m addicted to labeling everything these days…more on that soon. :)
If you know anything about me…you know that I’ll probably be bored with these in about a year, and I’ll probably design new ones. :)
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