I found Shelly Down’s amazing My Felt Doll book while at a craft show recently and have made a few versions since – I learning how to get them just right, but they are fun to make! The outfits are very cute and definitely lots of ideas for other felt dolls and outfits – sweet gifts for little people.
Shelly Down designs and makes some really cute things which can be found on her etsy page.
It’s been a while since I last posted, but I thought it was about time to change all of that! I have been busy being crafty and baking over the last few months so thought it would be nice to get it documented.
Any time I have scraps of felt, I try and make as many ‘circle’ shapes I can to make felt flowers to then be sewn on to lots of different things! It’s a great way to use up any bits of felt that ‘s lying around and it very effective! This simple but effective technique was learnt on a course back in 2014 with Wendy Williams who has a great book that shows off a range of ways to use felt on quilts and cushions.
Using different colours to build the flowers up, I then use thread that stands out to sew them all together. So far they’ve been used to decorate a lampshade for my bedroom, a quilt block and a cushion or two.
Have any scraps of felt lying around? Have a go at making your own felt flowers by cutting out circle shapes in varying sizes (they don’t need to be perfect as they look more flower like) and using different coloured felt to sew them together, build up the flower layers to create a range of different flowers. They can also make great broaches or key rings.
It’s my mum’s birthday when I get back to the UK and like me she is very creative!! So I decided to make her some bits – this included a panda pin cushion as well as some jewellery.
I have drawn up the template I used to create the pin cushion – the face of the panda could be changes to look like other animals. I am thinking maybe a cat for the next one! You could also decorate the pin cushion with beads and ribbons – I went for a simple red heart on mine but you could definitely go crazy!
1) Cut out the pieces of felt required as stated on the template.
2) Glue the eyes and nose onto the head – this will give it time to dry
3) Sew round the long edges of the arms and legs, leaving the small opening to be able to fill with stuffing