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Craft Crush: DIY Felt Ball Coasters

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)




Over at Inspired by Charm, Michael feature the cutest DIY idea.  I was floored when I saw this.  So easy and swoon-worthy! 


Click on the images to check out the tutorial.







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Bitty-Bootie-Baby!

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 3:29 PM Comments comments (3)



This was an extremely last minute project that
I had to take once the words: 
."Oh... I know, I'll make her baby booties..."
.came out of my mouth upon being invited to a baby shower.  All I was told by the host of the party is that the baby was going to be a boy and that the room was decorated in Dallas Cowboys theme with colors: Dark blue, silver/gray and white.
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Which I'm picturing something a little like this:
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So, with it being three days from then... I got right on it. 
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But of course, I had to grab the cam and take some
pix so you could soooo make it as well!

Here goes...



What you'll need:

2 sheets of felt (2 colors)
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Needle & Thread
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2 Shank Buttons
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2 Buttons (or any embellishment)
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Scissors
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Glue Gun
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RIbbon
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Thin Hair Rubber Band
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Clear Gloss Spray {optional}
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Bootie template. 

Here are the best ones
 1) template from Crafttutorials.net
2) Two templates from Martha Stewart Here and Here
3) This template is from Heather Bailey.
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Here's how you can soooo make it:
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Step One:
Grab the template listed above and trace 2 times onto
2 different colors of felt.
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Step Two:
Starting with the outside first blue and grey "W" pieces, use a blanket stitch. {see below} to sew the two "W"'s and the sole together.

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Step Three:
Then continue all around till you wind up where you started and remain stitching into the inside of the "W"  stitching just the two pieces together.
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Step Four & Five:
Using a satin stitch to close off the ends behind the heal.  {see below}
Then take the "flap" that you end up with in the middle of the "W" and sew the end to the tip of the shoe.  {you can see a better view of this on pic#6}
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Step Six:
On the outside of the shoe about 1/3" to 1/2" from front, sew a shank button. {see shank buttons below}
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I chose this type of button because it's a very easily latched button.  If you use a regular button, it's ok but when putting on the baby's foot, it may not be easy and/or may not stay latched.
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Step Seven:
On the opposite side, in the same position as the button, take a thin hair rubber band and without cutting it, tie in a knot at one end. {see below}
Then sew it below the knot onto the inside of the shoe.
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At this point I was a little frustrated at how it looked when you looked inside the shoe.  I didn't like the knot just sticking out like that.  Not that a baby would complain, I just thought I would be a little uncomfortable had I not done this... not to mention, an eyesore.  
So I made little discs of felt and blanket stitched the perimeter and
hot glued them over that area. 
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Step Eight:
Ok, so this was my favorite part.  This is what made the booties.  Don't forget she is a Dallas Cowboys fan.  If I didn't add this detail, it would be just a pair of booties.  At Joann's I found this set of 2 blue star buttons for $1.50.  The stars alone were not enough.  So I took a metallic marker and colored the edges of each.  The metallic finish made them really stand out from the top of the shoe.  When I finished, I let them dry and sprayed a clear gloss spray to coat them. 
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Instead of sewing them to the shoe, I decided to just hot glue them.  It saved a LOT of time.  and looked just as nice.

Step Nine:
I took about 2" of a dark blue ribbon about 1/2" wide and looped it and glued it to the inside of the shoe.  This would allow the booties to be hung later when they no longer fit the baby. 
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Step Ten:
I took the same ribbon about 2 feet long and looped it through the loops I just made and tied a bow at the top.  {see below}
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Project Total: Under $5.00
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I have to say, I'm very proud of myself that once I said I was going to make baby booties, I didn't talk myself out of it. 
And now I'm glad I can share the tutorial with you.
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So let me know what you think and don't forget to send pix!!

Pop Quiz Felt Block Tutorial

Posted on May 15, 2009 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The "Pop Quiz Block"

was an idea I thought of a few weeks ago to ignite conversation and relationship between children in my church.  It also allows them to learn more about each other and

interact in a different way.

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We have a commitee that we created that brings the children ages 5-12 together to teach them about respect, honor, love, obedience and of course, to have fun and interact with other children via teamwork and games.  The commitee, or as we titled it: {Star Club} get together on atleast one evening a month to do themed crafts, practice songs,

go on field trips and discuss topics. 

It also gives the parents a few hours to go and do as they wish.

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This project is very inexpensive and very easy. It's not only for a group of children, however.  

It also is ideal for families or just a mother or father and child to learn

more about them and for them to learn more about you. 

Check out the end of the tutorial for examples of this.

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What you need to make your Pop Quiz Block:

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Felt

{whatever 6 colors you choose,

I liked every color of the rainbow}

Small zip bags

{you can find these in the

jewelry aisle at any crafts store}

Needle

Embroidery Thread

{color of your choice}

Fiberfill or poly-fil

Scissors

{oops... not pictured!}

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Here's how you can {soooo} make it:

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Step One: Using a template, cut all the pieces of felt to 6''x6''

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Step Two: Cut the zip part of the bags off.

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Step Three: Grab the embroidery thread and needle, use the whip-stitch method to sew the edges of the bag to the center of the felt.

{the two layers wont serve any purpose,

it just keeps it stronger}   

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Leave one end open.  Technically, it doesn't matter

which end you choose.  

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Do this on all 6 sheets of felt.

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Step Four:  Grab 2 of the sheets of felt and hand sew each together using the blanket-stitch technique.  We'll call the red square "A" and the orange square "B"

{You can't really tell, but behind this red 

square is an orange square.} 

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Step Five:  Then grab the third square and continue with the stitching with piece "C" connected to piece "B"

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Step Six:  Technically you should be able to continue the process without having to move locations with your needle and thread.   Continue by attaching "D" to "B" then "E" to "B"

{Don't forget..."B" is the orange square} 

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Step Seven: All six sides should come together rather easily.  Using polyfil, stuff the cube and using chopsticks or crochet needles, poke the polyfil into the corners.

{note: Naughty-me forgot to do this step so if you don't do it, it's okay.  It still serves the purpose.} 

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Step Eight: Finish blanket stitching after sfuffing.  If you want the cube less squishy like a pillow and more rigid like a cube, you can line each of the squares inside

with sheets of thin cardboard like cereal boxes.

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Step Nine:  Finish off by inserting pieces of paper stating questions like:

"Describe yourself in 3 words."

"If you could be any animal, what would it be?"

"What's your favorite color?"

etc.

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Other Ideas for the "Pop Quiz Block":

The beauty of this project is that you can change it up depending on the activity. 

If you're working with kids, the above questions are great.   But if you're working with teenagers, your questions will

be different {or hip....if you will} 

You can also change them to themes or activities for parties or showers, or use it for tasks or talents to perform!

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This block is also perfect for babies to recognize

objects, colors, numbers, letters or even photos

of their family members!

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Parents could also use it to deligate chores to their children.

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Another way to make it is to use blank wood cubes and decopage images or words for games.

{maybe i'll do that as anther tutorial in the future!}

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{photo edited on: picnik.com}

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Here are a few hand-stitch tutorials that might help you also:

Little Brown Bird  

Future Girl

Needle 'n' Thread {with videos!}


Project Cost:

Felt: $.25/sheet @ 8 sheets = $2.00 {Wal-mart}

Embroidery Thread: $1.50 {Joann's}

Needle: {on hand}

Polyfoam: {on hand - pulled from an old throw pillow!}

but you can get it at Joann's for $2.50


Project Total: $6.00




















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