Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas Tutorial Advent {Penguin Soft Toy}

I like Penguins. I was watching the BBC series “Frozen Planet” and loved the episode with the penguins, and the rock stealing hehe.
I knew as part of my tutorial advent I wanted to make another small felt soft toy similar to little lamb, and little chicken. So here is a tutorial to make a little penguin. (My boyfriend thought it was meant to be the penguin powerup from Super Mario 😛 )

Materials:
Black / Navy wool felt from Sew Sweet
Orange / Yellow wool felt from Sew Sweet
Toy Stuffing
Pattern (download here)

How to:
First print off the pattern and cut out all the pieces from felt.

Take one body piece and sew on the white tummy, eyes and beak. Add some extra detail to the eyes by sewing stars with white thread.

Lay the other body piece down, and place the flippers and feet in place, then the front body piece face up. Pin around the edges.

Sew around the edge of the penguin, leaving a small gap for stuffing. Stuff and sew close the opening.

Christmas Tutorial Advent {Cherry Pie Coasters}

Cherry Pie… hmm any pie is yummy, but cherry pie just has that something special about it.

Materials:
Golden Felt from Sew Sweet
Red Felt from Sew Sweet
Needle and thread
Pattern

How to:
Print off the pattern above and cut out the pieces of felt.
For the pie crust I cut with zigzag scissors for a rough edge, but you can also do it with a straight edge.

Take one pie base and stitch the felt pie filling to the middle of it.

Lay out the pie crusts, starting by making a cross in the middle then adding the other pieces in a weaving pattern.

With a needle and thread add a x stitch where each pie crust cross over.

Go around the edge of the pie and trim off any excess pie crust that stitck out.

Add the second felt pie base to the back to hide all the stitches and whip stitch around the edge of the pie.

The pie coaster is finished! You can make a whole set as a gift, or change the red felt to purple for blueberry/blackberry pie instead! Lots of options!

Christmas Tutorial Advent {Christmas Felt Mouse}

I think real mice are horrid and scary, but I love toy mice!! I use to have a cutey little one that I took in my school bag to exams for luck, and something about mice feels quite festive… I can see them in little Santa hats, or with jingle bells on their shoes…
I absolutely love the dutch / UK sellers from The House of Mouse!! You should look at their shop! They make the most creative little mice ever!
But if you feel like something a bit less technical I have a simple felt mouse tutorial for you today.

To make mousey I used:
Grey wool blend felt from Sew Sweet
Scrap pink wool blend felt from Sew Sweet
2 Black mini brads from Sew Sweet
10cm piece of thin ribbon
And basic sewing equipment, needle, thread etc.
This pattern:

How to:
Start by printing off the pattern above and cutting out all the pieces from felt. I used a light grey felt for the body and pink for the inner ear.

Stitch each inner ear to the outer ear and fold the ear nearly in half and add a few stitch to hold in place.
Then slide the ear into the slit you cut in your mouse body so the fold is facing the nose point. Stitch the ear in place and repeat for the other body (making sure you do the ear coming out the opposite site!)

Place your two mouse bodies with right sides together (so the ears face inwards) and sandwich the tail ribbon inwards near the mouses bottom. Stitch around the top edge.

Turn the body right way out and position the eyes so they match. I used mini brads but you could use buttons, or beads or a simple french knot etc.

Turn the mouse wrong way out again and pin the bottom around the edges of the body, lining up the nose point and bottom point. Sew around the edge leaving a gap to turn later on.

Turn mouse right way out and stuff him , making sure you get his nose nice and pointy. Then ladder stitch the turning hole shut. Mousey is finished and ready to hide under the Christmas tree!

Christmas Tutorial Advent {Pet Christmas Stocking}

I never forget to buy something sweet for my pets at Christmas. They are just as much a part of the family as anyone else!! So they deserve to have a little stocking hung up for them too!!

Materials:
Red fabric
White felt from Sew Sweet
Pattern (download it here)

How to:
Start by downloading and printing off the pdf pattern. Then cut out all the pieces from your fabric and felt.

Take one paw piece and machine stitch the felt toes and palm onto it.

Machine sew each of the felt top edge to the fabric paws. Sew it so the top edge is facing the reverse of the fabric paw (this goes against what your sewing mind is telling you)
For the front paw piece lay it right way down and sew the felt top edge along the top.

For the back paw piece lay it right way down add a ribbon loop and then the felt top edge on top and sew it all together like the other paw piece.

Pin the two paws with right sides together and machine stitch around the edge, leaving the top edge open.

Turn the stocking the right way out and fold down the felt edge. You may need to iron it a bit to make it stay down nicely.

Now you just need to go buy some presents for your pet!!

Christmas Tutorial Advent {Snowman Garland}

Sometimes I spend the evening watching TV and making pompoms since I bought one of them machines that make them so easy to make 😛
As such I have a stash of different colours and sizes and figured I should start finding some uses for them. Instead of the straightforward pompom snowman I decided to make a pompom snowman garland instead!

Materials:
White Wool to make 5 pompoms and to string them together
Scrap black and orange felt
Glue Gun

How to:
Start by making your pompoms, if you don’t have one of those handy machines here is a simple tutorial to make them.

Cut up your black felt to make 10 1cm diameter felt circles for eyes. They don’t need to be perfect so do it freehand! Also cut 5 triangles from the orange felt for carrot noses.

Heat up your hot glue gun and glue on two black felt circles. Then glue on your carrot felt nose. Repeat for all 5 pompoms.

Thread a needle with 1m of white wool. Take one snowman pompom and pass the needle through the middle of it and out the other side.

Continue adding the other snowman pompoms onto the wool string and add loops to each end of the string so you can hang it up. I made my garland only 1m because I have a tiny tree, but you can make it longer with more snowman pompoms too.