Monthly Archives: November 2012

Play Felt Christmas Tree Tutorial

Child Friendly Christmas TreeIntroducing the child friendly Christmas tree!

Its completely made with felt which is fairly cheap and no sewing required which basically means it doesn’t take that long to make unless you faff like I do Hoooraaay!!! The idea is that the kiddo’s can dress the tree themselves and re-dress it as much as they like – as felt sticks to felt on its own – so no messy stuff – its a winner!!

I have made one each for the girls bedrooms so even if the novelty wears off they will still love having their own Christmas Tree in their bedroom.

Here is my littlest one trying it out and was engrossed from the start!

I’m going to keep this as brief as possible – its basically self explanatory but I have used a couple of techniques to make it easier which I will expand upon.

Ingredients

  • Green felt (1 -1.5metres depending on size-my tree was 42” wide and 38″ tall)
  • a selection of coloured felts
  • Ruler
  • Pen for marking the felt
  • Scissors

Optional Extra’s

  • Vilene Bondaweb (iron on adhesive) 1/4 a metre
  • Heat n Bond Lite 1/2 a metre max
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat

First I drew out my Christmas tree shape – NIGHTMARE! I wanted it to look symmetrical but can’t seem to draw a Christmas Tree freehand on felt so here is how I did it. Its not as complicated as I probably make it sound!

First draw a triangle as big as you want the tree – you could leave it like that and cut it out – young children will not mind one bit BUT I do 🙂 so I then divided up the length of one long side of the triangle – I started by measuring 6 inches down from the top then 8 inches for the rest of the branches see 1st pic below.

Then at the first point I measured a 1 inch line coming in from the side then at each point increased it by 0.5 inch (to make bigger branches) Phew nearly done! Starting at the top point I used a ruler to join up the inner end of the line to the outer end of the line below it and did that all the way down and repeat on the other side (see middle pic)

Once happy – Cut it out! Click on the photo below to enlarge it, its not great but you’ll get the gist.

Now cut out your decorations – the great thing with felt is it doesn’t fray so just cut out your shape and you are done! They can be as simple or as intricate as you like.

Felt tree ornamentsI used a ramekin dish to cut out the baubles. The snowflakes took me a while to figure out but I found a template online and once I got one right I just used it to cut around the rest.

I embellished the crackers, presents and candy canes by using the iron on adhesive.

All you need to do is cut out what detail you want to add in felt, iron on the adhesive which has paper on one side, take the paper off and place it on the decoration and re-iron to bond both together. Simples!

You could of course sew the felt together or use glue.

Now for the best bit… putting it up! You could use drawing pins if you’re not worried about damaging the wall otherwise 3M Command strips would work or if its going straight on to brick you could use a hot glue gun as it will peel straight off but I used Heat n Bond Lite which allows you to IRON FABRIC STRAIGHT ON TO THE WALL and it will easily peel off with no mess!! Can you believe it! Imagine the possibilities. I tested it in both rooms as the wall coverings are different and it worked. I first discovered it over at The Brassy Apple and have seen it used on all sorts of projects elsewhere but test an area first though as its not actually designed for that!

I cut the HeatnBond in to strips, using a rotary blade and mat, then ironed on strips all the way around the tree and a few in the middle.

Just take off the paper and iron on – I did need some help getting the felt straight and keeping it smooth though as its quite big.

Now decorate until your hearts content. I did think that as I had made 24 decorations I could make it in to an Advent Tree by giving them one decoration a day but I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist so I let them both have a play before hiding the decorations away for a couple of weeks.

It got a thumbs up from the girls and I think its a really cute way of keeping their hands off the real tree especially for really young ones. Its probably best suited to 1-3 year olds although I only made one for my eldest who is 4 as I thought she would feel left out, but she really enjoyed dressing the tree and even more so loved having it in her room so who knows what the age limit is!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

 Gem x

The original source for this project was from Johnny in a Dress!

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Felt Heart Decoration Tutorial

I love hearts and have them all over the house in all sorts of guises – fabric, wood, coloured glass, buttons…you get what I’m saying right! AND I just started working with felt and absolutely love it, it’s SO easy to work with. I combined the two and it led me to these little cuties and they were really simple so if you would like to make them here is a quick tutorial.

Ingredients
-Felt for the front of the heart – I used patterned felt but plain would be great too. My hearts are about 10cm
-Plain felt for the back – I used a glittered white on the red ones – any chance I get to use anything glittery I take it!! The white is about 14cm.
-Toy stuffing or pillow stuffing or you could just use cotton wool
-White embroidery thread
-Ribbon – mine is 9cm before folding but you can make it as long as you like (p.s briefly hold a lighter to the ends to stop it from fraying)
-Button

Patterned felt

First up -cut out your hearts, I usually wing it and free hand the shape I want on the back first, but its best to draw a template on paper cut it out and either pin it on the felt then cut around or use it to then carefully draw around before cutting out.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 Place your heart on the felt you are using for the back, put a pin in the front to keep it steady and cut around with pinking shears to get that zig zag edge. I don’t make it perfect at this point, I do a final trim up at the end.

Sewing felt

Now take your thread – I use three strands of thread, knot the end and come up through the top felt heart first as that hides the knotted bit in between the two peices. I use a basic stitch around the edge; coming up through the felt (pic 1) and then straight back down (pic 2) just avoiding the edge of the top felt heart. I do this all the way along, making each stitch evenly spaced and about the same size but stop to leave a gap so we can…….

 
 

Stuff it! I use something blunt and thin to gently push the stuffing in to the curves, like the end of a pen…..

 
 
 
 
 

Then close up the gap in the same way as you did the other stitches. All you need to do now is fold your ribbon with the ends to the front of the heart, place it near the top and put the button on top of that and secure with a few stitches.

 
 

Hold it up and go aaaaahhhh!!

Here is a blue one too that I did with fabric but fabric frays so I backed the edges with iron on interfacing first.

Thanks for reading and I’d love to see your efforts if you do make any!

Top Tip: Removing Carpet Dents Easily!

So here it is Top Tip Tuesday! I can’t guarantee I’ll post a handy hint every Tuesday but I’ll do my best! This one is about those unsightly carpet dents that you get when you move furniture around. The easiest and the most effective way is to put ice on the dent. Here are two that I uncovered the other day when I replaced my daughter’s bed. One was narrow and fairly deep; the other was heavily dented but I couldn’t quite show how badly on the photo. I just put some ice on the dent  and occasionally gave it a rake with a fork or you could use your fingers.

Ice to remove carpet dentIce to remove dent
 
 When its dry give it a hoover and Voila!

Ice removed carpet dent
 
 This one was the narrow dent and it completely disappeared first time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 This pesky one looked like this …

so needed another application of ice, then as if by magic…disappeared!

Carpet dent gone
 
 
 How great is that?!!

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Rainbow party

It was my daughter, Eva’s 4th birthday, like me she enjoys making things and even at her age has very set ideas about what she likes, so when we first talked about ‘the party’ I showed her a few ideas and BAM! found inspiration on Juicy Bits blog that Eva fell in love with instantly and we agreed a Rainbow themed party it had to be. Here she is on the day and to say she was excited would be an understatement. As normal I left everything to the last minute but I work best under pressure …sleep is for wimps isn’t it?! I didn’t do everything I wanted to but it didn’t matter as it worked out wonderfully.

First up I needed decorations; I had a load of bright coloured card in my crafting stash, so made up some rainbows to hang from the ceiling.

Sewn Card to make a rainbow

Frilly Crepe streamers
 
 

I found this decoration idea at Oh Happy Day’s blog using crepe which is so cheap and easy that I quickly made some up in rainbow colours to hang from the ceiling.
 
 
 
 
 
I tasked my husband with blowing up a lot of balloons so we could make this little beauty:

There is a really great tutorial at Design Moms Blog– it took no time to make up, only cost £7 (I actually bought £20 worth of balloons but only used a fraction of them and I used a really old packet of dental floss for sewing them together…what can I say, I’m a hoarder) I also made mine smaller so used only two sets of each colour rather than three. Its still up a month later!

Photos from newborn to 2 years

I really wanted to see how Eva had grown since she was born so I backed photos on to coloured card and my husband stuck them on the wall in a rainbow shape.

These are newborn to 2 years…

Photos 2 years to 4 years 
 

..and these are from when she was 2 years to 4 years old and I found the perfect free printable here that I framed.

You can’t really see it in this photo but it looks like this:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kids in colours

We only had close family coming to the party so beforehand I organised for each child to wear a top in a colour of the rainbow then I made a simple tutu for the girls and a cape for the boys in the colour of their top, which they loved and I really enjoyed doing. Tutorials for both coming soon 🙂
 
 
Rainbow tutus

Look at these cute little rainbow sprites! 

I also made hairclips, here are a couple of them. Click pic to enlarge. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The boys had to try out their capes of course and I have some great photo’s of them flying off the sofa.  To infinity and beyond……
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We made a few rainbow nibbles for their lunch.

My sister made a fabulous rainbow cake and my husband, Greg made some rainbow marshmallows.


    
 

I found some paper plates and cups online that I could pick colours individually so each place had one colour of the rainbow for its setting and the same colour balloon tied to the back of the chair. Funnily enough they all wanted to sit on the colour that they were wearing. I also cut kitchen paper towel in to cloud shapes.
Handmade balloon wreath 

I had made a wreath with balloons for my youngest the month before and has now become a tradition to hang on the door for all our birthdays. All 4 birthdays fall over 4 weeks of each other so it practically stays out for a month and its really robust.   Rainbow balloons  
 

I wanted everyone who came to the party to get in the rainbow mood from the minute they turned up so we pegged balloons in to the ground on the path up to the house. We also did a treasure hunt with one of the clues being in our post box on our gate so it was nice to carry the rainbow theme out there too.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 We played the normal party games like pass the parcel, musical statues and we had pin the horn on the unicorn but we also did a really fun treasure hunt too where the kids had to find clues each one being on the back of a coloured paper plate and together work out where the treasure was; of course it was at the end of the rainbow (balloon rainbow) and we filled a basket with gold coins which they shared out between them.
Tutus

The colours created wonderfully vibrant photos.
 
We finished off with making some candy floss in different colours – pale green, yelow, pink and blue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Sugar Rainbows

And by complete fluke these sugary rainbows were left on the candy floss machine!
 
 
 
 
 
I made chilli to fill up the 9 adults and we were all ‘caked’ out after the tasty rainbow cake. The little sprites all had party bags to delve in to and all in all we had a fantastic day – I was shattered by the end of it! Here I am when everyone had gone home…..yay its all over – I loved every minute of it but glad to be going to bed to sleep rather than to think of rainbows!!!