Tutorial Tuesday

Today’s tutorial is simply a link to a super cute crochet-along  (CAL) happening now at The Friendly Red Fox.

The Friendly Elephant Cover

How cute are those elephants?! Join the CAL by clicking the following links.

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Be sure to check out Kali’s tutorials and tips and tricks. Her page is just loaded with all sorts of good stuff!

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Tutorial Tuesday | Felted Easter Egg

Today’s tutorial is very easy, versatile, and super fun for the kiddos!

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Tis the season for pastel colors, so pull them out and get ready to make some cute felted Easter eggs. They are reusable, unbreakable, and don’t stink (when cooking or dyeing)! They’re great for holiday decoration or games. The best part is that they’re fun to make!

Materials needed:

  1. poly-fil or core wool
  2. pastel colored outer wool
  3. felting needle
  4. felting pad
  5. warm soapy water
  6. cold tap water

So, let’s get started.

First, shape a small ball of poly-fil using the felting needle.

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Just keep stabbing until it’s close to the right shape. This doesn’t have to be perfect.

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Wrap the egg in pastel colored outer wool and use the felting needle to secure the fibers.

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You can spend as much or as little time as you’d like felting the egg. We will be wet felting this, but you could just needle felt it. If you choose to only needle felt, you’d want to spend more time making sure all the fibers are entangled well.

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Add some embellishments with another pastel color. My son wanted stripes. On other eggs, we did polka dots, zig zags, multiple colors. Get creative!

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Secure the fibers using the felting needle. Again, no need to spend too much time or be too perfect with this.

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Dunk the whole egg into the warm soapy water.

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The heat and the soap further secure the fibers.

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Roll the egg between your hands. The more you play with it, the more harder the felted shell will become. This is where the felting magic really happens. The friction and pressure of playing with the egg cause the fibers to entangle. They get matted and entangled enough that the whole egg begins to shrink and become more compacted. DSC_0225

This is a great activity to do outside, if it’s warm enough. It can be a little messy.

 

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When you’ve played with the egg enough, rinse it in cold tap water to remove all the suds. Allow the egg to dry outside or even in the dryer. (It will likely continue shrinking in the dryer- so just be aware)

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After your egg is dry, you can add more needle felted embellishments or leave it as is.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun and simple felting idea. I’d love to see if you try this craft- let me know!

 

 

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Free Pattern Friday | Little Man Button Loafers

I know that I’ve posted about these adorable baby booties before, but I wanted to post about them again as part of my Free Pattern Friday series.

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Click the image above to go to the free pattern in my Ravelry store. Or go to this link to see the photo tutorial:

https://chelsiebrady.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/crochet-little-man-button-loafers-pattern-and-tutorial/

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Pattern Testing | Heidi and Finn Mini Pals Doll and Backpack

How cute is the new Heidi and Finn pattern pack?!

I had the opportunity to be a part of the tester group, so I got to see other fabulous versions. Some of my favorites included a Star Wars theme– with Leia and Luke, and a Native American theme. I think there may be a tester tour soon, so I will update those links if they become available.

As you can see, there are so many options for these fun patterns. Here is my version. I used fabric that was leftover from other projects, so it was a great stash buster!

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The doll

She was made out of canvas that I had leftover from a large painting I created. Her body is made from seersucker and cotton. Her hair is made from some of my handmade felt. Tessa chose the hair color. I was secretly hoping she’d choose pink, but she wanted it to match her own hair. I also needle felted the eyes onto the canvas.

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The day that I was working on the majority of this project, I was babysitting my nephew. After he left, my sweet little Tessa asked if we could make Kash a boy doll. So, I whipped this boy version up lickety split.

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Sorry about the blurry photo. I was in a hurry to get this little guy to his new owner. 🙂

The clothes

The clothes pack comes with 2 hat styles, a blouse or dress, some jogger pants, a skirt, and some knee socks. The one piece that I feel this pattern pack is missing is a boy’s shirt. The blouse is definitely girly. But, I just cut out a sweatshirt shape with the fleece I used for the jogger pants for Kash’s boy. For Tessa’s girl, I cut the blouse pattern piece down the middle front to make a cardigan/ jacket sort of shirt.

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I had also made a dress, using the same panda print fabric, but it looked more like pajamas. I liked the skirt much more in that print.

The Backpack

This pattern actually comes with a backpack version or a messenger bag version- both with the front pocket for the doll.

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I think this may be Tessa’s favorite part. She loves that she gets to wear her dolly and store other toys and things in her backpack. It’s just the right size for her little body.

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All in all, this is such a fun and versatile pattern. I think it may become my new go-to for little toddler gifts!

Right now, you can get the pattern bundle for a special price of $11.50! Go here to snag that deal!

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Tutorial Tuesday | Needle Felting Basic Supplies

Hello! Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday!

Today, I thought I’d give you a quick checklist of needle felting supplies and a little bit about the basics of needle felting.

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The tools

  • Felting Needle(s)
  • Felting Surface
  • Wool or other fiber

The list of tools is short, but there’s a lot of available variation.

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Let’s talk about needles. Felting needles are very sharp (and cause a lot of pain if you stab yourself). They have little barbs at the end to grab the fiber and entangle it.

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Fun fact: felting needles are not actually designed for manual use. They are designed to be used in felting machines with thousands of needles. Because of this, they are not really very comfortable to hold unless you use a multi tool, as is pictured above.

Needles come in different shapes: triangle, star, and spiral; and different gauges: 32, 36, 38, 40, 42– the larger numbers are for finer details. Each of the shapes and gauges have a specific purpose, but I think a good all-purpose needle is 38T (38 gauge, triangle shape).

You can use a single needle, or a tool that holds multiple needles, depending on personal preference and the type of project you are working on. You will have most control with a single needle.

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Next, you need a felting surface. There’s pretty much only two different surfaces used to protect your table (or lap) and your needles: foam or tightly compacted bristles. I have only ever used foam: camping foam, specific felting foam, and even couch cushions.

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Finally, you’ll need some sort of fiber for felting. This is where there’s the largest array of variations. For most of my projects, I use wool roving. The dyed stuff is usually merino. The more natural colored wool is usually a coarser wool like Corriedale. Raw curls can be used, making some interesting textures (Santa’s beard, for instance). You can use silk and even synthetic fibers. You could even unravel acrylic yarn and use that fiber to felt with.

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If you are doing 3-dimensional pieces, I recommend either core wool or polyester stuffing. These are not necessary, though; you can make an entire piece with your outer wool. Core wool and stuffing are much less expensive than other wool,though,  which is why they are a good tool to have.

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It is relatively inexpensive to get started with needle felting. I would suggest picking up an inexpensive kit to experiment with. They usually come with a small block of foam, a needle, and some wool. You may even find some kits with everything to create a 3-dimensional object. Someday, I may offer some starter kits. Would you be interested in something like that?

Needle Felting Basic Supplies at a glance

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Wednesday Faves

I plan to do more on this blog, moving forward, than I have in the past. Many of you have asked for tutorials on my felting processes. I hope to include some. I want to give you some tips and tricks- maybe some free patterns- on Fridays. Wednesdays will be about my recent favorite projects. Maybe I’ll have some new designs to show you, or maybe it will be something completely different.

 

So, it’s now time for our first installment of Wednesday Faves!

I have been loving the Spring props lately. I feel like this winter has just dragged on and on. This week, though, the sun is shining and giving me hope that it won’t be winter forever.

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Pattern Testing: Veritas Poncho… Bonus unicorn tutorial

I did some sewing pattern testing last week for the first time in, what… almost a year, I think. I needed to figure out Halloween costumes anyway and I think this is just the cutest poncho/ cape ever! I’m a big fan of all of Heidi and Finn patterns, so I was super excited to be selected for this test!

 

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I did the size 2T for my Tessa girl. I first found the sweatshirt fleece in my stash (that was in my mom’s stash- so it’s easily 20 years old). Then, I decided I’d turn it into a unicorn to use for Halloween.

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The pattern includes pieces for the ears, but not horse ears. I thought the pig/ cat ears looked like the right shape. I cut out the biggest size ears for this so they’d look more like horse ears.

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Of course, I added a horn and mane to complete the look. I found the fluffy pink fleece in the remnant bin at Joann and splurged for the multicolor faux fur ($29.99/ yard). I only bought 4 inches of the fur and it was on sale ($20.99/ yard), so my entire project cost less than about $4 (I made Hana one, too, and still have enough fur to use on something else). Oh, I love a good, cheap, project!

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After posting my version, I had lots of messages asking how I did the horn and mane, so I put together a bonus tutorial for you! I made a matching poncho for my Hana, so now they’ll both be unicorns for Halloween. I may make the boys’ costumes using this pattern, too, if I get around to it… maybe dragons or sharks or something. 🙂

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I was barely short on the purple sweatshirt fleece, so my 12 month size poncho (I modified it slightly to fit my 5 month old) has a fun pop of color on the back shoulders. I’m almost wishing I had done the same thing on the bigger one.

 

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