Showing posts with label felt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label felt. Show all posts

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Box to Open - Again and Again

In case you missed it over at Twin Dragonfly Designs, here's my tutorial for a reusable gift box.

This little guy loves opening presents.  He always has.  Even on his first birthday, he tore right into them.

But sometimes I see all that paper, balled up and sent to the garbage and I feel kinda bad.

" I should really make some re-usable bags for these things," I think to myself.

But opening up a fabric bag isn't quite the same as tearing wildly into some exciting package.  Especially for a three year-old boy.

So here's a re-usable fabric box that maybe isn't quite as good as wrapping paper, but still kind of funny.

It'll still be around when he gets too cool to go crazy for the wrappings.

Like the other boy of the house.

Why yes, these pictures are of my boys cleaning the bathroom.  I look at them when I'm mad.  It makes me not mad.

To open it, you just unzip.

Oops, still not there.  Better undo that bow...

No?  Try undoing the buttons....

Ah, there we go.  Jackpot. Well, if it had something better than newspaper.  Or socks.

Here you have it:

The Open-it Again and Again Box

You'll need: (quantities will vary depending on your size of box)
I used:
1 yard red felt
part of a white t-shirt
12 inch separating zipper
4 1" buttons
ribbon and felt scraps

Start by drawing out your measurements.  I picked felt on purpose so I would have a quick box and no need to finish edges, so I didn't worry too much about seam allowances.

I planned a box that would be about 12" x 8" x 5".  About the size of a shoebox.

I cut two of the big pieces and sewed them together.  I figured the box would be stiffer and hold its shape better, but one layer would work too.

If you cut one to my measurements, it will look a bit different from the picture.  I cut it too big and had to cut it down as I went.

To the big piece, I sewed on 2"strips of white t-shirt for a little peppermint stripe.  I just eyeballed it, but I suggest you measure.  I'll show you why later...

I cut 4 of the 5" x 12" piece.  Then I sewed pairs together to give me two flaps. I added a few green spots.

Now you're ready to start assembling the box.  Get your big piece and fold two side flaps wrong-sides together. 

Measure in pin five inches up.  Sew. 

Complete this step for all four corners.

It'll start looking more like a box.

To get an even better boxy shape, pinch a fold between the bottom corners of the bag.  Sew the fold about 1/4" in all the way around. 

Do the same to the top folds.

This is the time to add a zipper.  I left mine exposed. 

Trim your flaps to make sure they're straight.  You want the top of the box, with a zipper to be as wide as the bottom (about 8" in my case).

Lay each side of the zipper on a flap and pin.  Check to make sure it zips up the way you want.  Sew it on.

Here's where I started to think my box reminded me of the Cat in the Hat.  It was confirmed when my husband walked in and said, "What's the Cat in the Hat box for?"  I added just a touch of Christmas ribbon to help tone down the Seuss look.

This was when I realized that my eyeballing and rush created a problem.  Can you see it?

Crooked stripes.

The perfectionist in me wanted to start over.  Lazy me won out with unpicking  and cutting off the top stripes and adding some more t-shirt pieces.

I honestly don't know what I'll do when my son is no longer three and he cares about whether or not the things I make for him look good.

Let's not focus on that now. 

Once you have the zipper done, you can check the second set of flaps.  Does the width fit the outside of the box?  You might need to trim it a bit.

Add a ribbon to the shorter side and a few button holes to the other.  Just be sure to measure and make sure that the flaps, when tied together are 12" the long way.

Add the last set of flaps by sewing the long side just under the line where the zipper flap folds open.

Add a few button holes and sew on some buttons.  Be sure the flaps, when closed, are 8" across.

Another consideration:  I planned all my closures thinking about whether or not my son would be able to undo them.  I didn't think about the fact that as soon as I'd finished sewing it, he would take it and start trying to wrap up his toys in it. I might have to go with Velcro instead of a bow next time.

And you're done.  A fine project for the little guy in your life.  Add a ruffle, and you're good for the girls too.  Ha!

Friday, November 18, 2011

A New Headband For a One Year-old

Chloe turned one this week.  My friend Kathrin took photos of Silas and Chloe to mark the one and three year events we celebrated at our house.  I needed a quick and easy flower to make for Chloe's outfit.

I followed the tutorial here.  It took less than five minutes.


Want to see something else that's sweet?

My kids.  I'm so glad they love each other.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Garland Tutorial

There is one color that I love in the fall. I see it and I just feel autumn, and holidays, and deliciousness.

Pumpkin pie.

Arguably, pumpkin pie isn't one color but a mix of pumpkin and spice colors.  That mix is probably why I can't find a pumpkin pie crayon in my Crayola box.

I did find some "pumpkin pie" wool blend felt, though. I cut it into the traditional pie shape to create a pumpkin pie garland.
This garland was actually pretty easy to make.  With a few changes, it can be made even easier.

To make one, you'll need:
felt (I ordered mine here, in "pumpkin pie" and "oats.")
felt scraps for turkey
crochet thread
cardstock paper

I started by cutting 11 scalloped circles out of cardstock.  Mine were about 6 inch circles, but I think if I were to do it again, I'd go smaller.  I used a bit of craft glue to attach the paper circles to my "oats" colored felt.  Then I just cut around each scallop.  I hate tracing shapes onto felt, so I thought this would save me from tracing and give structure to the felt.

The above photo shows the front and back of my scallops.

Circles aren't as bad to trace, so I looked around my house and found a bowl that was the right size and traced 10 circles (you don't need one for the turkey piece) on my "pumpkin pie" felt and cut them out.
Once I had my circles cut, I wrote letters on with disappearing ink.  The ink fades fast on the felt, so just do one at a time.
My camera isn't capable of tiny detail photos, so I'm going to send you over to The Purl Bee and their Embroidered Felt Advent Calendar to get the tutorial for stitching the letters.  I used crochet thread for mine, but embroidery floss would work as well.  Puff paints or freezer paper stenciling would work - if you're not interested in stitching.
Once you're done stitching your letters, use hot glue or craft glue to attach the pumpkin to the scalloped "crust." 

I don't have a template for the turkey because I used a clipart image from online.  Just search for some free clipart images and pick one you like.
You don't even have to do a turkey, but they are a good way to help the garland say "give thanks" and not "givethanks." 
When your turkey is finished, you're ready to attach them to a string.  I made a crocheted chain with my crochet thread.  Measure your mantle or desired spot for your garland to make sure you fit all your circles in the right amount of space (this was when I realized I should have made my circles smaller).
I just used some hot glue to attach the string to the paper backing.
Now you're ready to hang it up.  

My favorite thing about this garland is one you can't really see in pictures.  Felt is so warm and comforting.  It's like you can see the wool in there and you get wrapped in an invisible sweater. 

So nice for fall.
What are you thankful for?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Car Wall Art

My son's entire bedroom theme came from the fact that I saw some car fabric at the store and thought it would make a cute blanket.  I tied him a quick blanket for Christmas using this fabric (I think it's Debbie Mumm).  
Once he moved to a "big-boy" bed, we used the blanket as a bedspread.  The car theme propelled from there.  

I scanned in a piece of the fabric into my computer and blew up three of my favorite vehicles to the desired size.

I cut pieces out of felt to create cars/trucks that looked similar to the ones in the fabric.  I stretched some white fabric over cardboard and glued the felt pieces onto it.  I framed it and ended up with this.
I actually made this over a year ago.  I was worried that the felt would fade, but it still looks great.  It was a cheap way to make wall art that matched the theme perfectly.  I also like that it has some texture to it.

Friday, June 10, 2011

A headband for family pictures.

My friend Kathrin Paul recently took some family photos for us.

These are just a few of the precious family photos we now have.  Thanks Biph!

Wait, don't tell me you didn't notice the headband?
Here it is, right here:
I promise, she's not pouting about her headband.

I made mother/daughter headbands, but didn't wear mine.  That's why you might notice two in the pictures below.

The headband.  Foldover elastic is my favorite thing I've found for baby headbands (see here for another post using it.)  I usually give it a few quick stretches before cutting the length I need.  I tell myself it helps it loosen it up so it doesn't get too loose on the head.
To make the flowery part, cut two ovals out of felt that matches your elastic.  Cut one oval slightly smaller than the other.  Out of the "petal" color, cut several circles.  Mine were varying in size (not on purpose, but it looked good in the end).
Take a circle and scrunch it in the center. 
Sew it onto the larger oval. I sewed an 'X' on each bunched center to hold it tight.
Repeat this step until you have the oval as full as you'd like.
Glue (I used hot glue) the back of the sewn oval to the headband where the headband is sewn together.
Glue the smaller oval to the back to cover your threads and glue.
You're done!