Mar 062013
 

Felt Easter Bunny Craft

Felt Easter Bunny Craft

The other day I went in search of a pattern for the velveteen rabbit and couldn’t find one, so I decided to make one from scratch. But before I go on, one thing I did find was a free copy of the book The Velveteen Rabbit by Margerie Williams Bianco on Gutenberg.org (a site that is full of free public domain books). So if you don’t already have a copy, please rush over and download yours.
Anyway, back to the pattern. In order to make a pattern from scratch, I studied the original pictures in Margerie’s book and drew what I thought was the perfect pattern on a couple pieces of paper. I made one bunny out of muslin and decided it was too this and that. I made a second bunny out of felt and though it was better from the first attempt, it too was out of proportion. Taking my mistakes into account, I drew one more pattern. And that’s the pattern I used for the bunny above. As I didn’t have velveteen on hand, I made it out of felt as well, and called it my Easter bunny.
The pattern will be available for free at least until Easter, so register in the sidebar to the right to get your free pattern. To make a bunny with this pattern, simply print the three pages out on standard printer paper, cut the pieces out, and cut the quantity of felt pieces that the pattern pieces indicate. Then watch the video below to see how I put it together. This bunny was stitched together on the outside with about 1/8 seems–all by hand.
One thing I didn’t show in the video is how to make the tail. For my tail, I covered a little stone with cotton filler (from an old pillow), then wrapped that with white wool roving and wet felted it into a ball (just like I did the ping pong balls for my string lights).
At minute 6:30 in the video you can watch how the eyes on this Easter bunny were made using the needle felting technique. A tiny bit of white roving poked into the upper part of the eyes make them look extra realistic.
I hope you enjoy making a few Easter bunnies with this pattern!
You can get tons more inspiration for Easter bunny crafts on Pinterest.

Here’s a free pattern for the Easter Bunny.

You may also enjoy making folded book art with these ready-made book folding patterns.

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Feb 202012
 

felted bike chain snake

Harmless Bike Chain Snake

Here is a quick toy snake you and your child can make on a rainy day. It took me and this 5-year-old child half an hour to felt and film the making of these colorful snakes.
There is nothing much to this craft: take a piece of bike chain (see How to Take Apart a Bike Chain), wrap a bunch of wool roving around it, wet it down with soapy water, and squeeze/roll it until the wool fibers fuse into a solid snake body. The reticulated bike chain gives the pet snake a realistic feel. Continue reading »

Jan 122012
 

nuno felted scarf

Nuno Felted Scarf

This scarf is my first attempt at nuno felting, or felting into fabric. I’m showing it off and telling you how to felt a scarf like this one because I think it’s simple enough for an auto detailer to do. In fact, this kind of felting is especially suited for an auto detailer because the felting itself is done with a car buffer. I wasn’t kidding when I said this website shows “how everything you do in the house and in the yard can be integrated.” Here we are integrating the garage with the fashion closet. Continue reading »

Dec 272011
 

I was telling a friend of mine about the felt hats that I learned to make (look up millinery craft), and she said I should try my hand at fascinators. I’d never heard the word fascinator, much less knew what they were. She said to Google Kate Middleton, and I’d see lots of pics of her wearing a fascinator in her hair. I did, and oo-la-la, I’m now a big fan of these hair decorations. Of course I had to try my hand at them! Continue reading »

Nov 292011
 

DIY Christmas gifts

Gifts You Can Make

I grew up in a family with eight kids, and we never had money for extravagant gifts. For Christmas, we drew names and one person would buy one other person a gift. That was it (well, except for the occasional gag gift like the time my sisters got me a size D bra when I needed trainers. It just happened to be the Christmas we had a couple hunky cousins visiting from Germany… groan).
Anyway, I was getting to the point that we often made our gifts, which turned gift giving into an exciting time especially for the one making the gift. Continue reading »

Nov 182011
 

diy felt hat

Make your own hat

I’ve been working on a “ten things you can make for Christmas gifts” list, so when a friend gave me a huge piece of heavy gray wool fabric, I decided to try making felt hats for the list (shrunken wool = felt).
I watched at least an hour’s worth of millinery (hat making) videos, took out the styrofoam head form that I’d gotten to use for my homemade latex mask, and went to work. I discovered that felt is unbelievably forgiving, easy to cut into shapes, and does not fray. Making felt hats is easier than I suspected.
Here is how I made the hat above: Continue reading »

Nov 182011
 
Make a felt hat

Elegant ladie

Did I mention felt is fun to work with? Every bit of scrap can be used for making interesting designs on or around the hat!
 
Next steps for making the hat above:

5. Place the dome back on the head form. Take another piece of felt or faux fur and pin it around the edge of the shaped felt dome and cut to size.
6. Hand-stitch the brim of the hat to the top of the hat.
 
Homemade felt hatMake a felt hathomemade felt hat
 
For this ladie’s hat, my brim was a little too short to go all the way around the dome top, so I sewed another piece of felt to close up the gap and then added a felt flower to disguise the patch. Felt really is forgiving!

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Nov 182011
 
Hand made felt hat

Simple = Elegant

 
You can go overboard with hat decorations. I prefer to have a clean profile with a punch of WOW on one side of the hat. It makes people watch you just to see you turn your head around to reveal a different look.
 
Here is the final step for making the hat above:
 

7. Decorate with felt pieces, buttons, ribbons, etc. You can either hand-stitch the decorations onto your hat or glue them with hot glue.
 
DIY felt hatDecorating a felt hatback of felt hat
 

Tips: You can make inexpensive wool felt by buying wool coats from thrift stores and shrinking them in a wash/dry cycle. As for the hat form, my styrofoam head was very small, so you may have to shop for a head form that is 21-22 inches around (normal head size).
For more hat decorating ideas, see post DIY Millinery: Fascinators

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