Sunday, July 12th, 2015
Multi Layer Felt Cloud with Beaded Accents
This is the second cloud embroidery piece I have done lately. In this one, I layered four felt clouds one on top of the other and sewed them with embroidery stitches. The smallest felt cloud is cream, then it was dusty blue, crimson red and grey. I used running stitch on the smallest three clouds and blanket stitch on the outer one. If you’re not sure how to do blanket stitch I’ve included a small “how to” below that will show you how it is done.
I added a series of seed beads in similar colors as the ‘rain’. The beads are threaded onto very light wire and, at the end of each is a small teardrop shape bead.
The embroidery is on grey linen and uses DMC Pearl Cotton and I used wool blend felt. I like working in natural materials like linen and wool felt – wool felt in particular because it is stronger than the plastic stuff and it doesn’t disintegrate when cut in small pieces. Pearl Cotton has a wonderful luster which adds just the right amount of shine to the embroidery. The piece is small – just 4″ in size.
If you want to make this yourself, here is a free pattern. You just need to print it at the desired size and then cut out the felt fabric pieces.
And, here is how to do blanket stitch. It can be done with the thread on the outside or the inside, this is the outside version.
Labels: beads, blanket stitch, cloud shapes, cute embroidery, dmc pearl cotton, felt, free download pattern, free template, grey linen, mini embroidery, pattern, running stitch, wool felt
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Friday, December 14th, 2012
Have fun tuning a recycled MiO container into a super cute felt house.
With this project I finally nailed the recycled MiO container felt house. Yeah!
Inside this felt house is a MiO container filled with sand to weight it very nicely.
This one took a bit of time to make – I pulled the roof off a few times and continued to rework the shape until I got what I wanted. What I wanted was to give the impression that an inverted flower cap or something similar was the roof of the house.
To make this you can download the free pattern here.
You will need colored felt for the house. I used grey, dark crimson, a cream for the house and little bits for the decorative elements. You should always use wool felt or a blend that includes wool as this stands up to a lot more punishment than the fake/polyester stuff.
Cut your house shape from one color felt – use this for the back, front, sides and base of the house. Cut out a door, windows, hearts for the flowers and the roof pieces. You’ll probably want the underside of the roof to be a different color than the roof itself – I used a dark crimson.
Start by sewing on the windows and door of the house. Sew a French knot for the doorknob and then embroider the flowers on the rear of the house using mini hearts as flowers and adding beads if desired.
The stems of the flowers are a backstitch and detached lazy daisy stitch.
Once you’ve got the front and back of the house embroidered and finished sew up the house around the MiO container. You can add some stuffing front and back so that the house becomes slightly rounded rather than the exact shape of the MiO container, if desired.
Sew the pieces for the roof together. The roof is four pieces with a twisted top shape. Then sew up the piece for the underside of the roof. I made mine from multiple small pieces of felt sewed together with blanket stitch to give a ribbed effect but you can do it any way you like. I’ve given you the pattern for the basic shape for the underneath of the roof – how you prep the fabric before cutting is up to you.
Sew the underneath of the roof to the top of the roof and then stuff the roof and make sure to stuff in under the area that’s going to be attached to the house. At this point I suggest that you pin the roof to the house to make sure that you’ve got enough stuffing so it sits above the house and so you to see as much of the underneath of the roof as you want to.
Then finish off with a small neat stitches to stitch the roof to the house.
I was really pleased with this house and the stability that a MiO container filled with sand gives to it. It’s also a cool way to recycle MiO containers because they’re just such a cute shape – just crying out for some mini felt house goodness!
Labels: beads, blanket stitch, container, embroidered, embroidery, fairy, felt, felt house, french knot, gnome, heart, lazy daisy, min house, mio, recycle, recycle mio container, small flowers, straight stitch, woodland, wool felt
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Monday, December 10th, 2012
Turn felt into a cute house and recycle MiO containers at the same time!
This step-by-step tutorial with a downloadable pattern shows you how to make a felt house complete with chimney and chimney stack and embroidered flowers.
I have been playing with felt houses a lot lately and this mini house was designed initially to be based on a MiO container.
Unfortunately I learned a lesson about sizing patterns with this project and my pattern was too small so this is a standalone project. It’s weighted down with a small sealed bag of sand and stuffed with fiberfill.
The basics of the project that you’ll need are a pattern which I’ve created that you can download here free of charge. You’ll need some white or light colored felt, some dark gray, red felt, blue and crimson. You’ll also need some embroidery thread.
At this point I was using regular six strand embroidery thread although I now prefer to use DMC size five embroidery thread if you can get it.
Either way basically anything will do for the project. Start by cutting out the pieces. I recommend that you use wool felt as it holds up just so much better than the other kind.
Cut a front and back in your basic house color felt and cut one wrap piece and the base.
Cut a front door, heart and chimney pot from the crimson felt, some mini hearts from red felt and four windows from the blue felt.
Then go ahead and cut the dark gray felt for the roof.
Sew the door and two windows onto one of the pieces of house felt and add a doorknob with a French knot.
On the second piece which will be the back of the house sew on two windows and then embroider some small plants using the hearts as flowers. I added a couple of small beads to each of my flowers and the embroidery was done in backstitch with lazy daisy leaves.
When you’ve got the house shape done sew up the sides and base, add a bit of weight to the base of the house and then begin to stuff it with fiberfill.
Now get to work on the roof. The roof is four pieces of gray felt sewed together with the chimney attached last of all. Add the heart to the front of the roof before you attach the roof to the house.
Before attaching the roof to the house make sure that you finish stuffing the house and the roof because that’s the last time that you’ll get to add stuffing to the project.
Sew the two pieces of the chimney together, stuffing them as you go and add a small semi-circle chimney stack in crimson. This is the first of a series of houses.
You can make more using this pattern or branch out and use your own.
You can also look out for an upcoming blog when I finally get to make a pattern large enough to make a MiO container house.
Labels: beads, blanket stitch, embroidered, embroidery, fairy, felt, felt house, french knot, gnome, heart, lazy daisy, min house, mio, recycle mio container, small flowers, straight stitch, woodland, wool felt
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