Showing posts with label feltro. Show all posts
Showing posts with label feltro. Show all posts

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wedding ring pillow


Recently a friend of mine got married and I wanted to give her a special present. Thinking about it and looking for ideas in magazines and on the internet, I liked a lot the wedding ring pillows and I saw that making one was not a mission impossible, so, let's get to work!

First of all, make a lot of drawings, to find a decoration and a layout of the elements that you like. To make a decoration like mine, make the flowers and the leaves out of white and green felt (see the tutorial about felt flowers).

For the base, cut two squares of fabric 15 cm wide, leaving 1.5 cm to sew.

In one of the squares I stitched the initials of my friends, though an alternative idea could be to put the date of the wedding.

Now is the moment to sew the two squares; do it on the reverse side and leave a small aperture in one of the sides, so that you can later turn it inside out.
The depression that you see in the pictures is necessary so that the rings won't slide to the sides; so, before doing everything else, place the ribbons (two pieces about 20 cm each) in the middle of the pillow and two buttons, one over the ribbons and the other on the bottom of the pillow. Sew through the pillow and the buttons, pressing well, using a doll needle (it will be easier than with a normal one).

Finally, glue the flowers and the leaves with hot glue and, if you like, decorate with a bow of the same color of the stitch.

I hope that you liked this tutorial, if you have any doubt or question just post a comment!



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkins time


If you walk around for some shopping at this time of the year, you'll see pumpkins everywhere: from real and edible ones, to the fake ones, decorated and ready to be taken out for Halloween...
So, I saw so many of them, and they were so attractive that I couldn't help but look for a good tutorial to make a fabric one...what a pity, huh? ;)

Here is my pumpkin and the good tutorial:

It's very easy and rather quick to make. For my pumpkin I used a 1m square of orange fabric, and for the filling I used cotton. The final diameter is about 30cm.

One more thing...from the fabric that was left over, I cut another square of about 15cm, and I made a mini-pumpkin pin cute:

I hope you liked it! Cheers!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Felt flowers


Time has come to tell you about these cute roses...back in 2011 I found a couple of very easy tuorials to make these flowers in a snap...and, since then, between presents for my friends...and for me hehe, I have never stopped! Really they are very versatile: depending on what you put on the base, they can be used as brooches, hair bobbles, clips, decoration for a belt or a pair of shoes, or whatever your imagination can suggest!

Here are the links to the tutorials:

For the big flower: the small one:

 For any doubt you might have on the tutorials or the materials, you can post a comment here below, if you like!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Chicken garland

My home is a farm.

I just realized... owls in the dining room, fishes in the bathroom, sheeps in the living room... and chickens in the kitchen! I guess it is because I miss the countryside... or maybe I just like creating all these animals...hmmm, I think that's both.

To conclude, I warmly recommend you to make this garland: these chickens will bring a lot of happiness in whatever room you will hang them.

So, what about the instructions?

First of all, click here to download the pattern and print it. Cut the pieces for the wings and the comb from some red felt, the beak from some orange felt, and the eyes and pupils from some white and black felt, respectively.
For the body I used some cotton fabric, but of course you could do it with felt as well! Cut two pieces, leaving approx 1 cm of margin for sewing.

Now... time to sew!
First, the small pieces: comb, beak, eyes and pupils. Remember to put some filling in the beak and in the comb. I decorated each wing with a simple running stitch; you can of  course customize it as you prefer.
For the  legs, I used some mouse tail ribbon. Cut a small piece, fold it and make a pair of knots for each leg.

Sew the body inside out, leaving a small opening so that you can reverse it and fill it with cotton. When you are done, close it with some stitches.

With some thread or some glue for fabric, put into place the other parts (comb, eyes, etc.).


Here are some more pictures so that you can see the details... please don't pay too much attention to the defects....

I hope you liked it! Cheers

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Table runner

A quick and easy work to decorate a table, a chests of drawers, or some living room furniture...

Here you can find the tutorial on which I based my work:

I did not like the proposed way of connecting the hearts, so, instead of buttons and trimmings, I used some small rectangles made of white felt, attached with a little drop of hot glue on the back side of the hearts... almost invisible!


Monday, August 27, 2012

A fabric and cotton aquarium

Holidays are over... well, looking at the positive side, it's time to dedicate some time to crafts!

Still, before starting with some new work, I'd like to bring this page up to date. So, to share some ideas, I'd like to show you a mobile that was very successful at home:

To make it, I painted a branch with a mixture of enamel and a little water, and, while it was drying (it takes a lot of time...), I drafted fishes of different shapes and sizes. At last, I came up with the shape I liked, and made five of it with  fabric body and felt eyes and fins. I made them a little fat with my beloved IKEA pillow filling, and finally I hung them to the coral-branch with some fishing thread.

That was really easy and, aside from the time it took the branch to dry, it was also very quick to make!

Here are more photos of it. If you liked the shape of my fishes, you can  download them clicking here.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sheep pillow


Going on with the memories from 2010... now it's the time of my first work with the sewing machine...the sheep pillow! I found myself cursing a lot the sewing machine because of the thread that broke repeatedly, and well, because of my scarse expertise it came out with some rough spots, but all in all I am quite happy with the result =)
When I saw the tutorial, I fell in love with it immediately! Here is the link:

I just changed one thing: instead of using felt for the body, I used a synthetic tissue that feels like wool to the touch... cheaper and softer ;)

For the filling, I suggest you to go to IKEA and grab the 1.99 EUR pillow: it is perfect!

And here are some pictures of my sheep:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Owls in the dining room

When we moved, one year ago, I was looking for something to decorate one of the walls of our dining room (it looked very sad and empty). During a walk on the hills, I found a very nice branch, and I already knew what to do with it =)

In the internet, I found this owl pattern, from which I took the inspiration:

and here are some pictures of the mobile, and the pattern for the flying owl  (to be printed at 100% resolution, without adjustments).

For the baby owl, I  made a scaled down copy of the pattern, 25% of the original if I recall correctly.

And here is the most friendly  one: it moves with the breeze that enters in the morning, while his companions stand still on the branch and rest.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Decorated boxes

Talking more about the year 2010… I just found these pictures of some wooden boxes that I decorated with paint, felt and/or decoupage. Here are the pictures and the ideas! I hope you will like it and find them useful.

I am also providing you the patterns for the ladybirds, the bees and the leaves: click here to download it; for the roses, it is sufficient to cut a felt disc of approx 8-10 cm (depending on how big you want the flowers to be) and then cut it as a somewhat irregular spiral. When you reach the end of the spiral, you'll have a small disc that will be the base of the flower. Roll it, glue it to the base, and you're done. Here is a link that explains the technique more in detail:

For this flower, you have to cut 5 petals, put them together, sew the end of one of them (in the pattern you can see the small dots where you have to sew) and, with the same thread, sew the other petals until you get the complete flower. In the center, you can glue a small pearl, if you like ;)