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DIY felt daffodil headband tutorial

Our A Year of Wreaths project with Laura Howard ended in December and we wanted to do a few more posts to show you how the templates and tutorials she shared in the series could be used to create a whole bunch of different projects! Here is the first post in this spin off series, with a tutorial for a pretty spring daffodil headband. Daffodils have recently become available again and they are just the best! So it’s perfect timing for this spring headband which is just as cheerful as the flower it represents. Over to you, Laura!

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

One of the awesome things about felt crafting is how easy it is to get creative and adapt projects to make new things. Swap ribbon for a brooch clasp to turn an ornament into a brooch, stuff a pincushion with lavender to turn it into a lavender sachet, enlarge some brooch templates and use them to add an applique design to a cushion…there are always so many crafty possibilities!

Inspired by this, here is the first of our series of fun ideas for things you can make using templates and tutorials I’ve previously shared here on The Daily Stitch

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

To make this cute and colourful felt headband you will need:

* The template sheet from the March Daffodil Wreath tutorial
* Wool blend felt in Banana Cream and Hallows Eve
* Orange stranded embroidery thread
* A plastic headband / Alice band
* Yellow sewing thread
* Sewing scissors
* Embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small or fiddly shapes!)
* Optional: pinking shears
* Sewing needles and pins
* A glue gun and glue
* A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
* Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

To make the headband:

Use the Narcissi templates from the Daffodil Wreath tutorial to cut out the following felt pieces: ten yellow petal pieces, five orange trumpet pieces and five orange circles.

When you cut each trumpet cut along three sides of the template with sewing scissors and along the remaining (long) side with pinking shears – just above the edge of the paper template. If you don’t have any pinking shears you could use embroidery scissors to cut a zigzagged edge, or just cut a straight edge.

Follow steps 3, 4 and 5 from the Daffodil Wreath tutorial to sew the trumpet and petals together.

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

Use a glue gun to stick the flower pieces to a plastic headband: first the petals, then the trumpets. Start with the central flower and work outwards, adding a small amount of glue to the felt pieces and pressing them in place very carefully.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

Additional photography by September Pictures.

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DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile

Today we have such a fun project for you mums to be, or for anyone wanting to give a handmade gift to a new baby in the family/friend group! This sweet and colourful weather-themed baby mobile was created by Laura Howard. Take it away, Laura!

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

Today I’m sharing a how-to for making a cute and colourful felt baby mobile inspired by the weather. Learn to sew fluffy clouds and rainclouds, a smiling sun and a bright rainbow then combine them all to make a mobile!

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

This mobile would make a sweet addition to any nursery or a special gift for new parents. You could also use the tutorials to make individual ornaments or fun brooches – just add a ribbon loop or a brooch clasp. As with all mobiles, this is a decoration not a toy so make sure you hang the finished project well out of reach of little fingers.

You will need:

The PDF template sheets: cloud templates, rainbow templates, sun templates
Felt in white, grey and 6 rainbow colours. I used the following shades of wool blend felt: White, Silver Grey, Red, Hallows Eve, Banana Cream, Pea Soup, Turquoise and Wisteria.
Matching sewing threads
Black sewing thread
Black and Turquoise embroidery thread
White embroidery thread (or clear plastic “invisible” thread)
Black seed beads
Toy stuffing
An embroidery hoop (about 8 inches)
Sewing needles and pins
Large, sharp sewing needle
Sewing scissors
Embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small shapes!)
Air-erasable fabric marker

To make a white or grey cloud:

  1. Use the templates provided to cut out two matching cloud shapes from white or grey felt. I’ve included templates for two different cloud shapes (Cloud A and Cloud B), so you can make a mix of clouds in the different shapes and colours.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Place the cloud pieces together and whip stitch around the edge with matching sewing thread. Stuff the cloud gradually as you sew around the edge, adding small pieces of toy stuffing to firmly fill the cloud shape.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

To make a raincloud:

  1. Use the templates provided to cut out three cloud shapes from white or grey felt: two matching clouds (Cloud A or Cloud B) and one matching inside piece (Cloud A Inside or Cloud B Inside). Also cut out three small and six large raindrops from turquoise blue felt.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Cut a piece of turquoise embroidery thread to match the raindrops. Knot it at one end and sew a vertical stitch through one of the small raindrops. Remove the needle and set the raindrop aside. Repeat this step for the other two small raindrops.
  2. Layer the raindrop pieces so each small raindrop is sandwiched between (and hidden by) two large raindrops. Sew around the large raindrops with whip stitch and matching sewing thread, starting and finishing your stitching at the top of each raindrop. You should now have three felt raindrops, each suspended from a length of embroidery thread.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Use the embroidery threads to attach the raindrops to the inside cloud piece.

Sew a single vertical stitch upwards through the felt, adjust the thread until you’re happy with the position of the raindrop (remember that the finished cloud will be slightly larger – make sure you leave enough thread so the raindrops will dangle freely!). Then secure the thread and trim any excess. Repeat to secure the other two raindrops to the felt.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Layer the cloud pieces, so the inside piece is sandwiched between (and hidden by) the two larger pieces. Whip stitch around the edge with matching sewing thread. Stuff the cloud gradually as you sew around the edge, adding small pieces of toy stuffing to firmly fill the cloud shape.

Being by stitching along the bottom of the cloud, making sure the raindrops are hanging neatly as you sew past them.

If you’re making a grey raincloud you can stuff the cloud on one side only (i.e. with the smaller inside piece pressed against one of the outer pieces). If you’re making a white raincloud the blue embroidery thread inside the cloud may show through the felt and be visible on the outside. To avoid this, add stuffing evenly to either side of the inner cloud shape so all the blue thread is hidden by a layer of stuffing.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

To make the sun:

  1. Use the templates provided to cut out two yellow sun pieces and one orange sun rays piece.

Tip: when cutting out the rays, I found it easiest to roughly cut around the shape then to cut down one side of each “ray” first, and then to cut up along the other sides to reveal the final shape.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Draw a smiley face on one of the yellow sun pieces using an air-erasable fabric marker: a smile and two dots for the eyes. Cut a length of black embroidery thread and separate half the strands (so use three of the six strands). Use the black thread to backstitch along the smile, sewing small stitches for a smooth curve. Finish your stitching neatly at the back then trim any excess thread.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Add two black seed beads for the eyes. Use black sewing thread, sewing each bead flat like an O with three or four stitches. To avoid the black thread being visible through the yellow felt, don’t carry your thread between the eyes – instead start a fresh piece of thread for the second bead.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Line up all three sun pieces carefully so the rays are sandwiched between the two yellow circles. Use yellow sewing thread and whip stitch to sew the layers together. Turn the felt back and forth as you sew, so you can check that your stitching is in the right place on both sides. Sew most of the way around the circle, leaving a gap for stuffing.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Stuff the sun with small pieces of toy stuffing, gradually adding stuffing to both sides between the layers until the sun is evenly stuffed. Then sew up the gap, pinching the felt firmly between your fingers to make sure the layers are in the right position and sewn together neatly.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

To make a rainbow:

  1. In this step you’ll be using seven paper templates to cut out six pieces in rainbow order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. This is a slightly different way of cutting out felt pieces than usual, so read the whole of this step before you begin cutting!

Use the largest template (A) to cut out the first colour (red). Position the next template (B) on the red shape you’ve just cut out, lining the template up in the centre of the base line and pinning it in place. Then carefully cut round the curve of the paper template, cutting away the strip of felt above it in one single piece. This curved strip of felt will be the red line of the rainbow.

Repeat this process to cut out all the colours, working through the templates in decreasing size to cut out all six rainbow pieces. When you get to the smallest templates, you may find it easier to hold them in place instead of pinning them.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Position the smallest (purple) rainbow shape on a piece of white felt. Make sure the bottom (straight) edges of the curved shape are level with each other and that you’ve left plenty of space to add the rest of the rainbow pieces.

With matching sewing thread and small running stitches, sew a line down the centre of the curved shape. Hold it in place with the thumb and forefinger of your other hand as you sew.

Tip: Don’t sew too close to the bottom edges as you may need to trim them slightly later.

  1. Add the next line of the rainbow, sewing it with a line of running stitch in matching thread as before. Repeat this step to add all the rainbow colours one by one.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Cut out the rainbow from the backing felt. Carefully trim the bottom of the rainbow (if required) to create a straight edge.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Use the rainbow shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece from white felt.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Join the front and back of the rainbow together, sewing the edges with whip stitch in white sewing thread.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

To construct the mobile:

  1. Follow the steps above to sew all the felt designs. To make the mobile pictured you’ll need four white clouds, two grey clouds, one grey raincloud, one sun and one rainbow. The larger you want your mobile to be, the more pieces you’ll need!

Plan the arrangement of your mobile, laying out the pieces in columns to get a mix of designs across the mobile – each column will be one strand of the mobile.

  1. Cut three long pieces of white embroidery thread – one for each strand of the mobile. If you’re making a larger or smaller mobile, cut more or less thread as needed.

Thread a large sharp needle with one of the pieces and tie a large knot at one end. Pass the needle upwards through the first shape you want to add (the one which will hang at the bottom of a strand), carefully squashing the shape down so you can gently poke then pull the needle through the entire shape. Repeat to add all the pieces to the 3 strands of thread.

Tip: This step can be tricky so take care! Alternatively, you can use “invisible” clear plastic thread and running stitch to sew up the back of each piece – because the thread doesn’t show up, you can sew in and out of the felt without worrying about your stitches being visible when the mobile is displayed.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

  1. Tie the three strands of embroidery thread loosely to the inner ring of an embroidery hoop (approximately 8 inches wide), so they’re evenly spaced around the hoop. Adjust the positions of the felt mobile pieces until you’re happy with them then knot the threads securely to the hoop.

Now bring all three threads into the centre of the hoop and knot them together, making sure that the hoop hangs level. You can trim any excess thread once the mobile has been hung in position.

DIY Felt Weather Baby Mobile Tutorial

IMPORTANT: please note that this mobile is not a toy should always be hung securely, well out of the reach of babies and young children.

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Tutorial! Vegan leather necklace

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the final of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find all of the tutorials in the series here.

Take it away Laura…

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use a chain from an old necklace, or a length of ribbon, to make a bold geometric necklace. Use the templates provided or get creative and draw your own design!

To make this necklace you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A sewing needle
* Sewing scissors
* An air-erasable fabric marker pen or an ordinary felt tip pen
* The necklace template sheet – click here to download and print the PDF
* Matching felt (I used baby blue) and sewing thread
* A necklace chain or a length of ribbon

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

 

To make the necklace:

Use the templates provided to cut out pieces A to F from the synthetic leather. Place the paper templates on the back of the leather, trace around them using an air-erasable fabric marker or a felt tip pen then cut out the shape using sewing scissors.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Sew the pieces together using whip stitch and matching sewing thread (I used blue thread throughout). Start with the smallest pieces, sewing piece A to piece B then piece B to piece C and so on, so you’re only stitching through two layers of the leather at a time.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Once you’ve sewn all the pieces together, use the leather shape as a template to cut out a matching piece of felt for the back of the necklace.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Place the felt and leather together then use sewing thread (in the same colour as before) to sew along the top edge, joining the layers together. Place the middle of your necklace chain (or ribbon) between the two layers, so it will be held in place when you sew around the rest of the necklace shape. Make sure there are even lengths of chain (or ribbon) sticking out from each side of the necklace.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Blanket stitch around the rest of the necklace – making sure you don’t let the chain or ribbon slip out as you sew.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

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Tutorial! Vegan leather lightning bolt brooch

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the third of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find all of the tutorials in the series here.

Take it away Laura…

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

This bold lightning bolt brooch would look great pinned to a black coat or sweater! You can also follow these steps to make brooches using the star templates, or any other shape you fancy.

To make this brooch you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A sewing needle
* Sewing scissors
* An air-erasable fabric marker pen or an ordinary felt tip pen
* The brooch template sheet – click here to download and print the PDF
* Matching sewing thread
* Coordinating felt
* A brooch clasp

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

 

To make the brooch:

Use the template provided to cut out the bolt shape from yellow or metallic leather. Turn the template over and place it on the back of the leather, draw around it with a pen then cut it out with sewing scissors. Then place the bolt on a backing piece of contrasting leather.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use whip stitch and matching sewing thread to sew the bolt to the backing leather.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Cut out the bolt, leaving a border framing the shape.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use the shape you’ve just cut out as a template to cut a matching piece of felt. Turn the felt shape over and add a brooch clasp. Sew the clasp in place securely with a double thickness of matching sewing thread.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew the edges together with blanket stitch and matching sewing thread.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

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Tutorial! Cross-body bag with adjustable strap by Kym

We shared the details of our ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ Vignette with you all the other week and promised the tutorial to make your own cross-body bag so here we go…!

Cross body bag tutorial

Cross Body Bag Tutorial

Cross Body Bag Tutorial

What you will need:

*50cm of medium-heavy weight woven fabric for the outside of the bag (I used Essex Yarn Dyed MetallicSand)
*50cm of fabric for the lining (I used Kona Cotton SolidsEggshell)
*Medium weight fusible interfacing
*Paper to make your pattern
*This downloadable pattern guide sheet
*Magnetic snap fastener
*Strap slider
*2 x D-rings
*2m webbing
*Matching thread
*General sewing supplies

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

PLEASE NOTE: Seam allowances are 1.5cm unless otherwise stated.

1. Draw out your paper pattern using the pattern guide sheets.

2. Using your paper pattern cut out your fabric. See the pattern pieces for how many pieces you need in the main fabric, interfacing and lining and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric pieces. Remember the rough side is the glue side and use a dry iron. Mark on the snap placement marks.

3. Cut 4 extra pieces of interfacing approx. 8cm x 8cm.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

4. Fuse these extra pieces of interfacing to the centre top of pieces B main, C main and E just inside the seam allowance as shown below. This is to add extra strength to the fastening and strap.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

5. Cut a two 10cm pieces of webbing and slide a D-ring on each piece. Fold the webbing ends in so they meet in the middle.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

6. Place them 4cm from the top of each of the bag sides piece (C main) on the right side where the extra interfacing is in the centre. Stitch a box with a cross in it to hold them in place. Go slow on the machine as it is a thick piece of fabric.

7. They should now look like this…

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

8. Attach the magnetic snap fastener to the pieces as shown on the pattern pieces.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

9. Place pieces A and E right sides together lining up the sides and  front flap edges.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

10. Pin and sew around the top and side edges, pivoting at the corners and back stitching at either end.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

11. Clip corners and turn to right side. Press with the lining rolled in to the inside slightly.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

12. Hem the top edges of your side pieces (C main), and main front (B main) by folding them 1.5cm to the wrong side and stitching.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

13. With right sides together pin one side (C) to your back/flap (A) piece align the bottom raw edges and the hem on the C piece should be in line with the raw edge of the flap lining (E).

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

14. Stitch taking care not to catch the flap lining making sure you lock stitch at each end.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

15. Repeat with other side and press seams towards bag back.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

16. With right sides together pin the bag front (B) to one of the sides (C) aligning the top hem and bottom raw edges. Stitch.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

17. Repeat with the other side and press seams towards the bag front.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

18. With right sides together pin the bottom piece (D) to the bottom of your bag.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

19. Stitch, pivoting at the corners and being sure not to catch any of the bag up in the seam.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

20. As best as possible, press the seams toward the bottom of the bag. Under-stitch along the two long sides as much as is possible. This will help to strengthen base of the bag.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

21. Turn to the right side and push out the bottom corners.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

22. Place your lining side (C) pieces right sides together with one of the lining front pieces. Pin and stitch.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

23. Place the other lining front piece right sides together with the other side of the lining side (C) piece. Pin and stitch. Press all the seams towards the bag sides. You should now have a tube.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

24. Pin the lining bottom piece in place and stitch as you did with the main bag pieces in step 19.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

25. Fold the top edge of your lining 1.5cm to the wrong side and press.

26. Turn the bag lining so wrong sides are facing out. Place the right side of the fold you made in step 25 so it is sitting on the flap lining about 4mm away from the raw edge. The rest of the bag lining should be lying between this side and the bag flap. Without shifting the placement, unfold the edge of the bag ling and pin down through all layers of the bag.

Red line is where the raw edge of flap lining is. Blue line is the fold line on bag lining.

27. Using the fold as your stitching line, stitch along the flap from side seam to side seam. Make sure you don’t catch in the rest of the lining. You may find it helpful to place it under the free arm on the machine to keep it out of the way.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

28. Push the lining into the bag so wrong sides are together.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

29. Pin the folded edge of the remaining three sides to the top hem of the bag and pin in place matching the side seams.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

30. Stitch together by hand using a slip stitch. When you get to the corners with seam allowances make sure you only catch the outside of the bag in your stitches and the seam allowance will slip between and be hidden.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

31. To make the adjustable carry handle slide the slider through the webbing like this (over the centre bar)…

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

32. Then thread it through one of the d-rings on the bag so the slider faces the right way.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

33. Thread it back through the middle bar on the slider like this…

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

34. Fold over the raw edge and stitch using the box shape used before.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

35. To attach the other side simply pass the other end of the webbing through the other d ring taking care not to twist it, fold the raw edge under and stitch in the same way.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Ta da!! Enjoy using your new bag… everyone will want one!

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-Body Bag Tutorial

Cross-Body Bag Tutorial

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

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