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Super Sunny – DIY Felt Sunflower Wreath

Hello my lovely fellow craft-loving friends! I hope your September has been fun and creatively inspired! Ours sure turned out to be. Oh and it’s been busy, and at times hectic, and at others felt chaotic, but that doesn’t change – whether we craft or not – right?!? So might as well carve out a little time for some art therapy :oD The dishes and vacuuming can wait till tomorrow!  I find crafting cathartic and the end result once my craft is finished rewarding – usually, anyway. I do totally bomb on an attempt to make something sometimes, but I chalk those up to a learning experience and then give it another go on the next attempt (I do my best to stay focused on the positive rather than wallow in the “what or how I did wrong” so that I don’t get down on myself or my failed attempts at creativity). And that my friends is how I usually stay inspired to keep on making things! Or at least trying to…

And on that note, here is something newly made which luckily didn’t bomb at all in my opinion. I really love the way this felt sunflower cafe out and am pretty pleased with my second attempt at adding bead work details to fabric (my first one was a ribbon belt piece I made for my Aunt to wear at my parent’s vow renewal ceremony which they did for their 40th wedding anniversary! 40 YEARS!!!!!!). Anyways, I digress (because 40 years of marriage isn’t exactly something to gloss over). My point is that I think this flower turned out to be absolutely stunning. Especially when paired with the beautiful crocheted leaves that Katie made to go with it for our 2nd fall wreath!!! I’ll get into the details of how to make the flower, the leaves, and attach them all to the wreath below.  As usual, I have added notes on steps you can skip if you aren’t trying to spend as much time as I did in making this flower.

Supplies

  • 1 piece of felt fabric in yellow (or alternate color of your choice)
  • 1 piece of felt fabric in brown (or alternate color of your choice)
  • Scissors
  • Thread in the same/similar colors as your felt
  • A needle for sewing everything together (if you’re going to do the beadwork on the center, you need a needle small enough to fit through the smallest beads used)

Optional – for the more detailed look:

  • Assorted brown beads for the center detail (or alternate color of your choice)
  • Marker to add petal detail (I used an orange permanent chalk marker)

Also optional – to make the wreath

  • A wreath to add everything to once it’s finished (I used a birch twig wreath that I already had which you can find at just about any craft store)
  • Crocheted leaves (or you can make some out of felt if you’d prefer!)

Cutting the Felt

I lucked out in a BIG WAY this time around when it came to cutting my petals!  Katie and I got together for a crafting night and invited our other sister-friend over to hang out and help (her name is Christine, and she is absolutely WONDERFUL!).  So while I worked on beading the center, Christine cut out ALL of my petals!

  • Cut 35-40 petals out in the color you want the flower to be
  • Cut out a medium-ish circle in the same color (this is for the back and won’t be seen)
  • Cut out a small-ish circle in the color you want the center to be

I didn’t add any waves to these petals – sunflower petals are typically pretty crisp so I just left them as-is.

Adding Detail

As I scoured the internet for photos of sunflowers, I knew I wanted to find a way to make the center of mine the focal point.  I didn’t want to use embroidery, and I knew I didn’t want to just throw a felt center in there.  Thankfully the idea came to me while looking at images to attempt a beaded center that had tons of texture and a circular structure!

As usual, some or all of these steps can be skipped if you want to make your flower much quicker. 

Adding Detail to the Petals

To add some depth to the petals, I took my orange marker and swept lines from the base of the petal out toward the tip (just like I did in my last post where there are photos of the process – only this time I didn’t do them fanned out, rather just down the length of the petal, stopping just before reaching the very tip).

Next I stuck the two bottom corners of the petals together (the same way I did with the felt peony post from last month, but this time with thread instead of glue). You can skip this step, but it gives the flower more depth and volume once it’s all put together if you choose to do it.

Making the Pistil

This is where the bulk of the work happens with making this particular sunflower. I started by sewing a larger bead to the very center of the small circle and then went around that with my small beads, sewing each one to the felt individually. The best way to really keep the circular shape is to first sew each bead of the circle to the felt, then take your needle and go back through the whole circle of beads with the thread, then sew back down into the felt and pull somewhat tightly.

You keep doing this, one circle at a time, until you’ve got a beaded circle in the right size.  I alternated beads whenever I felt like it but kept the same size of bead at least while sewing each individual circle. Here is what it looked like once I was finished:

Making the Leaves

Katie crocheted the leaves that go with this flower and they look AMAZING! She found and bought a super cute leaf pattern here and used leaf 2, generic leaf. She used “I Love this Cotton” yarn from Hobby Lobby (the pattern calls for thread size 10 but we wanted the leaves to be bigger and sturdier). Since we couldn’t find yarn in the exact color of green we were hoping for, we went ahead and used some green fabric dye. Once the dyed leaves were dry, I starched and ironed them to give them some stiffness.

Don’t you just love them?!

Putting the Flower Together

To put this flower together, I took the medium sized circle of felt and started sewing petals to it, starting with the very back layer of petals and working in towards the center.  I used yellow thread and added my first round of petals which had 13 total, and then I placed my next round so that each petal was sewn in between the previous and just a tad closer to the center than the last.  I did this over and over until I had all of layers of petals attached with the layer at the center being the topmost one. It looked like the picture below once I was all finished.

Next I attached the beaded center using a brown thread. I went around the outermost layer of beads and sewed the middle to the petals, making sure each stitch landed in between two beads and not over the top of any of them. I started my stitch inside the outermost circle, went up and over it (again, at a point where two of the beads met so my thread ended up hidden) and back down into the circle with the petals attached. I did this all the way around the middle, adding a stitch every 1/4″ or so until it felt securely tacked down.

And this is what my flower looked like when it was all finished!!!  I LOVE IT!!!

Putting the Wreath Together

I laid the flower out with the petals in order to get an idea of how it would look once I attached it to the wreath.  It wasn’t until I did this with the wreath behind everything that I really figured out how it was going to look and what would be just right for the overall look.

At first I wasn’t sure it was going to look good at all – and then I found that adding some movement to the leaves made ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!!!  So, when placing the leaves on the wreath, I laid them in such a way that the leaves curved with the wreath but also up away from the wreath, then back down toward it.  Sewing the leaves onto this wreath took a lot of patience as I had to navigate through all of the sticks and take care not to break any off (ok, so I broke a few, but not so many that it mattered!).  While I could have glued the leaves and flower down, since this is going to be outside and possibly in the heat, I felt it was best to stick with sewing in spite of the frustration doing so caused for a short while.

It took a little playing with it to get the overall finished look but it was well worth it, don’t you think?!?

I hope you enjoyed this post! I sure do love my new front door wreath 🙂

I would love to hear from you – your thoughts on the tutorial, questions, or whether you tried making this yourself!

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Precious Little Pansy – DIY Felt Flower

Hello again!  I hope the temperature is starting to cool down for you, wherever you’re from, and that the joy of fall’s crisp, cool morning air has become a reality (if you’re into that sort of thing like I am, that is)!

Today I’m going to walk through the process I took in making this felt pansy. It was my first time making one of these, although the photo below is actually of the third and final version (I had two prototypes that I thought were ok and cute enough, but weren’t exactly what I had in mind for this post. That’s why they call it the “creative process” right?!).

I made a video tutorial this time (my very first one ever!) which covers every step in detail, but will outline the information below as well.

As I was preparing for this post, I was trying to think of the best flower to use to attach to one of the headbands Katie made from our last post.  I wanted something that didn’t stick up too high but had a decent amount of detail to it.  The poppy flower from my previous tutorial was out of the question since it indeed would have stuck up to high, and the peony was just too big.  I started searching through Google images for different types of flowers and at first was looking at orchids and daisies when a pansy popped up in my screen.  I never would have thought to make a pansy – In the past I’ve had almost a disdain for pansies (maybe because I remember my mom giving me the chore of planting them in our garden what felt like all of the time when I was a kid lol).  But as I looked through pictures of them, I started to realize just how intricate and diverse they are and found a whole new appreciation for these beautiful flowers!  I love them so much now that may even plant some in my own front yard…maybe.

A couple of disclaimers: The photos below are from screen shots of the video, so please forgive their lack of clarity at times. Also, for the video, it is my first one like I said so hopefully I did a decent job and explained my process well!

Supplies

This time around I decided to sew the flower together instead of glue.  This was partially due to the fact that this is for a baby’s headband and I worry that somehow my crazy-strong daughter could pull a glued one apart (I doubt it but that thought did cross my mind), but mostly because I don’t want the extra bulk from the glue. That and I want to use embroidery thread to add details that using glue just wouldn’t accommodate. So here is the list of supplies:

  • Felt (I used 2 colors, but you don’t have to)
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery thread (I used 2 colors, but you don’t have to)
  • Optional:
  • Markers in similar colors to your felt. I used some Tombow brush pens that I already had on deck.

Cutting the felt

Pansies come in a ton of color combinations. I used a light aqua-ish blue and a dark teal for my flower because I want to attach it to a teal headband that Katie made for our first September collaboration project. You can use just about any colors you want though.

Cut out the following from the color you want the front petals to be:

  • 2 medium sized petals
  • 1 larger heart shaped petal
  • Cut out the following from the color you want the back petals to be:

    • 2 medium-large sized petals
  • Optional – for extra detail:

    2 small petals
    1 small heart shaped petal

You can download this pansy flower template if you’d like and use it to get the same shape I have for my flower. Here is what my petals looked like once I cut them out initially.

Below in the Adding Details section, I added steps on adding some curves and movement to them, which is something you may want to do as well.

Adding Details

There are pansies with really clean, crisp petals and some where the petal has waves alllllllll the way around it. There are some that have both crisp petals and wavy petals. Some have multi-colored and others are fairly monotone. Your options are pretty endless on how to make one. For mine, I wanted a monochromatic appearance for the most part but with a soft, organic appearance and a lot of extra detail.

All of these next steps are optional – you can do as few or as many of them as you’d prefer.

Cutting waves

I’m going for a softer, slightly wavy look, so I cut small shallow curves around mine.

Adding lines with markers

Next I added lines in a fan shape, starting at the point and fanning out toward the petals edges. I used some brush pens I have which if I’m being honest was not the best choice. They turned my fingers so very blue as I worked with them because it took forever for the ink to dry! Oh well – love and learn, right?! :oP

That being said, I used a dark blue for the dark teal petals and a light blue for the aqua.

Shaping

Then, I pulled the edges of each petal in all different directions to add movement to them.

And this is where I REALLY started to get blue fingers…if you watch the video, they just get more and more blue as I go along. It washes off within a day, thankfully, but I don’t think I’ll use these particular markers for working with felt ever again lol!!!

Adding embroidered lines

The last step I took was to add some embroidered lines on the petal in the same fan shape as I used to add the marker lines. After I was all finished, I took my dark blue marker and colored some of the thread lines at the base of the flower just to add even more depth.

I walk through the steps of how I added my embroidery lines in the video tutorial.

Putting the flower together

This part is easier than it sounds and actually very quick to do.

I wanted my Pansy to have a yellow center, so I used yellow thread to sew the points from each of the front three petals together. First I placed two petals together face to face and added a few stitches to the just side of the points to secure them. Next I took the third petal and placed it face to face with one of the two I had just sewn together. I added a few stitches to the side of the points (the opposite side on the one that I had previously sewn) to secure them together. I placed the remaining two front petals face to face and stitched them together as well.

Then, I took my needle and thread and embroidered a circle in the flower’s center. I went about 1/4″ from the center to start my stitch and always went back down through the center as shown in the photos below.

With my last few stitches of yellow thread, I attached the two back petals securely using the same method of adding to the yellow circle as I did. And then took a step back to admire the result. I really love the way this flower came out and have a new adoration for pansies that I never thought I would thanks to the process of making it!

Just for reference, here is what it would look like if you chose not to add all of the wavy lines on the petals and used a different method of embroidery.  It was the my first prototype in preparing for the post.  For it I added short stitches for the lines rather than the long stitches in the alternate example.  I also didn’t put the “heart shape” into the bottom petal.  This flower is adorable but is just more “cutesy” than I wanted my final product to be…

Attaching the Flower to Katie’s Headband

The final step I took was to sew the flower onto the incredible headband Katie had made. I secured the center of the flower down first, then tacked the bottom and top petals to the band a bit as well so that the flower didn’t stick up more than I wanted it to. I think it looks SOOOO AMAZING!!! Don’t you?!

And is even cuter when you put it on an adorable baby!!! 🙂 I am biased since I’m her mom, but still…..the level of cuteness here is off the charts!!!!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Let me know what you think about making it yourself in the comments, and be sure to check out the video version for step by step details. If you give this a try and/or have anything you’d like to share about it, I would love to hear from you!

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Easy Peasy Lemon Peel Fall Headbands

IMG_8597.JPGHello hello hello!!! Can you believe it’s September already?!? Which means it’ll be Christmas before we know it! So what better time to start making gifts and cute cold weather wear??  This is one of the quickest items to make and they turn out so so adorable you can hardly stand it.  I mean just look at my niece / Jen’s adorable baby sporting this seasons’s latest fashion.

Not that the headband by itself isn’t to die for, but Jen wrote a post on how to attach a handmade flower to a headband as well which just makes it even more adorable!  However, first thing first, making this awesome headband.

There are a couple of different ways to make your headband, you can complete it in the round or you can make it straight across and sew the ends together.  I prefer the straight across method because I feel it’s easier to control the tension of the foundation row making both the top and bottom of the headband the same. The pattern that follows will be for the straight across method, if there’s a real want for the in the round method please leave a comment and I will be more than happy to post that method as well.

Easy Peasy Lemon Peel Fall Headband

So the best part about this pattern is you don’t really need to worry about gauge and you can use whichever type of yarn you’d like.  The main thing you have to do is measure the length of your band.  I found this awesome guide for band measurements from The Friendly Red Fox blog:

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Using this graph I made my nieces headband for the 6-12 months, band size 15-17″.  If you’re able to, it’s always best to measure the head of the intended party, but if you’re not able to I would go down the middle.

Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook
  • Yarn
  • Measuring Tape
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Stitches for the Lemon Peel Pattern

  • CH-Chain Stitch
  • DC-Double Crochet (video tutorial at end of post)
  • SC-Single Crochet (video tutorial in video section of blog)

Pattern for Lemon Peel Stitch (Video tutorial at end of post)

The main thing to remember for this pattern is that the foundation chain must be an odd number.  So chain however many you need in order to reach your band length. For mine it will be 15″ for my niece.

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After desired length is achieved beside to count how many chains you have, so originally I had 56, but I know I need an odd number so I chained one more to 57. Don’t worry if this ends up being slightly too big, we can adjust that at the end if needed.

Now that we’ve completed our chain we are going to start our Lemon Peel Stitch! I LOVE this stitch, it’s so easy and has so much texture. It’s hands down one of my favorite stitches.  When working our foundation chain for this project we want to work our stitches into the back bump of our chain. This makes sure our foundation chain doesn’t end up tighter than the last row of our work and it also has a more finished look.  If you’re not familiar with working in the back bump hopefully the images below will help you out.

                                             Front                                              Back

It’s kind of hard to see, but if you look at the back of your chain there is a little bump, and that is where we want to put our hook.

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook, DC, *SC,DC* repeat until the end of the row.  (You should end with a DC)

Row 2-4: SC into previous rows DC (the first stitch), DC, *SC,DC* repeat until the end of the row

*If you want to make an ear warmer for an adult, just keep repeating rows until the desired width has been achieved*

At the end of row 4 you want to leave about 18″ of yarn tail before cutting.  Once cut, yarn over and pull through the last stitch to end your work.

If you have the intended wearer available this is the time to make sure it’s the right size.  If it’s a little too large you can fix it with this step.  Bring the ends of your band together and thread your tapestry needle with the yarn at the end of you work.  Next you’ll sew your ends together, it doesn’t have to be pretty/perfect because this part will be covered.

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Once your ends are sewn together pinch the top and bottom portion of your seems together and place a stitch through them to create the “bow” in the headband.

Once you have made this last stitch, wrap the remaining yarn around the seamed portion of the headband in an even manner until you have a section that looks like this:

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With the remaining tail of the yarn you’ve just used and the tail of the yarn from the beginning of your chain, tie them together in the back.  After you’ve made a nice tight knot, weave in the rest of your ends in the back.  And that’s it!! Besides these headbands being super easy, they don’t use much yarn at all.  In fact, if you’re on a budget you can pick up these little balls of yarn at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents! And if you get them on their sale week their 69 cents, and you can easily make two headbands.

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Videos for Double Crochet and Lemon Peel Stitch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py2EbpLBrXM

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Fall is around the corner!

Hello and happy September!!! Jen here at Hedge & Fox posting this time to tell you that we are beyond excited for the change over from summer to fall (can I get an amen!?!) and have some exciting things planned which we’d like to share with you!

September has always been my favorite month – maybe a little because it’s my birthday month – but mostly because I just love this season and all it entails!!! Crisp fall air; beautiful oranges, reds and yellows on the trees; fall decor; warming yourself by the fireplace; scarves…I could go on and on!

Katie and I selected a specific set of colors for the theme of each project this month that make us feel as fall-y-as-can-be. We felt like these colors depicted our opinions of fall the best: eggplant, burgundy, turquoise, deep teal, burnt orange, mustard yellow, navy and cream. We have some very fun and cute autumn-themed diy collaborations that we will be writing and photographing to share with you guys. The first will be on making a fall wreath made with of felt and crochet leaves. Next, we will share how to make your own fall themed baby headband. And later in the month, we will be creating a decorative bowl out of doilies that will be the perfect addition to any coffee, entry or buffet table!

We can’t wait to share these projects with you and see how you like them! Stay tuned for upcoming posts covering in detail how to make each item – and as always, we would love to hear from you and find out what your favorite thing about fall is, which projects you loved, which ones you’re going to try or have tried yourself, and what you think about our blog!!!

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