Clearly, it’s been a while since Katie or I have posted anything. To be honest, we kind of burned ourselves out from all of the crafting we did around Christmas – more than we initially even realized. And again, in full disclosure, that’s kinda my (and her) usual mode of operation after the rush from Christmas crafting and gift making. But we got started back up again and have been working on some big projects. Thing is, we were so busy with these projects and our deadlines that we didn’t even get a chance to document any of our processes!
The main thing I worked on kept me busy all through March. I, along with the help of Katie and my mom and my sis-in-law, made a gajillion felt flowers for my brother and SIL’s wedding. I wanted to bless them somehow and knew they were on a tight wedding budget, so I made it my mission to add as many felt flowers as possible which went perfectly with their country-boho-chic themed nuptial decor.
It was at times a little stressful but mostly just a heck of a lot of fun. I was able to try out a lot of new techniques that made a huge impact in the way my flowers turned out and got me all re-inspired on trying new ones. Some of them took FOR-FREAKING-EVER – seriously – and some of them were so quick and easy that we were able to bust out a whole bunch with minimal effort. I’ll get into those techniques and details for each flower in other posts later on…but here are a couple of shots mid-process that I managed to snap:
Since the focus was getting the flowers done for the wedding, I didn’t stress about photographing each step, supplies, etc. I’ll have to re-do some of them another day and provide instructions and templates, but today is not that day. Today I just feel like we have been quiet for too long and need to provide some sort of an update – so here it is! We are still live and well and crafting our butts off.
So, here are literally the ONLY photos I have of these Completed flowers right now. I even missed taking photos at the actual wedding (to be fair, I had to do the bride’s makeup, my niece’s hair, my mom’s makeup, and my hair and makeup, place the flowers for the reception, be in family photos, dance with my hubby and son and daughter, have fun and visit with people I hadn’t seen in forever, etc…so I’m not at all upset about forgetting to take pictures)!
Its Halloween time! And who doesn’t like free candy?!? Especially all the cute mini humans. So what better craft for this month than making trick or treat bags? Even if you don’t have your own little ones like myself, they make cute shopping bags for October.
I have to admit this has been my favorite project thus far! These bags just turned out so darn cute I can hardly stand it!!! The best thing about them (besides being this freakin cute) is they are so quick and easy. Now when I say “quick” for crochet, that means you can get it done in a day.
Felt – 1 sheet of black , 1 sheet of yellow, 1 sheet of white
Crochet hook (I used a 5.5mm hook)
Embroidery Thread (I used the thicker Pearl Cotten kind like this)
Needle for sewing
Pattern for “Trick or Treat” bag
This pattern is worked in the round and uses the Half Double Crochet Stitch and assumes you as the maker know general crochet terms. Hook size used it 5.5mm and finished bag is 15″ x 10″.
HDC-Half Double Crochet
RD 1: CH 46, working in the back of chain only (see photos below), place HDC in second “bump” from the hook, and repeat until the end of the row – [45 stitches]
To work in the back bumps, simply turn your chain over and look for the “bump” on the back , place your hook under the 2nd bump from the hook and crochet as normal.
When you reach the last ST (ST 45) place two more ST in the same ST for a total of 3 HDC’s in the last ST – [47 stitches]
Instead of turning our work keep working your round by crocheting on the opposite side, placing HDCs in each ST along the row – [92 stitches]
When you reach the last ST place an additional HDC for a total of two ST in the last ST – [93 stitches]
This should give you about 15″ in width.
RD 2-end – Continue placing a HDC in each ST around until your bag reaches 10″ in height. Once height is reached end your row on the side, making sure both sides of your bag are even, and weave in end.
At this point choose which side of the bag you like better, the inside or the current front side. The look is slightly varied and can simply be turned inside out!
Make two – start chain with about a foot of tale for sewing
Row 1 – CH 6, working in back bumps, place HDC in 2nd bump from the hook and across, CH 1, turn [5 stitches]
Row 2-end – HDC in first ST and across row [5 stitches]
Continue until your handle is 12″ in length, leaving 12″ of tail after ending row for sewing.
Count 11 stitches from each end of the bag and place a stitch marker as shown below.
Then from each stitch marker count 5 stitches inward and place another stitch marker. There should be 11 stitches between each end of the handle.
Sew in ends of the handle being sure not to twist the handles during placement.
Sew across the bottom of the handle and top of bag about 2-3 times until secure then weave in the tail and repeat for other end and other side of the bag.
Next cut out your felt letters and candy corn pieces and pin them to your bag, being careful not to pin both sides of your bag together (I may or may not have learned this the hard way…).
Then begin sewing on your letters! This is where all the cuteness happens right before your eyes!
Now theres only one step left… and it’s by far the best step. PUT IN CANDY!
I hope you enjoy making this bag as much as Jen and I did. Even my neighbor’s cat Lily was in love!
I love California Golden Poppy flowers. They are so simple yet breathtakingly beautiful and are dispersed all throughout the Golden State. Golden Poppies are the state flower of California and ever since I moved here when I was 8, just the sight of them growing wild along the highway or in a field somewhere has brought me joy. I especially love their vibrant yellow-orange hue and the way they fully open up when the sun first hits them in the morning, then close back up once it gets dark and wait patiently for the the next day to open again. They welcome sunshine daily in such a bold and joyous manner – I feel it’s a reminder of the way we should welcome love and Light into our lives daily and trust that each morning brings us a fresh chance to start again, even if we failed in some way yesterday.
*Gets down from soapbox*
In other words, poppies make me smile. Another reason I love this flower is that making one out of felt is super easyand quick! 🙂 Below is a tutorial on how to make one which uses many of the same detailing processes explained in my last post, but only requires a total of 2 colors cut into just six pieces of felt! I’m once again going to provide a few notes on how to speed the process up even more if you aren’t concerned about making a super detailed flower.
1 piece of felt in a sunny yellow or orange (or color of your choice)
1 piece of felt in green of your choice for leaves
Glue gun or thread
Optional – for the more detailed look:
Iron (regular iron, flat iron, mini iron…any of these should work but are likely to cause fingertip burns, so please be careful!)
Orange marker – I used a dry erase marker because….well….it’s what I had on hand.
Cutting the Felt
Start by cutting out four petals. Next cut a short long, narrow rectangle out from the same color. You can use this stencil if you’re not sure what shape and size to cut.
Cut a small circle out of the green felt and however many leaves you want to make. That’s it for cutting!!!
If you’re making the super duper fast-tracked version, you can skip this part for the petals entirely.
First, take your marker and softly add in some color in a gradient from more color to less, starting at the center of the petal going outward. While the ink dries, warm up your iron.
Once your iron is hot, fold one of the petals like you would if you were making a paper fan. Press the outside edges of the pedal (probably the last 1/4) with the iron to create some creases and let cool before spreading back apart.
After the piece has fully cooled, tug on the edges some as shown in the picture below and shape the petal the way you want it. Do this with all four pieces. Lastly, snip a little slit down at the base of the flower.
The detail in the pistil is very similar to the one from the felt peony post. Cut deep and V-shaped slices out of the rectangle so that it looks like the example in the picture below. Next, for added character, take your marker and lightly apply some color from the base to the edges of each point. Make sure you leave a little of the original felt color showing, but not too much.
Flower Base and Leaves
This process again is just like the peony leaves from my last post, only the green circle that makes up the base of the flower is much smaller. Snip out small, irregularly sized V’s all around the circle. Afterwards, for a more detailed look, fold the piece in half and iron a crease into the circle. Let that cool, open it up and fold it in half the other direction and iron additional creases in. Repeat a few times, each time folding the circle in half but in a new direction where no crease is present yet.
Cutting out the leaves, if you choose to include them, can take some time if you’re concerned with the leaves looking somewhat similar to real poppy leaves. If not, grab the stencil from my Peony post and use that leaf – it’s much easier!
Either way, cut as many as you want to include and use the iron to place a crease down the middle, the long way, to give it a little more character.
Assembling the Flower
Hooray for already being at this point in the process!!! Wasn’t that a quick and easy process this time?!?! 🙂
Making the pistil
To assemble, start with the pistil and wrap it around itself just like I explained with the peony post. Tack the felt down as you go with glue or thread to ensure it stays tight.
Adding the Petals
First, cross the two pointed ends of the petal over each other and glue them in place to give the petal a slightly rounded look.
This next part has a few nuances regarding the order in which you apply the petals; you’ll want to pay attention to this in order to get the best looking flower possible. Add two petals, on opposite sides of the pistil from each other, first. Of course add them one at a time but make sure they sit directly opposite from each other when you do. Next, add the third petal, attaching it to the pistil 90 degrees from where the current petals are attached. You should have something like what you see in the photo below now. Attach the last petal on the opposite side from where you placed the third one.
Now grab your cute little green base/circle and tack it down on the bottom of the flower and slightly up and around the base of the petals. Guess what – you’re all done!!!!
You can use this to create a broach, a hair clip or hair band, or some sort of home decor wall art – the possibilities are endless, really! I stuck one in with some of my air plants and thought it added a very fun pop of color. Another cute option would be to find a stick from your backyard and attach the flower as though the stick is the stem – add a few leaves and pop this sucker into a vase! If you go that route, I recommend adding the stick before placing the green circle/base onto the bottom of the flower. Cut a small hole in the center of the base and put the top of the stick through it, glue the stick to the base of the flower, then glue the green circle/base up around where you attached the petals. Voila!!!
For reference, here are a few old photos I took of some poppies next to the felt one I made (felt one on the top left, obviously).
I’m not sure whether I want to turn my new felt poppy into a barrette for my daughter, make a bunch more and create a new baby mobile for my our shop, or leave the one with my air plants for a nice pop of color in my family room. Maybe I’ll do all three….this flower is so quick and easy to make that it wouldn’t take very much time to make enough for them all!
I hope you enjoyed this super easy but fun flower tutorial. Leave me a comment and let me know if you like this type of tutorial and/or plan on giving it a try, want to see any other types of flower tutorials, or have any questions at all! Or if you have suggestions on how to make my tutorials better – I am always open to feedback!
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