Thursday, 2 October 2014

How To: Geometric Felt Coasters for Halloween

Today I'm sharing a Halloween project as part of Felt With Love Designs' Halloween Crafty Tutorial Link Up. I'll post links to the other tutorials in the link up at the weekend :)

Halloween decorating doesn't just have to be for parties! Add a bit of seasonal colour to your decor this October with these geometric coasters...

The Halloween coasters are decorated with white, orange and yellow felt (the classic candy corn combo!) but this design can of course be adapted to any colours you fancy. The coasters are easy to sew and a set tied with ribbon would make a lovely hostess gift. 

To make the Halloween coasters, you will need:

-  Dark grey or black felt for the coaster bases
-  White, orange and yellow felt for the diamonds

(I used 2.5 mm thick wool blend felt for the coaster bases and thinner craft felt for the diamonds)

- Matching sewing threads
- Contrasting thread for tacking
- Sewing needle and pins
- Sewing scissors
- The templates provided at the bottom of this post

To make each coaster:

1. Use the templates provided to cut out the following pieces: two grey/black bases, four white diamonds, three orange diamonds and four yellow diamonds.

2. Arrange the diamonds on one of the base pieces, as pictured, and pin them in place.

3. Tack the diamonds in place using contrasting thread and long stitches. Try and keep the edges of the diamonds flush with each other and the points lined up neatly. Remove the pins.

4. Sew each diamond in place with small whip stitches and matching thread. Work outwards from the central diamond, sewing the felt pieces flush with each other and making sure you sew a stitch over each point to help keep the shapes neat.

5. Remove the tacking stitches. Your coaster top will look something like this:

6. Place the decorated top and undecorated bottom pieces of the coaster together.

Join the edges together with blanket stitch in matching grey/black thread. Take care not to sew over the points of the diamonds as you pass them. Finish your stitching neatly at the back.

Your finished coaster will look like this:


Click here to view the template sheet in a new window or tab. Make sure you're viewing it full size, then print at 100%. 

This tutorial is for non commercial use only. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial / share my templates on your site. Thanks!

Click here for lots more free crafty projects.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Christmas Stitching

Today is one of those days when I'm in the middle of so many different projects that every available surface - my desk, the sofa, the coffee table, the floor - is covered in pattern pieces and bits of felt and templates and half-stitched projects. Fun, but slightly chaotic!

Here's just one of the things I'm working on today: starting some Christmas embroidery.

Fancy getting your own Christmas craft on?

You'll find these embroidery patterns plus many more free festive craft projects here.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Felt-o-ween: a Very Special Giveaway!

To celebrate the publication of Lark Books' awesome new Halloween craft book, Felt-o-ween* I've got a copy to give away!

(* Okay so I'm a teeny bit biased as there are eight projects by me in the book but it is such a fun book with a ton of cute projects to stitch! If you love felt crafting + cute stuff + Halloween then you're going to love this book!).

But that's not all, oh no. The lucky winner will also win a copy of two other holiday-themed felt books from Lark: Fa La La La Felt and Heart-Felt Holidays...

... and the "Devil-Made-Me-Do-It" pincushion that I made for Felt-o-ween.

Just leave a comment on this blog post for your chance to win! 

Leave your comment before 10pm on Tuesday 7th October, and I'll pick the winner at random on Wednesday 8th October. I'll then post the pincushion myself and pass the winner's address along so the books can be posted to them.

Please make sure you leave a name or pseudonym (no anonymous comments please!) and leave a blog link, Twitter username, Etsy username or email address so I can contact you. This giveaway is open internationally. Yay!

If I'm unable to contact the winner within a week, I will pick someone else. If you're leaving a comment with your Blogger profile, please remember that you need to have your profile set to public & to have a contact email visible for me to be able to get in touch with you.

Felt-o-ween is published by Lark Books. It's available from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, The Book Depository, Barnes & Noble and many other bookshops.

P.S. The Amazon and Book Depository links in this post are affiliate links.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Bits & Pieces This Week

This week I worked on a couple of projects that left these pretty felt & fabric scraps...

I spotted my second book for sale over at The Book People at a seriously bargainous price (wowzers!) ...

I was majorly tempted by the clearance sale section at New House Textiles - especially these fab designs by Charlotte Farmer. I have resisted so far but aargh, those corgis are just so great...

And I was delighted to see this blog post by Aimee Ray about her new book, Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif collection which a) looks lovely and b) includes a couple of projects stitched by me! :)

I can't wait to get hold of my contributor copy! Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif Collection is out now and available from Amazon UK, Amazon USA and many other bookshops.

Please note: the Amazon links in this post are affiliate links.


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