Sunday, March 29, 2020

Felt Roll-Ups for Easter

If you love paper quilling, you'll have fun with these quick'n EZ felt projects!

 

I love to decorate for Easter and each year I make something new for my Easter tree, a tradition I adopted while living in Germany. (See the short video at the end of this post). I love working with felt and was gifted felt from Kunin to create projects for their blog. These projects were made from leftover scraps.  

You'll need the following supplies:

Kunin® Classic™ 9” x 12” Craft Cuts – 1 each Baby Pink, Lemon Frost, orange (scraps) & white 
Pom-poms
Lo-Temp Glue Gun
Scissors
Quilt Pins
Seed beads - black


Instructions:
1. Cut 1/2" wide strips of pink and yellow felt. The number of strips needed will depend on how large you want your bunnies and chicks/ducklings to be. Cutting even strips is really easy if you have a Cricut® Maker using the rotary blade, but a rotary cutter and/or scissors work just as well. Make sure the edges are even.


2. Tightly coil a strip of white felt to make the body. Glue the end to secure. Add a second strip to make larger. Trim the end when it's about 1 1/2". Secure the end with glue. Coil a second piece for the head. Secure the end then glue the 2 pieces together.  


3. To make the ears, flat fold pink for inside the ear; secure. Wrap one or 2 pieces of white around the pink. Pinch the ends tightly together then glue to the top of the head.


 

4. Glue a white pom pom in place near the base of the body. Make a variety of sizes. Add 2 small beads, a tiny piece of rolled pink felt and a freehand bow shape to the front if you plan to hang your bunny. You can also give your bunny a pink tummy by starting the body with a pink coil.

 

5. Chicks and ducks are made in the same manner using yellow felt strips. Add 2 loops of felt between the head and body. To make the feet and beak, cut a 1" square of orange felt. Cut a square from one corner. Fold this small square diagonally in half to form a triangle. Trim as needed then glue the fold to the center of the head. Glue the remaining piece at the base of the body for feet. Glue a bead at each side of the beak for eyes.





You can find more Easter tree projects here too...    Enjoy!

Yours truly,
Julie

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Little Girl's Easter Headband

I love Spring and Easter and have many happy memories of making Easter bonnets for myself and my sister!  Nowadays it's all about headbands, so here's how I made a quick'n EZ headband for my sweet grand daughter!


This headband is made of felt. I have a Cricut® Maker, so I use it a lot for cutting multiple shapes. The shapes I used in this project however, can easily be cut with scissors.

You'll Need:
  • Kunin® Classic™ 9” x 12” Craft Cuts – 1 each Lemon Frost, Baby Pink, Baby Blue  & Bright Lilac (or combination of colors you like) 
  • Kunin® Premium 9” x 12” Craft Cuts – 1 each White & Olive
  • Cricut® Maker™ with Rotary blade
  • Glue gun & lo-temp glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Headband
  • Small cable ties (4”)
  • Quilt pins 


Instructions:

1. Cut* the following pieces of felt:
·       1” Baby blue circles: 7-8
·       1” Leaves:  3-6  (copy or download the pattern.)
                                    


Make the Bow

        1.  Cut one 2” x 6” and one 2” x 12” rectangles of pink felt.  Notch each end of the 6” piece as shown then finger gather at the center. Place at the top of the headband then secure with a cable tie. Spread the folds evenly on top of the head band so it lays almost flat.

        2.  Overlap then glue the ends of the long piece of felt to form a circle.  Flatten then finger gather at the center. Secure with a cable tie then glue to the top of the head band toward the back edge. The flowers will be glued in front. 


 

Make the Flowers:  Each flower uses a different technique. Make one of each, or 3 of the same in different colors. Your project, your choice......

        1.  Dahlia: Cut a 2” x 6” strip of yellow felt.  Fold in half lengthwise. Pin, or hold firmly while making cuts, 1/8” apart from the folded edge to within ¼” of the bottom edge. Do not unfold. Roll up the piece then spread glue across the bottom to hold the roll in place. Fluff the loops to create the flower.



         2. “Ribbon” Rose: Cut a 12” x ½” strip of lilac felt.  Fold 1” of one end over at right angles then roll the fold over to create the center.  Hold the 1” tab firmly in one hand. Fold the longer end over and down then pull around the center. Continue folding and wrapping around the center and your rose will quickly grow.  Glue the end to the back of the rose.


          3. Simple Rose: Tightly roll then glue one blue circle to create the center. Glue additional circles around the base of the center piece, overlapping each one slightly to form the rose. Add circles until the rose is the size needed.



Make the Ears.

            1. Cut 2, ½” X 12” strips of pink felt.  Roll then glue the end to secure. Pinch the roll at each end to make it less like a circle. 

            2. Glue one end of the white strip to the pink roll then wrap around. Glue the opposite end to finish. Add additional strips as needed. Firmly pinch the finished “ear” at the top to create the tip.
Note: You may find it easier to maintain the shape by adding short strips, one at a time around the pink, starting and ending at the base. 


Finish:  Glue the flowers to the top of the headband in front of the bow loops, the leaves between the flowers and the ears at each side of the bow.  Your little princess will now be ready to celebrate Spring in style!


Happy Easter ev'rybunny!

Yours truly,
Julie

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!



Thursday, January 23, 2020

AFCI 2020 - Walking the Show Floor

         And just like that, another trade show is behind us.  Smaller than past shows, but still not to be missed for those of us who work in the creative industry.  

          Starting with photos from the "New Product Showcase", here's a peek into some of the sights seen this past weekend.... So grab a cuppa tea, mug of coffee, or glass of wine then sit back, put your feet up and enjoy your armchair trip to Creativation 2020!

 


SHOWCASES





LAWN FAWN


DRESS MY CRAFT




STICKLERS 





CLOVER





WE R MEMORY KEEPERS (MOLD MAKER)












FLEX KNIT NEEDLES





SUREBONDER GLUE GUN






 












 Now for our trip around the show floor, starting with the Plaid booth......


















































PINK & MAIN



DEFLECTO



STAMPING VILLAGE








WOW EMBOSSING POWDERS





COTTON PAPER MESH

























PRIMA













 SIZZIX
















WE R MEMORY KEEPERS










AFCI DESIGNERS SECTION












AMERICAN CRAFTS IS THE PARENT COMPANY FOR ALL 
THESE SMALLER, INDEPENDENT COMPANIES WE KNEW AND LOVED
INCLUDING WE R MEMORY KEEPERS 













HAMPTON ART





STYLE TECH











Check out Erin Reed's Creativation 2020 playlist for videos on product demo's and more!

For a Trends Report check Cindy DeRosier's blog, My Creative Life!

More information about the show and a listing of exhibitors can be found on the
  Creativation website under the "Exhibit" tab.  

See ya next year!

Yours truly,
Julie 😊

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!