Tag Archives: Felties

Seven Dwarfs Nursery for One Lucky Baby

25 Oct

After a very long hiatus that can be blamed on house hunting, moving into and decorating said house, and being generally anxious and excited that we are expecting our firstborn, we have a new post!

This room is my favourite in the house, mostly because there will shortly be a baby in it. But also because it is adorable, and we are proud of our rookie decorating skills. We decided before we knew the gender of the baby that we wanted to do a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs theme, because it’s actually pretty gender neutral for a princess story. If the baby ended up being a girl, we could always play up the princess/castle theme, and if it was a boy, we’d go for a more woodsy look. Plus, I have a ton of Dopey ornaments and collectables from when I was a kid.

Can you tell what we’re having based on the room?

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Mr. C made the felt apples above the changing table. A tutorial is available at Purl Bee: http://www.purlbee.com/apple-coasters/

And I made the bunting above the crib:

The bunting tutorial doesn’t exist, but I mean, come on. They are fabric triangles sewn onto a ribbon.

We also made the wreath on the door full of apples and diamonds (because diamonds aren’t just for girls- the dwarfs seemed to love them). The “I’m Grumpy” throw on the bed is made from one of those cut and tie blanket sets from Joann Fabrics, but unfortunately it looks like the item is no longer available! I’m glad we snatched it up when we did.

Now all we have to do is wait for Baby Arts&Crafts to arrive!

(Mrs. A)

My Feltie Valentine…

29 Feb

Mr. C, once again, stole my heart with felt. I didn’t make him anything THIS awesome for Valentine’s Day. At least, not this adorable. I think he will have to post a tutorial on both of these pieces of cute, because more spouses could learn from his example!

This is the Valentine he gave me, and honestly, this melted my heart enough! I was so impressed that he designed the fox all on his own.

And then he brought out this. If this design looks familiar to you, perhaps you have seen this adorable board book by Joyce Wan: “We Belong Together.” He bought me the book for Christmas, and it is way too cute. Babies should not be the only ones allowed to enjoy it’s squee-worthy illustrations. And now I get a felt version on my wall!

I am a lucky, lucky lady.

(Mrs. A)

Post-Holiday Recap

11 Jan

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Holiday or Festivus, I’m sure many presents were exchanged, much sugar was consumed, and tackiness abounded. At least, that’s how it is in my world! I got out my ugly Christmas dress from last year and sewed sewed sewed! I made this new dress:

A definite improvement on my first dress, but I still think I look like a tree skirt.

I also made some felt house hoops inspired by the artistic genius of Checkout Girl (pictures to come!) and a nerdy hoop for my Star Trek-loving lady friend:

My brother got the pink bunny pajamas from A Christmas Story. You know, the one where the kid shoots his eye out?

"You only need to wear them when Aunt Clara comes to visit!"

And for Mr. C, I did something a little different! Instead of sewing, I painted. I ordered a set of blank Russian nesting dolls, or “matryoshkas,” from this site and painted them like Serenity and her crew from Firefly! He was stunned. At first, he thought I bought them already painted like that, but when I told him otherwise, his jaw dropped.

Firefly Russian Dolls

My favourite is little Jayne.

However, Mr. C had to one-up me by hand sewing me a bouquet of Mario flowers. Most guys just buy them from the florist. And most bouquets don’t have piranha plants!

The work that went into these is unreal. I think Mr. C will have to post a tutorial, because he made the patterns all on his own! I just love them. They are in a place of pride above our Wii.

Here’s hoping everyone had a magical holiday (even though it probably wasn’t as awesome as ours).

(Mrs. A)

Dining Room Zombies like to dine…on YOU!

7 Nov

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All the adorable zombies made here are from the wonderous book, “Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead” by Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate. Pick up a copy at your local library, like we did!

(Mrs. A & Mr. C)

Happy-a Hallowe’en-a!

31 Oct

Hope you are-a having a happy-a Hallowe’en-a!

There. That is my attempt at writing in an Italian accent. I promise there was a purpose in trying to sound Italian. Mr. C and I dressed up as the most famous Italians in the history of Italians: Mario and Luigi!

But we were not about to be some typical, shiny polyester store-bought Mario and Luigi. So we used some power-ups! A few of our die-hard old-school Nintendo friends were peeved that we used power-ups from the newer Mario games, and not some of the classics like Fire Flower or Tanooki Suit, but I care not! We were the adorable Penguin Suit Mario and Ice Flower Luigi! We forgot to make a big cooler full of ice to hurl at our enemies/fellow bar patrons, but it was probably for the best.

Now, rather than take the easy way out and buy an actual pattern to make our overalls, we decided to figure it out as we went along. If we had found a pattern that resembled overalls, that would have been great. And if I had to do it again, I would probably search a lot harder for a pattern. But it all worked out in the end. And Luigi even made himself a super cute felt ice flower, which he pinned to his overalls. It is now stuffed and in our TV room.

As for directions for the overalls? When I was explaining to Mr. C how to put all the pieces together, I sounded something like this:

I sewed a hood out of an extra blue shirt, and attached eyes, a beak and a white tummy!

“Just take that piece and then sew it to that other piece, kind of, you know, together. Down the middle.”

So that’s why I never became a teacher. But it is pretty easy to see how all of your pieces fit together, once you cut them out. Looking at a pair of your own jeans helps too, in seeing how the crotch pieces are all sewn together. (Also: is there a more seamstress-appropriate word for “crotch?”)

Click on the picture for the tutorial he used for his hat!

Sew the front pieces together at the center seam and back middle pieces together, to the point where the crotch meets the top of the leg only. Do not sew down the entire leg, or you will end up with a deformed overall dress! Then sew the front and back sides to each other. Finally, sew the front inseams to the back inseams and hem all of the raw edges (or use bias tape).

For the straps, fold the pieces in half, sew down one side and one end, leaving one end open. Turn inside out and press. Attach un-hemmed end to the back of the pants, crisscrossing up and over the shoulder. Either make button holes, or sew directly to bib. Attach buttons!

Template (and I use that word loosely)

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional seamstress, and these pants are pretty unflattering. Sew and wear at your own risk. But I think ours turned out pretty well!

(Mario)

Vincent Van Groovy

8 Oct

Another Dollarama canvas has been transformed! Like the canvas from my earlier Mona Lisa makeover, this one had a black and white, paint-by-numbers-esque line drawing of Van Gogh’s famous “Sunflowers” painting. I toyed with the idea of doing another steampunk painting, maybe with clockwork flowers, but I was finally inspired by the beautiful felt artwork over at Checkout Girl’s blog. If you have not seen it, you are missing out!

I completely covered the canvas with fabric, so the black and white sketch didn’t really help me as far as layout goes. I just cut a bunch of felt into sunflowerish shapes and layered them together in a pleasing way. The buttons were a last-minute addition, because I felt (ha) that something was missing. I think they help pull the whole colour scheme together.

When I hung this on my wall, I couldn’t help but think that a little bit of the 1970s had worked its way into my living room. Something about the orange, gold and brown hearkens back to the days of this and this. In a completely pleasing way, of course. I am now considering painting my dining room orange. According to the crazy psychologist people, orange is a good colour for digestion…is that why A&W does so well?

(Mrs. A)

Kitty Skirt

20 Apr

Screw poodles.

They are yappy and French. Kitties, on the other hand, are purry and usually not French. Which is why I decided to sew a poodle skirt without any poodles on it. Instead, I graced the obnoxiously orange circle skirt with felt renderings of our two cats, Alistair and Compton. They are named after Alistair MacLeod (Canadian writer) and Bill Compton (fictitious vampire).

Circle skirts are the best and easiest thing to make. Ever. You can buy a pattern or you can just cut two half circles out of fabric, do a bit of math to figure out an appropriate size for the waist hole, sew it all together, throw an elastic in the waist and DONE! You don’t even need to make the waist band perfect and pretty, as you can throw a belt around it, or layer a sweater over top.

I’ve also decided that it is time for the poodle skirt to make a comeback, minus the poodles. I’ve started with a kitty skirt, but I’m not stopping there. By the end of summer, I plan on having a lobster on blue check and some sort of book-themed Miss Frizzle-esque number. I am only bound by the power of my imagination! I hope that one day, I might have a skirt for every day of the year (which is totally feasible, time-wise. This skirt only took me 3 or 4 hours to complete, even with the applique).

For those who want the kitty template, here it is! And a close up of the kitties themselves. Note the very realistic bug-eyed stare on Compton. And the slight chub of Alistair’s tummy.

(Mrs. A)

Zombie Cupid

14 Feb

When people say “with undying love,” this is probably not what they meant. This is the second installment in my feltie series “Undead for the Holidays.” We move from a zombie groundhog to a zombie cupid who is impaled upon one of his own love arrows (made out of a red pipe cleaner). I briefly considered doing two love struck lovers but ultimately decided to go with the classic cherub with a few zombie modifications. For contrast I made the body gray and used bright yellow for the hair and black for the wings. This gave him a devilish appearance rather than the typical angel one. In addition I embroidered an eye socket hole that, combined with some red thread for blood, makes a nice little heart shape.  With this little guy on the loose I think some people will be side stepping a few cupid’s arrows this Valentine’s Day.

(Mr. C)

It’s Groundhog Day!

2 Feb

Yes, that’s right! It’s Groundhog Day! One of the most under appreciated holidays when it comes to crafts. That’s why I decided to make my very own and well… it’s kind of unconventional. It is part of a collection I’m creating called “Undead for the Holidays.” Each holiday craft will feature a zombie. I was inspired to do this by the book Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead . They were a lot of fun to make so I thought I would like to make some original ones as well. The first is the one you see here. Note the vacant look in his eyes and his lovely blood shadow. Looks like 6 more weeks of a cold dead winter!

(Mr. C)

Zombie Groundhog

Potter Felties

30 Jan

One thing you should know about Mrs. A is that she is fanatic about Harry Potter. So, being the crafty person I am, I decided to make her some Harry Potter dolls as a gift.

Though this was not my first Harry Potter craft (having already made paper wands and a Mad-eye Moody eye), it was however an original design.  Rather than continue to shamelessly steal ideas from The Leaky Cauldron, I came up with some of my own, the result being these three magical characters pictured here (Ron, Harry and Hermione). These dolls were made out of various colours of felt and sewn together by hand using embroidery floss. Harry’s glasses as well as the wands each character is holding were made using a thread of thin metal.

I think it went quite well for a first attempt at creating original felties. The best part of course was to see Mrs. A’s excitement as she opened the present. She adores them and now they sit on the same bookcase as her many volumes of H.P.

(Mr. C)