How to Make Felt Flowers – with free printable pattern!

An easy felt flower tutorial that can be used for making headbands, magnets, wreaths and more!

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Have you ever seen those felt flower tutorials where they tell you to start with a square and free-hand cut it into a scalloped spiral, add a dab of glue and you’ll end up with a perfectly formed rose?  Yeah.  I’ve tried those.  Unless you have mad scissor skills, that plan is not gonna work.  So I created a pattern for a large rolled felt flower that is basically fool proof.  You’re welcome!  The hardest part will be cutting it out.  And trying to stop yourself from glueing felt flowers to every surface in your house.

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Easy Felt Squirrel DIY with Free Pattern

 

What is it about woodland critters that is so irresistible?  Woodland animals are the perfect theme for a neutral nursery design, and this stuffed squirrel would be right at home tucked on a shelf or in someone’s tiny arms!  This easy DIY can be completed in an afternoon, so it’s great for any last minute birthday or shower invites!

Grab the FREE pattern for this adorable wool felt squirrel! It only takes an afternoon to complete this project, so it's the perfect last minute gift!

(My littlest guy loooves his new animal stuffie!)

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Do People Keep Giving You Their Unwanted Craft Supplies?

What to do when someone wants to give you their un-needed craft supplies.

If you are generally serious about your crafting habits, then I would guess that most of your family and friends know about your interests.  But as soon as people know that you’re a crafter, they might start ‘gifting’ you with their unwanted craft supplies.  It’s an occupational hazard unfortunately.

These gifts are always well-meaning and good-intentioned, but the truth is that someone’s basement or attic just got cleaned out and you are now the proud owner of a cross stitch kit from the 70’s of a bale of hay.  (If that’s your thing, awesome. Fill your boots.)  Perhaps a kind relative thought you needed 573 clear plastic buttons and a 5 foot length of zipper? Have you ever been in possession of a neighbour’s 50 year old wedding dress?  I have.  I know the struggle.

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Housework and Handcrafts: My Top 8 Time Management Tips

Finding balance between our passion for crafting and the demands of running a house.

If our craft supply stash is any indication, I think it’s safe to say that we’d all rather be crafting!  Unfortunately every now and then we have stop for a moment to vacuum up the snipped threads.

I’ve been balancing household management and my creative business for long enough that I have a few helpful tips to share.  Even if you’re not running a business, more time for crafting is never a bad thing!

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Too Many Ideas & Not Enough Time: How to Prioritize Your Creativity

What to do when you have too many ideas and not enough time.

A big problem among us creative types is that our vast number of ideas greatly surpasses the number of hours in a day.  It’s a remarkable bummer.  At some point we have to face facts though, we would probably need three lifetimes to test out all the ideas bouncing around our brains.  And I have seen craft supply stashes that could fill a vault at Gringott’s.  Sometimes we just need to reel it in a bit.

Here’s my system for prioritizing creativity:

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Top 10 DIY Felt Ball Crafts

Here are 10 great ideas for projects to make with wool felt balls!

Felt balls. Felt beads. Wool felt pom poms.  They are known by many names, the little felted balls of happiness that you just can’t help purchasing but have no idea what to craft with them.  (I know I’m not the only person who hoards crafts supplies before knowing what I’m going to use them for! Lol)

So here is a fun list of 10 DIY projects to try with our 100% wool felt balls! READ MORE

11 Things to do When Your Creative Business is Slow

Busyness for Makers comes and goes, here is a list of 11 tasks you can do during business down time!

 

I would hazard a guess that about 95% of the time, us crafty business owners suffer from ‘too many ideas & not enough time” syndrome.  And I’m pretty confident that science can back me up on this.  But there are natural ups and downs in our levels of busyness throughout the year as well as ebbs and flows in our inspiration and creativity.

Typical slow times for makers might be right after Christmas when everyone is shopped-out, or during the summer when everyone is at the beach!  So here is a list of things that can keep you busy during slow times and keep your biz on track and moving forward! READ MORE

DIY Felt Rose Stems – With Pattern

This is a beautiful but simple rolled felt flower that is more than suitable for
someone just starting to experiment with wool blend felt!  Create a sweet
arrangement to adorn your breakfast table, without the hassle of ever having
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Valentine Catcher – With Free Embroidery Pattern

Christmas is barely behind us and it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day!
We don’t really have any love day traditions at my house yet, but this fun DIY just
might be the start of something!  It’s perfect for holding a valentine note for your
sweetie!

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Why Choose Wool Blend Felt?

So what’s the big deal with wool felt anyway?  Once you have tried it, you will no longer wonder!

Wool blend felt is soft yet durable, colour fast and does not fray.  It is a dream to work with, either sewing by machine or by hand.  You can use it for any number of projects; felt food and flowers, quilting appliques and penny rugs, Waldorf dolls and holiday ornaments.  The possibilities are endless!

Acrylic felt simply won’t yield the clean results that wool felt can.  Wool felt cuts sharply, with no fuzzy edges and is thinner than acrylic felt, making it perfect for the tiniest details.  Plus it comes in so many modern and fresh colours!

Wool blend felt is affordable and lends itself to virtually any project.  You just can’t go wrong!