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Felting Project: A Rug! This is the most beautiful felt project we’ve seen.

Felting Project: A Rug!

Strips of felt are wrapped around each other with hot glue to create this amazing swirled effect. What a great project for a snowed-in weekend and a movie marathon with the family. The kids could even help cut strips and decide on color combination while you operate the hot glue gun. Motherhood, Frugal Fashion & Thrifty... May18th2010 First of all, I have to give credit where credit is due.

Motherhood, Frugal Fashion & Thrifty...

This amazing lady inspired me to try my hand at a different type of flower than usual, and I sort of switched it up a little to make it my own. Enjoy! Swatch Portraits. In our teeny-tiny fabric shop, Purl Patchwork, it is a challenge to find fresh ideas to display our favorite products in customer-friendly ways.

Swatch Portraits

We were really scratching our heads when a bunch of new Tana Lawn prints from Liberty of London arrived last week on unruly five-foot-tall bolts! Our solution: we filled a handful of simple wooden embroidery hoops with swatches of fabric and displayed them all on the wall like a family portrait gallery. These swatch portraits are so easy to make and they make great gifts too! Enjoy! Materials. Cashmere bunny tutorial. We’ve got bunnies!

cashmere bunny tutorial

Super lux cashmere bunnies…mmm! I’ve acquired a lot of scraps from making recycled cashmere scarves last holiday. I’ve been trying to come up with a project that is scrap worthy. These are the perfect snuggle bunnies for the job. Materials: Freebie Friday ~ pattern for a Fluffy*Stuffy Bunny - allsorts. Tada!

Freebie Friday ~ pattern for a Fluffy*Stuffy Bunny - allsorts

I am so pleased to finally introduce this fluffy little bunnster to you. And I have written up a tutorial so you can make your own! She's made from white fleece, the same I use to make my scotties. I've worked out a nifty way that makes it easy to work with. Misc/elephantplushie.pdf. Tricks + Treats: Little Birdie Plush by Viviana Agostinho. Hi there!

Tricks + Treats: Little Birdie Plush by Viviana Agostinho

It's Viviana! Elsie asked me to share a cute plush DIY today for Tricks + Treats and I made this little bird just for you. Enjoy! Free Softie Pattern: Calico Kitty. My little mochi: Chibi Kitty and Rabbit. This week I've been playing around with a little rabbit I used to make years ago during my country craft phase.

my little mochi: Chibi Kitty and Rabbit

He's five inches tall and quick and easy to make from fabric scraps in your stash. I updated it a bit and added some pants for him this time and I also did up a pattern and tutorial for downloading (in PDF format) below. The way I made him may be a bit unconventional as I prefer to do the face before stuffing and I don't like dealing with cutting out and joining little fabric pieces. I also added the option of felt arms instead of embroidered ones and a pattern for a kitty as well. If you prefer your critters au naturale and in their birthday suits, then just trace the pattern onto one piece of fabric, sew, stuff and you're done.

Purl Frog. We named these amiable amphibians Rosemarie and Hilaire, after the friendly neighbor who shared the pattern with us, and Hilaire Belloc, the author of the poem that accompanied the pattern: The Frog Be kind and tender to the Frog, And do not call him names, As "Slimy skin," or "Polly-wog," Or likewise "Ugly James," Or "Gap-a-grin," or "Toad-gone-wrong," Or "Bill Bandy-knees": The Frog is justly sensitive To epithets like these.

Purl Frog

No animal will more repay A treatment kind and fair, At least so lonely people say Who keep a frog (and by the way, they are extremely rare). FINISHED MEASUREMENTS The Purl Frog measures about 7 1/2 inches long. Scrappy Owls Tutorial. I have a problem with throwing away scraps of fabric.

Scrappy Owls Tutorial

After I've cut up pieces for a project, the scraps always look so pretty together! I figure there must be something I can do with them, so I keep the "big enough" pieces in a box or bag until I think of something. Well, here's something! I made these "scrappy owls" completely out of felt scraps I had saved from other projects. You can make them too! Felt craspedia (a.k.a. billy buttons)

There was a time — and maybe we’re still in it — when almost every stylish home contained a vase of craspedia, also known as “Billy Balls,” “Billy Buttons,” and a few other terms I’m not aware of.

felt craspedia (a.k.a. billy buttons)

And why not? Craspedia are a very cool-looking flower, after all; definitely a great choice for mid-century modern fans, with those long, skinny stems and graphic yellow balls. I have a bunch of them in my home as well, and I do love them. However, I don’t like that the dried ones lose their vivid color and the fresh ones don’t keep long. Enter this super simple felt version by Tanya of Dans le Townhouse: an almost perfect substitute for the real flower.