Pineapples, Watermelons, Flamingos, oh my! Everyone is rocking the totally tropical vibe at the moment – Maybe it’s the heatwave we are having here in England or maybe it’s Rio Olympics fever. Whatever it it I am loving it!
These two pincushions are my latest crafty project. I made the Pineapple (or Pin-apple as I like to call it) for the lovely people at Lovecrochet.com. If you would like the step by step guide to making one then click here to find out how. Stay right here if you want to make the Watermelon as the instructions are coming up.
You will need: Pink felt, white felt, green felt, pink and green embroidery thread, scissors, embroidery needle, a little bit of toy stuffing and a little bit of dry rice.
Download the pattern template here
Using the templates cut out one pink and one white circle
Pin the pink circle in the middle of the white
Use a scallop embroidery stitch to join the pink to the white. To make a scallop stitch: begin by pushing the needle through the felt from back to front, then push the needle back through the felt about 5mm along. Don’t pull the stitch tight but bring the needle back out midway between the two – as demonstrated in the picture above. Push the needle back down just beyond where it exited trapping the loose bit of thread in a nice curve.
Continue round the whole circle.
Fold the felt circle in half and press with an iron to make a nice crisp fold.
Use the template to cut out the skin from the green skin.
Use a blanket stitch to join the skin to the Watermelon body. Leave a 5cm hole for stuffing.
Drop a couple of spoonfuls of rice into the pincushion
Then fill with stuffing. The rice will sit at one end, weighting the watermelon and making it sit well on a table.
Sew closed and the add the pin pips.
Apologies for the blue tinge to the pictures – it was so hot when I made this i was doing it sitting in the garden so the light was being inconsistent!
photography Carolyn Barber taken from Homes and Gardens Magazine
Here’s a sophisticated little Easter craft. This bunny shaped Coffeepot warmer is an easy project to jazz up your Easter morning coffee break. You will need some grey felt, a large white wool pom pom some card and a sewing machine … though you can also sew him by hand.
Download the template and instructions here
Hot cross bunnies for breakfast anyone?
If you liked that try this
You could scale the Coffeepot warmer template down to make egg cosies or try this project from my archives
Easter is really soon although I feel like it’s been and gone as I had my Easter weekend in February. Back then I spent four days working on a big home entertaining and craft shoot for Homes and Gardens magazine for Easter 2015 – Yup that’s how organized they are. Unfortunately it means that not only do I have 14 lovely craft projects that I can’t show you till next year but I also have had my fill of mini eggs, chocolate Shredded Wheat nests and Hot Cross Buns. (Actually I can never have my fill of H.C.B’s.)
Even though I feel Easter is So Over I did dream up this little chappy the other day. He’s a cute way to store your precious mini eggs and other findings from an Easter Egg Hunt and simple to make using a little felt, fabric glue and embroidery thread.
I was too tired to put the computer on last night (and too engrossed in Masterchef) to write up the instructions in the usual fashion so I’ve done a cartoon style step by step instead.
Download the template here
If you (or your little egg hunters) need to keep the bunny close at hand sew a long ribbon to the back of the head in a loop and wear round the neck or over the shoulder
For more Easter projects visit these other blog posts. (Click on image to see post)
MAKE FELT FLOWER WREATH
HOW TO MAKE FELT FLOWERS
FREE PRINTABLE EGG DECORATIONS
BUNNY EGG COSY
NICE NEON EGGS
EGG DECORATING IDEAS
There are two pages in my book Felt Sew Good that really make me happy, I think it’s because there’s a lovely coming together of styling, photography and type. These pages are both instructionals, one teaches you how to make a variety of flowers (the above project is also from the book) and the other how to make feathers.
click to download PDF
click to download PDF
Once you’ve mastered these simple skills then there’s no end to the things you can make! I’ve put together a Pinterest page here with lots of inspiring pictures of flowery/feathery things that you could easily make versions of with a little time and imagination (and if you don’t want to get crafty then lots of them are for sale)
click for pinterest
At the top of my list is making a festival headdress, one day I hope to get round to it.