Monthly Archives: December 2013

Felt Plushies



This is my fourth and last post dedicated to handsewing with felt. We will revisit this idea from time to time and if you have a project in mind using felt please let me know.

Today we’re making new friends or plushies! These can look like anything you can imagine and are SO fun to make because there’s no wrong way to do it. I was getting frustrated when I first tried these because I wanted them to look realistic and they didn’t. Once I realized that these dolls are way cooler when they’re more abstract I had so much fun making them.

The materials you need for this project are


Needle and thread (embroidery thread or perle cotton thread  give you the nicest features)

buttons or beads for eyes and nose (or not if you would rather embroider on the features)

stuffing (if you don’t have stuffing you can use little scraps of cloth, or bean bag filling, whatever you have on hand)

Draw out your friends shape on the felt. The simpler the design the better.

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pin the felt to a second piece on the back and cut out carefully

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Now if you don’t want to see the pencil/pen marks you can flip the pieces over to hide the marks on the inside of your project. I forgot to do that but they don’t bother me much so it’s no big deal.

Now it’s time to put the facial features on. Separate the two layers and sew the features on the front side only. You can sew buttons for eyes, a bead or button for a nose, and even embroider on clothes. I think I’m going to make some felt clothes later for my friend to wear.

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Once you have your features complete it’s time to sew your friend together. Start in a place where you can leave a gap to stuff your friend once you get almost all the way around. You want kind of a smooth spot for stuffing. It’s hard to stuff and then sew up an area with a bunch of turns in it. (like legs or arms)

Insert your needle in between the layers so that the knot will be hidden on the inside.


Now stitch, stitch, stitch! I took a lunch break while doing this. Don’t get discouraged if it’s taking a while.IMG_8087 IMG_8093    IMG_8090 sewing with mom!

(note from my mom- “sewing together with your child gives you both some wonderful opportunities to open up a dialogue. When the hand and mind are both working together the conversation starts flowing in a really organic way. I find the time when we’re handsewing together to be a great time to talk about our feelings and issues that may have come up recently. Give it a try next time you want to have a talk but need to “set the mood” for discussion!”)

alright- mom’s done talking, back to the project.

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Time to stuff this guy!

Use a pencil or chopstick to get the stuffing into small spaces like arms, legs, head etc..


Once you get your friend stuffed then stitch it closed, tie it off and clip the remaining thread.

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Time to play!!!!


Having fun with my friend and my mom’s little guy.


As always I want to see your work too! Please send me a picture of your creation and I”ll add it to my Creation Gallery.

Thanks for reading and Happy Sewing!



Felt Bracelets





Felt Bracelets- so many ideas!

This is my third of four posts using felt for beginning handsewing. It’s a great material because it doesn’t fray (unless you want it to) and is super colorful and easy to work with.

I had so much fun making different bracelets using all kinds of stitches I’ve been learning but the one I’m going to show you is a pretty simple one. We will make a bracelet with beads and fringe but you make yours however you think it should look! There’s no wrong way to do it. I found this great site with beautiful pictures of all kinds of embroidery stitches and then instructions on how to sew each of them. Check it out for inspiration.

Onto my tutorial!

Here’s your materials list for this project.

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felt in any color (there’s some really cool printed felt at the craft store if you don’t want a solid color)

needle and thread (we used perle cotton thread which is made for embroidery- it’s thicker than regular thread but not as thick as standard embroidery thread)


tape measure

beads (we used pony beads but you could use and kind of bead as long as your needle will go through the hole)

button for closure (you could use buttons for decoration too if you like)

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Start by measuring your wrist (you may need a friend to help with this) and then cut your felt at least 2 inches longer than that so you have plenty of overlap for the button and hole. You can always trim it down if it’s too long.

Cut your felt as wide or thin as you like but remember the thinner it is the harder it is to work with.


Lay out a design on your felt. For this bracelet I’m using pony beads.

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Start at the center of the bracelet and stitch on the beads. I stitched each bead on two times to make it a little more firmly attached. Continue down the bracelet on one side and then go back to the middle and do the other side. It’s easier to see the spacing you want if you start in the center.

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Once all your beads are sewn on you can get creative. For this bracelet I wanted to add fringe. I took my scissors and with just the tip I snipped the edge of the felt down both sides leaving the end un-fringed so that there’s still room for the button and button hole.

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stitch on button and snip a line in the felt for a button hole (make it smaller than you think and then cut it a bit longer if you need to!)

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ta da!!! A  felt, fringe, beaded, bracelet! Say that 5 times fast.

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Here are some of the others I made. I had fun embroidering some cool designs on some of the others. Check out this link for instructions on how to sew lots of different stitches.

My final post in this felt handsewing series will be making plushies and then we will move onto machine work which is my favorite! If there’s something you would like to learn to make please let me know!

Thanks and Happy Sewing!


Make your own sewing kit with needle book



Before I start my next lesson I want to say thank you for looking at my blog and letting me teach you how to sew. My mom and I decided we would start with some really easy projects before moving onto harder ones. If you have a sewing machine that’s great! I’ll be doing some projects with that soon, but first we’re going to do some hand sewing and mostly use felt just to get some practice making things and using a needle.

This project is making a needle book. It’s a nice little place to keep your needles safe.

Once you have your needle book and pin cushion you have almost everything you need for a sewing kit.  You can see a pictures of mine at the top of this post.

To make the needle book you need the following supplies.

1 piece of felt (8 inces by 3 inches)

1 button



needle and thread


measure and mark with a pen an 8 inch by 3 inch rectangle.


cut it out


fold in half and pin the two sides together.


I decided to round off the raw edges of mine because I like how it looks. You don’t have to if you don’t want to. You could also use pinking shears (those zig zag scissors) to cut this out and that would give it a fun look.


thread your needle and tie it off. Here’s a trick to tying off your thread quickly. Wind the thread around your finger so that it makes an X. Then roll the thread down and off your finger and once you pull the thread it will form a knot at the end of the string.


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Now it’s time to sew on your button. Pick a spot for your button near the edge of the felt and push the needle up through the back. If you have a 4 hole button like I picked, you can do a criss cross or if you have a 2 hole button you just go up and down.

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Keep alternating between down and up until the button is tightly attached to the felt. You don’t want it falling off.

When you’re ready to tie off your thread here’s how my mom taught me to do it.

Insert the needle on the back side under a few of the threads and pull it through slowly until you just have a little loop at the end. Then using the needle tip go over under a few times just around the needle and pull it through. That will make a knot right next to your felt. Trim the thread, flip it over, and admire your work.

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Now it’s time to cut the button hole. Fold the felt over and see where your button is placed . Directly above it on the top piece you want to cut a small x to work as a button hole. Make it small at first, you can always make it bigger. I’ve made that mistake and it’s a bummer when you make your x so big that the button keeps falling off.


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Yhea! You did it. Now you can open it up and insert some needles.

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In my sewing kit, which is an old cigar box my grandpa gave me, I have my pin cushion, needle book, thread, some buttons, and normally I have some scissors, a pencil and a ruler too but they weren’t in the picture.


A sewing kit like this could be a really great present for a friends birthday, a gift for your mom or grandma or just something for yourself. Make a few! They’re really fun.


Thanks for reading and happy sewing!


My next project will be making a pillow and blanket for your favorite doll or stuffed animal.  Check back for that soon!

Make your own pin cushion



Everyone who sews needs a pin cushion so I thought it would be the perfect first project to share.

This is super easy and you don’t need too many supplies.

Let’s get started.

The supplies for this project are 1 medium sized piece of felt, something round to use as a template (we used a mason jar) thread (we use perle cotton thread), needle, scissors, stuffing (if you don’t have any you could just use some cotton balls), marker or pen.


Step 1. Fold felt in half


Step 2. Use jar or other round object as a template and trace around with pen or marker.IMG_7755 IMG_7758

Step 3. Pin the two pieces together before cutting.


Step 4. Cut out, just outside the line.

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Step 5. Flip over the piece with marker on it to hide the marks.


Step 6. Thread needle and tie a knot in the end.

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Step 7. insert needle between the two layers so you hide the knot on the inside of the project.IMG_7774

Step 8. pull thread up and then go around to the back and push needle toward the front again making a whip stitch. Go about 3/4 of the way around leaving about an inch or so open for stuffing.IMG_7778 IMG_7784 IMG_7785

Step 9. Stuff- if you don’t have fiberfill stuffing you can use cotton balls packed pretty tightly. IMG_7786

Step 10. Once you have your pin cushion stuffed pretty firmly finish stitching closed and tie off. IMG_7789 IMG_7790

Insert pins and now you’re ready to sew bigger projects!

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You can make a pin cushion in ANY shape you like. A circle is the simplest but you could make a heart, star or the first letter of your name! Get creative and make a bunch!

Please send me a picture if you make one. I would love to see your project.



I got this picture emailed to me from brother and sister sewers Jacob and Sarah who saw my post and here’s their pin cushions and much more!  They’ve taken this technique and used it to start making their own plushies! This is so fun and exactly why I’m doing this! Sharing our creativity is the best. Thanks for sending me the picture guys! Keep sewing and creating! If you’ve made something from one of my posts and want to share it please send me pictures!

Sarah and Jacob's felt pin cushions and plashes

Let’s sew!


My name is Tenney and I am a six year old, home schooled, first grader from Los Angeles. I love sewing and do it everyday. I asked my mom if I could start my own “dot com” so that I could teach other kids how to sew. 

She said yes, and this is my first post. 

I hope to show you lots of projects and ideas that you can make yourself. It’s so fun to be creative! 

Thanks for reading, now let’s get sewing!