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Love Letters- Felt envelopes filled with love!

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To celebrate the beginning of February we’re going to share a few fun Valentines themed projects. This first one is a love letter. You can make these for your parents, sister, brother, classmates, bff, teachers or anyone you love. My little sister loves to play mail carrier and we made a bunch of these for her play mail set. You can fill them with a valentines card, a picture, a heart cut out of felt, candy… the options are kind of endless.

Here’s how to make them. It’s SUPER simple.

The materials for this project are a sheet of felt, extra little scraps of felt in a contrasting color for stamp and velcro sticky dots for  the closure.

Print out the pattern.

We made our pattern so that you can get 2 envelopes from one sheet (8.5X11 inch piece) of felt.

click on pattern to enlarge and print.

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Cut out the pattern.

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Lay it on your felt, pin it and cut it out very carefully. We used a rotary cutter to get the cleanest lines but you can totally use scissors too.

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Fold your envelope in thirds to get a sense of where to put the “address”. We drew on ours with a marker so that you can see but you don’t have to do that if you don’t like the way the ink looks on the felt.

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Next cut out your stamp. You don’t have to be super precise with the stamp. Just a nice curvy square works. We cut a heart for the middle but you could cut a star or any other shape that suits the person you’re going to “send” it to.

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Now it’s time to sew! We used a zig zag stitch to sew on the address. Make sure the envelope is NOT folded when you do this!

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also stitch on the stamp. Use either a straight or zig zag stitch. Whichever you like better.

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Now it’s time to sew it up.

Fold your envelope in thirds and line up the edges. Now open the top of the envelope and just sew down the sides.

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Get out your sticky little velcro dots and place them on the envelope to make a closure.

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ta da!!! That’s it. Simple and so cool.

Make a bunch of them! Send me a picture for our creation gallery!

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Happy sewing,

Tenney

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Crayon or Marker Roll Up- take it with you!

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Sunday is my friend Jace’s birthday. He’s going to be 6 like me. For his birthday present I decided to make him a marker roll because he likes to draw.

My mom and I have made these to hold crayons, fat markers and skinny markers. My mom was thinking she might make   a version of this for my sister to hold her matchbox cars in. Really it could work for a lot of different items.

This is a project that requires a sewing machine. You could hand sew this but it would take quite a while.

For this project you need

markers (we’re using skinny ones)

fabric (two colors)- when you go to the fabric store they often have precut squares of cotton called Fabric Quarters or Fat Quarters that are made for quilters. That’s an easy way to quickly pick up a couple pieces of fabric that go nicely together.

coordinating thread

hair band (elastic band)

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Iron both pieces of fabric well before starting. It’s really important to be careful with the iron. My mom helps me with the iron because it’s pretty dangerous.

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Measure and cut your fabric to 10 inches by 12 inches- you can use your first piece as a template to cut your second piece. My mom and I have a self healing cutting mat with measurement marks on it and a rotary cutter that make things really easy but if you don’t have that just use a regular ruler and scissors. It’s important to cut very carefully on this project if you want all your markers to fit.

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pin the right sides together (in sewing when the directions say “right side” they mean the colored or pretty side of the fabric)

leave about a 4 inch gap at the bottom for turning your piece inside out.

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Along the 12 inch side you are going to place your hair elastic. This will become the holder for keeping your roll closed. Measure 4 inches from the top of the fabric and slide and pin your elastic inside the two layers of fabric with about half an inch or so sticking out. (this part will end up on the inside when you’re done. You want the larger part of the elastic inside with the right sides of the fabric- does that make sense?)

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Now it’s time to sew this up. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance (seam allowance are the words used in sewing for how far in you measure and start your stitch) start stitching at the beginning of your opening point. Use a backstitch for strength  after you make your first few stitches.

Most sewing machine feet are about 1/4 inch to the edge. That’s what I use as my guide. I just keep the fabric right next to the foot of the machine and it stays really nice and even.

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stitch all the way around leaving that gap for stuffing in the middle of the bottom.

To turn your fabric you sew almost to the edge. Stop. Raise your presser foot. Turn. Lower your presser foot and continue on..

Here’s some pictures showing that series of moves. Don’t just try to rotate the fabric while your stitching, it won’t look very good unless you want curved edges (which could look cool too)

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When you get to the hair elastic you need to move very slowly, this is tricky! I pinch the hair elastic with my fingers and press it right up into the bottom of the foot. I then sew it really slowly and then backstitch over the elastic to add some strength to the stitch.

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Now that you have the piece stitched you want to lay it out flat, trim the threads from your stitches and then clip the corners very carefully. Clipping the corners make your corners look a lot nicer once you get it turned right side out just be careful you don’t go over the stitch line!

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Now turn your piece right side out and iron it flat making sure you gently turn the extra fabric inside that is part of your opening.

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Now it’s time to stitch it again! This is called top stitching and gives your piece a finished look and strength. Use that same 1/4 inch seam allowance you used before.

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Once you’re done topstitching you can lay your piece out with the side you want eventually facing out down and fold up the flap. You want the  flap to be about 4.5 inches up. That gives you enough space for the markers with the lids coming out from the top.

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Start on one end and stitch from the folded side up along the topstitched line. Backstitch at the end of the line where the green and blue meet in the above picture)  so the markers don’t rip the pockets open.

stitch lines all the way down the piece starting on the folded edge and backstitching at the top every time. I spaced mine 3/4 inches apart and it fits 11 skinny markers. You could also do 1 inch and it should fit the fat markers. Just try your marker first before you stitch a bunch of the lines! (that would stink if it didn’t fit!)

Once you have it stitched all the way across clip all your excess threads off, insert your markers, roll up and you’re ready to go!

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I think Jace will like this very much and I really enjoyed making it for him. Handmade gifts are the best!!

Thanks for reading and Happy Sewing!

Tenney

First Guest Post! Sew a Sit-upon!

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I’m so excited to have the first guest post on sewkidsew. My friend Colton who lives Tampa Florida and is in first grade loves to make things about as much as I do and he shared this awesome project he made with me.

I know you’re going to love it. I’m going to make mine today.

Thanks for sharing Colton!

Enjoy and Happy Sewing,

Tenney

Sit-upons

A sit-upon is exactly what it sounds like: something to sit…upon. It is great for many things, like taking on a camping trip, sitting outside on wet grass at the park or on a picnic or even for circle time inside.

You need:

-waterproof fabric: we used a $3 table cloth from Big Lots because my sister’s Daisy troop made 10 sit-upons. I made this last one for Mariangel, who missed the meeting.

-ruler

-yarn

-used plastic grocery bags, newspaper or other filler material

-tape

-hole punch

-pencil

materials

1. Measure and cut out two 13″ x 13″ squares. It is easiest to cut them at the same time.

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2. Punch holes every inch (or so). You may need to ask an adult for help. I got kind of tired punching all of those holes.

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3. Measure 40″ of yarn and make a “needle” out of the yarn and tape. Wrap the tape around the end of the yarn so it is easy to go through the holes.
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4. Thread through a corner and tie a knot. “Stitch” in and out of holes. Here, you can do it like I did or try your own stitch like a diagonal like a whip stitch. You can do anything, as long as it closes the two sides.

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My sit-upon kept moving, so I decided to put a TV remote on it so it didn’t move while I was sewing…

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…and a little Lego guy helped out.

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5. When three sides are done, fill the inside with your stuffing. I used six used plastic grocery bags. My mom forgets to bring her cloth bags to the store sometimes.

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6. Stitch the last side and tie a knot at the end.

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I hope you enjoy your sit-upon! Take it with you on camping trips, to the park, to concerts, picnics and more!

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Time saver: you can cut some on a fold and save a side of stitching, but I really liked the sewing part.

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Felt Bracelets

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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)

scissors

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.

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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!

Tenney