Hey everybody! Wowza, it's been busy in my studio the past week or so! I've been up to my eyeballs in FELT and loving every minute of it! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I've not been good at keeping a secret! I'm so excited that this release day is finally here and I can share some fun projects with you. The entire Spring Plush Release is live now (links at the bottom of my post) and there is a BIG Blog Hop tomorrow too! The release is a series of Plush Dies created with Felt crafting in mind, but you can use paper, fabric or anything else you can dream up. I'm posting some things today, and some more tomorrow. Yay! It was super fun to create with felt instead of paper for this release - use some of my sewing techniques and just have a good time with it. I literally stayed up until 2am one night because I couldn't stop making felties! I know you are going to love it too. I have a sneaking suspicion these are gonna sell out FAST! Get 'em while they're hot!
First up is my favorite new die - the Happy Bear! OMG so sweet! I made the one bear with the blue scarf and then I thought he needed a girlfriend, so I made another one! I gave her a pink bow and a pearl bead necklace. Aren't the adorbs?
The dies all have circles cut out already for your stitching! That makes it really easy to get nice, even, perfect stitches. You can choose a straight stitch or a blanket stitch (example further down in my post). I love that it looks so professional. For the ears and the face parts I used Fabric glue. Easy-peasy. For their eyes, I wanted them shiny and cute so I used black Doodlebug enamel dots!
I put just the tiniest amount of stuffing inside them (quilt stuffing from the fabric store). You can also leave them flat. If you don't have batting or stuffing at home you can use cotton balls. You really need a small amount.
I LERVE them! I added a little stitching for their mouth and nose. Just three stitches, but I think it made a difference. Her necklace is some pearl beads strung on a piece of thread and then attached to her neck.
Next up is this adorable Springtime Chicken Die! I wanted her to look country and sort of Mary Engelbreit inspired so I used vivid yellow, red and touches of black. For this one I used a blanket stitch. If you don't know how to do this you can find a Youtube video to watch - it is very simple, once you get started! I really like the little scallop edge on her face. She comes with the flowers and leaves too!
For my last project for today I made a felt heart pin using the Blooming Heart die. I wanted to try a bit of a different look so I started with black felt and black thread. I think this makes it sort of elegant, and then the flowers really pop! This is a pin - I just attached a pin back to it. I love to wear a denim jacket and I love pins so I will be sporting this one for sure! (I have another pin to share tomorrow). You could attach it to a package too.
Okay, so that's it for today! But...be sure to come back tomorrow to see MORE FELT and participate in the BIG BLOG HOP! I will be getting up early, because I can't wait to see what everyone else made! Have a great day! XOXO
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