After finishing the Hedgehog kit last week, I was inspired to make my own felt embroidery design. I also need more things to hang in my craft room so I decided to make this CREATE design. This can be personalized based on the crafts you like to do and the colors you want to use17.5.
This was actually a pretty cheap craft because I already had the embroidery floss and felt. You basically just need scraps for the felt but if you don’t normally work with felt you will need a variety of colors. Luckily felt is cheap and super easy to work with.
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- 10 in Embroidery hoop
- 17.5”x12” Felt (You could use any fabric for the background)
- Embroidery floss
- Clear seed beads
- CREATE Template
- Scissors (I prefer small sharp scissors for felt)
- Needle with a tiny eye (For the seed beads)
To make the craft items around the sides I used a base of the main color felt and added other colors on top of that. This makes it much easier to assemble. I also made each piece then sewed them onto the felt after I had all of the pieces together. After sewing them to the background fabric I added the finishing touches for each piece.
The template under Materials includes the outline for each piece that needs to be cut out from the felt. The template includes the color you should use for each piece that needs a specific color. If it just says color then you can use whatever you like.
Dividing the embroidery floss-Use embroidery floss with 2 strands to attach felt pieces together and to sew pieces to the background fabric. When making lines use 4-6 strands. Stitching with 6 strands is much harder so I only used this for the yarn and spool of thread.
Sequins-When using sequins use a needle with an eye that is small enough to go through a seed bead. Come up through your fabric where you would like the sequin, thread a sequin and a seed bead through and then go back through the sequin and fabric in the same hole you started with. Do not go through the seed bead again. Sequins tend to catch your thread so you may want to wait until the end to add them.
Pincushion, Paint Tray, Glue, & Scissors
Pincushion-Cut the pieces out for the pincushion. Sew the green calyx to the tomato using a whip stitch. Use green thread to back stitch the lines onto the tomato.
Paint Tray-Cut out the paint tray from white or off-white fabric. If you have a white background you will need to use off-white. Use off white thread to back stitch a circle around the center of the paint tray. You will need 6-8 different colors to create dots of paint. Use a satin stitch to create circles. I made a small stitch followed by a slightly longer stitch, then a longer stitch, back to the middle size stitch, and the smallest stitch again.
Glue-Cut the pieces out for the glue bottle. Sew the orange and blue pieces on to the off-white bottle. The rest of the details will be added later.
Scissors-Cut the pieces out for the scissors. I used orange for my scissors because my sewing scissors are always orange but you use any color you like. Whip stitch the grey felt to the scissors. Back stitch a curve on the blade and add a French knot under the curve. This is where the blades meet.
Spool of Thread, Yarn, Rotary Cutter, & Sewing Machine
Spool of Thread-Cut the pieces out for the spool of thread. You will eventually go over the colored part of the spool with embroidery floss. To make it easier to hide if you miss a spot, use felt that matches the color of the thread that you will use. Whip stitch the colored felt to the spool. The details for the thread will be added later.
Yarn-Cut the pieces out for the yarn. Like the spool of thread, you will eventually go over the colored part of the yarn with embroidery floss. To make it easier to hide if you miss a spot, use felt that matches the color of the thread that you will use. Back stitch a heart onto the square for you label. Whip stitch the label to the piece for the yarn. The details for the yarn will be added later.
Rotary Cutter-Cut the pieces out for the rotary cutter. Whip stitch the grey blade to the rotary cutter handle. Use a satin stitch to add a square button on the handle and a French knot in the middle of the circle.
Sewing Machine-Cut the pieces out for the sewing machine. The sewing machine can be done to match your sewing machine if you like. For this sewing machine, back stitch a red S onto the larger dark circle. Whip stitch the dark grey circles onto the sewing machine. Satin stitch the button near the top of the sewing machine.
Glue Gun, Spray Paint, Paintbrush, & Tape Dispenser
Glue Gun-Cut the felt for the glue gun. All of the details for this will be added later.
Spray Paint-Cut the pieces out for the spray paint. Using pink, blue, yellow, orange, and red embroidery floss, make French knots in a circle on the label of the spray paint can. Whip stitch the label to the grey can and satin stitch a grey line near the top of the can to create the curve of the can.
Paintbrush-Cut the pieces out for the paintbrush. Back stitch lines onto the off-white square to create the bristles then whip stitch the piece to the paintbrush handle. Make 3 French knots on the grey piece then whip stitch it onto the paint brush. The grey piece should slightly overlap the bristles.
Tape Dispenser- Cut the pieces out for the tape dispenser. Whip stitch the off-white half circle under the green piece of the tape dispenser.
Cut the letters from the felt. These can be any color, the same color, or even a different word. A name would even be cute here.
Put your background fabric in the hoop. I used a large piece of white felt but you could you use another fabric if you like. If the fabric is a light color and thin you may be able to see the floss through it, this would make this project much harder.
You can add the craft items in whatever order you like. I moved them around to make sure that the colors and shapes were evenly spread out. You don’t want 2 of the same color items next to each other.
Paint Tray, Rotary Cutter, and Glue Gun
Paint Tray-Whip stitch the paint tray to the background fabric.
Rotary Cutter-Whip stitch the rotary cutter to the fabric.
Glue Gun-Whip stitch the glue gun to the fabric. Using off-white embroidery floss, satin stitch a thick line for the glue stick. Use grey embroidery floss to satin stitch the nozzle, stand, and trigger. Use black embroidery floss to satin stitch the cord. You can add a loop with the cord to add some character.
Glue, Paintbrush, and Sewing Machine
Glue-Whip stitch the glue bottle to the background fabric. Use blue embroidery floss to satin stitch a rectangle for the cap. Use orange embroidery floss to satin stitch a triangle for the nozzle.
Paintbrush-Whip stitch the paintbrush to the background fabric.
Sewing Machine-Whip stitch the sewing machine to the background fabric. While you’re sewing the sewing machine to the background fabric, add a line at the top for the spool pin. Satin stitch a rectangle over the spool pin for your thread, you can use any color embroidery floss for this.
Tape Dispenser, Scissors, & Yarn
Tape Dispenser-Whip stitch the tape dispenser to the background fabric. Use off-white embroidery thread to back stitch a line from the tape to the cutter.
Scissors-Whip stitch the scissors to the background fabric.
Yarn-Whip stitch the yarn to the background fabric. Using embroidery floss that matches the felt you picked for the yarn, satin stitch over it to create the yarn look. Start part way down the label and stitch to the outside at an angle. Once you have filled in one side of the circle switch angles to fill in the other side of the circle. Do the same thing on the other circle of the yarn skein.
Spool of Thread, Spray Paint, & Pincushion
Spool of Thread-Whip stitch the spool of thread to the background fabric. Using embroidery floss that matches the felt you picked for the thread, satin stitch over the rectangle to create the thread look.
Spray Paint-Whip stitch the spray paint can to the background fabric. Using off-white embroidery floss satin stitch over the top rectangle of the spray can. Using any color embroidery floss satin stitch a paint spray out of the can.
Pincushion-Whip stitch the pincushion to the background fabric. You can either skip the pins and add real pins at the end or sew the pins on the way I did here. Use grey embroidery floss to back stitch pins randomly around the pin cushion. Use a few different colors of embroidery floss to add a French knot to the top of each of the pins you just added.
Add the letters where you would like them and whip stitch them into place.
For the bursts, back stitch lines going out from the letters. To help keep them even and straight I used a pin to make sure I was headed in the right direction.
I used embroidery floss with 4 strands of thread for the back stitching. This does not fit in the needle I used for the sequins so I had to change my needle and thread at this point. Using a needle with a tiny eye that fits through the seed beads, and embroidery floss with 2 strands, sew each sequin in place.
Make sure that the fabric is taut in the embroidery hoop and cut the remaining fabric from the outside of the hoop. Your project is ready to be hung.
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