Category Archives: Craftiness

How to Braid a Hair Wreath

Wreath Tutorial

I woke up on Solstice morning with the idea of braiding a wreath into Quinn’s hair. I didn’t look for any directions and just went for it. It was a little messier than I would have liked, but it think it turned out pretty well for a first attempt.  This is a great hairstyle for Christmas or Solstice celebrations.

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View from the side.

1. Be sure to have your kiddo standing or sitting in a place that you can walk all the way around them.
2. I pulled her bangs back into a ponytail at the spot where I wanted the top of the wreath.
3. I split the ponytail in half and used the 2 sections as two of the 3 starting parts of my braid.
4. I picked up the third braid part from her head to lock in the top there.
5. Visualizing where I wanted the wreath to be, I did a regular French braid down the left side of the wreath, following the curve that I wanted. (a lefty may want to go the other way) I picked up hair on both sides like a regular braid.
6. Once you get to the bottom, only pick up hair from the outside of the wreath (one side). This will keep the unbraided hair in the middle smooth. You can see in the pictures that I didn’t figure this out until I was halfway across.
7. Once you are across the bottom, you will need to braid UP the other side. It’s not really hard, but it feels awkward.
8. Once you get back up to where you started, braid the hair out the rest of the way and put a holder on it.
9. Tuck the braid through the braid in the top to lock it in there. Follow the wreath and tuck it through the braid a few more times until you run out of hair. I think I did a total of three tucks and ran out at the very bottom.
10. When you run out, hide the end with a bobby pin.
11. I finished the bottom with a vertical barrette with a piece of ribbon.
12. As with anything like this, a good shellacking with hairspray will make it last longer.  Her braid lasted through package opening, an hour car ride and 4+ hours of romping with cousins.

If you are feeling extra festive, you can chalk the hair with some green chalk or wire in some holly berries.

 

 

 

 

Felt Gourmet Free Shipping Sale

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FREE SHIPPING SALE!!!  Use Code “freeship” to get free shipping off of your Felt Gourmet order of $5 or more until midnight on Mon. Dec. 3rd.

Family Cloth/Wipes

Felt Play Food

Hand-stamped necklaces

Pop Culture Necklaces

Gift Ideas for TV and Movie Lovers

These super-strong magnets have an assortment of television and movie characters in them. They are peeking at you through a glass bauble that magnifies them. Each one is about an inch and half across.  They sell for $2 each or 3 for $5.

The magnets are upcycled from vintage and modern sources, such as Disney, Muppet and Fraggle books and Entertainment and Pop-Culture Magazines such as Entertainment Weekly.


Ready to ship choices are:

Christina Hendricks (Madmen)
Homer Simpson
Oscar the Grouch ( Sesame Street)
John Hamm (Madmen)
Willam Shatner and Tribbles (as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek )
Abby Cadabby ( Sesame Street )

Ian McKellen ( as Dumbledore in Harry Potter)
Bride of Frankenstein
Marilyn Monroe
Frankenweenie
Joan Crawford
Chewbacca ( Star Wars )
Superman
Pongo from 101 Dalmations

Other listings have magnets of other topics.

 

Felt Cookies for a Tea Party

Today’s sale is for felt cookies. So cute and just the right size for a tea party. Cookies are priced at 5 for $4 (usually $5) Chocolate Chip, Iced Sugar or a Mixture.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/25934329/sale-felt-cookies-set-of-5-cookies

Chicken Nuggets with Ketchup – Felt Food

Since the baked potato sold, my next item that I’m putting on sale is my chicken nuggets.  Regularly they are $6, but I’m taking a dollar off and make them $5.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/37484635/chicken-nuggets-with-ketchup

Felt Food Sweet Potato

This is a yummy-looking baked sweet potato (yam) to add to your child’s play food collection. (Or yours… I know about you!)

On sale for $5 at Felt Gourmet.

Gift Idea for Downton Abbey Fans

Set of 6 magnets at Etsy for $10

https://www.etsy.com/listing/116544181/set-of-6-downtown-abbey-magnets

Our pumpkins!

Ooobama, misery, ruby gloom
Goofy, Starfall pumpkin
Big scary toothpick pumpkin

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Couldn’t find a Misery pattern/stencil, so I had to wing it.

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First attempt at homemade Montessori beads

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Mail Bag for a Junior Postal Worker

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My son’s school just got a mail box last week, complete with mail bag and letters.  The kids loved it, but I heard that there was going to be a knock-down, drag-out over the mail bag.

Megan asked if I could make another bag for the room.  I was told that the only requirement was that it said MAIL on it in big letters.  I decided to do the label in felt, as I have a TON of it (shocking, huh?) and because I am pretty comfortable working with it.  I was going to write out MAIL in Word in a big font, print it, cut it out and use the letters as a template…but I got lazy and just free-handed it with chalk on the felt and cut it out.

I sketched out the front as a half oval and the back/flap as a full oval.   The picture is of the full oval.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to do the handle and sides/bottom in one continuous loop.  I didn’t do any measuring.  I just know I wanted it about 3 inches wide, so I sewed a tube and flipped it inside out to hide the seam allowance.

Speaking of sewing, I used both my sewing machine and my serger.  If you don’t have a serger, you could use a zig zag stitch.  The fabric I selected was some green canvas that I already had around the house.  I chose it because it was stiff enough to hold its shape.

 

 

Here are the pieces cut out and laid out  without the edge piece.  It gives you an idea of the shape.

Ignore my chalk note.  I just wanted to make sure that I got the bottoms to line up together.

When I started sewing, I started with the half oval and the tube and just serged all the way around the curved part.  Once the front was done, I attached the back the same way.  I attached the bottom part to the other side of the side strap and just serged the top flap part to keep it from fraying.

As you can see, I used some wacky colors, but since it was going to be exposed anyway, I thought I’d go for “I knew you were going to look, so I made it pretty.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the front and back were on, I cut the handle to the right length and sewed the start to the finish, thereby making the edge a complete circle.  I then serged any remaining unfinished edges and went over stress points again.

I was hoping that I could just be done then, but the strap was kind of wimpy-feeling, so I did a row of stitching with the regular machine down each side of it to make it stronger.

Once I was done, I flipped it to put the sewing on the inside and sewed the MAIL sign on (although I seriously considered leaving all of the seams on the outside since the colors were so cute).  I used the machine to sew it on so that it would be neater on the inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Jude with the bag that he is taking to school tomorrow.

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