Felt Feather Pillow

Designer: Patty Sloniger

Spread your decorating wings with a pillow embellished with appliqué and embroidered wool and felt feather motifs across the front.


Materials:

  • 114 yards of white fabric
  • 14 yard of tan fabric
  • Felt, felted wool, or wool:light aqua, green, gold, gray, dark green, rust, dark teal, cream
  • Embroidery floss: dark gray, cream, light gray
  • Sewing thread
  • 18″-square pillow insert
  • Feathers Pattern

 

FINISHED PILLOW: 18″ square

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42″ of usable fabric width. Measurements include  12” seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.


Cut the following pieces:

 

From white fabric, cut:

  • 1—17″ square (pillow front)
  • 2—13×19″ rectangles (back)

From tan fabric, cut:

  • 2—2×17″ border strips
  • 2—2×19″ border strips

From light aqua felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 1 of pattern A

From green felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 1 of pattern A

From gold felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 1 of pattern A
  • 1 of pattern C

From gray felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 3 of pattern B
  • 3 of pattern D
  • 3 of pattern F

From dark green felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 1 of pattern C

From rust felt, felted wool, or wool, cut: 

  • 1 of pattern C
  • 1 of pattern E

From dark teal felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 1 of pattern E

From cream felt, felted wool, or wool, cut:

  • 1 of pattern E

1. Referring to the Appliqué Placement Diagram, arrange the A–F shapes on the right side of the pillow front, spacing the shapes 38” from the edges. For the C-D feather in the top right, trim the C shape parallel to the top edge of the pillow front. For the E-F feather on the bottom left, trim the F shape parallel to the bottom edge of the pillow front. When satisfied with the arrangement, pin the shapes to the pillow front.

2. With the pieces pinned in place, cut random notches in the edges of each A and B shape to resemble feather edges.

3. Use three strands of embroidery floss for all stitching. Using dark gray embroidery floss, stitch a line of short running stitches along the inside edge of each A and B shape (Embroidery Diagram). Using cream embroidery floss, backstitch striping details as desired on the gray B shapes. Using light gray embroidery floss, backstitch a 214” quill for each feather. Feathers that extend along the left-hand edge and the bottom of the pillow front do not have quills. The feather at the lower right corner of the pillow front has a short quill that extends into the seam allowance.

 

4. Referring to Pillow Front Assembly Diagram, sew a tan 2×17″ border strip to the top and bottom edges of the pillow front. Add a tan 2×19″ border strip to each side edge of the pillow front. Press all seams toward borders.

5. Turn under one long edge of each white 13×19″ rectangle 14“; press. Turn under same long edges 14” again and stitch in place to hem pillow back pieces.

 

6. Referring to Pillow Back Assembly Diagram, overlap hemmed edges of pillow back pieces by about 6″ to make a 19″ square. Edgestitch across overlaps to make pillow back.

7. Layer pillow top and back with right sides together. Stitch around all edges to make pillow cover. Turn to right side; press. Insert pillow form through opening in pillow back.

Framed Holiday Garland

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Designer: Katie Leporte

Express your best wishes for the season on a colorful garland made with felted balls and embroidered pennants.


Materials:

  • Wool roving: white, cream, mint green, pale pink, red
  • 4″ square of 2″-thick foam rubber
  • 36-gauge felting needle
  • 8×11″-sheet of felt: mint, white, teal
  • #5 perle cotton: black and white
  • Embroidery needle
  • Masking tape
  • 20×28-inch empty picture frame
  • Baker’s twine: red-and-white
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Flat tacks
  • Pennant and triangle patterns

1. Follow the instructions from How to Make a Felted Ball to make a total of 45 to 50 1″-diameter felted balls from assorted colors of wool roving.

2. Trace the pennant pattern, under Materials, onto white paper; cut out. Trace the pattern on mint green, light blue, and white felt; cut out. Draw a cursive letter J on the mint green felt piece, a cursive letter O onto the white felt piece, and a cursive letter Y onto the light blue felt piece.

3. Backstitch the letters using white perle cotton for the J and the Y and black perle cotton
for the O.

4. Trace the triangle pattern, under Materials, onto white paper; cut out. Trace the pattern five times onto teal felt. Draw each of the cursive letters M, E, R, R, and Y onto a triangle. Backstitch the letters using white perle cotton.

5. Determine placement for embroidered felt letters on the garland by taping one end of the baker’s twine to the top left inside corner of the picture frame. Swag the twine back and forth inside the frame as desired, taping the twine to the frame to secure. Using a small piece of masking tape, mark the twine where you wish to hang the letters. Remove the twine from the frame.

6. Thread one end of the twine with the embroidery needle, and string felted balls until you reach the taped area for letters; remove tape. Fold top edge of felt letter over the twine and hot-glue the overlap on the back side. Alternate letters with felt balls if desired. Continue adding more felt balls and the second set of letters where desired. Finish with more felted balls.

7. Use flat tacks to reattach ends of garland to inside of frame.

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How to Make a Felted Ball

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1. Pull off a small piece of wool from one or more colors of roving.

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2. Gently pull fibers apart to fluff the wool. The finished ball will be about half the size of this fluff of wool.

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3. Using palms of your hands, roll wool into loose ball; change direction often to make a round ball. Wind errant fibers around ball as evenly as possible to keep smooth.

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4. Fill a small bowl with very warm water as hot as your hands can comfortably tolerate. Add a drop of liquid laundry or dish soap. Dip ball of wool into bowl of hot, soapy water.

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5. Squeeze excess water out of ball.

6. Roll ball between palms of your hands like you would roll a ball of modeling clay. Roll it very gently to avoid forming large cracks or lumps that cannot be taken out. Let ball dry.

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Festive Wall Decor

fallDesigner: Sarah Zimmerman

You’ll never be at a loss for words with this welcoming display, using yarn-wrapped chipboard letters to spell out a greeting!


Materials:

  • 834“-tall papier-mâché letters: F, A, L, L
  • Yarn: moss green, oatmeal,
    brown, orange
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Burlap
  • Felt: gold, moss green, brown
  • Tapestry needle
  • Hemp twine
  • Wooden frame with 712×912” opening: orange
  • Leaf and acorn patterns

1. Wrap each papier-mâché letter with a color of yarn as desired, using a hot-glue gun to periodically secure the yarn as you wrap. Cover sides and ends of each letter by working outward from the center in a spiral.

2. Trace the leaf and acorn patterns under “Materials” onto white paper; cut out. Cut three leaves from moss green felt. Cut one leaf and one acorn nut from gold felt. Cut two leaves and one acorn cap from brown felt.

3. Use a running stitch and oatmeal yarn to stitch an outline approximately 14” from the edge of each felt leaf, acorn cap, and acorn nut. Hot-glue each leaf to burlap, spacing the shapes at least 12” apart; let dry. Cut around each leaf, leaving a 14” burlap border around each shape.

4. Hot-glue the acorn cap to the acorn nut, overlapping the pieces slightly.

5. Draw four 2″-diameter circles onto gold felt, leaving 12” between circles. Referring to how to make a felt rose, make four roses. Vary the tightness of the rolls to make bigger or smaller roses.

6. Hot-glue one rose and two leaves to the letter F. Hot-glue the acorn to the opening in the center of the letter A. Hot-glue one leaf and three roses to one L. Wrap hemp twine three times around the remaining letter L and tie the ends into a bow. Glue remaining three leaves below the bow.

7. Remove the backing from each frame and securely cover with burlap. Insert the backing back into the frame. Hot-glue a letter onto the burlap backing of each frame.

Fall Flowers Wreath

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Designer: Sarah Zimmerman

Announce the arrival of autumn at your front door with a wreath outfitted with a miniature pennant banner.


Materials:

  • 16″-diameter foam wreath form
  • 212“-wide burlap ribbon
  • Felt: moss green, brown, gold, oatmeal
  • Burlap
  • Yarn: oatmeal
  • Large-eye tapestry needle
  • Artificial berry branches
  • Twine
  • 112“-wide satin ribbon: tan
  • Leaf and Pennant patterns

Cover the Wreath:

Secure the end of the burlap ribbon to the back of the foam wreath form with hot glue. Wrap the burlap ribbon around the wreath form, overlapping the wraps until the entire form is covered. Trim the burlap ribbon end, and glue the end to the back of the form.

 

Make the Roses and Leaves:

1. Trace the leaf patterns from the download under “Materials” onto white paper; cut out. Cut two large leaves from moss green felt. Cut two large leaves from brown felt. Cut one small leaf from moss green felt. Cut one small leaf from brown felt.

2. Use a running stitch and oatmeal yarn to stitch an outline approximately 14” from the edge of each felt leaf. Hot-glue each leaf to burlap, spacing the shapes at least 12” apart; let dry. Cut around each leaf, leaving a 14” burlap border around each shape.

3. Cut sixteen 2″-diameter circles from gold felt. See our blog here to make felt roses. Make 16 roses, varying the tightness of the rolls to make bigger or smaller roses.

 

Make the Pennant:

1. Cut four pennant triangles from oatmeal felt using the pattern in “Materials”. Glue each felt pennant inner triangle to burlap, spacing the shapes at least 12” apart; let dry. Cut around each triangle, leaving a 14” burlap border around each shape.

2. Cut four 12″ lengths of twine. Shape and glue each piece of twine into a letter on each felt pennant triangle to spell out the word “fall”; trim the ends.

3. Cut a 36″ length of twine for the pennant hanger. Glue the top edge of each pennant triangle to the hanger to spell out the word “fall.”

 

Embellish the Wreath:

1. Glue the felt roses to the bottom of the wreath in a tightly packed cluster. Glue one small and two large leaves along each side of the rose cluster.

2. Extend the banner across the center of the wreath, and wrap the twine ends around the wreath sides and to the back. Adjust as needed; trim excess twine ends. Hot-glue the ends to the back of the wreath form.

3. Trim each berry branch to the desired length, and poke the ends into the burlap-covered wreath form along each side of the rose cluster. Bend the branches as desired.