Felted Hello Kitty Bow Headband Tutorial (and cool felting hack!)

hello kitty bow felted headband

Good afternoon everybody ❤ On this horribly windy Illinois day, I find myself cozy and content with the completion of my new mini project: a giant Hello Kitty bow, yay! I feel particularly accomplished because this was done so by needle felting, a craft I have only tried once and at that time really wasn’t feeling it…but after watching a few Youtube tutorials, I had been convinced enough to give felting another try. Glad I did!

I stopped needle felting after getting discouraged how hard it was to achieve the shapes you wanted. Maqaroon’s Youtube video showed me an easy way to get the exact shape I wanted in her cute felted cookies video. She made the cookie shapes by first carving them out on a black of cleaning material commonly known as “Magic Erasers” (think if Mr. Clean).  With a little practice, I made my first little spongey-felted creation, then I decided to make something larger. Thus, the headband was created! I’m so happy I found this easy way to start felting, so I’m here to pass out the process!

felting headband supplies

Supplies: Red wool roving (Artiste $1.59 Hobby Lobby), felting needle/block, Magic Eraser sponge (generic brand #3), Stanley Metal SnapOff Knife ($0.74 at Menards), scissors, marker/pen, paper, ruler, hot glue gun/super glue, headband.

felting bow 1Step 1: Holding the Magic Eraser, make a dash across the sides that measure 7mm wide. My eraser was 1 inch wide, so I had 3 even layers, and one slightly smaller one. Be sure to use a full layer for the bow tutorial. For best results, make lines all around. CAREFULLY, use the knife to cute the layers. I’ll admit, I destroyed the first sponge I tried this on, takes a very slow, steady hand for best results.

Step 2: On the piece of paper, sketch out a bow, and cut out the template. Make sure you use one of the 7mm pieces of sponge to trace the bow onto. I used a fine tip Sharpie. Again, slowly cut out the bow with the knife.

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Step 3: Start felting. Starting at the center, I wrapped felt all the way around, and the relentless poking begins! Continue to wrap felt around the sides of the bow. You’ll want to make the felt flat and even on both sides.

red felted bow

Step 4: After a layer or so, the sponge should be completely covered. Now lets start adding definition. Decide which will be the front of the bow, then add a big ball and felt it to the middle, making the actual “tie” of the bow look more realistic. I did about five layers before I was satisfied.

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Step 5: With the bow “tie” done, next make the edges pop. Add thin strips to the edges of the bow, I did about three strips on each side. Especially keep poking the inside to make the rounded edges as smooth as possible.

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Step 6: When you feel your bow shape is appropriate, give your hand a break from all that poking! Make sure one last time there are no exposed sponge areas on the sides, and then put that needle down, no more poking for you!

Step 7: With your blank headband and glue in hand, carefully secure your bow. I played around a lot on how to position the bow, I think anyway looks cute. And now you’re done, admire your work!Hello Kitty Bow Headband, felted headband

I’m really pleased with this covering-sponge-with-felt thing. Makes felting seem not so scary, and even gave me the confident to try another felting video I found. I made an adorable little felted star found from Flying Mio. The little orange and bear were my two practice sponge-felts. I like the way they feel, they aren’t as stiff as the star I made.

felted star felted food felted bear millieonherworld

Overall, I now have a love of felting 😀 Not so scary anymore, practice makes perfect!
Thanks for visiting, ta ta for now!

❤ Happily felting Millie

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The Cat’s Meow: DIY Kitty Face Top

Just swingin' along~

Mew :3

Hello everyone! Geez, it’s been exactly a month since my last blog post?? Sorry for the silence, a little thing called “life” had me wrapped up in things but don’t worry, I return with a fun tutorial! 😀

A few blog post ago I did a felt plushie camera from a site called Hapy Friends Shoppe. Yet again, I found an amazingly simple and irresistible tutorial from them, a cute kitty top! The full tutorial is here but I’m going to give you a quick run down.

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Supplies:
– A plain sweater/shirt/hoodie
– Felt
– Fabric
– Needle/thread
– Printer/scissors
– Lace (optional)
– Safety pin (optional)

1. Print the template for the kitty face then cut it out. TIP: You may need to resize the template before printing because it prints fairly large.

2. Cut out the kitty face on felt pieces. Then assemble them on your shirt.

3. Time to sew! Bring your shirt to life 🙂

4. Let’s make the bow. First cut a rectangular piece of fabric. Fold the edges and sew around to make them round. Pinch the center so it has a bow shape and sew the middle together. Cut another thin strip of fabric to wrap around the middle of the bow. Afterwards, sew the bow to the shirt. Or as another option, glue the safety-pin to the back so it can be attachable.

5. This last step is optional, it is just adding lace around the collar of the shirt. I think it adds a cute touch. And that’s it!

Me being a dork

Me being a dork

This project took a little over an hour, the longest part was sewing on the cat face and making sure each side was even. I like this tutorial because it was quick, easy, and gave a sweater I’ve never even worn a fresh new look. Also, I really appreciate hand sewn projects since I currently don’t have a sewing machine anymore.

I’ve been checking out DIY clothing projects lately, so I hope to find something new and share with you all. I’m also working on crocheting a sweater without a pattern. Which will probably be done….in a long time! >_< Here are a few other crochet works I’ve done recently:

Saber

Saber

Donald and Daisy

Donald and Daisy

Bon Bon and Lyra

Bon Bon and Lyra

Froggies!

Froggies!

Among these projects was a horribly mishaped Dora the Explorer doll for my little cousin, but she loved it to death and I couldn’t have been happier to see her glowing face. The Saber doll is from an anime called Fate/Stay Night, and was a birthday gift for my boyfriend since it is his favorite anime character. Also the plushie frogs were for him. He has been getting spoiled. It needs to stop! (He’s not so great. He complained I didn’t explain the dolls were for him so now here I am editing it for his convenience. I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY.)

Summer is almost over, and lately I’ve been a bit on the sad side with Chris going to full-time school, so we wont be seeing eachother everyday anymore. Also I’ve started working and have to take a year off of school, which also makes me bummed. But this is just life at the moment, I’m know things will be alright! 😀

Hope everyone else has had a great summer and is doing well! I’ll try to keep updating regularly again. 🙂 Bye for now!

Millie ❤

Cupcake on the Go: DIY Felt Pouch

Cupcake Felt Pouch by MillieonherWorld

So if you haven’t noticed, Millie is obsessed with all things colorful and sweet, and as of late has been inspired by her favorite dessert, cupcakes. That does not however mean that my joy in making cupcake themed things is an obsession, right….right?

Much to my boyfriend’s dismay, I have cranked out another cupcake inspired craft, this time a felt cupcake pouch to go with my cupcake dress! Actually, I didn’t intend to make it for the dress, I just wanted to make something with felt and conveiniently had the right colors for a cupcake and why would I use the nice expensive printed felt on a pouch I totally made up and didn’t know how it would turn out—I’m trying really hard to defend myself

Moving on, I decided to make an easy tutorial for anyone else who wants a little pouch, (and no, you don’t have to make yours a cupcake). I like this pouch for times when I don’t want to lug around my huge purse, just need my wallet, car keys, and I can be out the door.

This only took me about an hour, but I’m sure its because I had no idea where I was going. Should be less than that 🙂

To start off, the supplies:
3 Different felt colors
1 Button
Thread
Zipper or Velcro
Ribbon
Scissors
Hot Glue Gun
Be sure to print the template that can be found here: Pouch_Template

Let’s start!

  1. Using the template, cute out 3 Squares of the outside color, 2 squares of the inside color, and 2 pocket colors. If you want rounded edges to your pouch, stack and trim the corners.

    pouch1

  2. Felt stitch 1 of the outside frosting pockets to an outside color square

    puch1

  3. Take one of the outside color squares and cute about 1/4th inch off the top to create a pocket. Sew it onto the third outside color to finish

    pouch3

  4. Sew across the top of the frosting pocket. Next sew on the button the the outside of the pocket. Cut a button hole on the frosting flap, then stitch around to make the edges smoother.

    pouch4

  5. Grabbing one of the inside felt squares, sew on the ribbon for a colorful strap

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  6. Looking at my awesome Photoshopped picture, use your hot glue gun glue the outside and inside colors together. Be sure not to glue too close to the edges since we will be sewing them later on

    pouch6

  7. Do a trim around the inside color if it shows from behind the outside color

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  8. Glue on the zipper or Velcro

    pouch8

  9. Blanket stitch through all felt layers, but make sure NOT to sew down the sides of the pocket flap!

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Pretty simple right?

Felt Pouch on the Go by millieonherworld

While my wallet is pretty small, this is also a great size for a coin pouch so change isn’t loudly clacking in my bigger purse. Eventually I want to make one that is a little bigger and has a nice design on it. Now that I know how to make a simple pouch, I guess I can try making a MATURE designed one, get Chris off my case ;P

As of now, I only have  1 more cupcake inspired thing that will be featured 🙂 again made of felt. Felt is so much fun. I hope to finish this project soon. Hope everyone has fun weekends!

Now turned felting addict,
Millie ❤

Back to School! : DIY Notebook Paper Shirt

For most of us, the idea of going back to school already can be a cruel warning, wake up call to reality, a painful realization that soon you’ll be put on a strict schedule and all your free time will magically vanish. Maybe that’s just the way I feel. But for an odd reason, my favorite part of being back in school is having a fresh new notebook, turning to the first clean, crisp page and thinking “What will I fill you with?” To me, a blank notebook page is endless room for doodles, poems, lyrics, and occasional notes on whatever subject I am currently ignoring.

Anyway, I love notebooks. I was ecstatic to discover a tutorial on how to make a notebook paper shirt! I found it on Pinterest which led to the tutorial Maybe Matilda. They were adorable, I had to try! Her tutorial is lovely and easy, but it is used if you only have acrylic paint. To follow her fabulous tutorial click here. If you want to use fabric paint like me, here is a quick tutorial on what I did!

Supplies: White tshirt/tank top/whatever, tape that wont stick to the cloth too much, cardboard/foam board/paper/plastic, fabric paint, foam brushes, water, iron. Optional: white acrylic paint and paper plate.
Results: Awesome shirt to show off for the new school year!

1:. Prep

First thing to do is place your card board/foam board/plastic/paper/whatever between the front and back of your shirt. This is so the paint won’t leak to the back of the shirt. Next grab the tape and start creating rows, make them however thick or thin you want. For smoother lines, be sure the tape doesn’t cause wrinkles in the fabric. If you want to make sure each line is perfectly identical, use a ruler.

2. Lines of Blue

Pour the blue fabric paint onto the plate. I wanted my blue a bit brighter, so I mixed it with a drop of white acrylic paint. Carefully dab a little of the paint onto the foam brush and start painting inbetween the tape lines. I held the brush lightly, slowly painting to ensure the paint was even all the way across. Let it dry before next step. In the meantime wash the foam brush before the paint sits in!

3. Red Stripe


Gently peel the tape off the shirt after the blue paint has dried. Check for big blobs, especially in the are where the red stripe is going to go. When the coast is clear, place two strips of tape horizontal on the left side. Again I lightened my red fabric paint with white acrylic paint. I made this line thinner and bolder than the blue lines.

4. Making it Last

Depending on the fabric of your shirt and how thick you painted, drying could take from 30 minutes to a couple of hours. To be safe, I let mine sit over night and by morning it was fine. I turned the shirt inside out and took an iron to it. This helps the paint set into the fabric. And you’re done!

This was easy right? I had no real problems, and this tank top turned out how I expected, sloppy lines and all! I struggled with the option of writing text on my shirt, to make it seem more like the pages of my past notebooks, but decided against it. If I do another shirt I’d like to try that out, maybe make it look like a love letter or something sweet like that.

Tips:
1. Blue painter’s tape is way too thick…I used electrical tape, but probably masking tape is ideal since scotch tape is too thin and packaging tape ruins the fabric.
2. I read that fabric paint works best on cotton shirts. Although, my tank top is mainly nylon (or something along those lines) and so far I’ve had no problems.
3. Caution on mixing fabric and acrylic paint— too much acrylic paint can make the paint stiff when it dries.

 

I hadn’t worn this tank top in over a year, I happily sported it all day today!
Give it a go, I’d love to see your shirts too. 🙂
What are your plans for the upcoming school season? I hope someone else makes this in time for school. Thanks for stoppin’ by! ❤