Yarn Wreath with Owls
This couldn't-be-easier fall wreath works with any of your favorite motifs: owls, leaves, pumpkins, and more. Simply wrap a foam wreath with ribbon, alternating colors as desired and securing with hot glue. Use a bit of yarn to secure a brooch or tin embellishment, such as these owls. Finish by hot-gluing pom-poms around the wreath and adding a hanging loop.
Flowery Felt Key Chain
The key to
fall fashion? Felted accents for your key ring! Choose felt stickers in fashionable fall colors and shapes. Punch a hole for an eyelet in each felt piece. Press two identical felt accents together, and set with one eyelet. Attach to a key ring for standout fall style that you can easily change to suit your mood.
Infinity T-Shirt Scarf
fall accessory gives new life to your favorite T-shirt. Start with two thin, soft cotton T-shirts in coordinating colors. Cut off and discard the bottom hems; cut each shirt into 1-1/2-inch-wide strips, making each strip as long as possible. Note: To get the longest possible strip, start cutting at bottom front of shirt, go over a shoulder, and end at bottom back when possible. Sort by length and color, dividing into four or more groups.
Join groups of T-shirt yarn by twisting or braiding. Lay pieces flat and secure ends of each group with T-shirt yarn scraps. Hold all the groups together and tie together ends. Cut open a T-shirt sleeve. Wrap fabric around knots, and secure using needle and thread.
A recycled felted cable-knit sweater makes this
storage container worth cuddling up to. Slip a felted sweater over a hatbox, and adhere it to the inside and bottom using hot glue. Add leather handles to finish off a cozy container for yarn, books, games, or other necessities.
Cozy T-Shirt Rug
Recycle old T-shirts as a tickles-your-toes plush rug. Cut
canvas backing into a circle. Fold edge of canvas circle under 1 inch. With a heavy-duty needle in sewing machine and settings adjusted for heavyweight fabric, sew folded edge. Cut T-shirts into 2-inch-wide strips that are 6 inches long. Fold T-shirt strips in half lengthwise so each measures 1x6 inches. Place center of a 1x6-inch strip on canvas edge. Sew across center of strip. Without removing canvas from sewing machine, abut a second 1x6-inch strip against the first. Sew across center of second strip. Continue adding and sewing strips to canvas edge until edge is covered. Continue sewing strips in concentric rings until canvas is covered. Shake rug and hand-brush strips outward.
Fall Hoop-Art Collage
With wooden embroidery hoops and remnants of coordinating fabrics, you can design a wall collage. Cut squares of fabric and batting at least 2-1/2 inches larger than each hoop's diameter. Insert batting and fabric in a hoop, pull taut, and secure using the screw mechanism. Trim the fabric even with the back. Repeat with various hoop sizes and complementary fabrics.
To create dimension, center a small hoop atop a larger one, aligning the screws. Tack-stitch the hoops together in the center through all layers. Stitch two stacked buttons at the center of the small hoop, sewing through all layers.
Chart a course for
fall comfort. Pick a map of your favorite fall destination, or find an appealing map in an old atlas. Scan the image, and use image-editing software to create a mirror-image. Print the map onto iron-on transfer paper using an ink-jet printer. Iron the image onto light-color linen fabric, following manufacturer's instructions. Peel off the transfer backing to reveal the map image. Use heat-set tape to adhere it to a pillow.
Editor's Tip: Give your pillow more fall texture by wrapping it with a strip of nubby burlap before adhering the map.
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See the tricks for flawlessly transferring your images to fabric.
Canvas Tree Tote
Personalize your grocery tote with a design that suits the season. Using image-editing software, create a digital design with a quirky font, simple tree shapes, flowers, birds, and other nature-inspired
elements. Print your customized design onto iron-on transfer paper. Remember to reverse-print the image if directed. Iron the transfer onto a canvas tote bag, and machine-stitch around the edges to finish the look. Embellish with buttons or other accents.
Editor's Tip: Make a variation of the tree design for each season: flowering trees for spring, leafy trees for summer, blazing colors for fall, and bare branches for winter.
The vibrant blooms of
fall deserve striking display. With this easy technique, a plain vase gains autumn style with a few strokes of a pen. Plan a design to coordinate with the flowers, and use a white oil-base marker to draw the design on a plain ceramic vase.
Textured Autumn Pillow
Celebrate the weather change with a pillow that announces the season. Lay a
pillow cover on a flat surface and arrange large chipboard letters across it. Use repositionable spray adhesive to adhere the letters. Spray the pillow cover with fabric paint in your desired fall color; let dry. Remove the chipboard letters and insert a pillow form in the cover. Tie jute twine in bows near the ends for even more texture.
Embroidered Botanical Art
Thick yarn in natural
colors emphasizes the warm textures of fall. First paint an artist's canvas a soft green or your favorite fall color using crafts paint and a foam brush. Sketch a botanical design onto cardstock, and tape it to the dry canvas. Using a heavy-duty needle, poke evenly spaced holes through the canvas along the design's outline. Remove the cardstock. Use the holes to embroider the design in desired colors.
Easy Ruffled Scarves
Wrap yourself in ruffled softness--it only takes two seams! The trick is the fabric. Start with a ruffled knit fabric with 1-inch-wide ruffles. Cut two 11x48-inch fabric strips parallel to the ruffles. With wrong sides together, align one short edge, making sure ruffles lie in the same direction. Sew together strips using polyester thread and a scant 1/4-inch seam.
Fold the scarf with right sides together along seam, and stitch 1/4 inch from fold, encasing first seam.
Editor's Tip: The gray scarf is made from fabric with 2-inch-wide ruffles, producing a scarf with fewer rows of ruffles.
Embroidered Wooden Crate
fall flower on a crate that offers stylish storage for children's books or toys, crafts supplies, towels, or other essentials. Use a marker to draw a simple flower design on the outside of a wooden crate. Drill 1/8-inch-diameter holes along the lines of the design (our holes are 1 inch apart for the stem and 1/4-inch apart for the flower). Use a heavy-duty needle to embroider your design with yarn using backstitches, chain stitches, and other techniques as desired.
Editor's Tip: Many fall motifs work well with this technique. Explore leaves, acorns, pumpkins, mushrooms, and other classic fall shapes.
No-Sew Burlap Blooms Pillow
Dress a pillow in cozy
fall textures without sewing a stitch. Layer and secure purchased burlap-and-canvas flowers of different sizes using fabric adhesive. Top each flower center with a button, and adhere the flowers to the pillow, arranging as desired.
glassware into something more comfortable with these felted sweater cozies. Stretch a piece of felted sweater around a glass vase or candleholder, right side in. Pin the sweater ends together to create a snug fit, slip off the glass, and sew where pinned. Cut off the excess, then turn right side out. Use various sweater accents, such as buttons, pockets, sleeves, and ribbing, to dress up your glassware cozy. Our blue floret was made from a thin length of felted cashmere, twisted and tacked with fabric glue to a felt circle. The small heart was cut from a felted sweater scrap and secured with a needle-felting punch and mat.
Editor's Tip: Some wool items needle-punch together better than others, so test your pieces first.
Braided Wool Rug
Step onto cozy comfort with this handmade rug crafted from braided felted wool. You'll need around 100 yards of 1-inch-wide wool strips to make our 2x4-foot rug. Cut felted wool into 1-inch strips and braid together into 3-yard lengths. Machine-stitch all the lengths together end to end. Tape one end to a flat surface and stretch to 4 feet, tape to the surface, then round back in the opposite direction, hand-stitching the two rows together until you reach the other end. Tape the end down and round back in the opposite direction, repeating the back-and-forth hand-stitching pattern until your rug is 2 feet wide. Tuck the end to the back and hand-stitch to secure. Remove all tape.
Felted Owl Friends
Add a cozy feel to any seasonal space with these adorable owls made from wool roving. Set the owls on shelves and mantels, or hang them for a fun
Felt Petal Lamp Embellishments
Accent a pretty
lamp for fall with these cozy felt embellishments. Using 100-percent-wool yarn that is labeled for felting, knit or crochet several flower and leaf shapes. Place the pieces in a mesh laundry bag before washing and hand-shape them before they dry. To make the lamp base cover, measure the height and circumference of the lamp and cut a rectangular piece of felted wool to size. Wrap the fabric around the lamp, pin closed, and pin evenly spaced darts at the top and bottom curves. Remove the fabric, sew the darts, and then sew the ends together. Slip over the lamp base. Hand-stitch a running stitch with heavy-duty thread at the top and bottom and pull to cinch tight, then tie off at the back. Sew the felted embellishments onto the lamp base to finish.
Editor's Tip: You may need to wash the felt shapes two or three times before you achieve the desired density for the pieces.
Decorative Ruffle Pillow
Update an accent pillow in less than an hour by adding pretty ruffles to the cover. Coordinate the different fabrics with existing
furniture or linens to refresh the look of a room for fall.
Felt Acorn Pincushion
This nutty pincushion will put a smile on your face all season long! Cut two pieces of brown felt in the shape of an acorn and one contrasting
color of felt in the shape of an acorn crown. We've provided patterns below. Attach the acorn crown to one of the brown acorn cutouts, adding stitching detail if you like. Stitch the front and back pieces together, leaving space to add stuffing. Stuff the acorn fully with wool or synthetic fiber; sew the opening closed.
Felt iPad Cover
Protect your iPad from scratches with a little
fall flavor. Cut two pieces of felt -- one 8x10 inches and the other 8x13 inches. Decorate the smaller piece with felt cutouts. Sew a button 2 inches from the top as shown. Sew an elastic loop to the top of the larger piece. (This will allow you to close the case.) Lay the smaller piece atop the larger piece, and stitch the exposed seams together.
Editor's Tip: Make a felt cover for your computer tablet or e-reader, too. Simply measure your device, cut your felt to size (the larger piece needs to allow for a fold-over flap), and follow the instructions above.
Fall Felt Nut Bowl
This felt nut
bowl is practical and decorative for fall. To make it, cut two 10-inch squares of felt and woven cotton. Fold over the raw edges of cotton, pin them onto the felt, and stitch around the edges. Leave about 1-1/2 inches from each corner, fold the sides and make a stitch -- this will form the bowl. Gather each corner with an X sewn with embroidery thread.
Editor's Note: Stow your nutcracker in a felt leaf-shape holder. Cut two leaf shapes from felt, add decorative stitching to one, and sew them together, leaving an opening for the nutcracker to slide in.
Felted Sweater Throw
Get cozy on the
couch this fall with this fun fabric throw made from upcycled wool sweaters. Decide the desired size of your throw and determine how many 9-inch squares of felted wool fabric you will need; we made a few of our large squares by sewing four 5-inch squares with right sides together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Once you have all of your squares, arrange in an attractive pattern. Sew together rows of blocks using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, then sew the rows together, matching the seams. Back the quilt with a cozy flannel sheet, sew perle cotton ties at the intersections, and then topstitch 1-inch from the edge around the perimeter to finish.
Editor's Tip: To create the nonraveling fabric, turn the pieces inside out and toss into the washing machine on a hot-cycle wash with detergent; machine- or air-dry.
Autumnal Decorative Orbs
Recycle everyday items to create beautiful, coffee-table
decor. Wrap foam or wooden balls with leftover scrapbooking supplies, old tape measures, and ribbon scraps. Display these easy-to-make decorative orbs in a pretty bowl.
Fall Embellished Slippers
Keep cozy this
fall in embellished slippers. Cut tea bag and mug patterns (provided below) from felt. Hand-stitch cutouts onto slippers, and use bold embroidery thread to embellish the tea bag.
Fall Felt Drink Cozie
Decorate your coffee tumbler with
fall flavor. Cut the provided pattern from felt, and stitch on felt leaves and a button as shown. Add decorative stitching as desired. Use the pattern to cut a strip of plastic gripping material from a crafts store. (This will ensure the felt doesn't slip.) Cut a small piece of elastic, form it into a loop, and sew it onto the back of the felt as you sew on the gripping material. Wrap the felt piece around your coffee tumbler, securing the elastic around the button.
Harvest-Color Felt Coasters
Coasters made from different-size circles of felt add a burst of autumn to any room. Freehand-cut shapes or use a die-cutting tool. Use simple stitches to tack the pieces together, and add beads to the embroidery floss for decoration.
Oak Leaf Pillow Embellishment
Add a fall-theme pillow to your plush collection. Trace a leaf motif on the paper side of fusible adhesive paper. Fuse the leaf to colorful fabric following the manufacturer's instructions. Cut out the leaf, pull away the paper, and position the adhesive side on the front of a
Editor's Tip: Satin-stitch around and inside the leaf to create veining.
Linen-Leaf Fall Table Runner
fall table runner on your dining room table. Apply iron-on backing to the back of pretty fall-color linen. Trace garden leaves and hand-draw stem shapes onto the iron-on-backing side of the linen. Cut out the shapes, arrange them on a plain table runner, and then press them in place or secure them using tacky glue.
Video: How to Create a Cute Halloween Table Runner
Watch how to use felt to create cute cutouts for this
Halloween fabric table runner.
Felt Squirrel Trivet Cover
Nothing could be cuter than this fall-theme trivet cover! Cut squirrel, acorn, and trivet patterns (provided, below) from felt
colors of your choice. Stitch squirrel and acorn onto large felt piece. Fold and stitch the piece on two sides to create a darling trivet cover.
Fall Felt Napkin Holder
fall scene dresses up your everyday napkin holder. Measure your napkin holder, and cut two pieces of felt slightly larger than those measurements. Cut the tree and leaves from contrasting felt colors, and stitch them to one of the felt pieces. Attach the two pieces of felt together by stitching around the two sides and top, leaving an opening at the bottom to slip onto the front of the napkin holder.
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