New Arrival: A Little Felt Spider

Little Felt Spider - Muumade's sewing pattern & tutorial

The Little Felt Spider just joined the Muumade clan!  Its sewing pattern & tutorial is now available from my online shop, Muumade.etsy.com. Please also visit my blog page for more hauntingly cute images of the Little Felt Spider, as well as some curiosities about these creepy and yet beautiful crawlers. There is still time for […]

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How to Cut Out Detailed Designs from Felt

Cutting out detailed designs from felt - Grease Pink Ladies

  Cutting out detailed designs from felt is not easy.  But with a few simple tricks, this daunting task becomes quite doable. I made the Grease-inspired Pink Ladies applique shown above by cutting out the black letters from felt. These instructions describe the process I used, and the same tricks can be used to cut […]

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Writing and Drawing on Felt

Writing and Drawing on Felt

  Writing and drawing on felt might seem a bit tricky because of its fuzzy surface.  But, it is actually not hard at all when you use permanent markers or fabric markers!  I used the former (Sharpies) for this post, but I’ve read that fabric markers also work well, and they seem to be better […]

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Heart Shaped Paper Mache Box with Lid

How to make a paper mache box with a lid

  Paper mache is a great material for making light-weight boxes and bowls.  This post contains instructions for making a heart shaped paper mache box with lid, as well as a bowl.  The first part of the heart shaped box project is to make a box from thin cardboard.  (If you prefer to make a […]

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Bright Star Ornament

DIY Bright Star Ornament

  Making this bright star ornament is a fun family activity for the holidays.  For this project, yo will need: 1 styrofoam ball, with a diameter of 6 cm (2 1/2″); 60 or more tooth picks; 1 skewer that is long enough to make a hole all the way through the ball; Thin clear plastic […]

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Flat Needle Felting

Flat needle felting - needle felted white flower on pale orange felt

  Flat needle felting is a very easy way to create 2D designs on textiles. My daughter created the above flower design on wool felt, and then framed it with an old embroidery hoop! Above is a wool sweater that I shrank (by mistake!).  But, since it fit my daughter in its new size, we […]

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Decorating Shirts with Your own Appliques

Decorating shirts with your own appliques - a finished T-shirt with a flower applique

  Decorating shirts with your own appliques is a great way to transform boring plain shirts into one-of-a-kind outfits!  This is a fun project for children, as well as for adults.  Then when finished, you can wear your creations!  If the children are old enough to use an iron and sew with a sewing machine, […]

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Decorating with Rhinestones

A white T-shirt with a DIY rhinestone design

  My daughter loves bling.  So, when she discovered that she could add shiny rhinestones to her plain shirts and bags, she was very eager to give it a try. We used a hot-fix rhinestone applicator and 4 mm diameter rhinestones for this project.  Please note, however, that this device gets really hot and can […]

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