Making Felt Sand Dollars Tutorial

Basket from the beach

While I’m on a beach roll, why don’t I show you how to make some super cute felt sand dollars? These would be great to go with a book about the beach, to use to share with your child the sand dollar legend, etc. I love when things made can be educational as well :)

Oh the things you can find
What you will need:
-White Felt (or whatever colors you want really)
-Embroidery thread (I used the color gray)
-Embroidery needle
-Optional: small amount of stuffing
-Sand Dollar Clip Art (I saved this picture and opened it in Word. Then I resized it for three different sizes).
-Scissors
-Writing Utensil to trace with (I used a regular pencil so it wouldn’t show through)
1. Cut out your sand dollar clip art and trace them on felt. You will need two for each sand dollar. I used manicure scissors to cut out the small holes.
Tracing on Felt
2. Embroider five little tear drops on. I just did it free hand, but you could trace them on first. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. No sand dollar in real life is exactly the same or perfect.
3. Place a teeny tiny bit of stuffing on the middle of the back piece for some added dimension. Then place an embroidered piece on top to create a “sandwich”. Sew around the edges.
(You could also skip the stuffing and just glue the two pieces together with glue.)
Add a little stuffing
4. Then I also sewed around the little holes. If there is stuffing showing in the holes, or they don’t exactly match up, just take some scissors and trim all that at the end.
Felt Sand Dollars
5. Have fun :)
*Make some of these? Add them to the Flickr Group. Make sure they are sharable if you want a chance for them to be in the spotlight on Happy Together.
Felt Sand Dollars and Crochet Starfish

Lowercase Rag Quilt Letters Pattern Now Available

Download Lowercase Pattern for Rag Quilt Letters Now

I had a few requests for this and finally got around to it. Go here to download the pdf pattern to make the lowercase letters. They are smaller so they complement the uppercase letters. Here is the original tutorial for the rag quilt letters to follow.

Up Close of Lowercase Rag Quilt Letter

I used felt in the middle this time instead of quilt batting. I like the outcome. They are sturdier this way.

A Basket Full of Shells

One of the things I accomplished this past weekend was painting these seashells for my daughter.

I had bought a basket of shells and underneath all the pretty ones were the ugly ones. I added two coats of paint and a layer of mod podge and made them into a fun and pretty new learning toy. She already knows most of her colors, but I made two of each color so she could learn about matching. I also made one bigger than the other to teach her about size.

Fun with painted shells

I will ask her to match the colors and then ask her which one is BIGGER or smaller. It really keeps her occupied. I do not leave her alone with these though, and would not recommend small children play with this type of thing alone. I used all non-toxic materials, but shells can be sharp.

Matching Colors and Learning about Size

So if you make some for your little one, make sure someone is with them when they have them.