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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Felt Mushroom Tutorial


I have had such fun making these little felt mushrooms for Halloween.  I thought you might enjoy seeing how I made them in case you want to make some too!  I tried to photograph each step, so this is a long one.  I hope it is clear and informative.  If you've ever wanted to try your hand at soft sculpture, this is a very easy project to start with.  So, here we go.

The first step is to make a sketch of the mushroom you would like to make.  All of the mushrooms made this way will have a domed top - not a flat one.  The only thing to keep in mind here is to make sure that each "corner" comes to a point.  If you round off the corners, they won't meet up when you stitch them.

Ok.  Let's start with the cap.  Cut out your mushroom cap, pin it onto your fabric of choice, and cut 4.


Sew two panels together along one side.  Then repeat with the remaining two panels.  I used the backstitch throughout this project for joining pieces together.  It is a strong stitch and will hold things together when you stuff them.

Now, open the panels, lay them flat, and sandwich them together, right sides facing.  Pin and stitch all the way along the top as shown above, making sure to stitch through the seams.


This is how they should look when you sandwich them together.


If you have done this correctly, it will look like this when you remove the pin and open it up.


Now flip that puppy inside out and you have the top of your mushroom cap!  Ain't it cute?



This is the point at which you will want to embellish your mushroom cap.  I cut little circles out of black felt to stitch onto mine, but you can do just about anything you want here.  If you're not a stitcher, you could use fabric glue to apply little pieces of felt, sequins, buttons, or anything else that tickles your fancy.

I attached my felt circles with a blanket stitch. 

Now, we need to make a bottom for the mushroom cap.  Just find some circular object that is roughly the same size as your mushroom cap (I used a plastic cup) and trace it onto a piece of paper.

Cut out the circle and you now have the template for the mushroom cap's bottom.

Pin the circle template to the fabric of your choice and cut out.

Now fold this fabric circle in half and pin. 

Cut a small semi-circle out of the middle of the straight side.  This will be the opening through which you will insert the stem and turn the cap right side out.  This is an easy way of cutting a circular hole in any piece of cloth.  I find it much easier than trying to cut a perfect circle from inside the center.

Remove the pin from the mushroom cap bottom and open it up.  Flip the mushroom cap wrong side out again and pin it to its bottom.  Stitch all the way around the entire circumference of the cap.

It should look like this.  Remember: at this stage everything is wrong side out and looks really weird.  The next step is the magic trick that turns this into a mushroom cap.

Now, reach through that little hole in the center and turn the whole thing right side out.  You're pulling the right side of the mushroom cap out through that hole you made.

Voila!  You have a cute little mushroom cap!

Stuff the cap with poly-fill and add "gills" to the underside of the mushroom cap with the trusty blanket stitch again.

Ok.  We're halfway there!  You have the top stitched and stuffed.  Now we need to make a stem for it.  Take the template you cut out at the beginning and pin it to the fabric you have chosen for the stem.  Cut 3.

Sew two panels together along one side.

Open up the two panels you stitched together and pin the remaining panel to one side - right sides together.  Again, stitch along one side.  It should look like the photo above.

Stitch the remaining open sides together, right sides facing.

Turn it right side out and you have a stem.

Slip stitch the stem to the underside of the cap.  It is really helpful to draw a stitching guide around the stem, so you don't sew it on crooked.  I used a disappearing ink marker, but you could also just stitch a line of basting stitches around it to use as a guide.

When you make your last slip stitch, pull the thread tightly to hide your stitches as well as to gather the fabric slightly to further enhance the look of gills on the underside. Take a couple of anchor stitches and knot the thread so it will hold.  Stuff the stem with poly-fill.

Cut a small circle of fabric the same size as the bottom of the stem and backstitch it to the bottom to close.  I just stood the mushroom up on the felt and traced around it with the disappearing marker, but you can easily eyeball this one.

The bottom of the stem.  Make sure to leave yourself a small seam allowance.  You can trim this as needed to help the mushroom to stand up straight.


And there you have it!  A cute little felt mushroom - this one looks just right for a witch's potion!  I hope you enjoy making your own mushrooms, and I hope you find this tutorial helpful.  If you have questions, you can e-mail me at wonderlandwoodsblog.gmail.com.  I will try to help you in any way I can.  Have fun and happy stitching!

6 comments:

abbyglassenberg said...

This is a really thorough and nicely done tutorial. I'm totally going to go make some mushrooms!

Starr White said...

Thanks, Abby! Please drop me a line when you do, so I can see what you've made. I know they will rock!

Gaia said...

They are so pretty !

wendy said...

I love mushrooms and can't wait to try this! How fun!

nelda said...

So cute! I'm going to try making these for my little fairy gardens. Thank you!

Leslie Lim said...

I read your blog.I thought it was great.. Hope you have a great day. God bless.

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