Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Toadstool tutorial (and some big news)...

This is a project I've been meaning to try for a while, and decided this morning to give it a go and photograph it at the same time.  So, if you'd like to make a little toadstool all of your very own, you will need...

fabric, size 10x8cm for the stalk
circle of felt, size 3cm diameter for the base
2 ovals, roughly 9cm wide by 8cm tall, one in felt, the other in fabric for the toadstool top
embroidery thread
polyfil stuffing
small smooth pebble
selection of buttons (optional)

Take the fabric rectangle, fold in half, right sides together and sew 0.5cm in from the edge, then turn the 'tube' the right way round,

turn the raw edge inwards and pop a little polyfil into the open end to help it hold it's shape,

place the felt disk over the end and oversew with the embroidery thread.

Next, remove the polyfil and replace with a small, smooth pebble wrapped in some more polyfil to weight the base.  Continue stuffing the stalk until it is full.

Now you will need the 2 ovals shapes, cut a small circle in the centre of the felt one (this is for the stalk to sit in)... 

place them together, right sides out, pin and then sew all the way round the edge in blanket stitch.

At this stage, you could add some buttons on the top for decoration.

Turn the toadstool top upside down and stuff with polyfil through the hole, careful not to overstuff as this will make it top heavy.

Place the toadstool top over the tip of the stalk, and attach by oversewing,

you can also add some extra, decorative, stitches underneath...

and voila!

Have fun!

EDIT TO POST, BIG NEWS...

The two latest craft kits I have designed for Anchor are now available to buy,



and all going well, and my small owl will also be available as a kit later this year!

If you make something from one of my tutorials please do join the Flickr group, Lucykate Crafts... pattern pieces, to show off your creations.

46 comments:

Knitsational said...

So lovely. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Knitsational said...

So lovely. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Miaou said...

I love the way you have done the decorative stitches underneath! Very effective!

Meridian Ariel said...

lovely! especially the stitching underneath and the buttons on top

Mytutorlist.com said...

What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

Kitty said...

Just coming out of my 'lurk mode' to say that's a lovely tutorial, and very many congratulations on the launch of the craft kits - they look fabulous. x

quirkycrab said...

Thanks for sharing how those are made! I have been wanting to attempt making something organic like that, but wasn't sure where to start.
Thanks!

mkjn said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! The toadstool is just adorable. And Congrats on the kits. That is so great!

jillytacy said...

I love the toadstool! I have been wanting try making some softie mushrooms myself. Thanks for the tutorial.

Bunny B said...

That's adorable! Great tutorial :) I love the decorative stitching on the underside too!! Thanks!

amy said...

lovely! thanks for sharing!!! i am sure to make a small forest of these.

Lesley said...

Your toadstool is gorgeous - I love the gills underneath!

Congratulations on your craft kits - how exciting!!!

xxx

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Thank you for sharing that tutorial - it is fab - I wouldn't have thought of putting the little pebble in! And what exciting news about your kits - they look great!

sweetjessie said...

Thanks for sharing this - I'll have to make one... or seven!

Frizz said...

So, so cute. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to make my own!!

lovestitches said...

Thanks for sharing this. I'll have to give it a go!

Charlie P said...

Aww, sweet little toadstool :) It's so exciting that Anchor are selling your kits- I can't wait for the mini owl to come out!

Shirley said...

Hiya m'dear - you've been tagged :0)

two hippos said...

what an adorable toadstool!

lindamade said...

wow, congratulations on the kits! they are adorable and i can't believe they come with fabric and everything for that price. nice work!

val said...

congrats on your kits. The mushroom is sweet.....LOVE the detail stitching underneath......very cute.....thanks for the tutorial...just in time for a swap! 8-)

raquel perdigão said...

What a lovelly way to explain to our kids what is a mushroom! :-D

mikodesign said...

wow, thanks, that is so great, I will have a try one day, thanks:)

APO (Bem-Trapilho) said...

thank you!!! loved it! :)
kiss from Portugal!

fahrschule würzburg said...

Good Job! :)

jen said...

simply adorable! i'll have to try it out. :)

Wildwood Mama said...

Thanks for the tutorial, the toadstool is so sweet!

Karen Rangel said...

Amy, I love your softies. Is there a tutorial or kit available for the kittys? They are my favorite. I'm a cat lover.
Karenraye

Perrine said...

Hello! I really like your how to and I was wondering if I could translate it in French and add it to my list of how to as explained in my french post (http://www.petitcitron.com/index.php/component/option,com_mojo/Itemid,149/p,166/ and an English translation : http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=_t&hl=fr&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.petitcitron.com%2Findex.php%2Fcomponent%2Foption%2Ccom_mojo%2FItemid%2C149%2Fp%2C166%2F&sl=auto&tl=en&history_state0= ) Of course, your website would be quoted and there would be a link!
Thank you, Perrine

GOG said...

很可爱哦~~~(chinese)
i like it!

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samsstuff said...

So cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

Tracey said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing!!

tara said...

so beautiful! thank you!!!!!

Web Design Quote said...

I haven't scene this toadstool tutorial but this is really nice to see this. Hopefully we will see more of your work very soon. Keep it up...!

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lucy said...

This is such a lovely project, such an inspiration!!!

Natascha said...

Thank you for this lovely tutorial, I was looking for it!

Cassie said...

thank you so much for the tutorial! I've made a bunch of these and they're going in my wedding centre pieces!

Carmina said...

Thanks.. i LOVELY you project!!!
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Kimara@weefolkart said...

Okay, so it's taken me 2 years to find this... but I still wanted to tell you I think it is adorable. I'll be linking on Facebook. Thanks :)

Akanksha said...

Lovely One ! ToadStool is too good. It is adorable to me. It is so beautiful. Thank You for sharing with us !
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Manuel said...

What a cute mushroom :) 'Love to make one of this, with the tutorial you have here, I can have just like this one you have here. Thanks so much for posting it. Manny@girls jewelry boxes

Ann said...

Really excellent tutorial - I love toadstools so can't wait to try one for myself. Thanks very much.

Princess Cut Diamond Rings said...

Nice tutorial shared on this blog. Waiting for such good tutorials from this website. Have shared this blog with most of my friends.

Anonymous said...

superbe les champignons ! Merci pour le tuto !