I love the doodles my little ladies draw and love to make them come alive using felt!
These bracelets were made by using patterns made from their doodles.
For this felt tutorial I'm am going to focus on the dicky bird bracelet.
Have your little one draw a doodle, the doodle should be small enough to fit in a 1 inch width bracelet. You might want to draw a little box that is 1 inch in width and no longer than 4 inches in length; this will help guide your child to the appropriate size doodle for the bracelet.
Now this is the part where your child picks out colors and tells you in detail how they want the doodle to turn out. This is important and helps you decide where to make the cuts for the pattern pieces. Here, Rainy decided she wanted an orange beak, green body and blue tail. So I cut off the beak and tail, this left me with three pattern pieces.
Then I cut out the felt parts of the dicky bird, using Rainy's doodle as the pattern. I used felt that is 30-40% wool. Craft felt doesn't "weather" well and 100% wool would be too itchy.
Pick out the bracelet band color and measure your child's wrist to the desired length that fits comfortably, add an inch or 2 for the button fastener. My girls have 17 and 18 inch bands in length. The width of the band is 1 inch for both girls. Lay out your pieces and see if that is the look you and your little one are going for.
I used 2 strands of the 6 strand 100% cotton embroidery thread for this entire project. Thread your needle and sew on the main part of the doodle first. I used a very simple stitch here. First put the needle through the back (in the gold).
Pull it out through the front (through the green), put the needle back in through the gold, then pull it out through the back. Repeat until the piece is completely sewn on.
Then I stitched on the beak with the same simple stitch.......
I then added detail to the beak using a running stitch . (Click on the orange for directions if needed).
Then stitched on the tail and added detail, again using the running stitch.
Now all dicky bird pieces are stitched on.
Time to add detail to the wing, using a running stitch.
Then I added a black bead for the eye. I also wanted some detail around the perimeter of the bracelet using the running stitch in a contrasting color.
Now for the button fastener. I sewed on the button about 1 inch from the edge.
On the opposite end from the button I cut a small slit for the button hole.
Then you are finished and have a nice way to show off a cute doodle done by your favorite pattern makers!