Jul 24, 2010

Felt Fishing Set

First things first...we have a Blues and Branches winner...woohoo!

The winner is lucky #6

                                      Jen said... Without a doubt, the vintage blue dessert stand. 
                                                       It would look perfect in my living room.
Congrats Jen! Get your email address to me and I will send it on to Erin and we will get your new necklace to you.
Now on to my gift idea for the week. This week I chose to make something to give to the kiddos. Let me just say that already this toy has been a big hit in our house...to be honest it has already caused several "I want a turn!" fights. That's is always a sign of a good toy!

Felt Fishing Set Tutorial

You will need:

fishing set pattern click on picture below
felt in several colors for fish
scrap of coordinating fabric for scales, I used a fat quarter
black velcro
2 sheets of felt for fishing rod
gray felt for hook
dowel mine was 3 ft long
4 ft of black yarn
coordinating thread
poly fill 

To make:

Cut out pattern pieces. Cut out 2 pieces for each fish.

Use "scales" pattern and cut out 1 piece for each fish.

Cut out a little circle out of the velcro, one for each eye. Make sure to leave some velcro for the hook.

Place the scales piece on the same piece as the eye. Sew the front and back edge of the scales onto the fish with coordinating thread. Do NOT sew the top and bottom, those ends will be secure when you sew the fish together.

Place the two fish pieces together, with the front of the fish on the inside. Sew all of the edges EXCEPT the very end of the tail, like this...

Turn out your fish, very carefully and slowly. Patience young grasshopper. Use the end of a pencil, it will make tons easier.

Stuff your fish, just until the front part is full. Don't fill the tail with stuffing.

When your fish is lovely and fat, as my boys would say, sew the tail closed. Do this by sew "outlining" the entire tail. I sewed starting at the back of the scales all the way around the outside and back.

See...doing this will give the fishies great little flat fins.  Now you have your pile of fishy, but how are they going to catch them??

Let's make the fishing rod.

Using your hook pattern piece, cut out two hooks from gray felt. Also cut out a small piece of black velcro and place it on one hook.

Sew the hooks together with the velcro piece facing out. Do not sew the top closed.

Using a pencil, lightly fill the hook with poly fill, just to give it some umph.

Take your yarn and insert one end into the stuffed hook, make sure to insert several inches. Then sew the top closed. I also sewed and extra stitch across the top for more security.

For the handle I cut two 6x7 pieces of orange felt. I sewed them together and then I "quilted" lines every about 1/2 inch. This gave it a nice texture.

Glue one end of your dowel inside one edge of your felt square.

Roll, glue some more, and continue gluing.

Until you are done and then glue it closed.

Do the same exact process with a smaller 2x3 piece. Except when you glue it on the top of the dowel, make sure to insert the other end of your yarn.

Now you have a toy that your kids will play with for hours...my advice in hindsight....make more than one fishing pole...that might cut down on the fights!

The velcro on the hook will "catch" the fish on the felt itself as well as the velcro eye.

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Deborah said...

This is so cute!!!

Cinderella, the A-Train and Our Little Caboose said...

Cute idea Riss! Very creative.

Anne said...

What a fun idea!! I linked to your fishing playset tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


Brittany said...

I actually have all the stuff to make this, we just may have to do that after church tomorrow. What a fun toy, and the best part is that it doesn't make any noise! :) It is adorable.

Jamie said...

my son would LOVE this! Adding it to my "to-do" list!!!!

Erin A said...

Thanks again for hosting the giveaway this week Larissa!! I'm so glad to have been featured on your adorable blog! :)

Also, have already added this project to my "Make This" folder!! Super super cute, my 2 year old would love it!!

Michele T said...

What a fabulous idea!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial and sharing.

Anna said...

this is too cute and fun looking not to make for my girls - they'd love it!

ificould said...

So cute! My boys would love this!

Amber said...

Very cute! I know some boys who would like this

Christie // lemon squeezy home said...

Absolutely adorable!!! Great job!

Kari Sweeten said...

This is ADORABLE and I can't wait to feature it!!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

Visiting from UCreate!! Super clever idea...and very cute to boot!!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Kara @ mineforthemaking.com

Mandy Beyeler said...

this is SUPER cute - I'm bookmarking! - Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

Ohhh' this is so super precious! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! i AM SO thrilled you linked it up. Thanks so much, Have a super night! Jenn

Annemarie's Haakblog said...

That's soooo cute! Love it!

Cheri C. said...

If you don't mind a short dowel, chinese chopsticks work great!!!

Rachel said...

Thanks for the tutorial...(visiting from UCreate) I was planning on making a set of those with magnets instead of velcro!

Crystal said...

These are adorable! My little one was next to me while I was sitting here and just requested one.

Anonymous said...

Very cute idea! This would make a great gift. Thanks for sharing. I will be linking to your great idea.

Isobel said...

This is so brilliant I know many little people who would love it so much. I put a link on my blog to make sure more children get the advantage. xx

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is so cute! I love your projects so much. They always have so much professional detail. Thanks tons, I'll be linking to this.

memakingdo said...

I love this so cute! I featured it check it out and grab a button if you'd like!

kathy said...

This idea is so cute. I am sure that it is endless fun for your kids.


Benhurum said...

This is so prety , I love it;) And also many children's would like this;)

lenniferdomingus said...

I absolutly love this!!!!! I found your blog a while back and look at it often for ideas... I was inspired and made a version of this set for my 2 lil boys.. The LOVE it! I just started a blog http://lenniferdomingus.blogspot.com/ and plan on linking your site so others can see all your awesome projects and be inspired too! Thank you so much!

Kenna said...

Love these! I made them for my daughter and nieces and nephews. I found it to be pretty difficult to turn the fish inside out to stuff, so instead I decided to just sew around them and stuff them {like the fish hook}. They look great and worked up a little faster.

seemesew84 said...

Really cute! I'm featuring it on my blog:

generationSue said...

LOVED your tutorial! The fish came out really cute and I ended up making a fish bowl for them. Thank you so much!
Here is a link to my post if you wanted to see :)
Happy crafting!

Caroline said...

Hi Larissa! I just found your blog and I love it! May I have your permission to feature some of your tutorials on www.sewcanshe.com? Please drop me a line to say yes! caroline@sewcanshe.com



Kristi said...

My charming little boys have broken MULTIPLE plastic fishing sets. I will be making 2 fishing rods and many, many fish to keep them happy. THANK YOU for this tutorial!!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

My boys still use our years after I made it. I know yours will love them.

Anonymous said...

With all the clothing tutorials out there, etc. I think this is by FAR the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Thank you Tara!!


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