Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Felt Lanterns

This time of year in Phoenix, our outside time is limited to right after sunrise and after the sun goes down in the evening - too hot, otherwise!  These are a fun, easy feltcraft that adds a little glow to the night.

*light colored felt - white, cream, and yellow seem to glow the best.  Other colors look nice in the daylight, just don't expect the color to come through at night
*sparkly embroidery thread - I used gold
*battery powered tea lights or short candles

1.  For the outside of the larger lantern, cut 4 pieces of felt 6 x 8 inches (lantern sides) and one piece that's 6 x 6 inches (lantern top).  The the smaller lanterns, cut 4 pieces that are 5 x 4 inches and one piece that's 4 x 4 inches.

2.  On a piece of paper, draw a star.  Draw a line 1/4 inch out from each point and connect to form an outer star.

3.  Cut out star on the outer line.  Use this as a pattern to cut out stars from accent colors - I used yellow and light blue.

4.  Recut the star pattern along the inner line and lightly draw around it on the wrong side of your lantern side pieces.  Cut the stars out.  Repeat for all sides of the lantern.

5.  On the wrong side of lantern sides, place accent stars over the star cut-out holes.  Turn back over to the right side and sew accent stars in place with a running stitch.

6.  Repeat for all lantern sides.

7.  With wrong sides together, sew two lantern sides together in a 1/4 inch seam.

8.  Repeat for all lantern sides.

9.  Pin lantern top on ...

10.  ... and sew in place with a 1/4 inch seam.

Be sure to use battery powered tea lights or short candles, not actual flames!!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

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