Felty, Fluffy Peppermint
What’s red and white and round all over? A fuzzy, felt peppermint! This peppermint can be an ornament on your Christmas tree, a decoration on a wreath, or a festive embellishment for your home. Use it as an appliqué for a holiday pillow or scale it up and turn the mint into a pillow itself! This fun craft is great for kiddos and grown-ups alike. Use red and white felt for a traditional mint, or use green and white to make a spearmint.
Supplies & Tools:
- Print template and cut out pieces.
- Trace pieces onto felt using the marker and cut out.
- Cut a strand of red embroidery floss about 20″ long (about arm’s length). Separate the strand in half.
- Thread the needle and sew the red swirls onto one white circle. Set aside.
- Take one side piece (for the twisty part of the “wrapper”) and fold pleats along the edge that is opposite the scalloped edge.
- Fold one pleat and sew in place. Be sure to sew within 0.25″ of the edge so that the stitches are not visible once added to the peppermint.
- Add 2 more pleats, and tie off the thread.
- Repeat for other side piece.
- Stack the two felt circles together. Place the pleated ends of the two side pieces in between the circles, overlapping the edges by 3/8″. If you like, use pins to hold felt together while you sew.
- Begin sewing around the peppermint with white embroidery floss. I started sewing by one side piece and worked my way around the mint.
- Once you’ve sewn about 3/4 around the mint, stuff with Poly-Fil®.
- Continue sewing, and once finished hide the thread. (See this tutorial for my tips on how to hide the thread.)
- Now your peppermint is finished!
Ideas from the elves:
- Turn this mint into an ornament by adding an ornament hanger: cut a piece of thin string, tie ends in a knot, and glue to the back of the felt circle (after step 4).