I have been busy hand-sewing felt oak leaves wherever I go lately! Each leaf doesn’t take very long once you get the hang of a split stitch to create the veins of the leaf (click here to learn the split stitch). What am I doing with all these leaves? Here’s just a few ideas.
This is a work in progress, it will be a sturdy gathering bag made from our walnut stained wool fabric. I’m going to tack the oak leaves across the top of the front and back of the bag. Then maybe add a few felted acorns. This will be the perfect little bag to bring along on those crisp Autumn hikes.
Perhaps you have seen our oak crowns before? I used 7 oak leaves to make each crown.
I tacked the leaves together with the split stitch, adding a few stitches of veining to the top of the leaves, or hiding the stitches within the leaves’ veins.
We love headbands around here so a leaf one is a must. Sew (or glue) the leaf directly onto the headband. I really like Goody headbands to do this with because they are very flexible, stay in place, and don’t hurt the little ladies’ heads.
Can’t resist a festive Autumn garland of felt leaves either. A wreath would be pretty as well!
They make great appliques on sweater bags, scarves, wool skirts, etc…….!
And finally, stitch a leaf to a piece of ribbon and you have a nice bookmark. We are always looking for bookmarks around here, the little ladies like to use real leaves for bookmarks, but they always end up leaving crumpled up dried leaf pieces everywhere! They are quite content with the felt version.
I used real leaves for the patterns. If you don’t have any oaks close by, I scanned some real oak leaves and made oak leaf patterns (from newspaper) to share if you need them. Click here to download them.
So many ideas, so little time! Now to finish that bag, make a wreath, and make those pumpkin cookies I’ve been promising the girls all week! Enjoy your day!