Felt Wand

Delight your toddler by making this precious felt fairy wand. Older kids can also make it as a first sewing project.
Felt Wand craft

Materials

  • Felt
  • Wooden dowel
  • Fabric ribbon or any water-based paint
  • Needle and thread
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape or masking tape
  • Tacky glue or hot glue gun
  • Cotton, polyester or felt scraps
  • Buttons, beads, sequins, etc. (optional)

Safety Tips

  • An adult should supervise kids who are still learning to sew.
  • Keep the glue gun out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.

Steps

Step 1 Felt Wand craft 1. Choose your wand's main shape from any of the printables below. Print out the template on Letter or A4 size paper:
Step 2 Felt Wand craft 2. Cut out the paper shapes and trace around them on felt.
Step 3 Felt Wand craft 3. Cut out the felt shapes. You may notice that some patterns (e.g. flower, heart, star) include smaller shapes that you can optionally place at the center of the main shape. The strawberry pattern includes a pair of leaf crown shapes that you can position on top of the strawberries.
Step 4 Felt Wand craft Ask for an adult's help4. If your pattern includes smaller shapes as described in Step 3, sew on each smaller felt shape at the center of a main shape. For the strawberry pattern, sew each leaf crown on top of a felt strawberry.
Step 5 Felt Wand craft Ask for an adult's help5. You can further stitch on some beads, buttons, sequins, small pompoms, more felt shapes or other little charming details.
Step 6 Felt Wand craft Ask for an adult's help6. Put the two felt shapes back-to-back and aligned along the edges. Stitch the two together along the edges, leaving a 1.5 to 2-inch opening at the bottom of the shapes. This opening is for the dowel and the cotton stuffing.
Step 7 Felt Wand craft 7. Obtain a wooden dowel and decorate it either by painting it with any water-based paint or by wrapping a fabric ribbon around the entire length of the dowel. Fix the ends of the ribbon with a glue gun or with tacky glue.
Step 8 Felt Wand craft 8. Apply hot glue gun adhesive or tacky glue on one end of the dowel. Insert this end inside the opening of the felt shape and press it against the felt to glue it in place.
Step 9 Felt Wand craft 9. Once the glue has set, stuff cotton, polyester or small scraps of felt inside the wand shape. You may add a small bell or two for a fun rattling sound.
Step 10 Felt Flower Wand craft Ask for an adult's help10. Sew the opening shut to complete your felt wand. This cute wand can be used as a rattle, an exciting pointer (to spice up a child's first learning activities) or worn as part of a charming fairy costume.

More Ideas

Felt Strawberry Wand craft If you wish to minimize or refrain from sewing, you can replace some or all of the sewing steps with hot glue gun. This strawberry wand made use of both sewing and hot glue. All the details were attached using hot glue gun except for the edges, which were hand-sewn.

An important thing to note is that using hot glue gun is a lot quicker but it doesn't bond as strongly as good stitching does. If you plan to make a wand for kids below the age of three, it is strongly recommended that you sew the parts instead of gluing them on. Small objects coming off such as beads or buttons can be a choking hazard.
Felt Butterfly Wand craft To make additional details that protrude out of your wand's main shape such as this butterfly's felt antennae, you can glue or sew the detail onto one main felt shape before proceeding with Step 6.

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