Friday, November 4, 2011

Holiday How-to Series / W1: Merry Mushroom Felt Ornament and a Giveaway!

Echinops and Aster
It's week one of the Holiday How-to Series (going on all November here at Echinops & Aster) and I have a fun, simple tutorial (and giveaway!) to start the series off. This week, I will be showing you how to make your very own hand-sewn "Merry Mushroom" felt ornament.

Last year, around this time, I was busy like an elf making each of the lovely people on my Christmas list a set of felt, woodland-themed ornaments to hang on the tree. They were quick to make and a big hit, so this year, while brainstorming how to continue the new ornament tradition, I decided to keep with the woodland theme (albeit in kind of a new, quirky way). I designed this little plush mushroom to accompany the hedgehogs, owls, and (also new this year) foxes that make up the woodland set so far. It's been fun stitching these little guys up, all the while coming up with fun color combos and adding embroidered embellishments, so I thought I would share the pattern with you guys.

Mushroom2
Embellished with french knots

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My version of the power-up mushroom for all you Mario fans!

Mushroom3
Embellished with the lazy daisy stitch

For me, these are the perfect holiday project because they are so portable. I know as soon as things start to get busy and I find myself traveling this holiday season, I can throw my pattern pieces, felt, and other materials in a small tote so I can have a relaxing project wherever I am.


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The pattern, instructions, and detailed material list for the Merry Mushroom ornament can be downloaded here:

Merry Mushroom PDF

Prior to printing your pattern, make sure in your printer settings that your page scaling is set to "none" or 100% to ensure the pattern pieces print true to size. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about the pattern, especially if anything is confusing. I would also love to see some finished mushrooms, so feel free to add some pics to the Echinops & Aster Flickr group if you get a chance!


Since I want these ornaments to hold up over time (possibly even as heirlooms), I decided to use a higher-quality wool felt, purchased from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Benzie Bazaar. Last year I ordered a custom pack of colors from Renae at Benzie, and they were so soft and amazing to work with! I am happy to say that this year, she has generously offered to supply one lucky winner with a set of 30, 6"x9" super-soft, merino wool blend, felt sheets! This is seriously enough felt to make a whole host of little felt fungi to share with family and friends (or to cover an entire tree with if you like)! 
My favorite custom Benzie color collection at the moment is Bejeweled. All of those rich, saturated colors are perfect for a more modern take on the Holiday season. I especially like the idea of pairing  peacock, vineyard, and lavender together for a jewel-toned toadstool. 

30 sheet, 6"x9" felt collection by Benzie Bazaar

To enter for a chance to win a pack of 30, 6"x9" sheets of premium felt in the colors of your choice:

--For (3 additional) bonus entries (please leave a separate comment for each)--
  • Be a follower or become a follower of Echinops & Aster (via Blogger, Google Reader, or RSS).
  • Follow, like, or heart Benzie Bazaar on BloggerFacebook, Twitter, or on Etsy
  • Tweet/Facebook/Blog about the giveaway or grab my Holiday How-to Series button and post it on your website.


Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 9th. Winner will be chosen by random and announced on Friday, November 11th. International entries are welcome. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS!


Best Of Luck and Happy Crafting!


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P.S. If you'd like to add another felt friend to your own woodland theme, I highly recommend the Give a Hoot for the Holidays felt owl tutorial by Jessica Levit at Juicy Bits. I used her pattern last year to make my owls and they turned out great! 






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110 comments :

  1. Jenelle, those are adorable!!! My sister seriously needs some of these this year. And I think I might need a few even though I almost never bother with a Christmas tree. Maybe I'll do a Christmas stick and hang some from that!

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  2. Oh, and I think I may just use Benzie's tinsel and trim collection as the jumping off point for my first quilt along fabric suggestions post. So not the obvious xmas choice, but I just love the mix.

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  3. Oh how adorable! I love wool felt, even though I somehow don't have any (perhaps that should be remedied). I think my favorite color collection is the October Stroll...may have to pick some up!

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  4. I love these little mushrooms so very much! Even if I don't get these done for Christmas, I think I'll use them as a nice little garland for my nephew! Thanks!

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  5. And I'm a follower via Google Reader :) It was a toss up for me between Geranium and Bejeweled.. such pretty colors!

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  6. I like the Glitter and Glass collection--so pretty for holiday projects! Thanks for linking up to Craft Buds. :)

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  7. Strawberry, Rose, and Sunset look like beautiful, coordinating colors.

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  8. I LOVE the Desert Rose color collection! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. I really love the felt covered buttons! They are so cute!

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  10. I am a new follower. I Love your cute ideas!

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  11. I would choose the Jelly bean colours
    Angela
    nscrofan at rogers dot com

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  12. Like Benzie Bazaar on FB
    Angela nscrofan at rogers dot com

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  13. Is it too obvious to pick the Christmas pack? It is such a balanced mix!

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  14. I'm following Benzi Designs on Twitter. (@SunniLoveAffair)

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  15. I tweeted the giveaway (@SunniLoveAffair) and just for good measure, and b/c I want to see the rest of the series, I posted your button on my blog!! ;-)

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  16. I like October Stroll - great colours!

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  17. What a FABULOUS giveaway!!!! Thanks for the chance!
    I am LOVING the Heathered Coolection, yum!!! So cozy!

    Thank you for the precious mushroom PDF too, my kiddos will love these! :)

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  18. I'm your newest follower!!! :)

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  19. I like Benzie on facebook and follow their blog!

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  20. I am a new follower and so please to have found your wonderful blog. Thanks for the great mushroom pattern. Thanks for the lovely giveaway! :)

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  21. I love the October Stroll Collection and those felt covered buttons are wonderful!

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  22. Those mushrooms are so cute. Kind of remind of the Mario Bros. mushrooms. I like the Jelly Bean color collection the best!

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  23. I love the Bejeweled. Jumps off the page for me! What a great project for all the girlfriends of my granddaughters - I know they're about to ask me to make something for all their friends!

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  24. Posted your "How To" button at http://wocs-blogssitesandthingswelike.blogspot.com/.

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  25. I love the glitter and glass collection, although there isn't one that I don't like.

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  26. I hearted the shop on Etsy - user name Butler83

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  27. I am very drawn to this collection of wonderful felts:geranium. However, all these felts are superb and I am thankful for coming across the site to purchase, thank-you. Also appreciate your inspiration by way of a mushroom character..too cute, it has got me thinking felt..I do love it, feels nice to handle and molds so well with loads of potential for embroidery and embellishing..thank-you for reminding me!!

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  28. I love Benzie! The sand dunes custom collection is my favorite!

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  29. I am your newest follower with GFC.

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  30. I would love to have the Country Craft felt. It was the 1st one I saw and it turned out to be my favorite. I love to work with felt. I applique pillows and pinkeeps.

    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  31. Hi! I really like the Glitter and Glass felt collection.

    Gabby
    lateyoungfamily@gmail.com
    The...Late, Young Family

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  32. I tweeted the giveaway info! @lateyoungfamily

    Gabby
    lateyoungfamily@gmail.com

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  33. I'm a follower through GFC!

    Gabby
    lateyoungfamily@gmail.com

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  34. I like the Heathered Collection! :)

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  35. I'm a new follower of Echinops & Aster via gfc!

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  36. I'm a new follower of Benzie via facebook! :)

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  37. I love October stroll and jelly bean collections

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  38. I am a follower of benzie's blog

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  39. I'd like the Thanksgiving Collection of felt at Benzie's :)

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  40. I follow benzie bazaar on fb as Tabitha Swain Klucking.

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  41. I added the button to my blog's sidebar. www.kluckingbear.blogspot.com

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  42. The Geranium collection is definitely my favorite! :-)

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  43. love the romance bundle, and the heathered collection- what great color selections!

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  44. i am a follower via google reader!

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  45. i follow benzie bazaar via blogger

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  46. MAN... there are way too many yummy color choices. I love the pinks, with cotton candy being my favorite. But I also love cantaloupe, tangerine, pool, and lilac (just to name a few). love love love

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  47. I follow Benzie Bazaar on Twitter as binkiege

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  48. I Tweeted the giveaway here https://twitter.com/#!/binkiege/status/133475300133715970

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  49. I love the Bejewelled Collection too and who couldn't resist the Christmas Collection for a little holiday crafting?!
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway :)

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  50. Your Merry Mushrooms are adorable, thank you! I'm now happy to be a follower here :)

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  51. I'm now a follower of Benzie Bazaar's blog too and I heart the etsy shop :)

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  52. I absolutely love the Glitter & Glass Custom Collection. Seriously beautiful.

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  53. I am a new follower (decided to follow before I seen the giveaway because I love the Holiday How to Series!). Thanks.

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  54. I tweeted about your series....so much fun....love the mushrooms. Oh and thanks for linking to the owls.

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  55. I love the Country Craft collection but truly they are all wonderful!!

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  56. So many great colors! I love the Tinsel and Trim and October Stroll collections!

    serenityspeaks (at) ymail (dot) com

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  57. I'm a GFC follower!

    serenityspeaks (at) ymail (dot) com

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  58. I follow Benzie Bazaar on Blogger, Facebook, and Etsy!

    serenityspeaks (at) ymail (dot) com

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  59. I would love to have the Primitive Bundle for the holidays and then one of each for me to fondle, cuddle, pet and pamper. Love me fabrics and wools.

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  60. I placed your button on my blog, I don't want to miss one day of this fun event

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  61. I do follow Benzie Bazaar's Blog, and on FB and Twitter, as well as Etsy. they are the best place to meet your needs.

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  62. I really like the Geranium, Merino wool blend felt collection.

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  63. So cute! I like Jelly Bean collection. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  64. My favorite custom Benzie color collection is October Stroll. Thanks for the giveaway!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  65. I'm a new follower!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  66. I like Benzie Bazaar on Facebook (Paula Lemos)
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  67. I love the Supreme Green Collection! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  68. I'm a follower of your blog :)

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  69. I love Benzie's felt! Glitter & Glass would be great for projects!

    dperry@kanokla.net

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  70. I like Benzie on FB!

    dperry at kanokla.net

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  71. I'd make some felt food for my son's play kitchen so I would LOVE the Thanksgiving set of colors.

    CarolinaKate02 at hotmail.com

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  72. Just became a new follower :)

    CarolinaKate02 at hotmail dot com

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  73. Just added them as a favorite shop on Etsy

    CarolinaKate 02 at hotmail dot com

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  74. my three fave benzie colors are magenta emerald and tangerine :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  75. im following your blog through gfc :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  76. i liked benzie on fb :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  77. I'd love to make these ornaments with her Heathered color collection! :)

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  78. i hearted benzie shop on etsy :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  79. I follow your blog in my reader. Thanks for the fantastic tutorial -- your mushrooms are adorable!

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  80. I put your holiday how-to series button on my blog. :)

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  81. I love the Heathered Collection on Etsy!

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  82. I subscribe to Benzie's Blog!

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  83. I tweeted the giveaway @Lealee33

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  84. I like the Heathered collection but it was hard to pick.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  85. I am a new follower.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  86. I heart Benzie Bazaar on Etsy.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  87. So many great colors! I love the Christmas collection (yes, I'm in that mood already, since I'm knee deep in the xmas projects!). Thanks for the chance!

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  88. I love these! I am definitely going to make some. Thank you for sharing them and thank you for visiting Crafty Moms Share and leaving a comment. I'm your newest follower.

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  89. Just wanted to share a picture of the mushroom we made. Thank you for the pattern. http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2011/11/goodbye-thanksgiving-hello-christmas.html

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  90. i don't know how i missed this until now... i'm SO whipping up some of these :) adorable!

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  91. oh i love them all but i think the bejeweled on is gorgeous,thankyou for hosting a wonderful giveaway.xx

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  92. i am also a new happy follower,thankyou you have a lovely blog.xx

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  93. I came across your mushroom pattern on Pinterest. It's nowhere near Christmas but I have been obsessed with making these little guys for the last week. I'm participating in a Pay it Forward Handmade craft exchange and I'm giving these to three of the five participants. :-) I made one for myself, one for my husband and one for my niece and I think I'm about to make another for my mom! I think they are a lovely decoration anytime of the year. Thank you for sharing your pattern!!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I'm really flattered and excited that you love the little mushrooms so much. :) I keep mine out all-year-round too.

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