When I started out making these adorable little felt forest friends, my thought was to make them keychains, but after I put the first one together, I thought they would make wonderful Christmas tree ornaments. And wouldn't they also be adorable hanging from a mobile in a nursery?!
I am going to run through a quick tutorial on how to make the toadstool mushroom and then you can apply that method to the rest of them. I am also providing you with a downloadable PDF template of all 4 of the basic shapes for you to print out, trace and cut.
First, download the template HERE
You will also need small amounts of ribbon for the loop at the top, and yarn that coordinates with each felt color for stitching. If you want to make these keychains, you will need to purchase key rings (I found mine at Michaels).
(Note: Don't be confused by the picture of the toadstool. I used that print out before I created the templates. My templates will be much easier to follow)
The template includes the major elements you will need to cut out and trace onto felt. I didn't include the toadstool circles, the circle eyes for the bird and owl, or the small triangles for the foxes ears and owl nose, so be sure to cut those out as well.
You will need to cut out two pieces of each "body" elements which you will stitch together.
I separated strands of yarn to be 2-ply (instead of 4-ply) and used a small tapestry needle to work my way around the edges of each piece. Be sure to stitch the embellishments (like eyes) on before sewing the two felt pieces together. Connect body parts as you stitch as well. For instance, I stitched the mushroom stem together then sandwiched it between the top and bottom pieces of the mushroom head. Then I stitch around the edge of the mushroom head, going through the stem. Don't be afraid to use hot glue when needed.
I lightly stuffed the "bodies" of each one to give them a little dimension.
Before completely closing the top, be sure to hot glue your ribbon loop inside of it and then stitch it closed.
That's it! Aren't these the cutest little critters (and toadstool) you ever did see?!