Welcome to the second post of my “Felt Tools” toy series. Today I would like to introduce The Screwdriver—a quick but very cute project for every little construction worker or handyman. And let’s face it! Who doesn’t need a screwdriver??? 🙂 If you are interested, please also have a look atmy Felt Saw post.
Here is how I made the Felt Screwdriver.
List of the materials:
- Felt (blue and grey)
- This Screwdriver Pattern
- Pinning needles
- Standard scissors
- Embroidery needle and embroidery floss (blue and white)
- Filling/stuffing material
- Shashlik skewer or pencil
- Sewing machine (optionally: standard needle and blue standard thread)
STEP 1: Cut the patterns for the screwdriver handle, the tip, and the round end piece.
STEP 2: Transfer the patterns of handle and end piece onto blue felt using white tailor’s chalk or a magic marker and cut the felt. Similarly, transfer the tip pattern onto grey felt and cut it. You will need two pieces of the tip and one piece of each the handle and the end piece. (Please ignore that the end piece is marked twice in the picture below. While optimizing this pattern, I changed the design… So, you just need ONE end piece.) For the screwdriver tip, you can pin two pieces of felt together prior to cutting them (see upper part in the picture below).
STEP 3: Sew the handle together with the help of your sewing machine and using blue thread. Optionally, you can sew this step by hand using a straight or running stitch. If you are using a printed fabric instead of felt and there is a wrong and a right fabric side, fold right side onto right side before starting to sew.
STEP 4: Turn the handle inside out.
STEP 5: Lay both tip pieces on top of each other (as shown below) and start sewing the tip together with a blanket stitch. I used an embroidery needle with white embroidery thread.
Continue until almost the end and leave a small opening. Don’t cut the thread.
Start to stuff the tip using filling material (e.g., the inner life of an old or unused pillow). The ends of a shashlik skewer or pencil can help to fill material through small openings. Stuff until the tip is quite tight.
Finally, close the oping again using a blanket stitch and the thread you didn’t cut earlier. This is how the tip should look like at this point.
STEP 6: Sew the round end piece onto the handle using a blanket stitch as shown below. Again, I used an embroidery needle and blue embroidery thread.
This is how it should look like now…
STEP 7: Start to stuff the handle using filling material (see step 5). This time, the end of a wooden cooking spoon is quite helpful to insert the material. Again, stuff until the handle is quite tight.
STEP 8: Take the screwdriver tip from step 5 and center it’s stem in the opening of the handle (see picture below). Use an embroidery needle and blue embroidery thread to sew tip and handle together. The whole assembly becomes quite tight and secure if you stitch in diagonales and always through the stem of the tip.
And that’s it! You are done. So cute, right? It’s actually one of my favourite felt tools… 😉
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and good luck with your felt screwdriver creation. Please stop by again soon in order to learn how to make the remaining felt tools (a saw, a hammer, a wrench, a carpenter square, and a tool belt).
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