maya mori

in the midst…


when it’s cold outside…

one of the projects i tackled this winter was wool felt slippers.  i started out with this simple template & tutorial at martha stewart.  first i made one in my size and tweaked the pattern until it fit & looked the way i wanted.  i made these for a dear guy friend, my brother and my nephew, so i used a men’s shoes sizing chart to create individual, i fused several layers of wool felt together to make it thicker and added a layer of fusible fleece to the sole for cushion and warmth.i cut the fleece 1/4″ smaller than the sole piece, to reduce bulk in the seam and then covered it with another wool felt sole piece.  i sewed the main pieces together across the top seam and the back heel, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.  i then sewed the top pieces to the sole.  this was a bit tricky, but went pretty fast once i got the hang of it. i blanket stitched the exposed seam with a contrasting wool yarn to give the slippers a lovely, handmade finish.lastly, i made monogrammed flannel fabric bags to present/store them in & cute holiday tags from wool felt scraps.  what a fun project & a great gift!


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i’ve been searching for the perfect thing to bring a little DIY holiday sparkle to my front windows.  i love to look at all the beautiful fabric, yarns & notions at purl soho and found an amazing pattern for a wool felt star listed in their project center, purl bee.  i knew immediately that this is what i wanted to make.  i used ecru wool felt and a beautiful white gold metallic embroidery thread to create these amazing three dimensional stars.  they turned out really lovely and look fabulous hanging in the window!  if you want to make your own, click here for the tutorial.


zombie felties!

i am making the majority of my gifts this year and have been dying to post my projects…but most of them will have to wait until after they’ve been given.  one of the things that i made for the kids on my list is zombie felties.  i gave ethan this book by nicola tedman & sarah skeate last year and have had a great time getting creative with these mini creatures.

my friend sarah came over & we tackled the zombie kitty.  she made a black one & i made a white one.  everything is very small & intricate.  they look really nice together and i particularly like the contrasting stitches and bloody tails.

feeling pretty confident, we moved on to the original zombie.  i love how different they turn out depending on your felt & thread colors and bead / accessory choices.  i found the perfect bead & i love how his eye falls out.

i really wanted to make some for my friend jen’s kids.  i think they turned out awesome!  pirate zombie & fairy zombie.  they were much more complicated, especially the fairy wings…layers of netting with bloody embroidery.  the fairy crown also took a long time…winding wire & covering it with metallic embroidery thread.  all in all, it was a very fun and i feel much more confident about working on tiny projects now.  hopefully the kids will enjoy them too!