Weekender with Wanda – Hedgehog Valentine with Memory Box!

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Hi everyone! Welcome back to the latest edition of Weekender with Wanda here on the Simon Says Stamp Blog! I’m very happy to be with you today! I missed you last week, but boy, was I having a good time! I hope you followed along with us at the CHA show! I’m still recovering from so much fun and laughter and joy. It’s the best time of the year for us crafty gals. All the people I work with and talk to – I get to see them in person – and get loads of hugs. It’s the best. Now, we just need to try to be patient and wait for everything to arrive at the SSS store! I hope you had a great week and I have a fun project to share with you today!

I am featuring products from one of our very favorite companies today – Memory Box! I love their plush dies, and also their very pretty intricate dies. Oh, heck, I love everything from Memory Box! I combined the MB Humble Hedgehog Die with some beautiful Exclusive Simon Says Stamp dies and created a felt banner for Valentine’s Day. This project has been in the back of my mind for a while and it was good to finally sit down and make it. It’s so cheery hanging in my studio. I made two felt hedgehogs – a girl and a boy – and then hung a heart in the middle of them.

Felt banner with Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp Dies.

Here is dapper Mr. Hedgehog in his red bow tie.

Handmade Felt banner, Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp Dies

And this is the center heart piece

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And here is sweet Mrs. Hedgehog with some cute flowers in her hair!

Handmade felt banner with Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp Dies

The felt heart is the Simon Says Stamp Plush Charmed Heart Die. I made it with beautiful coral pink felt and a lighter pink floss to sew it together. The Happy Valentines Day words are also cut out of felt! I have to talk about this for a minute. At first I die cut the Big Valentines Die out of paper and I just didn’t like how it looked against the felt. I thought – let me try to die cut this with felt and see what happens! Well, it cut like a dream! It fell out just so nicely. I used my metal shim to make sure I got a good clean cut from the die. One tip: Be careful with the delicate die cut after it’s out. I used my tweezers to move it around on the felt heart. I love that this came out so nicely.

Felt banner made with Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp dies

A close up of the girl hedgehog. I used the Memory Box Humble Hedgehog die and shades of cream and grey to make her body. I used a black enamel dot for her eye and some felt scraps to make flowers for her to wear. Just a very tiny amount of poly fill inside to make her puffy.

Handmade felt banner with Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp Dies

And a close up of the boy hedgehog. I attached his bow tie with a bit of thread. In this photo you can see that I used the Chunky Doodlebug Twine as my holder. It’s nice and thick, and perfect for this use. The red clothespins were in my stash. You can get pink ones and other colors here at SSS.

handmade felt banner with Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp dies

See how crisp that white felt cut out? I’m going to try to die cut more felt – trying different dies! (Maybe some alphabet dies?)

Handmade felt banner with hearts and hedgehogs. Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp Dies

I laid everything out on my work table to see what I wanted the final piece to look like.

Handmade felt banner tutorial with Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp dies

These are so much fun to stitch and sew. I use a plain straight stitch and all the dies come with the holes already spaced out perfectly for us. Makes it easy to get a pretty and professional result. I could make a million of these!

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Simon Says Stamp has soooo many felt options! So many colors and packages. CLICK HERE to see all the felt supplies! I use a large needle for this project and then I use all six strands of embroidery floss.

Felt banner with heart and hedgehogs. Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp Dies

Felt banner with hedgehogs and heart, Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp dies

And here is a top down shot of the banner. I might add on some more hearts! I’m not sure yet if I want it nice and simple or to add more. I can totally imagine making a bunch of cute and colorful animals as a banner for a baby present! My mind is working….

Handmade felt banner with heart and hedgehogs. Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp dies

I hope I’ve inspired you today to get out the felt projects and have some fun! I’m glad to share with you and I appreciate your support here. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here soon!

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  1. How cute, certainly put a smile on my face. There is something so homey and friendly about felt. I love the texture it adds and your banner is a triumph – those letters !!! Love your blog, thanks & Happy CNY. Crafty hugs x

  2. You’re so creative! I love it when a ‘back of mind’ project turns out great. The hedgehog banner is a hit with my girls too!

  3. I love the cute little hedgehoga, and the script on the heart is so pretty!! What a fun project: thanks for the idea!! :-)

  4. This is a darling card. I have a hedgehog stamp and I forget about it. I will have to pull it out and make a card. They are so cute. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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