It’s true, I may be getting a little ahead of myself here – Litha, [aka Midsummer; aka the Summer Solstice] is still a month away but I am already crafting up seasonal decor to celebrate the sun. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite Sabbat, but Litha does hold a special place in my heart because it is only a couple of days after my birthday. I’m a child of the Summer through and through! I am probably the only person in the world whose ideal outdoor environment is 100 degree, 90% humidity; also known as an Alabama Summer. I can’t explain it – I just love it!
So to get ready for sun-shining summer fun days, I am filling the dinning room window with summer themed “God’s Eyes”. You know those things you made in camp as a kid with popsicle sticks and yarn? Yes those! Today I am going to take it a few steps further than your Girl Scout Leader, and show you how to craft a folksy style “Sun’s Eye” out of felt:
Fun Folksy Felt Frindged Sun’s Eye
- 2 Sheets craft felt in Sunny colors
- Pinking sheers or decorative scissors of your choice
- Needle & matching color thread
- 2 Sticks
My sticks are upcycled reeds from those scented oil diffuser sets you see these days. Sure they still smell a bit like pumpkin spice but who cares!
Step 1: Cut Strips
- Cut up the long edge of one of your felt sheets with your pinking sheers as close to the edge as you can get to create the first fringed edge
- Begin cutting strips, use the width of your pinking sheers as a guide, keeping the strips as thin as you can
- Sadly I didn’t count how many strips I wound up using, but start off with 8 or so of each color, you can easily add more as needed.
Step 2: Sew All Your Strips Together
- Using a really basic stay stitch, overlap each piece 3cm or less and place a couple stitches to secure
- TIP: Keep the stitches centered and you won’t be able to see them in the eye
- Alternate your colors 1 light then 1 dark
- When you get near the end you will need to alternate colors by 2’s, so 2 light then 2 dark because as the eye gets larger it takes more material to make it around.
- TIP: You can sew these on as you go ’round if you’d like so that you don’t have a really long tail when wrapping.
- Place your sticks in an X shape
- Tie the end of your first strip around the center of the X and tie a basic knot, it will probably make your X wonky but you can fix that as you wrap.
- Pull the long tail around front, and use your fingers to hold the sticks in an X shape
- To make the eye, you simply wrap OVER and AROUND one stick, then move and do the exact same thing to the next, and the next, etc
- When you get to your desired size, do one last wrap around then poke the tail into the loop and pull to tighten [you may wind up with a little tail left, you can trim it but not too much or it will come out. This will be on the back of your eye]
Step 4: Finishing Touches
- Use 8 strips of felt [4 of each color] to embellish the points and make the eye more Sun-ray-like
- Tie 1 light and 1 dark together on each stick and tighten it up to the point to make the “Sun rays”
- TIP: Use your pinking sheers to fringe up your ends of these strips so they are more finished looking and not straight
Tying “Sun rays”:
And there you have it! Super cute Sun’s Eye, all ready for Midsummer! Hang it in a sunny window so it can soak up some rays and use it to call upon Sun energy as needed 🙂
- Instead of felt, use fun printed cotton material cut into strips for an even more folk-art appearance.
- Try making one with specialty yarns, there are some crazy yarns out there these days!
- Make several of complementary colors and hang them together for a beautiful, colorful, Summer display!
PS: hooray for alliteration!