After a long cozy season indoors it’s hard to peel my youngest back outside. Sure, he’ll bat a few balls, race his brother across the fresh cut lawn, or he’ll pedal around until he topples. But all of this is always until he can go back inside. He prefers the cozy indoor environment and I respect that.
However, I think being outdoors is essential to his health and well-being. In an effort to help him feel cozy outdoors, I came up with this little pattern. I made up a few mushrooms and he drew faces on his peg men. We can then become cozy outdoors while our little men hunt for mushrooms.
This pattern takes only three straight stitches, so you have more time for play! On a hot summer day it’s the perfect accompaniment to a picnic or car ride. It’s a super quick little project you can make from a felted sweater or any piece of wool felt you have. We hope you enjoy your little mushroom hunters as much as we do.
Little Mushroom Hunter
Wool felt (thinnest is best)
Marble or stone (optional)
Sewing machine or needle and thread
PDF Pattern – Little Mushroom Hunter – mushroom pattern Print this out at 100% or larger. The pattern measures 6” tall and 4 ¾” wide for reference.
PDF Pattern – Little Mushroom Hunter – hat pattern Print this out at 100% or larger. Pattern measures 3” wide and 3” tall at tip.
Print out the patterns. Check the following before you start: The mushroom should be at least 6” tall and 4 3/4” wide from tip to tip. Most importantly, the stem should be at least 1 ¾” wide. The hat will be 3” tall and 3” wide. (Alternately you can draw it using these numbers for reference.)
Cut the patterns loosely out of the paper.
Place the patterns on the felt and pin down.
Cut the felt out along the lines. One mushroom shape will yield one mushroom. One triangle will yield one hat.
Sew the Mushroom
Fold the mushroom shape in half symmetrically with the right sides inside.
Sew from the bottom of the stem to the base of the mushroom top using the smallest seam you can. I use a ¼” seam. The small seam makes your next step easier.
Flip the stem inside out except for a little at the end. Leave that in to add girth at the base.
Your mushroom cap should now be folded in half symmetrically.
Stitch from edge of mushroom in a straight line across the stem and to the other side with a small seam allowance.
Flip the cap down.
Optional: Place a marble or stone in the base of the mushroom so it will stand. Embellish the mushroom with French knots.
Sew the Hat for a Wooden Peg Mushroom Hunter
Fold the triangle in half from A to B.
Sew from AB to tip of hat.
Flip inside out and outfit the mushroom hunter!