Magic Mushroom- tutorial

Finished in two sizes
Magic mushrooms

There are many versions of making a toadstool, especially the lucky or magic variety such as the one that is depicted above and  also in my banner. Amanita muscaria, or the fly agaric mushroom, is  often used in images  illustrating fairytales. For some they are regarded as a goodluck charm. They are easy and fun to make using a variety of techniques and materials.  For instance, they can be needle felted,  knitted or crocheted, or stitched from any type of fabric, as well as carved or turned  from wood, or sculpted from clay or the new synthetic modelling products.

Not only are they useful for adding to scenes but they can be also be turned into pincushions,  if enlarged, or in a small size make decorative scissor fobs, as shown in the picture below. They could also decorate a key chain, become a Christmas ornament or serve as a bag charm. Perhaps you can think up some other uses .

This version resulted from a workshop given several years ago and is made from wool felt.

what is needed to make your magic mushroom
Lets begin!

You will need some scraps of red and white felt, some filling material (I used wool roving) , a small piece of cardboard and the usual sewing supplies of needles, thread and scissors. For the circles I use whatever  on hand seems the right size such as the base of a cotton reel, a lid,  or a coin, or perhaps a small jar or glass etc. If one wanted to be ultra precise you can always use compasses to draw the circles. They can be made up in different sizes and colours for the different varieties .To get you started I have included a pattern which makes a small mushroom suitable to be used as an ornament or included in a nature project.img003

To begin you need to cut out your pieces,a larger red circle,a smaller white circle and a white rectangle.  The stem is made from the rectangle which is folded in half, then rolled into a cylinder and stitched ,with an overcast or whip stitch. along the side.  As you roll you may need to trim off a section at the end. If you would like your toadstool to stand alone I suggest that you  place a small disc of cardboard, covered by a felt one on the base and stitch it around. However your toadstool is to be stitched onto a base, such as a naturescape, this is unnecessary.

At the centre of this circle make a tiny nick, then several little slits . Push this circle over the base of the stalk with the pointy bits facing down and a little section of the stem protruding at the top. Stitch it to the stem, just above the slits. You now have the frill and the white base or gills ready waiting for its red cap.

Next step is to make the red dome. First applique or needle felt some white spots scattered over the red circle of felt. To attach the appliqued spots you can use either buttonhole, or running or overcast stitches. Beads or french knots also work well . (You can do this after the cap is attached, either way works).

Then gather close to the outside edge of the red circle and start to pull up. Push in a little stuffing and pull in enough so that it fits onto the white circle.  When the shape and size work for you secure the gathering stitches . Now stitch all around the two circles so that the top is  attached onto the white base. (You can use buttonhole stitch or overcast(whip) stitch for this step).

To make it even more effective using grey, fawn or white thread make long straight stitches from the stem to the outer edge to represent the gills.

making sequence
Making a Mushroom

Happy creating.

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8 thoughts on “Magic Mushroom- tutorial

  1. I found this through Waldorf Wednesday. Such a great idea. Your felted items are so gorgeous – especially mother earth – she is really spectacular. (I’ll definitely be starting with the mushroom!)

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