(tutorial) felt mayflower centerpieces

We did it!
We have successfully moved!  whew…but because of all the crazy that’s been going on over here, our traditional Halloween festivities were not as awesome as they usually are, and unfortunately, My Thanksgiving festivities have sort of been put on hold as well.  
So, that being said, I thought I’d share today the pattern for something I made last year with my friend Brooke.  Here it is, complete with a pattern in case anyone wants a cute, and easy Thanksgiving craft to whip up!
I was (as always) inspired by Pottery Barn Kid’s holiday decorations.
While the HUGE Mayflower centerpiece is still on my list of things to do {maybe next year}, I did jump right on those little place setting boats on the bottom-right
{see below}
I didn’t ever actually see this in person…so I just guessed as far as their composition, and I think they turned out super cute.  
Here is my version: 
I used a sturdy brown felt, and cut out the pieces {pattern found here}
I blanket-stitched the two sides and the bottom together with orange embroidery floss…
if you don’t know how to blanket-stitch, it’s a cinch, maybe check out this tut {here}
Next I cut a small piece of that green floral foam to fit inside the boat (this makes it sturdy enough to hold up my sail….and hold the candy-corn!
I simply laid the last piece of felt on top of that green foam to hide it, and snipped a little hold in the middle where I wanted the sail to stick up.  
Finally, I grabbed a dowel from Michaels and cut it at the desired length (mine are 10 inches)
The sail was made from tea-dyed Duck Fabric (sort of a stiff-canvasy type fabric).
I’m pretty sure the PBK version is made with some sort of cardstock…but I wanted mine to be able to stand the test of a roughneck in the garage year after year.  So, that’s why I went the fabric route.
 I cut it into a 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectangle.  I stamped my kids names on the center with Stayz-On Ink and snipped the tiniest holes in the top section and bottom section and then yanked my dowel through.  
That’s it!  Mine are ready for their candy corn treats!  num!

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