Felt is an extremely useful crafting supply that can be used in a wide variety of ways. One of the key features of felt is that it is non-fraying. This means that items made from felt do not need to be hemmed. This makes felt an ideal material for quick crafting projects as well as craft projects for beginners.
Many easy projects can be made from felt and while these are simple to make, the end result often belies the simplicity of the project.
Attractive felt ornaments are easy to make from felt. These are perfect as Christmas tree ornaments, however when filled with lavender or other scented material, felt ornaments can be used as small fragrant decorations which make a lovely home accessory. Basic shapes are easy to draw freehand and biscuit cutters also provide an interesting range of template shapes.
Felt flowers make pretty accessories. These are easy to make from scraps of felt of different colours. Simply cut flower shapes and add other embellishments such as beads and stitching. To add further interest try layering different colours of felt together. Add a safety pin to the back of the flower to make a simple brooch or group a few flowers together to make a corsage.
Items such as coasters and table mats are simple to make from felt. However felt can also be used to make many other home accessories or to embellish existing accessories. Give old cushions a make-over by adding felt shapes or jazz up a plain lampshade by adding some felt trimming. Felt is also great for making retro inspired items such as egg cosies. These are quick to make, however are easy to dress up with further stitching or embellishments. Make simple characters by sewing or drawing faces onto the egg cosies.
Simple soft toys are easy to make from felt. Very basic ‘softies’ are great for beginners and are quick to make. Pick simple shapes such as monsters or bunnies which are made from two pieces before moving onto more complex shapes. It is easy to add character to a felt soft toy by using odd buttons for eyes or adding other fun embellishments. Soft toys with embellishments, such as buttons, are not suitable for young children.
Tips for Working with Felt
Here are some tips to help even complete beginners to produce great looking items from felt:
- Make a feature of stitching. As felt is a thick material seams can be bulky. Instead of turning the felt so the seam is on the inside, show the stitching on the outside and make a feature of this. This emphasises the handmade nature of the project while also providing an attractive decorative feature.
- Use simple shapes. Very intricate or detailed shapes are difficult to cut and work with. Thin strips of felt may pull out of shape so it is best to work with simple shapes where possible.
- Add other decorations. Although felt is easy to work with and low cost, it doesn’t need to be boring or utilitarian. Add other decorations such as stitching, beads or ribbons to add further interest.
Felt is an ideal material for use in a wide variety of projects. For crafters looking for something new to turn their hands to, working with felt could be just the thing.