I was super excited when I came across the blog hop call over at Seams to be Sew. I could choose whatever I wanted to be nuts about. So much leeway. Perfect!
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So of course, I chose felt. I love felt. But not just any felt, I can’t stand the stuff you find in dollar stores, (I won’t even buy it for my kids to play with, I just don’t like how it feels); the eco-fi felt is better (that’s what I give the kids to use), however, my favourite by far is the wool-blend felt.
I used to buy 9×12″ sheets from someone who would run group buys but she no longer does those, so when my stash ran low I searched high and low until I discovered Prairie Point Junction. You can buy felt from them by the yard or 12×18″ sheets. So much yumminess!
So I was going to dazzle you all with a fancy new felt phone case I sewed up but it didn’t quite turn out how I wanted so we’ll just say this is my first prototype.
I misplaced my Sulky water soluble stabilizer* and since I was sewing late at night and wasn’t sure how much time I had before the toddler woke up I used some non-soluble stuff I found. … Trying to get all those little bits of stabilizer out from under the embroidery was nigh on impossible. So, lesson learned, clean up the craft room and find that Sulky already.
It came out a little too wide, and next time I’ll do the embroidery in brighter colours as it is barely noticeable against the dark purple felt. Also, the embroidery design wound up being off center so next time I’ll embroider further away from the edge and then cut the felt to size. …
To fix the width on this one I’ll undo the stitching and then trim it down. But I’ll still work on making a new version, I’m thinking it needs some sort of lining so the phone doesn’t slide so much. The felt doesn’t provide much traction on the inside for the phone but overall, the thickness is good.
Below I’m sharing links to some of the tutorials I’ve done using felt but first I wanted to show you some of my favourite felt Christmas ornaments I made this past Christmas.
The cupcake was from a pattern in the issue of One Thimble 9* by Molly and Mama; the Happy Bacon I designed (I know, it’s so silly); and the cute dinosaur is a pattern from Shiny Happy World. I sold some of the ornaments I had made at a craft fair in early December and then listed the leftovers in my Etsy shop. I was so sad when I sold the last dinosaur, it was soooo cute! I need to make one for me to keep next year.
Want to see more felt projects?
I blogged about some of the other projects I’ve made using felt in the past. You can see a few of them below. Some of them I’ve backed the item in felt, and others the project is felt front and back.
Quilted Heart Coasters (guest post for Wally and Grace):
Kitty Cat Hair Clip (guest post for Rebel & Malice):
Maple Leaf Mug Rug (my most popular free download on Craftsy):
and check my tutorials page to see more:
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February 4, 2016
Words & Stitches
Quilt In Piece
February 5, 2016
Just Let Me Quilt
Lulu & Celeste
Marjorie’s Busy Corner
Tea Time Creations
February 8, 2016
Batts In The Attic
Life In The Scrapatch
In The Boon Docks
February 9, 2016
Quilting Queen Online
All Things Sewn
February 10, 2016
86 thoughts on “Nuts About… FELT! + Giveaway”
I like the maple leaf mug rug.
Great felt ornaments! Appreciate the link to somewhere you can get good quality wool
Quality materials do make a difference in how projects come out. Your projects are all so sweet.
I love your felt items, it has never been my favorite thing to work with. Because we only get the horrible stuff here.
Lovely felt projects!
I enjoyed seeing all your felt projects. I’m nuts about WoolFelt as well, and use it often.
I not really into felted stuff, but these items are nice.
Love your felt stuff. I just bought a new phone and you inspired me to make a felt case. Thank you
Your felt projects are lovely.
So many wonderful and cute ideas to make things with felt. Looks like a sweet thing to be nuts about! Love that dinosaur, too!
So many cute projects. You do LOVE felt.
I haven’t worked with felt since I was a kid. You have inspired me to try some of your projects.
Cute phone holder. I kind of like the off-center flowers–a little more quirky!
I just discovered you ! Thanks. going to make some of those cute kitty hair clips.
I love the phone case. Felt is so fun to work with
I like that the flowers are off center. Great job in my opinion.
these are all so adorable. I particularly love your Dino ornament. thanks for sharing
All the felt projects are cute, but I love the little dinosaur. The only time I use felt is when I make wee people,and then I embroidery on the clothes. It is so easy to work with and relaxing. Enjoyed the visit. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for describing the difference between felts. Your projects are sweet, especially the cat hair clip. Thank you for sharing.
Those are so cute and creative. I love the finger puppets.
Love the felt ornaments. Thanks for the tip on where to purchase felt in bulk. We use quite a bit in Sunday School and in VBS for out projects.
Cute projects, like the dinosour and jack o lantern.
I will have to keep my eyes open for the felt you use. Lovely projects!
I Love Your Ornaments! The Dinosaur and Penguin are Darling! I Love Things Made from Felt!
You are definitely the queen of felt! I love your ornaments. I like the phone case, and the little bit off-center really isn’t annoying because the leaves stretch away to the right. Not easy to tell it’s off-center. 100% wool felt is a dream to use!
Cute projects! I haven’t worked with wool much and would like to do more. One of these days… Thanks for sharing!
LOVE ALL YOUR FELT CREATIONS. I’VE BOUGHT A LOT OF WOOL FELT ONLINE, BUT SHAMEFULLY HAVEN’T DONE MUCH WITH IT YET! THIS IS VERY INSPIRATIONAL THOUGH 😉
Off center is fine – sometimes its better to be off center (in more ways than one!) The phone case looks great. I like the heart coasters too.
I love the maple leaf mugrug the most. The felt bacon is a hoot.
Your felt creations are great. I hate it when my prototype doesn’t come out how I want it but that’s what they are for, right? Still, it looks pretty darned good! thanks for giving us the link for the wool felt. I’ve never bought any but gonna try now. Sad to say I am only familiar with the cheap dollar store stuff…
Lovely felt projects! I am nuts about the kitty! Thanks for the link to the felt by the yard … 🙂 Pat
I agree – wool felt is the best! Thanks!
You have so many cute felt projects.
VERY NICE! THANKS FOR SHARING!
Wow, you really ARE nuts about felt 😉 I love all your projects … But that happy bacon made me laught out loud.
So many cute things! That tiny penguin is amazing!
There are so many yummy colors of good quality felt now! I love this stuff, too. Thanks for sharing all your cute projects. I appreciated your showing one that didn’t come out like you hoped, because this always happens to me and I tend to think that I’m the only one :).
I also love working with wool felt. Cute phone case!
I need a new phone case….looking forward to your “final” pattern. Thanks for showing the other felt projects, too!
Wonderful felt projects! I too love wool felt (I make my own using thrift store wool skirts). thanks for sharing
Ooh I’ll have to try that sometime!
I have to say that until I worked with wool felt last December, I really thought of it as cheap fabric that one might use to back something with.. I also fell in love with the wool felt tho and plan to do more with it. I’ve seen some amazing projects done in wool felt and it does make me want to do more. What I didn’t like about it was being limited to the “sheets” I’m just not someone who likes to buy small amounts of stuff, even with fabric, I like to buy a yard over 1/2’s or fat quarters.. So I’m thrilled you found a source for yardage of it, even tho the wool felt seems to run a bit on the expensive side.
I love that your creating your own pattern for the cell phone and I like the embroidery off center a bit.. Their is nothing wrong with that, and in a way, it’s a “nutty” idea, because we all seem to think everything always has to be centered.
Thank you for sharing all of your other wonderful projects, I will get back here when the hop is over and check each of them out. I really am thrilled you joined us for Nuts About, and I hope we see more of you in future hops.
Thank you so much for having me 🙂 It was fun getting to focus on whatever I wanted really. Wool felt is expensive but I find their prices are pretty reasonable compared to what I’ve seen on Etsy. And thanks! I’ve been reading the comments and so many people are saying the same thing about it being ok that the embroidery is off-centered, I feel better about it. 🙂
Love the heart coasters!
I have never sewn with felt before. I think I need to try it.
I love felt! Got a dry felt Embellisher for Christmas and need a push to start using it! Thanks for the inspiration!
I love all your felt projects
Very nice pieces
I love your mug ru your stitching is very nice…..ty for sharing… email@example.com
It has been a long time since I worked with felt but seeing all the neat ideas you presented makes me want to try. Thanks for sharing
awesome felt projects
Your post made me smile … instantly. Beautiful project!!!!
Aww thank you!
I haven’t sewn too much with felt, but I do agree with you on the feel of cheap felt. It hurts my teeth…seriously, just the thought of it! I also love water-soluble stabilizer. Nothing like it, especially when it means you might have to pick out stabilizer without it.
Yes! People think I’m crazy but it hurts my teeth too!! Thank you for stopping by 🙂
I, too, like using felt though I’m not nearly so nutty about it as YOU. Wonderful projects; that dinosaur is adorable.
I like your projects! I’m inspired to make some maple leaf mug rugs. I like working with thrifted wool. I take apart garments that are 100% wool or a high percentage of wool and felt the wool. It results in lovely fabric and I find this cheaper than buying wool felt.
love all your projects and the fact that you were honest to us about some miscalculations that you made!!!
love all those small projects thanks for sharing-
love and laughter, di
🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂
What great projects you have shown here. I am becoming nuts for felt.
haha 🙂 Thank you! 🙂
I love al those ornaments! The bacon is so awesome!
Thanks Reece! 🙂
I’ve been collecting felted wool for a few years now. Haven’t done a thing with it yet though.
I’ve never sewed with felt, but you creations look delightful. I’m inspired to try! And I love the embroidery on the purple case.
Thank you so much! 🙂 If you make something I’d love to see!
I can see that you really love felt. I haven’t sewn much with it but seeing your projects make me think I might have to give it another try. My sister is crazy about cats but not enough to be a crazy cat lady. I think she would love a pin to wear and yours is a great inspiration. Thanks for joining the hop.
Haha With 3 cats we probably qualify as a crazy cat family. Thank you so much for stopping by!
I agree with you about wool felt–the feel of it is so pleasing. And besides that, I’m always a bit suspicious of what that other felt is made of, since it just feels so artificial and unnatural.
I think your phone case looks good–it was clearly made by a real person, in the very best way. For me, that is a plus.
Thank you so much!
I don’t do much with felt but I only have the stuff I find at Joann’s. I think I need to try your felt because your projects look like sew much fun.
The stuff at Joann’s is probably the eco-fi. It’s not bad but the wool-felt is so much better as it’s denser as well as being softer. Thank you so much!
Your felt projects are all lovely! I liked the phone case, and it was very cute with the flower embroidery.
Thank you so much! 🙂
That Apple leaf is really cute and I love that dinosaur too! I am glad you made some recommendations for felt as some of what I have found doesn’t look very nice to work with.
Love all the projects–especially the penguin! We just watched a movie about penguins tonight.
The bacon is my favorite!! I need a family of them!!
Great projects and cute finishes. Love that cupcake and dinosaur the best!
Beautiful and inspiring projects! I never worked with felt, but I should maybe give it a try!
I love felt too! That bacon ornament is too cute!
You have some great tutorials! Love all the felt ideas!
Great projects! Thank you for sharing.
Love felted wool! I’ve been working on building my collection. 🙂