Well Winter has finally arrived here. And whilst it’s not quite as cold as many other parts of the world, it’s pretty chilly for us! So I’ve been spending a bit more time indoors, stitching and hand sewing. And whenever I’m hand sewing, I always turn to felt.
Put your hand up if you’re a felt lover! I have to say that I’m addicted to FELT! It’s the most versatile medium and so easy to work with. Especially since I discovered wool felt.
I love using 100% wool felt and it really makes a difference to the look and feel of each piece I create. It’s less likely to pill or bobble, so it’s great for hand-making toys or pin cushions. It cuts well, doesn’t fray like fabric and can be easily shaped and moulded.
Here’s my TOP TIPS for hand stitching with felt;
- Use 100% wool felt or the best quality felt you can afford for your project. It will last longer, and keep its shape better.
- Be precise with your cutting. Use small sharp scissors with a short blade and pointed tip to get a neat finish and crisp edges when cutting small felt shapes.
- Use freezer paper or flexible paper templates for shapes. Don’t cut the template out on the line before you start, but leave a small border around the template. Pin the template to your felt and cut out your shape on the line.
- Make sure you store your felt flat. You can iron 100% wool felt if you need to. Just use a wool heat setting and cover the felt with a press cloth so you don’t damage it.
- Don’t use wool felt on a project you wish to machine wash. Wool felt and washing machines don’t mix!
- Learn to master ‘whip stitch’ and ‘blanket stitch’. They are terrific stitches for felt. Whip stitch joins two felt pieces together. I have used it to create this lovely little felt bunny (made from a Gingermelon pattern). Blanket stitch gives a decorative finish and was used to stitch the little blue bunny dress.
Even though wool felt is a lot more expensive, I don’t think I could go back to using acrylic felt now. Even the range of colours that are available are amazing!
I’ve been stitching up some really sweet felt projects lately. The tutorial for this pretty pin cushion will appear in the Spring issue of Bespoke Magazine.
I enjoyed making it so much, that I’ve planned a tutorial for a matching scissor keep and pin cushion ring to share with you soon.
I’ve also been working on some new patterns, including this adorable Sleepy Cloud Pin Cushion. I even stitched a tiny pin topper to go with it.
And of course, you’ve probably seen my tutorial for the easy Pear Pin Cushion. I love the partridge pin topper.
For an easy project to start on, try the Felt Bunnies tutorial.
And once you’ve mastered blanket stitch, Miss Molly is a lovely pin cushion to create for your sewing room, or for a friend!
Looking for more felt inspiration? I have founds lots of lovely ideas on Pinterest (but of course). So feel free to have a browse through my FELT FUN album, and be sure to follow Molly and Mama on Pinterest if you don’t want to miss future pins!
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. If you’ve got more tips to share, please leave me a comment. Happy stitching, Lauren.
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