DIY: Make Your Own Felties


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Article Courtesy by Nora Noll

Felt embellishments are all the rage in scrapbooking right now. Many companies have come out with felt stickers of flowers, animals and objects to match their specific product line. Since I am on a spending freeze, I decided to try to make some felt embellishments using supplies that I already had to create decorations that matched papers that were in my stash.

Though there are many different types of felt, I chose to use what I already owned. Acrylic felt, which you can buy in a local craft store and even some discount stores, is thin and worked perfectly for this project. The felt I had bought was sold in 8 ½” by 11” sheets and was on sale for $.25 per piece.

To make the process go faster, I decided to use a manual die-cut machine  to create many of my designs. I used a Sizzix Big Shot and some dies that I already had. Most dies you own will cut through felt, though you might need to place a shim in your sandwich to get a clean cut for the thinner dies. Don’t have a manual die-cut machine? Trace a pattern on thin paper, cut out, pin onto your felt and cut out the design. You can use your electric die-cut machine too, with a couple extra steps involved. First you need to cut out whatever object you want on thin paper. Pin the pattern to the felt and cut it out.


After I die cut my felt pieces, I then layered them and either glued the felt together using acid-free fabric glue or stitched the pieces together using needles and different colored floss.  You could use both but if you do, only dot glue where you don’t want to stitch. Stitching through glue can be a little bit difficult.

The fun part was embellishing the layered felt. I have hundreds of buttons, beads, chipboard accents, glitter, glitter glue, and brads, and each one can be used to complete a felt embellishment. Your embellishments can be as simple or as complicated as you would like, depending on how much time you want to spend.

At first I thought that I would have trouble adhering the felt embellishments to my projects. However, I discovered that Glue Dots adhere directly to the felt quite well.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with this project. You can even enlist your kids to come up with their own creations and make it a family affair. So drag out some felt, your die-cut machine, and the collection of embellishments that we all have and get creative!!



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