Felt Covered Recipe Book

By Home Decor Contributor Alyssa

Felt Covered Recipe Book

Overall, I’m pretty terrified of cooking. There’s the whole idea of undercooking something and killing the person you love while trying to nourish them, there’s the idea of overcooking something and watching that same person choke down your disgusting, love-filled meal (maybe try not to cook so much love into it next time?), there’s the idea of setting off your smoke alarm every time you try to cook meat…which I do. There’s a lot of ways to fail. I can’t cook chicken without opening all my windows and doors to let all of the smoke out of my pint-sized apartment with an attention-starved smoke detector. But, in spite of all these terrifying cooking side effects, I’ve still gotta do it. Someone has to feed my perpetually hungry boyfriend, then give my cat the scraps.

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Needle Felted Stockings

Use a new craft technique to create your own unique stocking designs!

I actually bought these stockings last year, but could never come up with a fun way to decorate them. I wanted something unique and easy, but couldn’t think of anything good enough for my holiday decor. This year, though, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with my stockings. I’ve always wanted to try needle felting, and when I grabbed these guys out of storage, I knew that I had found the perfect thing to use when trying out this new craft technique. I’m so happy with the results, they look really unique and go so well with the rest of my decor.

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Felt Flower Pin

By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Felt Flower Pin

Pretty flowers are in bloom everywhere, now you can add them to your wardrobe! It’s easy to make these soft felt flowers and by adding a pin back they can be worn with any outfit. This is a perfect craft for summer camps!  I thought adding a pin back made this flower a cute gift for my grandmother, but they could also be placed on hair clips or headbands, maybe even a bracelet.

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Felted Gift Tags

By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.

Needle Felted Gift Tags

For Christmas last year, I attempted to make a 3D needle felted snowman ornament for my snowman-loving mother, and ended up stabbing myself in the thumb more than once before giving up. So when CreateForLess asked me to try out some wool roving and a felting applique kit, I was excited for the challenge (though admittedly a little concerned for my fingers and thumbs, ha!). I thought some holiday themed gift tags would be a fun twist of felted appliques, and I could not be happier with the touch of fun and whimsy they have added to my gift wrapping.

Felted Gift Tag

Holiday Felted Gift Tag

Stuff You’ll Need: Needle Felting Kit (or felting needle(s), felting block/mat), wool roving in your desired colors, felt, pen, scissors, tacky glue, any embellishments (sequin trim, embroidery floss, etc.), embroidery floss, needle

  1. With your pen, lightly draw a design onto your felt. You could also print an image to trace if you’d like. You may find it helpful to cut a rectangle from your felt for your design, so you are only maneuvering the felt you’re working with.
  2. Place your felt on your felting block (a wooden block with upward-facing bristles) and pinch off a small amount of your wool roving.
  3. Place your wool roving over the area of your design you want to fill, and begin stabbing through the roving and felt with your felting needle. *Note: My felting kit had two different sized needles – one smaller for detail work, and one larger for filling large areas. The two did not LOOK very different at all, but it was clear when using both that one was working better for the filler.
  4. Continue stabbing and adding roving until your design is filled. You may want to start with the edges to be sure they are crisp, but it really does not matter.
  5. When your design is filled, you will notice that the backside of your felt is quite fuzzy and messy looking. Use tacky glue around the back edges of your design to attach the felted piece to a second piece of felt. I let mine dry over night, flattened under a heavy book.
  6. When the glue is dry, cut around your design leaving about 1/4″ white border.
  7. Glue on any embellishments you like! I added sequin trim to my ornament and present tags, glittery pom poms to my tree, and backstitched embroidery around my stocking.
  8. Thread your needle with embroidery floss to add the gift tag tie. At the top back of the tags, stitch the thread through only the back layer of felt and tie the floss into a knot (see photo below). Now you can tie your tags onto your gifts!

Add Embroidery Floss

Needle Felted Holiday Gift Tags

You could also embroider initials (or names) onto the tags instead of using them as an embellishment tag! Or you could use these are ornaments on your tree! I’ve gotten more and more into gift wrapping in recent years, and I love tying fun things onto packages for loved ones… They sell all kinds of things for “gift tie-ons” in stores now… Mini ornaments, glittery snowflakes, fancy bows… This is just a DIY alternative to give your presents a homemade touch. :)

If you haven’t tried needle felting before, don’t worry — it’s really very easy! And a little cathartic, as you’re violently stabbing through fabric for a while, ha! It was a simple craft to work on while watching TV… I recommend giving it a try and whipping up some designs of your own!

 

Kids Crafts: Felt

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

Felt Rainbow Busy Bag - Play Create Explore

Felt Rainbow Busy BagPlay Create Explore

Felt is a must-have for any crafty child. It’s durable, glue-able, sew-able, and it can even temporarily stick to itself like Velcro! Create sewing cards with felt shapes and a hole punch, make a puzzle, and felt shapes make the easy busy bags and quiet books.

No Sew Tooth Fairy Pillow at ThinkCrafts.com

No Sew Tooth Fairy PillowThink Crafts

If your child is old enough to use a glue gun, help them make this no sew pillow. This one is perfect for stashing freshly lost teeth, but you can always customize the shape to fit your child’s décor taste. Younger kids can have fun creating their own pillows with fabric paint or markers, and you can put the pillow together for them.

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