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Enter to Win Free Craft Felt!

Okay, folks, it’s time to share your favorite felt craft project. Post below about what you make out of craft felt. (Links welcome!) If you haven’t made anything out of felt but want to, tell us about your plans and feel free to include the link to that tutorial you want to try.

Post your comments below by Saturday, June 20, 2009 to enter the drawing for a gift basket of felt and other craft goodies from the Kunin Group. Kunin makes the felt Jen Segrest uses to make her lovely pincushions. It can be found at most local craft stores. I’m on a massive felt kick and would enter this contest myself if I could. :  ) Good luck everyone!

Update: And the winner is…  Bonney Teti of New Hamshire. Congrats, Bonney! And thanks to everyone who posted comments below and shared great felt project ideas.

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Comment from Sonja
Time: June 16, 2009, 1:31 pm

I loooove felt! It is amazing the lil things you can do with it!

Comment from Cassie
Time: June 16, 2009, 1:43 pm

I’m a felt addict. I would love to win this!! I wish I there were stores near me that carried felt.

Comment from Bonney
Time: June 16, 2009, 1:59 pm

I LOVE felt!! I love to make “scenes” and make them into pillows. I enjoy blanket stitching around the pieces and results are sometimes strange but mostly they’re pretty cute!

Comment from Kari
Time: June 16, 2009, 2:05 pm

Why I should win:
I. am. ADDICTED. to. felt. food.

I have four li’l kids that love to play in their play kitchen and felt food is one of the best crafts ever.

Other items I would make:
http://kari-youcanmakeit.blogspot.com/search/label/felt

Thanks so much for a fun give-away!

Comment from Kim
Time: June 16, 2009, 2:07 pm

I haven’t really worked with felt but I’ve been really wanting to make a cute camera case.

Comment from Katie B
Time: June 16, 2009, 2:20 pm

I’ve only ever used bits and pieces of felt. I just finished up this fun chicken (free pattern in the sidebar here: http://www.myrtleandeunice.com/), and the feet and eyes are made of felt.

Comment from meredeth beckett
Time: June 16, 2009, 2:27 pm

my sister and i make little plushies out of felt. we started out with patterns from a japanese craft book, but we’ve also been making some with our own patterns, the lizzards chief among them. at the moment, my sister’s working on some 10~12 inch mandarin duck plushies which will be used as ring bearer pillows in an asian-themed wedding. i think the only pictures of that are on her twitter (http://twitter.com/yoboseiyo) but you can see our collected works, so to speak, either at our main site, http://www.theplushiefoundry.com , or at our etsy shop, http://theplushiefoundry.etsy.com . they’re all hand-sewn, mostly because they’re so small, it’s hard to fit a machine in there (^_^) but the mandarin ducks are being machine-sewn, coz they’re large. we’ve got a mad stash of felt at our house, but we’re always up for winning more. thanks muchly~

Comment from Kim
Time: June 16, 2009, 3:38 pm

I use felt to make hair on little dolls I make. I use it in projects here and there. Actually, I want to give one of those little pin cushions a try, too!

Comment from lifeasamama
Time: June 16, 2009, 4:22 pm

I make big felt flowers for my daughter, nieces, etc… to use when we’re praying. Whenever we pray for someone, we put a flower for them in front of Jesus, so that they have a physical reminder of their prayer… and a reminder to say another one!

Comment from Catherine
Time: June 16, 2009, 4:38 pm

Dare I say I’ve done very little felt crafting? David and I have used it for pirate flags and decorating puppet stages, but I think I’d like to try this insanely gorgeous cupcake for me…
http://elotopia.net/blog/2009/03/11/felt-cupcake-tutorial/

Comment from Carla
Time: June 16, 2009, 4:38 pm

Oh- pick me please- I would love to get my hands on some of that!

Comment from christina purington
Time: June 16, 2009, 4:52 pm

i would love to win! felt is fun! i have made the characters from my daughter’s favorite cartoon “Peep and the Big Wide World”. and i am hoping to start making felt food for her.

Comment from Jen
Time: June 16, 2009, 5:30 pm

In Dec I make small felt mittens.
I cut 2 mitten shapes out of felt, about 3 in tall, and decorate the outsides with metallic thread, designs like snowflakes, etc. I whip stitch around the sides with a contrasting color of floss, leaving the bottom open. Then I stuff with fluff and stitch the bottom closed. Sometimes I glue a trim on the bottom. I add a mini clothespin and pin to the xmas tree or decorate gifts with them. They’re simple and quick but folks have really liked them.

Comment from Renee
Time: June 16, 2009, 5:38 pm

Wow! I haven’t been here in a while and it looks like I clicked on over at the right time! I have alot of catching up to do here.

I’ve never worked with felt but I have a new niece or nephew on the way and I thought it would be fun to make a mobile for him or her. I think it would be great to make one out of felt.

Comment from Kelly
Time: June 16, 2009, 5:52 pm

I really want to make the horse in Alicia Paulson’s new book. And also the felt items in the new Sugar City Quarterly (which is amazing). And so much more.

Comment from T2
Time: June 16, 2009, 6:05 pm

Felt is great for everything from making elf hats (like the one in Bend the Rules Sewing) to reusable sleeves for hot drinks and my all time favorite, Christmas tree ornaments.

Comment from Laure
Time: June 16, 2009, 6:09 pm

The most fun I ever had with felt was making felt “monsters” with my 5th graders. They designed thier monsters and we sewed, glued and stuffed. Each one was so unique! thanks for the giveaway!

Comment from Dulce VanDyken
Time: June 16, 2009, 6:28 pm

I make a flower pony tail holder and clips, here is one.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22311189

Comment from cxlx
Time: June 16, 2009, 7:25 pm

I make X’mas gifts out of felt.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/k93d4hu2UzgoeyHS-XtRYA?feat=directlink

Comment from Duabe
Time: June 16, 2009, 7:35 pm

I’d like to make some small needle nests with a little cord holder to keep the thread and little scissors looped inside.

If I had a lot of felt, I’d make a lettered garland that says THE PINES for my Aunt Virginia’s nursing home. It would look great in the Activities Room.

Thank you for the great ideas you share with us!

Kind regards,
Diane

Comment from Denise Bryant
Time: June 16, 2009, 8:48 pm

Yummy colors of felt in that picture!
I would use felt for die-cut flowers. I am primarily a paper arts nut and would use the felt flowers to embellish cards. I would be thrilled to win!
DeniseB

Comment from april
Time: June 16, 2009, 9:28 pm

We made some cute stockings with felt a couple of years ago!
http://fourthmonth.squarespace.com/fourthmonth/2006/12/23/our-stockings.html

Comment from Jess
Time: June 16, 2009, 11:51 pm

I got people attending my baby shower last weekend to make felt stars for a mobile to hang over the baby’s change table. They were heaps of fun to make and each one of them was so different, even though people were using the same materials. Last night my partner decided that he wanted to contribute to the mobile as well and he made a felt rocketship to fly among the stars. It looks fantastic and it made my crafty heart happy that he wanted to make something for the mobile too.

I think the next felt project I would look at would be felt dinosaurs or maybe felt food or maybe a felt banner to hang in the baby’s room or or or……too many choices by far :)

Comment from Robin (rsislandcrafts)
Time: June 17, 2009, 7:20 am

I love to make felt food too. I also like to make stuffies and pins and anything else I can think of :)

Comment from Judith Gellerstein
Time: June 17, 2009, 7:43 am

I love to make felt dolls for my daughter- I cut out a simple body form and put in a pipe cleaner to make it posable and so far I have made various wardrobe pieces, sleeping bags, pillows. etc. It’s lots of fun…

Comment from Tricia
Time: June 17, 2009, 8:09 am

Felt in rich, deep colors makes beautiful flower pins!

Comment from Turtle
Time: June 17, 2009, 8:49 am

i have not had a chance to work with quality felt. I would love to create some cute change purses, a tea cozy and maybe a fun table runner!

Comment from Bree
Time: June 17, 2009, 10:05 am

I love making cute stuffed animals and whatnots from felt. I give them away to friends and family for Holidays and Birthdays. I’ve made elephants, cupcakes, whales, trees, and so many other things from felt. I never really thought I could make anything cute or crafty but I think i’ve found my niche =]

Comment from Karissa
Time: June 17, 2009, 10:18 am

I love using felt for little projects, especially pincushions! My favorites to make are these beehive ones from Pretty Little Pincushions:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/karissajo/3006071686/in/set-72157604503572856/

Comment from Katheryn
Time: June 17, 2009, 11:06 am

I have recently discovered all the great things I can do with felt. My favorite right now though would have to be felt food!

Comment from Dee Bellini
Time: June 17, 2009, 11:36 am

My mother uses felt to make these unique Christmas stockings for family members. She started making them when I was a baby, and now she has probaby made close to 50 of them. She doesn’t sell them, and each is unique. For example, she called me her ‘precious lamb’ so I have a lamb on mine. She has made one for each of my sons, and the same for all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

At 82, she probably won’t be making many more. We are tossing coins to see who will learn her secrets so that when she passes, her unique art form won’t be lost.

Comment from Alisa
Time: June 17, 2009, 12:33 pm

I love felt! The colors are so amazing. I’ve been really into stuffed felt animals lately. There are some really cool books out there. Right now I’m using Wild and Wonderful Fleece Animals, but I’m sure it could be adapted to felt. It’s by Linda Page Carr.

Comment from Joyce
Time: June 17, 2009, 12:49 pm

I think my favorite thing I’ve made out of felt was a pincushion. I made it from wool clothes from the thrift store…I felted it by running it trough the washer and dryer. Take a look: http://gardenjunk.blogspot.com/2007/01/blue-moon.html
I’d love to make more one of these days!

Comment from Missy K
Time: June 17, 2009, 4:52 pm

I would make some more bunny wallets, like this one I made for my boyfriend at Christmas. It is created from the book Bend the Rules Sewing, I just modified it to look like a bunny. It is funny to see where the cotton tail ended up when you unfold the wallet.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sugarcookie/3358694258/in/set-505131/

Comment from leslie
Time: June 17, 2009, 5:39 pm

I am making the felt dolls with my mother that can be found on Purlbee. I wanted to do something with her other than go out to eat so thought these would be a great project.

Comment from Brenda
Time: June 17, 2009, 6:12 pm

I love felt. We use felted wool to make stuff like this:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/studiobeerhorst/3494564484/

Comment from Aimee
Time: June 17, 2009, 7:13 pm

I have been making pin cushions using the bottle caps. I love the way they turn out and I am hooked. I mostly have been using found caps, so many people toss their plastic bottles, so I am also cleaning up the place at the same time.

Comment from sequinK
Time: June 17, 2009, 10:33 pm

Felt food! Felt flower leis! Felt hats and crowns! Felt hairclips! I also was inspired by your interview with Jen Segrest and ordered a set of Sizzix paddle punches, so also add pincushions to the list.

Comment from Karo
Time: June 17, 2009, 11:03 pm

i haven’t made anything from felt since about 2nd grade. but i got some at our crappy local department store the other day wanting to make birthday crowns for my toddler and her friend and some brooches for a friend.
unfortunately i’ve been very disappointed with the feel and quality of the material and have put those projects on hold until i can get some nicer felt.
so there ya have it! i’d start by making crowns and brooches and then probably get into a bunch of other projects too. :)

Comment from Carolyn
Time: June 17, 2009, 11:03 pm

heyheyhey, i actually have an etsy store and my own website where i make plushies out of felt!
here’s my favourite listing:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16100593
^^ it’s american sheeple.

my etsy store address is http://theplushiefoundry.etsy.com/

that felt makes me drool, by the way. ^.^

Comment from Michelle Cummings
Time: June 17, 2009, 11:37 pm

I Love felt and can’t get enough of it! i use in my sewing all the time, making pin cushions, flowers from my big shot and even coin purses!

Comment from Junglewife
Time: June 18, 2009, 2:33 am

I would LOVE to win this felt! I have been wanting to try this felt crown tutorial for a LONG time! http://juicy-bits.typepad.com/juicy_bits/2008/09/32-felt-birthday-crown-tutorial.html

Comment from Frances
Time: June 18, 2009, 6:07 am

I have never used felt but know how popular it is and would love to give it a whirl. I am just beginning to teach myself to sew and I know the importance of hand-sewing skills. It would be nice to have the reward of a finished project in hand sewing a felted softie. Right now I am reading “Plush You” – Rask from our local library.

Comment from Bethany
Time: June 18, 2009, 7:48 am

Right now I am making a pillow out of felt. I’m going to needle felt on it. I started using felt a lot more when I got a needle felting tool. It is so amazing how needle felting binds the fibers of the felt together without sewing.

Comment from Paula L
Time: June 18, 2009, 8:37 am

I’m making felt pencil toppers for my daughter and for her friends, inspired in these cute finger puppets: http://kimarcher.typepad.com/weblog/2009/06/its-here.html.
I love working with felt, specially making felf food, it’s so fun!
Thanks for the giveaway!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Comment from Amanda J
Time: June 18, 2009, 9:09 am

I just made these adorable felt cookies and I am working my way up to the unbelieveable cherry pie http://americanfeltandcraft.wordpress.com They have a bunch of projects and I love free patterns!!!

Comment from Laurie May
Time: June 18, 2009, 10:27 am

I love this stuff! I’m just exploring if lately, and I have been making stuffed bird sculptures! They are so cute and huggable, and look a lot like the real thing! yippee!

Comment from Thien-Kim
Time: June 18, 2009, 11:27 am

I love felt! I just made an awesome hairclip from felt and vintage button. http://passionandart.blogspot.com/2009/04/daydreaming.html

I love using felt in craft projects for my little preschooler too!

Comment from kelli
Time: June 18, 2009, 4:17 pm

Felt covered hair clips! Felt food! Felt animals! Felt banners!

Currently — felt birthday crowns:
http://balancingeverything.com/2008/04/30/waldorf-like-felt-crown-tutorial/

Comment from Lolly
Time: June 18, 2009, 5:05 pm

I have a granddaughter and grandson who are just the right ages to start making Christmas tree ornaments! A stash of new felt would be wonderful.

Comment from Melissa@Pink Paper Peppermints
Time: June 18, 2009, 5:07 pm

First, Jennifer, I just finished listening to the podcast with Jen and *loved* it! You always have just the right blend of asking questions to keep people on the subject but still letting people go off track a little for interesting tid bits. I found the whole flickr subject pretty interesting. I really don’t post there as much as I should I guess.

I love working with felt (although I’ve just been using the cheapie stuff due to *ahem* budgetary constraints…heh-heh).

I have a couple of tutorials here for:

Felt flowers:

http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/pink_paper_peppermints/2008/06/felt-flowers-31-crafty-flowers-in-31-days—day-29.html

Embroidery on felt:

http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/pink_paper_peppermints/2008/05/rubber-stamp-embroidery-pattern-31-crafty-flowers-in-31-days—day-18.html

Would love to try them with some of the good stuff!

Melissa~

PS I’m a republican…and I’m not going anywhere…heh-heh

Comment from Sherri I
Time: June 18, 2009, 7:27 pm

I would love this felt to make buttons and ladybugs!

Comment from Trenna
Time: June 19, 2009, 3:07 pm

I love felt!! I made and adorable quiet book for my grandbabies, embroidering something different on each page, I have made Christmas ornaments and scissors holders and Ipod cases and list goes on and on. All of these are just for fun or cute gifts. I would to have a wider variety of colors to choose from.

Comment from ellen
Time: June 19, 2009, 3:27 pm

Many years ago I made a felt storyboard for my daughter, and I’d lov to make a couple for my grandchildren for Christmas this year. They are a lot of fun and NOT NOISY!

Comment from Nan
Time: June 19, 2009, 3:44 pm

I have not use wool felt before, but I have read that it can be use as a substitute for batting when making children’s quilt for donation. I got this information from a website called “Care Wear Volunteers”. So I hope that I will be able to do that soon.

Comment from Lora
Time: June 19, 2009, 3:58 pm

I’d love to win the felt! I’ve been wanting to try making some felt flowers. BTW, I really enjoyed the interview with Jen!

Comment from Tora Consolo
Time: June 19, 2009, 5:25 pm

Wow perfect timing to start making some holiday presents while relaxing on the patio! Love the idea of a storyboard for my grandkids.

Comment from Rene
Time: June 19, 2009, 9:41 pm

I went toa large craft show last weekend and found a beautiful pattern that I’d never seen before. Here’s her web site
http://mayblossom.com.au/Felt_Creations/Felt_Creations.html
I really wish I’d bought the miniature shoes!! I realise she uses wool felt but I’m sure I’d “manage” with craft felt!!

Comment from Teri
Time: June 20, 2009, 12:43 am

I really enjoyed this episode. I found Jen’s pincushion tutorial a couple of years ago so I was pleased to hear her interview. She’s a busy lady!

I use craft felt to make puppets and flowers. I also used it last year to make pockets for crochet hook rolls I had my kids class make from roving they wet felted. It also came in handy when I was decorating a pincushion I made from a felted sweater.

Comment from Louise
Time: June 20, 2009, 1:28 am

Thanks for another great episode :) I have yet to find a decent craft felt in Australia that doesn’t cost a fortune, I am always so jealous of the range of materials you guys have!

Comment from philipa Core
Time: June 20, 2009, 6:50 am

I have made lots of things from felt over the year…. finger puppets, felt board story characters. I have used it in various craft projects with my Sunday school class, preschool school classes, my Religion classes….. peg doll clothes…. nothing too fancy but all good stuff. I have also done some applique with it. Last year my kids made those chickens that squark which you had on your blog and we used the felt for beaks.

Comment from tamara
Time: June 20, 2009, 7:36 am

I’ve made a few things over the years with felt but one of my favorites is this one:
http://duckyhouse.typepad.com/duckyhouse/2008/01/amazing.html

Comment from -Candi Wesaw
Time: June 20, 2009, 5:19 pm

I make all kinds of crafts, and thinking about felt, I remembered that I made some bags out of felt awhile back…I think there are some samples posted on my page.

-Candi Wesaw
p.s. It was a pleasure chatting with you at the FSAM last week!

Comment from Juliann
Time: June 20, 2009, 7:43 pm

I’ve been following Jen’s work for years b/c of her SCA website and work so it was a pleasure to hear her voice in your interview! It was an entertaining and lively show, quite lovely.

My favourite felt projects tend to be cat toys because my kitty likes them so much. Pompoms, stuffed fish, all sorts of little things :)

Comment from Lauren
Time: June 21, 2009, 10:15 am

I loved listening to this podcast and learning more about Jen’s pincushions!

Felt is so much fun and it is great creating with felt! Right now, I am covering the backs of my needlepoint creations with felt for my video game magnets & patches (pics are at my Etsy page). Felt is just so versatile!

My favorite project that I’ve ever made with felt has to be my felt sushi food set. I made a whole bunch of plushy sushi rolls out of felt, complete with felt wasabi and felt ginger. I made a little box for them from felt & paired it with some chopsticks! A great little set of felt goodies – our favorite food!

Comment from JayeL
Time: June 21, 2009, 8:38 pm

I am the queen of felt costumes. No raveling! My son has a cape that we have modified three times and he has worn it for different costumes and occasions. I also made him a costume he called Lil Dragon Dude out of white felt. I sewed a paint stick in the tail to make it stick up. I have also made stockings in the past. I am planning on making card holders in the shape of Santa for Christmas gifts.

Comment from Jackie Varnell
Time: January 31, 2010, 10:55 pm

I work in a cancer center and I find crafting is a favorite of most of the patients. One sweet lady asked to will her felt patterns to me 2 days before she died. I will always treasure that and vow to always spread the joy of crafting to every one. Sometimes in the summer the grass looks like green felt so for this month I am going to work with green felt and remember my little firend of years ago.

Comment from April
Time: January 16, 2011, 2:52 pm

I love felt projects. I love to do appliques on felt. I am gathering felt right now to do a felt asian inspired wall hanging. I have been drawing out a simple asian “picture” I want to replicate on felt and with felt to place above our platform bed.

Comment from Debra mackenzie
Time: July 15, 2011, 6:24 am

I started making little felt hair clips back in march when my little girls hair had started getting in her eyes. I found i loved working with felt an now i just cant stop.

http://www.facebook.com/jennybobsgifts

Comment from Fernitajelita
Time: July 29, 2012, 5:53 pm

I loooove felt,we can create everything we want and it’s colorful,btw can I get store who sell felt with good quality..thanks 4 the info

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