Sewing with felt
Sewing with felt is a great way for beginner stitchers or children to start sewing. Unlike regular fabric the raw edges do not fray if exposed, so this makes sewing with it much easier. Read on below for tips on sewing with felt.
1. When cutting felt, as with all fabric, only use scissors that you use for cutting fabric. Don’t use scissors that have been used to cut other things ie. paper,as they won’t cut properly and will cause your felt to have snagged, uneven edges.
2. A number of die cutting machines have dies that are capable of cutting through felt, and sometimes even the really thick 100% wool felt! Try the Cuttlebug or Sizzix Big Shot machines with Sizzix Bigz dies for cutting through thick felt.
3. Blanket and whip stitching looks great on felt and really finishes off the edges.
4. Most felt will go through sewing machines and looks fab used in small pieces as embellishments.
5. When hand stitching thick 100% wool felt, maybe try using a thicker thread such as DMC’s soft cotton thread as it will really stand out on your projects.
6. If sewing using a thin acrylic felt, beware of pulling the thread too tight or using too large a needle as it could create a hole in the fabric, or even tear it.
7. If sewing with thinner felt, you might want to consider doubling the fabric up, or using a backing fabric to give it more stability. Thick 100% wool felt can usually support itself so doesn’t usually need to be backed …unless you want to of course!
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