DIY Craft Supply Spotlight: Felt Products, Tools & Projects

published Dec 5, 2013
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There is something so wholesome, tangible and satisfying about felt. Not only is it warm and comforting, it’s also majorly colorful and energizing as well. Which might just make it the world’s perfect fabric for wintertime. Projects and ideas abound, and this is your guide.

Here are some products and projects that will give you the warm fuzzies:

  1. These cute boxes were made using inexpensive stiffened felt (called E-Z Felt) found at a major craft supply store. You can follow instructions for these over at How About Orange.
  2. The Keilers created this fun and colorful wreath using pre-made felt balls. For photos and more information, check out Crystal’s post.
  3. You can cut your own felt circles or shapes with various hole punches. Japanese screw punch tools, or these shape punches by Sizzix, do a good job cutting through felt.
  4. Pre-cut or die-cut felt shapes are found at craft stores and Etsy, for smaller uses like garland, felt flowers and other craft projects. Shop around for different shades and sizes.
  5. Any leftover felt can be used to make other projects, like these envelopes from Curbly, which are great for paperwork or electronics.
  6. Inexpensive sheets or rolls are found on Etsy for reasonable prices.
  7. Hetty from Light Blue Grey hacked an IKEA Frosta stool for her friend Rena, using circles of felt as an upholstered pad. The result is fun and modern.
  8. Felt balls are available from lots of Etsy sellers, like 8Natur. Or, if you want to make a lot of balls yourself, check out this great tutorial on how to make fake Craspedia (Billy Balls) from Design Sponge. Again, they are a welcome pop of color.
  9. For more substantial projects — such as rugs, upholstery and wall hangings — go with heavy duty felt from FilzFelt. You can choose from tons of colors and thicknesses. It’s all wool too.
  10. If you want to make your own felt, pick up one of these wooden felting needles from Living Felt. Instructions on how to do it are found at Better Homes & Gardens.
  11. Get a good pair of scissors, like Gingher, in order to make clean cuts. Don’t use these nice scissors when cutting paper, as it dulls the blade.
  12. If you want to get fancy, laser cutter services like Ponoko will do your original designs, like the ones Christine Wonting is now selling. Or, if you have a Silhouette Cameo, or similar personal cutter, it’s possible to do less intricate work.

What are your favorite tools? Share below, and happy felting!