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Ways to Make Your Own Felt + 11 Felt Crafts

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Updated May 17, 2016
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Carnation Felt ButtonHow do you make felt? Let me count the ways! Learn how to make your own felt so you can make these 11 adorable felt projects. Felt is a super easy crafting medium to work with and it's super cheap, making it a favorite material of many crafters. In this guide, you'll learn wet felting, needle felting, and more. Once you learn the basics, you can let your imagination run as you think up new crafting projects to make with felt. 

There are a lot of different ways to use felt. The simplest way is to buy felt pre-made from the store and use it as fabric for sewing projects, such as this Felt Carnation Pin.

Ways to Make Your Own Felt + 11 Felt Crafts


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You can also make your own felt from wool roving by doing a process called "wet felting." This method is explained further in our How to Make Felt guide. Another way is by washing and drying an old sweater - the heat will fuse the fibers together to make felt! Read all about Felting Wool Sweaters if you're into upcycling projects!

Wet Felted Ball Jewelry

Needle felting is a way of pushing wool fibers together with a special type of needle. This process does not require water or heat. Our How to Needle Felt guide has a great explanation of this craft.

Basically, you take a piece of wool roving and arrange it over a piece of fabric (perhaps a blouse or a bag that you'd like to embellish), then place the whole apparatus over a foam block or mat and start rapidly poking at the wool with your needle. You can use templates or stencils to make different shapes. You can even make 3-D needle felted projects by shaping the wool into whatever you want to make, or attaching felt to a foam base. 

  Needle Felted Chick

Things to keep in mind when making felt projects:

  • The needles used in needle felting are really sharp! Consider covering your fingers so you don't poke yourself.
  • If you're felting in the dryer, you should put your fabric in a mesh bag to avoid a clogged, fiber-filled washer and dryer. Also empty your lint catcher frequently.
  • Try adding a pair of jeans to the load to "agitate" your felt more and get a better result.

 

Try your hand at making felt with these unique projects!

Needle Felted Flowers


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