Seven Ways to Get Crafty with Felt

How to Make a Felt Cozy
Cozy up your home with crafts made from felt. Don't miss our free felt patterns! Use felt colors that match your home's decor, or craft them in a friend's favorite hue -- these projects make fab gifts.

Project 1: Felt Bowl

Craft a bowl to hold all your trinkets. It's perfect for jewelry or pocket change.

DIY Tip: Felt comes in a range of thicknesses; thicker felt is more difficult to cut but is generally sturdier and smoother. This stylish catchall gets its structure from midweight 3-millimeter thick felt.

Go to the next slides for the step-by-steps + free patterns.

Project 1: Felt Bowl

Step 1

Print the octagon pattern (link below). Use packing tape on the underside to attach the pattern to the felt sheet. Cut out the felt shape using sharp scissors; notch each corner, stopping at the marked point on the pattern.

Project 1: Felt Bowl

Step 2

Pinch the cut corners and sew using a straight stitch and matching thread.

Project 2: Felt Pillow

Step 1

This honeycomb-inspired pillow comes together with a little machine stitching and simple hand sewing. Choose a pillow form size; ours measures 10x14 inches. Cut out two matching pieces of felt for the pillowcase, adding 1/2 inch to each side for a seam allowance.

Project 2: Felt Pillow

Step 2:

Print the hexagon pattern (link below) and cut out shapes in a variety of colors to create a pleasing design. 

Project 2: Felt Pillow

Step 3:

Using packing tape or pins, attach the hexagon shapes to the pillow front, leaving the centers free and small gaps between each shape. Mark a seam line down the center of each row (pictured), and machine-stitch using neutral-color thread.

Step 4:

With right sides together, sew the pillowcase, leaving a 5 inch gap on one side to insert the pillow form. Turn the pillowcase right side out, insert the pillow form, and whipstitch the opening closed using matching thread.

Project 3: Felt Coasters

Step 1:

Download and print the patterns (link below).

Project Tip: Dense wool felt -- usually found on a bolt and purchased by the yard -- is ideal for heavy-use items, such as these sophisticated coasters.

Project 3: Felt Coasters

Step 2:

Trace and cut out a star and circle from neutral-color felt and paper-backed fusible web, such as Wonder-Under. Apply the fusible web to the corresponding felt shapes. Cut diamonds from a variety of felt colors, using packing tape to hold the pieces in place. 

 

Project 3: Felt Coasters

Step 3: 

Remove the fusible web's paper backing from the star shape to expose the adhesive, and then fuse the diamonds in place on the star.

Project 3: Felt Coasters

Step 4:

Fuse the circle to the back of each coaster for added padding.

Project 4: Felt Runner

Felt doesn't fray. We took advantage of this property by weaving strips of felt for a clean-lined lattice table runner that's simpler than it looks.

Step 1:

Cut a 9-inch-wide piece of felt to your desired length and several 1-1/2x10-inch strips for your lattice. Mark lines with a disappearing-ink pen to the length of the runner 1-1/2 inches apart.

Step 2:

Using a crafts knife or a rotary cutter, cut strips in your runner along the lines, leaving a 1-1/2-inch uncut border at both ends.

 

Project 4: Felt Runner

Step 3:

Weave strips of felt into the runner, creating a pattern and leaving gaps between sections as desired. Pin the ends in place and sew around the runner 1/2 inch from the edge. Trim the excess at the strip ends.

DIY Tip: Felt quickly dulls implements, so sharpen scissors and change needles as needed.

Project 5: Pencil Roll

Practical for kids, pretty enough for adults, this felt pencil roll is easily customized.

Step 1:

To make one that holds 20 pencils, start with a 14x13-1/2- inch piece of felt. Fold the bottom edge over 1/2 inch and stitch. Fold the hemmed edge up to the inside to form a 14x8-1/2-inch roll; sew the sides using 1/2-inch seam allowances.

Project 5: Pencil Roll

Step 2:

Using a disappearing-ink pen, mark small, equal-size pockets for each pencil. 

Project 5: Pencil Roll

Step 3:

Sew along each line, backstitching at the beginning and end of each row for added durability. To make a tie, sew a 9×1-1/2 -inch felt strip to one side of the pencil roll short edge.

Project 6: Felt Rug

Regular crafts felt combines with thick felt pads for furniture feet to make this Pop Art-inspired rug.

Step 1:

Cut out 36 felt circles in a variety of colors using one 3-inch-wide felt pad as a pattern. Attach the circles to the adhesive sides of the felt pads.

Step 2:

Arrange the circles in a pleasing grid pattern, and flip them over so the protective pads are facing up.

Project 6: Felt Rug

Step 3

Cut strips of neutral-color 1/2-inch-wide cotton trim for each row to match the length and width of the rug. Attach the cotton trim to the felt pads using fabric glue (pictured); let dry 24-72 hours before using.

Wrap your hot drinks with an eco-friendly handmade felt cozy. We'll show you the easy sewing technique responsible for the fun zigzag patterns in the cozy's design.

Project 7: Felt Cozy

Watch and see how to make a cute cozy from felt. 

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