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2 fabulous felt projects to make your holidays sew much easier

 

Yesterday we talked about the use of fabric, decorative machine embroidery thread and a little time spent quilting to make gifts for the chefs in your life.

Today’s projects for How to make the Holidays “sew” easy involve the use of craft felt, specifically Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt, Kunin PrestoFelt. We’ll also use some hand embroidery and machine stitching to make this felt look so festive without hours of effort.

Kunin felt is made of polyester, acrylic. Did you know that this product is also Eco Friendly and partially made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles?

Felt is also very versatile as it does not fray, it’s easy to cut, DMC embroidery floss goes through it like butter and you can use it in single or multiple layers. It’s very affordable, light weight and makes great soft toys for children. So why not give it a try this season?

Today I’ll talk about 2 fabulous festive felt projects. Say that quickly!

 

2 fabulous festive felt projectsmade using DMC Embroidery Floss, Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt, PrestoFelt, Hi-tak Glue, Heirloom Quality Crewel Embroidery Needles, Sulky Holoshimmer
2 fabulous festive felt projects made using DMC Embroidery Floss, Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt, PrestoFelt, Hi-tak Glue, Heirloom Quality Crewel Embroidery Needles, Sulky Holoshimmer

 

 

Four snowflake coastersmade using DMC Embroidery Floss, Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt, PrestoFelt, Hi-tak Glue, Heirloom Quality Crewel Embroidery Needles, Sulky Holoshimmer.
Four snowflake coasters made using DMC Embroidery Floss, Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt, PrestoFelt, Hi-tak Glue, Heirloom Quality Crewel Embroidery Needles, Sulky Holoshimmer.

 

Snowflake Coasters 

(Make 4 at a time)

The first fabulous festive felt project is snowflake coasters made easy by using  Rainbow Classic Felt,Hi-tak Glue, Sulky Holoshimmer Silver and Schmetz Metallic Machine Needles. These little coasters could also be ornaments, gift package decor and are also a great addition to a bottle of wine for those holiday parties or take away gifts.

materials

sewing instructions

  • Cut out 4 snowflakes from white felt from design source of your choice.

 

Snowflake design in white cut out of Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt
Snowflake design in white cut out of Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt

 

  • Cut out 8 Rainbow Classic Felt squares 4½″ x 4½″.
  • Using the Hi-tak Glue, glue the snowflake to the center of 4 of your felt squares and let dry for one hour.

 

Hi Tak Glue, great for felt projects
Hi Tak Glue, great for felt projects

 

 

Hi Tak Glue dots placed on the back of the snowflake

 

  • Insert your Schmetz Metallic Needles into your sewing machine and thread your machine with Sulky Holoshimmer Thread.
  • Sandwich 2 squares of felt together with a plain felt square and a snowflake square facing up and pin to hold together.
  • Top stitch and quilt the snowflake through the two layers with an applique, open toe or free motion foot.

 

Use Sulky Holoshimmer to make your snowflake coasters shine
Use Sulky Holoshimmer to make your snowflake coasters shine

 

 

Schmetz Metallic needles help your thread glide through your needle and prevent breakage.
Schmetz Metallic needles help your thread glide through your needle and prevent breakage.

 

 

Sulky Holoshimmer top stitched through all three layers of felt making it sparkle
Sulky Holoshimmer top stitched through all three layers of felt making it sparkle

 

 

The back of the snowflake coaster, the Sulky Holoshimmer shows a sparkly snowflake design
The back of the snowflake coaster, the Sulky Holoshimmer shows a sparkly snowflake design

 

  • Square your coasters to 4¼″ x 4¼″ with a ripple blade rotary cutter or straight blade.
  • Using a ¼″ foot, top stitch through 2 layers around square ¼″ in from the perimeter.
  • Admire your efforts!

 

Snowflake coasters attached to a bottle of wine and ready for gift giving, Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt (green and white), Sulky Holoshimmer and Hi-tak Glue
Snowflake coasters attached to a bottle of wine and ready for gift giving, Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt (green and white), Sulky Holoshimmer and Hi-tak Glue

 

Felt Christmas Tree for Toddlers

If you have some toddlers/grandbabies visiting over the holidays, this project may just keep them out of the real Christmas tree. Give them one of their own!

This project uses PrestoFelt, Rainbow ClassicFelt, Hi-tak Glue, DMC Embroidery Floss and Heirloom Quality Gold Eye Crewel Embroidery Needles. This little tree and ornaments is a quick hand embroidered DIY project that when packaged up, could also make a very thoughtful gift for those little ones on your Holiday list.

 

Felt Christmas tree for toddlers using Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt and PrestoFelt, DMC Floss and Heirloom Quality Crewel Eye Embroidery Needles, Hi-tak Glue
Felt Christmas tree for toddlers using Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt and PrestoFelt, DMC Floss and Heirloom Quality Crewel Eye Embroidery Needles, Hi-tak Glue

 

materials

(makes one tree and several ornaments)

sewing instructions

  • Cut out felt designs from design source of your choice for ornaments for the Christmas tree.

 

Holiday shapes using Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt & PrestoFelt
Holiday shapes using Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt & PrestoFelt

 

  • Cut out the Christmas tree as shown by folding a 24” x 39” fabric piece of felt in half lengthwise and draw the Christmas tree with a chalk marker. Draw this shape free-hand, starting with a wider bottom and working smaller towards the top. Refer to photo below:

 

Draw the Christmas tree with a chalk pencil on Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt in green
Draw the Christmas tree with a chalk pencil on Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt in green

 

  • Layer and embellish the ornaments using ClassicFeltwith Hi-tak Glue and PrestoFelt. The PrestoFelt already has a sticky backing so it is easy to layer with it. Remove the paper backing and presto it’s easy!
  • Use DMC Embroidery flossandGold Eye Crewl Embroidery Needles to make basic embroidery stitches such as a running stitch, french knots, stem stitch and blanket stitch. The crewel embroidery needles are strong and go through the Presto Felt and Hi-tak Glue with ease. The DMC Embroidery Floss adds nice dimension to the ornaments. Refer to photo.

 

Holiday shapes cut from Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt and PrestoFelt, embellished with DMC Embroidery Floss, Heirloom Quality Crewel Embroidery Needles and hand embroidery stitches
Holiday shapes cut from Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt and PrestoFelt, embellished with DMC Embroidery Floss, Heirloom Quality Crewel Embroidery Needles and hand embroidery stitches

 

Once you complete this felt Christmas tree project, you may also please some parents with hours of ‘felty’ fun for their little ones. Be sure to share with us your completed felt projects and your comments below.

Join me tomorrow when I discuss a machine quilted project and gift idea for all ages that will build the excitement that the holidays can bring!

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: How to make your holidays sew much easier

Go to part 3: Mini Holiday Countdown Stockings are sew easy to make

 

Robin Bogaert is a long arm quilter, creator and blogger at quiltingintheloft.com and has many years of quilting experience. Robin was the past owner of a quilt shop in Windsor, Ontario and now resides in Waterloo. Robin's roots in quilting are traditional, however she appreciates modern quilt design as well and considers the focus of work to be designing, teaching, trunk shows, free motion quilting, ruler work and thread painting. In addition to her passion for sharing all things quilting, Robin is busy with pattern design and sells her patterns on her website and with Craftsy.com. Robin was featured in the Summer 2016 and 2017 (Canada 150th) edition of Quilters’ Connection Magazine and is a new guest contributor at QUILTsocial.com.

2 Comments

  1. NancyB from Many LA

    I love the felt Christmas tree!

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