It seems like we’ve not had any well-being centre felting sessions for ages. We meet up on a Monday so we lose days when we have a bank holiday; the reception had a bit of a weekend make-over too so was closed one Monday after and August being popular for gigs and festivals has meant less attendance and cancellations too. So, I was feeling a bit impatient to be creative this week. I could have made something with the strips I pieced together last week, but I wanted something a bit more ‘instant’! I need to make some more greetings cards, so thought making pieces for those would be a good way to be productive. This is the first one:
I stuck to Blues and Greens because it’s so messy and fibres/threads get everywhere. This is the 2nd one:
These next two are two halves of one piece I made. I thought it made sense to make a longer one and cut in half. I also made these more green:
I like the blue offcut with cotton nepps on this piece, it was left over from the piece I turned into a notebook cover not too long ago:
They all look very similar when they’re all togther. So, for something a bit different, here’s a piece of nuno I made earlier this year. I used a piece from a silk scarf I got at a charity shop. I think I planned to make a coin purse out of it:
Do you have any ‘quick + easy’ projects for when you want to feel productive and accomplish something?
I was talking about making things from spare felt recently. I never throw any pieces of felt away, however ugly or small. Even the tiniest slivers cut from the edges of felt get saved up for re-using, usually between the layers of textured felt. I was looking at some of my smaller pieces and wondered if they’d be any use to my mum who makes her own greetings cards, so I asked on the forum if anyone knew the best way to attach felt or fabrics to card. I got some good advice and when Ruth and Lyn both said the easiest way is to sew them on, I thought I’d give it a go myself.
I spent a good few hours cutting, measuring and scoring card, cutting out felt, choosing colours of thread to use…and then my machine wouldn’t work 🙁 I think I must have done something to it when I tried to sew organza, no amount of cleaning and oiling seemed to help, it just kept making grinding noises and chewing the thread. But, a few days later, it was back to normal! It must have needed the oil to soak in or something.
So, I got all my supplies out again and started sewing away. Before long, I had a nice pile of almost finished felt greetings cards.
When I was asking on the forum about attaching the felt, Lyn also suggested using cards with a double fold, so that the sewing on the back could be hidden. I do have some of these, but they have an aperture, so weren’t any use.
After lots of measuring and dividing and practising, I worked out a good system for scoring the cards so they folded well. I used standard A4 size card, cut in half, so that I had two long strips. On the back side, I measured 98mm in from the left side, and 99mm in from the right, and scored gently. This left the centre panel where the felt would go, approximately 100mm wide.
After working out where the felt would go, I then sewed it into place. You don’t need a fancy machine, mine is an old electric Singer without power 🙂
Once all the felt was attached, I turned the card over and added a couple of strips of double sided sticky tape.
Once the flap is folded over to cover the sewing you have a gorgeous, unique greetings card 🙂
I’ve made a PDF file with more photos and more detailed instructions. If you’d like more info on how to make your own cards, just click the link below