I absolutely could NOT wait to share this pretty plush mitten I finished stitching on felt! Lately, I’ve been making felt ornaments and just having the best fun ever crafting! The Holidays are my favorite time to craft because not only do I get to make Christmas cards but also make other types of crafts like gift tags, boxes, bags and ornaments. Check out the category here! I’ve made all these with paper which is so fun but so is felt.
What Type of Felt is Recommended?
Like cardmaking, the type of paper is important to get a good outcome and in felt ornaments and projects, the type of felt makes a huge difference. In my stash, I have a lot of different types so I did some research last night. I’m not an expert on this type of craft, so I’m sharing with you what I have learned so far. First off, 100% wool felt is by far the recommended choice because of its thickness which means it can be shaped and will hold together without easily fraying or tearing.
The next type is a wool blend and I’ve seen some that have about 37% merino wool and about 73% rayon. Blended wool felt is like the runner-up recommendation. Some felt also can come with acrylic blend and wool too. And, you also have the really stiff felt made from polyester. I wouldn’t recommend the polyester for die cutting, it can tear easily.
Where can you buy Good Felt?
I’ve bought felt on AZ, Essentials by Ellen, Taylored Expressions and even Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree’s felt is very thin, I’m not sure what it’s made from, but guess what? I doubled up the felt and die cut with it and it worked! You’ll see how beautiful it is on my pointsiettas. The light green felt is from Essentials by Ellen, I don’t remember where I picked up the darker green felt.
I’ve heard of other companies that I plan to purchase from in the future like Benzi Design, Poshta Design and there’s an Etsy shop, “PixieFibers“ that I’d like to purchase from too. I just purchased some felt from MissCrafts on AZ and it’s due to arrive today or tomorrow so I’ll be trying it out. Sometimes you have to buy a few brands and just play until you figure out what you like.
The mitten is a plush die by Memory Box that comes with a snowflake and the cuff. I only used the cuff with the mitten because I wanted to make felt pointsiettas for the front (and back). The poinsietta is a 4-layer die set from KSKraft. They make quality craft products and I buy from them on AZ.
The Perfect Die Cutting Machine for this Project
So, first I die cut all my pieces using my Crossover II Fabric Die Cutting machine by Crafter’s Edge. This machine is a workhorse and I am so blessed that I bought it! I’ve had it over a year and it was mainly used to cut faux leather when I was making earrings.
However, you can cut many different materials like fabric, wool, cork, paper, metal, cardboard, craft foam, faux leather and felt! It was worth the investment and I can’t recommend it enough especially if you are a sewer, quilter or just like playing with fabrics! I love the dialing system that I can pressure set for the material I’m die cutting.
I die cut the mitten and cuffs twice since I planned to stuff it with polyfil to make it a hanging ornament.
For my flowers, I added buttons from my stash and stitched them. I began by stitching the cuff to one mitten at a time. Then I stitched the pointsiettas and snowflake on the front and back of each mitten. After getting that done, I began to put the front and back together to stitch them together. Once I got about 3/4″ of the way, I put a bit of polyfil in, didn’t stuff it too much either. I did the running stitch and then came back to finish the stitching all the way around.
Prior to sealing the top of the mitten, I added my ribbon that I picked up at my local thrift store. I stitched right through the ribbon to seal it in tightly.
The small snowflake is from Mama Elephant’s “Mega Snowflake Cover” die set where I used the larger snowflake on gift boxes and a bag. The thread I used to stitch the entire project is Sully Petites cotton thread (2 strands). I LOVE working with this thread! ❤️ I want all the colors😍
I plan to gift this mitten, but for now… it’s hanging on my lamp, I got so many more variations to make with this mitten! It’s so fun to do different crafts! Check out all the pics I took! I didn’t use my lightbox this time LOL!
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