Hi friends! Today’s post is all about the products I’m loving with felt stitching. I’ve recently started this craft however, I’ve stitched on cards before so it’s not new in that sense, it’s just that I’m working a new material…felt.
I’ve also been using a cotton thread for my stitching and it has improved my projects so let’s hop to it! I’ve categoried this post into sections so you can select the tabs below to jump to a particular section. First up is the felt I use.
I recommend 100% wool felt and this is because it’s usually soft yet thick enough to hold its shape and it doesn’t tear or fray easily. It can be a bit pricey so if you’re on a budget, maybe you can try a wool blend, this is what I’m using a lot of. It has a percentage of merino wool and rayon. Click here to learn more about the different types of felt.
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Threads & Needles
Like I mentioned, I’ve been stitching with cotton thread lately and I love the results. DMC is what I started out with and I still love and use it, but the problem was I typically like to stitch with 2 strands, nor more than 3 and DMC usually comes in 6 strands so I have to separate it and wind the rest on a bobbin before I can use it. That’s not a deal breaker, I’m just a lazy soul and sometimes I just want to pick up my thread, put it through my needle and start stitching! LOL!
So, I got introduced to Sulky of America’s Petite Cotton Threads. There’s an array of colors, I own about 18 of them and growing! I also don’t struggle with the thread constantly knotting up as I’m stitching and again I love the results of my projects.
I’ve linked to their threads below but also, I’ve got some links to other threads including DMC that I’ve bought as well. Hopefully, this will give you some other choices if you’re stitching or want to give it a try.
I like using DMC needles as well as tapestry needles. Reason being, with the tapestry needles, they have a blunt edge so not sharp whereas sewing needles, I’m always worried I’ll stick myself. That said, the DMC needles are your best bet when you are stitching on felt where you’re not using dies. The tapestry needle just won’t poke through the fabric very well or at all. I use the smallest size DMC needle to do all my stitching and for adding seed beads.
Shop for Threads and Needles
- Sulky of America Threads
- Sulky of America Cotton Threads – on AZ
- DMC Thread Assorted Colors 36 – AZ
- Coats and Clark Rainbow Assorted Embroidery Floss – Simon Says Stamp
- DMC Thread Collections – Spellbinders Paper Arts
- DMC Needles Sizes 1 – 5, Sizes 18 – 22, more sizes here
- Tapestry Blunt Needles – AZ
As a paper crafter, I own 3 die cutting machines and they’re wonderful, however for fabrics and other materials, I needed a dedicated machine. I learned about the Crossover II by Crafter’s Edge from YT, made the investment and boy it was the BEST crafty product I could have bought!
This machine will cut fabric, wool, cork, paper, metal, cardboard, craft foam, faux leather and felt! Its dialing system allows you to add or reduce the pressure meant to cut through the different materials you can use.
I’m not a freehand stitcher so die cutting is essential for me! I can’t recommend this machine enough!
Plush Die Sets
I own a few dies meant for stitching from some of the paper crafting companies I shop at. But, I added a link to Poshta Design, a company I’ve recently learned about. Her kits are incredible and are jam packed with goodies! Also, check out Stitchable Cards by Waffle Flower Crafts. These patterns are designed to be stitched on cardstock, but I bet they’ll also work on felt! They also offer free patterns too!
Shop Die cutting Supplies
- Crafter’s Edge Crossover II Fabric/paper Die Cutting Machine
- Memory Box Plush Mitten Die Set
- Mama Elephant Mega Snowflake Cover Die Set
- Simon Says Stamp Plush Owl
- Simon Says Stamp Plush Deer Die Set
- Memory Box Snowman Plush Die
- Poshta Design Dies Collection
- Stitchable Cards Kits by Waffle Flower Crafts, free border patterns here
Adhesives are essential when working with fabric, I’ve tried a bunch of different kinds for felt, ribbon and fabric materials all with mixed results. I am using Aleene’s Tacky Glue now and so far it is really working well. It dries fast and clear, you have to be careful when squeezing it on your project, I try not to squeeze hard and I move my hand in a circular motion.
The other adhesive is hot glue, gotta be careful with this however, it really is the best choice for many projects. I just am very careful and sometimes I wear gloves.
My last section of this my post and my favorite part of any craft project is the decorating! Adding beads to stitching not only makes the creation pretty, it’s so fun to do too! Just about any craft store sells seed beads but also check your local Dollar Tree, mine has an array of them and I grabbed as many as I could!
Also, I love pom poms! In fact, in high school I always wanted to join the Pom Pom cheerleading squad, I was too much of a fraidy cat to do it unfortunately, LOL! I recently purchased some pom pom trimming on AZ which is so cute to add to a project, in fact I have an upcoming project to share that I just finished stitching on an embroidery hoop!
Below are links to some embellishments you might like!
- Pom Pom Trim – White
- Pom Pom Trim in Various Colors – AZ
- Purchase Seed Beads Online: Pretty Pink Posh ~ Studio Katia ~ Joann.com
- Pearl Seed Beads – AZ
- Embroidery Hoops – Various sizes on AZ
- Black pearl gems (comes in an assortment of sizes) –perfect to use on eyes/nose on critter plush dies
- Ready-made Bows (Burlap), assorted designs
- Assorted Satin ribbons
- Natural Brown Burlap ribbon
- Chunky Twine -assorted colors ~ Regular sizes bakers twine – AZ
- Lace Jute – assorted designs – AZ
- Christmas Plaid Wooden Beads (160 pieces) – AZ
- Christmas Buffalo Plaid Stripe Wooden Beads (160) pieces – AZ
Well, that’s it for this post! I hope you found the info valuable. Let me know if you have any resources that I didn’t list, leave a comment below so we can all learn to make even more beautiful felt creations! Thanks for reading!