We love a good excuse for a dress up and with Halloween right around the corner we thought a couple of cute felt masks were just the thing for a last minute make to scare the neighbours.
What you'll need:
Our Mask Template
1x sheet 30 x 20cm White Felt
1x sheet 30 x 20cm Black Felt
Small scraps of red and purple felt (about 7cm x 7cm)
28cm length elastic
+ Print out the pattern and cut out.
+ Cut one skull in black felt and another slightly smaller in white felt.
+ Cut embellishments out of chosen colours.
+ Trim elastic to size.
+ Pin together Black and white skulls with elastic in between, tie a knot in each end of the elastic to ensure it does not slip out.
+ Hand or machine stitch around the outside edge of the mask.
+ Pin and sew embellishments.
+ Stitch mouth using black thread and a backstitch and the nose with large lazy daisies.
Have fun with this pattern and Happy Halloween.
I always like to know where things come from and how we came to use them on a regular basis. Of course, my felt is the same. Before I started The Felt Factory I did a ton of research about where my felt would come from and its origins. I was thrilled to find suppliers who are very well established manufacturers with businesses that have been kept in the family for years. They sure know their stuff and the quality of their product is a reflection of their longevity in the felt business.
Wool Felt making is an ancient tradition and is considered to be the oldest known textile in the world. In Turkey, the remains of felt have been found dating back at least to 6,500 B.C.E.
The origins of felt have become entwined with our myth and legend throughout our history.
The story of Saint Clement and Saint Christopher tells while fleeing from persecution, the men packed their sandals with wool to prevent blisters. At the end of their journey, the movement and sweat had turned the wool into felt socks.
In Noah’s Ark the sheep, goats, camels and other animals that herded together in the Ark shed their fleece and during the voyage trampled it underfoot. After the animals left the Ark, Noah was amazed to find the floor carpeted in felt.
Throughout history and still today, Nomadic tribes of Central Asia use felt as a covering for the main wood frame of their Yurts. As a readily available fibre, felt provides warmth and insulation for cold climates.
Our gorgeous Merino Wool Felt is made by wet felting. In the wet felting process, hot water is applied to layers of wool, while repeated agitation and compression causes the fibres to hook together or weave together into a single piece of fabric. The fabric is then dyed to the perfect colour and stretched into the correct width and length.
Our Wool Blend is made by needle punching. Plant based fibres, like our Rayon fibres, have a smooth structure, needing a different process than traditional felting methods required for pure wool. The wool and rayon fibres are layered into a loose matt, then entangled by needles punching through the matt. The needles are made with barbs that hook or latch onto the fibres interlocking them as the needles move continuously in an up and down.
Around the world our manufacturers are using new applications of these old technologies, producing beautiful felt in saturated colours of constantly high quality. We love everything felt and absolutely love bringing these beautiful fabrics to New Zealand.
Hoop Art & Felt Flowers!
You all know by now, little projects are my absolute favourite. My favourite craft magazine at the moment is the UK based Mollie Makes, a fab source of small projects in all sorts of styles by small business makers and contributors from all over the world.
One in particular has been on my work bench since the issue came out. The Embroidered Terrarium pattern is by UK crafter Helen Wilde from Ovo Bloom. So cute, I love a good hoop art project.
I did want to change it up a bit, I wanted to incorporate a couple of felt succulents that I've been crushing on by Flohra Design, Deidre is a felt florist from the US, she is so clever and makes the most beautiful felt flowers, she also has great tutorials on making your own.
To use my larger felt flowers the hoop needed to be 25cm. I used three shades of brown DMC embroidery thread for the french knots, my 100% Merino Wool Felt Sheets in Fern, Spring and Moss and my brand new Sizzix Dies.
Follow the instructions to outline the terrarium and start on the french knots.
And the super fun part of making the felt flowers!
I used Deidre's gorgeous DIY Felt Succulent with Sizzix Die for the large Fern coloured flower, she has a few other succulent tutorials using dies and hand cut techniques. Check them out and see which ones suit you. She also has a list of the dies and other supplies required to make all her projects.
Place your flowers on the hoop, gluing to fix them. Tidy up the back of the hoop and voila! Done and dusted.
Have fun with this, I sure did.
DIY Letters with Felt Balls
With the school holidays around the corner, we are wishing and hoping for fine weather,
however, as usual I have a few activities up my sleeve for a rainy day.
These letters are super fun and easy to make in an afternoon.
I choose my letter from a great selection in my local craft store. They are available in a few cute fonts and a whole lot of shapes. In papier mache or wood they are around 15cm tall for around $9.
Then for the felt balls! I have used 1cm balls for this project in 14 colours with six of each.
Starting in one corner, glue the balls on in any order you please.
Such a fun little project.
PS I absolutely love my new glue gun, its perfect for all my little bity projects. It’s a Rapid precision point with a removable cord, so handy!
Who doesn't love glitter. I think there is always an excuse to bling up a project with a bit glitter. I've been stewing over this idea for a while now, and a bit of yuck weather is the perfect opportunity to give it a go.
I don't know about you but I need glitter felt balls in my life and wasn't quite sure where to start, so an experiment was in order!
I popped down to my local craft shop and bought every glitter fabric or standard glitter paint I could get my hands on. Those turned out to be:
Derivan Acrylic Gold Glitter $5.99
DecoArt Glamour Dust- Gold Glitz $7.99
DecoArt Craft Twinkles- Champagne $7.99
Other bits I used were
White Felt Balls
With supplies at the ready, off I went.
To get started I pushed the felt balls onto the skewers, then with each paint, painted each of my three felt balls.
The Derivan had quite chunky glitter and I needed to put quite a lot on for a good coating of glitter.
The Glamour Dust has a yellow tint to the paint, I hoped it would dry clear but it didn't. It was quite difficult to see where the glitter was.
The Craft Twinkles was very promising, fine glitter with good coverage.
Once dry, they all have quite different looks, and I can see more application of paint would change them all again, depending what you want to do with them.
I was pleased to find the glitter is firmly fixed to each, with only a slight bit of shedding.
As you can see, the Derivan was quite patchy, it the glitter was a great bright gold colour. The Glamour Dust did have a background colour and the glitter was fine and sparkly. The Craft Twinkles was my pick, a great colour and coverage and a plus it comes in a 11 different glitter colours.
I hope you have fun with this, I'll really did. Next up, using these for a few cute projects.
I LOVE felt flowers! Big or small they are so fun are gorgeous for all sorts of projects.
I've had a ton of fun trying out a couple of different methods and styles, I tell you, there are so many beautiful projects.
Paper templates make beautiful hand cut flowers, there are also some great dies to use with a cutting machine. Of course, in the name of craft I had to try both.
The paper version was super simple, check out my Pintrest board for some great templates. I found the best way to attach the tricky little pattern to my felt was by taping it down, then cutting around the pattern.
Start from one end and roll the felt up using a glue gun to secure it all together.
The die I used was the Spiral Flower from Sizzix, super easy to use. These dies are made for a Big Shot machine but will work through a Cuttlebug too.
As with the handcut flower, start rolling and glue as you go.
The great thing about this type of spiral pattern is the versatility of it. I made a couple of variations using contrasting felt balls and a sparkly strip of glitter felt. Gorgeous!
So, what to do with your felt flowers? You're only limited by your imagination! Put them on florist wire and in a vase, use them as flourishes on a quilt or wall hanging, hair accessories or something like this >>
Easter is on it's way!
So... it must be time for a cute wee bit of Easter crafting. I love the trend of hoop art at the moment, for those of you unfamiliar, hoop art uses an embroidery hoop, not just to make the piece but to display it also. So many great projects to make and do.
So, here we go on my Easter hoop art project!
Gather your tools and supplies, you'll need:
1x Embroidery Hoop (I used a 13cm)
1x Square of cotton fabric
1x needle and thread
1x 100% wool felt sheet
1x 2cm wool felt ball
Pins and sharp scissors
The pattern for the little bunny.
+ Use the bunny pattern to cut out a shape in the felt.
+ Pop your fabric into the embroidery hoop and pin on the felt bunny.
+ Sew the bunny onto the fabric using your preferred stitch. I used a running stitch.
+ Sew on the felt ball, you may have to loosen the fabric from the hoop to achieve this,
+ Glue or sew the reverse of the hoop to tidy up the excess fabric. I use a running stitch and pull the fabric together then tie off. You can also glue a circle of felt around the back of the hoop so it looks nice and tidy.
+++Hang your gorgeous hoop art+++
Have fun mixing and matching with colours and fabrics.
Happy crafting and Happy Easter,
I just love these gorgeous little wool balls. They are so much fun and with so many colours available, the craft opportunities are endless.
I have had a few of my lovely customers wonder what to do with them, so I thought I'd pop up a quick tutorial to show you one of the quickest and easiest ways to use them. My DIY Felt Ball Garland.
I hope to put a few more tutorials up so please do subscribe my brand new YouTube channel.
OOoo it’s a bit chilly here in the Naki! There’s definitely a wiff of Autumn in the air, and with the weather closing in a bit, my mind always turns to little projects for a rainy day indoors.
I have a few favourite go-to pattern makers for just this sort of crafty, short and sweet type of project. So if you need something in between larger projects or want something that will only take an afternoon or two, check these great makers out.
Maisie Moo is a New Zealand pattern maker hailing from Tauranga. Her cute patterns are big on colour and on gorgeousness. Perfect for nursery and baby gifts, she suggests you use her patterns for bunting or mobiles, she also has some fun hoop art, perfect for kids walls.
I spotted Trellis and Thyme in a Molly Makes magazine awhile back and fell in love with their fun range of kawaii style ornaments for every occasion. Their Esty shop has a wonderfully quirky selection of cross stitch patterns too.
I was introduced to Wendy Williams patterns by a group of lovely quilters making one of her fabulous wool appliqué and fabric masterpieces. You might have seen my fun wee project with one of her Travel Threads patterns recently. She has a wonderful selection of little and very large projects to create.
I spyed Mmmcrafts on Instagram just before Christmas, with her beautiful 12 Days ornament Series. Her gorgeous stitched felt ornaments are to die for! Fabulous projects for Christmas and beyond.
I’m always on the lookout for wonderful projects, let me know your favourites.
I was absolutely thrilled to find Billy Buttons in one of our beautiful florists in New Plymouth this week. I spotted them on IG and fell immediately in love.
I'm sure you can see why, these happy, yellow balls of goodness are a dead ringer for my beloved felt balls.
Of course I had to try and make a Felt Ball version. And what a fun easy project. With only a couple of supplies I've made a cute wee posy for my desk.
All you'll need is a couple of bamboo skewers, our 2cm Felt Balls (I have used 5x 2cm Felt Balls in Yellow) and a length of twine or ribbon.
Super easy, use the pointed end of the skewer and gently twist and push into the felt ball. You can paint or twist ribbon or raffia around the skewer to give a more lux effect. I love the clean bamboo in a glass jar, so I left mine plain.
Even though Billy Buttons only grow yellow, the Felt Ball version have endless colour options, well 93 anyway ;) Check out our great range here.
Have fun with this, I sure did. I'm off to make some more.
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