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DIY printed (stenciled) felt

9 Apr

DIY Printed Felt Lets face it felt is a pretty amazing medium to work in but  it does have its limitations chief among them is the lack of pattern.

Polyester patterned felt is available in very limited prints but what if you’re a felt purist or your imagination refuses to be constrained by commercially available choices? You have felt visions, nay dreams which you cannot ignore. You seem like a  free-thinker, I like that. So I’m here to help you… and I brought freezer paper!

Prepare to have your mind blown…unless you’ve seen this before in which case settle back down and don’t ruin it for the rest of the class! Printed Felt Sheets Tutorial

You will need:

Freezer Paper AKA grease proof paper – Printer sized if you plan to use a printer

X-acto Knife or Scalpel & Cutting Board

Acrylic Paint & Textile Medium or fabric paint.

Wool or Wool Blend felt

Sponge Brush

A Vision (or templates)

Create stencil.

Cheveron Template American Felt and Craft - The Blog

The first step is to create a stencil to work with. You will need to be able to cut away the area you plan to paint so simple outlines work best. Making the areas to be cut away a darker color will help keep your head from spinning when you try to figure out parts to cut later. Anything the freezer paper covers will stay the color of the felt. Whatever you cut away will become the print. 

Stenciling on felt

The templates for these 6 patterns are posted free through our store if your interested in any of these styles.

Freezer paper in rolls

Freezer paper can be bought in printer sized sheets or in rolls at the grocery store in the sandwich bag and plastic wrap isle. It is not the same as parchment, butcher, or waxed paper. The thinner, grocery sold freezer paper (rolled) is more opaque and will allow for easy tracing, but it also tears more easily and is a bit more cumbersome to cut.

Printer sized freezer paper

Printer sized freezer paper sheets (quilters paper) , thicker and sturdier than rolled freezer paper.

If you are printing onto the paper I highly recommend buying pre- cut freezer paper meant for printers. Paper sold on rolls even when cut down tends to hold its curl and can jam up printers. Plus commercially available freezer paper sheets (often called quilters paper) is often thicker and adheres to the felt better.

To print on freezer paper make sure that you print onto the matte (feels like regular paper) side NOT  the shiny side. Print your design out onto the freezer paper sheets making sure to leave space around the edges to keep the paper intact after you get done cutting.  This is exactly the way your pattern will look when it is stenciled so don’t get all fancy and print your letters backwards or anything. Viola!

feltstencil Now the real fun begins!  Lay your stencil down onto your cutting surface – You may want to tape it down to prevent shifting. Keep your cuts clean any cracks or extra cuts might result in areas you didn’t want getting painted onto your felt

And, we’re cutting…and we’re cutting. Freezer paper stencil

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat!

Congrats your freezer paper sheet is now officially a stencil!

 Set your iron to wool lady friend because it’s time to make some magic! iron

Line up your stencil on the felt sheet shiny side down. The shiny stuff (technical term) will melt slightly and create a seal which won’t leave residue on your felt when you’re ready to peel it off. This temporary seal will need to hold a clean line so make sure to press firmly as you go paying close attention to edges and corners.  NO STEAM! textile paint Textile medium (also called fabric painting medium) is not optional if you are using acrylic paint. It magically transforms dull flaky, acrylic paint into a fabulous permanent washable fabric paint.

How to print on felt

The textile medium also helps the paint become  more pliable which prevents, cracking, lifting, and fading.  Mix the paint with textile medium 2: 1. or as instructed. Mix well.

 Unless you get crazy with your paint and saturate through the entire thickness you shouldn’t need anything under your felt but this can be a messy process so you will need to protect your work area, a poster board is perfect for this. Making a felt stencil with freezer paper- tutorial Using a sponge brush paint over the stencil. One coat should be fine but if you want to do a second make sure your first layer is fully dry. Wood grain stenciled felt using freezer paper- American felt and Craft the blog

Remove the freezer paper after the paint is set but before the felt is fully dry or cured.

(The paint on the paper is dry but the paint on the felt is still moist.) This is much easier than letting the paint fully set.

Use freezer paper to create stencils for felt. - American Felt and Craft- The Blog

They will be dry to the touch pretty quickly but allow them to cure overnight.

To set the paint you will need to iron over the dried paint on the wool setting.

Use as you would any felt.

Check out what we made with the wood-grain felt!

Check out what we made with the wood-grain felt!

 Now what to do with these guys… I am thinking coasters, maybe a notebook cover?

Printed Felt sheet tutorial

Any suggestions?

*Those of you who did not properly prepare to have your minds blown, I am sorry but I did try to warn you . DIY stenciled felt sheets

* Handy Tips from your handy tipster:

* The textile medium worked fine on the synthetic felt but the freezer paper wasn’t able to make a solid bond on the appropriate heat settings for synthetics. It may have sealed at a higher temp but this isn’t Myth-busters and I risk my iron for no man!

* This technique didn’t work on the bamboo felt, the composition of the felt is so soft that it adheres a little too well.

* Painting with a sponge brush in light layers will help keep the lines clean.

* Don’t mess up- Paint is forever so be careful! If you didn’t over saturate your felt you should be able to flip it over and give it another try on the reverse side.

* Mixing textile medium with acrylic paint  is a way to get a large range of color choices without having to make an investment in each color of fabric paint.   Especially since you may only need a small amount paint. It also allows for easy custom tinting.

* You can also paint directly on the felt, which you would only do if you were better at it than I am, which isn’t that hard see…

Painting on Felt - American Felt and Craft - The Blog

The size of a sheet of freezer paper is pretty close to felt sheets we sell at American Felt and Craft and many other places so you know exactly what will fit.

Freezer paper is also great for cutting out templates with precision! (More on this next week!)

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

American Felt and Craft

Felt Friday Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

1 Mar

(re-blogged)

It’s Seuss’ Birthday and you’re in for a treat – in honor of a guy we never will meet.

His use of color amazing, his words quite astounding.

Teaching lessons so important I don’t mind expounding.

So pull up a chair, grab your coffee and afghan and join in a felt celebration of the man!

Felt colors matching the cat in the hat

First up is this Cat in the Hat Vignette, felt sheets in White Lipstick and Cadet.

Lipstick

Cadet

Lorax felt colors

The Lorax helped the Oncler reach an epifany felts in ,Hot Pink, Banana Cream, Limeaide, Butterscotch and Tiffany

Hot Pink

Banana Cream Pie

Limeaide

Butterscotch 

Tiffany

One Fish two fish felt colors

Fishy colors so cheery and bright next to felts in Lemon, Sparrow, Big Apple, Limeaide and White

Lemon Meringue 

Sparrow 

Big Apple

Limeaide

White

An adventurous team in Honeydew, Bubblegum and Banana Cream. Adding to the hullabaloo Forget me Not, Orange Juice, and Ice felt join the crew.

Honeydew

Bubblegum

Banana Cream Pie 

Forget Me Not

Orange Juice

Ice

Now I am done

I hope that you laughed

all felt can be found at American Felt and Craft.

How thick is Wool Blend Felt?

14 Nov

How Thick is Wool Blend Felt?

This is the question that I struggle to answer the most often.

The technical answer is wool blend felt is 564 of an inch  or (1.6 mm) in thickness.

That didn’t help at all did it? 

Well this might 1 sheet of wool blend felt from our online store is …

Slightly thicker than a penny

About as thick as 2 credit cards

or

3 playing cards

or

2 standard staples

or

15 sheets of standard copy paper (20# weight)

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

Felt Finger Puppet Theater

17 Aug

Check out the latest free pattern from the insanely talented Stephanie at Imagine Our Life!

What a fun and amazing work of art not to mention a great toy for all those holiday car trips!

Finger Puppets and puppet theater DIY Copyright Imagine Our Life.

The whole piece is supported on folding struts which allow it to fold flat to fit in quiet books or just for easy storage and travel!

I just love the flying dragon!

Copyright Imagine Our Lives

Check out the full and stunningly detailed tutorial over at Imagine Our Life

Copyright Imagine Our Life

Happy Crafting

~Andie

Felt from American Felt and Craft - over 140 colors!

* All images via Imagine Our Life.

Win a Felt Food Picnic Lunch Kit!

8 Aug

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Top off your summer with an endless picnic lunch!

Just head over to your Facebook page tell us who you would make out felt food Picnic Lunch set for and you could win the complete kit!

Wanna see what’s included? Check it out at the store: http://stores.americanfeltandcraft.com/-strse-244/Felt-food-kit-lunch/Detail.bok

*Open to all countries winner chosen at random from Facebook comments left between 8/8/12 – 8/30/12 Winner announced 8/31/12

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Check out our other Felt Food Kits handmade in the United States!

Good Luck!

Andie

No Sew Wool Felt Bows, Bowties and Shoe Clips

30 Jun

Felt Bow tutorial

These no sew felt bows are super easy scrap busters.

 If you are a Pintrest fan (and lets face it who isn’t) you have probably seen this floating around.

Felt bows

Source: cdn.duitang.com via Pinterest

Super cool right!? I immediately knew I needed to make a few billion of these for my newest niece.

The only problem, no templates!

I tried to remake theirs but in the end I just ended up starting from scratch.

wool blend felt bows template  Templates to make bows are at the end of this post

To make the hair bands I measured the “babies” head deducted about a 1/2″ and hot glued stretchy soft elastic together.

Making an elastic headband for babies

felt bow for babies tutorial

And then hot glued the bows to the seam on the headband.

To create the matching bow ties for I made the bow a larger size (templates below) and used Shoe Clips to attach them. Shoe clips ended up being perfect for this project because they hold tight on the thinnest fabric, don’t damage the fabric and have a smooth back so they won’t irritate little ones.

Shoe clips / bow ties tutorial

Easy Felt bow tie tutorial

After I completed the bow I simply hot glued the open clip to the back of the larger bows.

Make sure the glue sets before you close them.

Tutorial for felt bows and bow ties from American Felt and CraftAfter making  both a small and large size of every color I could think of  I had to make some shoe clips too.

For these I used the small bow

Something blue - tiny bow shoe clips

Then I made small bows with  some long ribbon shapes.

tutorial for felt shoe clips

Shoe clips blue bows

How to make felt shoe clips- something blue bows

 Wouldn’t they be a fun something blue?

A ton of these can be made in no time at all with whatever Felt scraps or ribbon you have on hand.

You will also need

Shoe clips

Hot Glue gun

Soft elastic for baby headbands, I prefer the lightweight lace elastic kind.

And of course the template!

Templates to make bows

Stop by the store to see all of  the over 100 colors we carry!

Happy Crafting

Andie

In Praise of Pink

9 Mar

Pink seems to be one of those colors people love or hate. I fall firmly into loving pink category so you can imagine how shocked I was to learn that it doesn’t exist. That’s right according to physics pink does not exist. …well pink light anyway. Say What?

Can’t argue with physics right…

Although I am only on step 4 of the 7 stages of grief I thought I would share some of American Felt and Craft’s “hidden gradurure” colored felt in praise of pink!

Wool Felt in pinks

Pink Wool Felt Sheets

Wool Blend felt in Sweet Pea, Bubblegum, Pink Amaranth, Flamingo, Hot Pink and Orchid from American Felt and Craft.

Pink Felt Sheets in Sweet Pea, Pink Tutu, Apricot, and Bubblegum from American Felt and Craft

Pink Wool Felt from American Felt and Craft

Felt sheets in Hot Pink, Orchid, Pink Tutu, Antique Pink, Flamingo, Sweet Pea, Paris Pink, Bubblegum and Pink Amaranth.

Pink Wool Felt Sheets from American Felt and Craft

pink wool blend felt sheets

Thanks.

I feel better about this whole situation.

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