- How to Make a Custom Patch with Felt
- Makeover a Notebook With an Embroidered Felt Cover
- Step 1: Measure and Cut the Felt Cover
- Step 2: Design the Front Cover
- Step 3: Embroider the Cover
- Step 4: Make the Cover
- Step 5: Blanket Stitch the Cover Edges
- How to Make Cute, Colorful Felt Pouches With Kids
- 21 Fun & Cool DIY Sunglasses Cases • Cool Crafts
- 50+ Felt Crafts for Beginners
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How to Make a Custom Patch with Felt
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It’s easy to make your own custom patch or faux scouting badge with felt. There are two ways to make your own patch with felt, a (more expensive) beginner level DIY, and a more technical version for crafters with at least a *bit* of experience with a needle and thread
- The type of DIY patch we’ll be outlining in depth today is made by cutting pieces of felt, overlaying them, and either gluing them or loosely stitching them together.
- However, one alternate way to make a scouting type patch is by embellishing premade patches with felt backing. In the images below, you can see how we adapted a basic jacket patch into a scouting-style badge with jus a bit of felt and piping.
In this post, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty on how to use felt to make a DIY custom patch from scratch.
Custom patches are perfect for thoughtful gifts, decorations, and for Halloween costumes- but professionally made one-of-a-kind custom patches can cost over $50! You can create patches using the nearly lost art of hand embroidery, but, while much cheaper, this method requires embroidery experience and several hours of time. Today we’ll be showing you how to make a custom patch that can be finished in under an hour – making it a great choice for finishing off the perfect costume or adding the perfect detail to your jacket or backpack.
It’s super easy to make your own patches with felt, by using the felt to fill in the blanks – instead of embroidered stitches – it makes this project fast and requires only the most basic sewing skills.
We’ll start by drawing a design on paper – in this case, I simply sketch out a shooting star.
Once I have drawn my design, I cut it paper and choose the colors that I want to use in my patch design.
I choose black as my background color – it’s important to use a piece of sturdy fabric behind the design. In this case, I’m using a black 100% wool felt square because it is naturally thicker and stiffer. The stiffness makes it easy to stitch because my base layer has some rigidity and is not flopping over.
Marking out my design onto the colors I’ve chosen. I’m using a charcoal based fabric marking pen (LINK) to make it easy to transfer my design. The charcoal marking pen is a fantastic hack for any fabric crafting project- it makes a clearly visible line on most colors but can be removed completely by blotting with a slightly damp paper towel.
Once all my pieces are cut out, I simply used a thin strand of thread and small stitches to anchor my felt onto the backdrop.
One nice thing about how porous felt is, is that you can often get away with using a contrasting color of thread- it just disappears into the fibers.
This makes sewing the patch easier, because you can sew the entire thing with white thread and never have to purchase additional thread or rethread your needle.
Depending on how durable you need your patch to be, you can make this process go very quickly using quick, widely spaced stitches – called basting – or create a more durable patch by using close stitching.
TIP: if you want to sew quickly with a contrasting color of thread, make your stitches on the upper portion small on the visible side of the patch, but long on the back side.
If you want to add words to your patch, it’s actually really easy to learn basic embroidery stitches. A good tip for adding lettering via embroidery to your patch is to use multiple strands – four or more – of embroidery thread on the letters. This makes it much faster to create visible, clear lettering stitches.
Creating a custom DIY patch felt is actually a pretty quick project. Once everything is stitched into place and you don’t have any felt edges flipping up, you can cut the entire patch free from your base layer. I recommend cutting it out once with a very large margin, and then coming back a second time to cut a closer, cleaner edge.
You can attach your finished project to a jacket or backpack using safety pins, fusible iron on backing, or by adding a few more simple stitches.
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Makeover a Notebook With an Embroidered Felt Cover
It's all about New Year makeovers on Crafttuts+ this week! Hopefully you're feeling inspired and revved up after reading Kitiya Palaskas' clever tips on how to give your crafty business a boost and new lease of life.
So why not put some of that creative energy into a brand new notebook, with a very special cover? Felt book covers are a great way to turn ordinary inexpensive notebooks into something lovely – and they all make lovely personalised gifts, too.
- A notebook, journal or diary.
- Wool felt big enough to cover your notebook, and scraps for embellishment.
- Six strand embroidery floss.
- Sewing needle and pins.
Step 1: Measure and Cut the Felt Cover
A note about felt: I always use pure wool felt. Cheap acrylic felt is widely available but the feel and quality just doesn't compare to wool felt. It isn't as dense or soft and can be quite see through. Your project will look so much better if you use the real thing.
Lay the notebook centered on the main piece of felt.
Fold the felt in half over the notebook and measure an extra 6.5cm (2 and a half inches) past the edge of the cover for the fold-in flaps. Mark the measurement, open the felt and cut it to size.
Note: The notebook I used measures 11 x 14 cm (4 and a quarter x 5 and a half inches), so the 6.5cm fold-in flaps are half the width of my book. Adjust the measurement to suit your notebook size.
Fold the felt around the notebook again and check the fit.
Open the felt flat and place the notebook about 6mm (less than 1/4 inch) from the bottom edge. Measure 6mm (less than 1/4 inch) from the top of the book, mark the measurement, rule a line and cut the felt to size.
Step 2: Design the Front Cover
Before designing the front cover motif, it will make it easier if you can accurately see the space you're working within. Wrap the felt around the notebook, making sure the book is centered and the flaps are the same width. The cover shouldn't be too tight, especially on a spiral-bound book. Mark the left and right edges of the felt front cover with pins.
Remove the book and lay the felt flat on the table. Take two pieces of white paper and lay them on each side of the pins to define the front cover edges.
Sketch your design onto paper if you need to and cut out the felt shapes. Or cut the shapes out roughly and draw directly onto the felt. Make sure you cut the felt inside the pen line.
When you're happy with the design take a photo of it so you have a reference.
Step 3: Embroider the Cover
Starting with the bottom most shape, sew the design onto the cover. You can add a small dab of glue from a glue stick, or pin your shape in place if you need to.
Cut a length of embroidery floss and separate it into two lots of three strands. Thread the needle with three strands and tie a knot in the end of the thread.
Bring the needle through the corner of the felt shape from back to front – so the knot and tail will be between the cover and the shape. Stitch around the shape in small running stitches.
Don't worry too much if they aren't perfect – the beauty of handmade is in the imperfections!
Continue around the shape and finish with your needle on the back of the cover. Sew a small double stitch, making sure the needle only passes through the cover felt and not the shape. This way, the double stitch won't be visible on the front.
To hide the thread tail pull your needle through the cover felt towards the centre of the felt shape. The needle should pass between the cover felt and the felt shape. Bring the needle back out, pull the thread so the felt gathers up, and cut the thread. The tail will now disappear between the cover and the shape and leave the inside of the cover looking neat.
Continue to assemble the cover, sewing around each felt shape in turn.
The back of the cover should look neat with no loose threads visible.
Embroider any additional areas, the rain I added in running stitch.
Step 4: Make the Cover
Fold the cover around the book again, making sure it's not too tight. Mark where the flaps fold. Remove the felt cover and pin the flaps in place.
Step 5: Blanket Stitch the Cover Edges
Thread the needle with six strands of the embroidery floss. Tie and knot in the end. We'll start sewing from the top of the inside front cover.
Pass the needle through the fold from inside the flap to the outside, 5mm (about 2/10 inch) from the top edge (as shown in the top left image below).
The height of the stitch is important – if your stitches are too long the book won't fit into the cover.
Now bring the needle around the back of the cover and pass it through the cover and flap, 5mm in from the fold and 5mm down from the top edge (as shown in the top right image below).
Pull the needle until you are left with a small loop (as shown in the bottom left image below) then pass the needle through the loop and pull the loop closed. That completes the first blanket stitch.
The second stitch is made by bringing the needle through from the back 5mm from the first stitch. Make the loop and pass the needle through as before (as shown in the bottom right image below).
If you run thread half way along the cover, just finish off with a small double stitch and run the thread under the stitches on the inside of the cover.
When you reach the end of the top edge, finish off with a small double stitch and take the needle through to the inside of the folded flap. Cut the thread so the end is hidden inside the flap.
Blanket stitch along the bottom edge of the cover in the same way, then insert the book into the cover.
How to Make Cute, Colorful Felt Pouches With Kids
Here's an idea for an adorable felt craft for kids for any season: colorful pouches that can be used for anything—coins, small toys, jacks, rocks, shells—whatever small object or treasures your child wants to keep safe.
Younger kids can help glue on the felt decorations on the purses and older kids who are developmentally able to do so can use their developing fine-motor skills to cut and even sew (with a child-safe plastic needle) stitching on the sides to make the pouch.
These pretty felt pouches are the perfect craft for kids any time of the year, especially when they need to stay indoors, and kids can make them for friends and family as a birthday present, a holiday gift, or any other occasion. Let your child use her imagination to design her favorite felt pouches.
To make these cute felt pouches, you will need:
- felt crafting sheets in a variety of colors
- heart-shaped paper punches or paper punches in flowers, butterflies, or whatever shapes you want (Choose punches that make shapes that are approximately 3/4″ to 1″ in diameter.)
- X-Acto knife or a similar sharp tool that can make a hole in fabric
- kids' plastic needles with rounded tips
- decorative buttons (flower or heart shapes work nicely)
- decorative edge pinking shears (optional)
- fabric glue
First, cut felt into a 6″ by 9″ rectangle to begin making your pouch. Fold a piece about 3 1/2″ along the longer edge to form the pouch.
Take your plastic needle and thread it through with some thin yarn or cord to prepare to sew the ends together. (Note: Plastic needles for kids are perfect for grade-school age kids since they are kid-safe and can help them learn how to sew, which is a great way to sharpen those fine-motor skills.)
Next, you will need to make holes in the felt where you want the stitches for the sides of the pouch. This is because plastic needles are not sharp enough to go through felt, and you will need to create small openings with a craft or penknife.
For this pouch, the holes were are 1/4″ apart. You can also use more widely-spaced stitches (holes that are about 1/2″ to 3/4″ apart) and glue the spaces in between stitches to get a secure bond.
(Note: widely-spaced stitches may be easier for younger kids to handle.) Kids often store tiny treasures beads, coins, and small toys in pouches, so it's a good idea to keep the sides sealed tight.
When marking the spots for the holes, be sure to measure from what will be the bottom of the pouch toward the top on both sides so that the holes (and stitches) will be symmetrical on the left and right side when you are done.
Take a sharp craft knife or penknife to poke small holes where you put the marks along the edges of the felt purse. Take care not to make the holes too large, especially if you put the marks for the holes relatively close together. This part is best for parents to handle; then kids can take over the sewing part with the kid-safe needles.
Your child can now thread the plastic needle through the holes to sew the sides together.
Starting at the bottom of the felt pouch, have your child thread the needle through the holes until one side is finished. Tie off the end.
(Note: When you start at the bottom, you can start by making the stitches so that the starting knot is in the back. If you finish sewing and the end knot ends up being in the front of the pouch, the front flap will cover it so that the front of the pouch stays smooth.)
Next, sew up the other side of the pouch and tie off the end, just as you did with the first side.
Once you have finished stitching up the sides, sew a pretty button onto the spot on the top middle portion of your pouch. The button will serve as the closure for the top flap of your felt pouch.
To make sure the button is centered and in the right place, use a ruler to figure out where the middle is.
Then put the top flap of your pouch over the button to make sure the button is in the right place. Mark where your button will go and then sew it on.
(Since you will need a regular needle for this, this step should be done by a grownup or an older child who is comfortable with sewing and needles.)
Next, use a pencil or a craft knife to mark the top flap of the felt pouch to make sure the slit in the flap will be in the right place to meet the button perfectly.
To make the hole for the button, take a slit and then put it through the button to make sure it's the right size. (Start small, and then increase the opening if it needs to be bigger.)
If you wish to have a cleaner edge that won't fray, take some thread or embroidery floss and sew a border around the buttonhole.
Use a heart-shaped paper punch to make a heart using card stock or other heavy paper. If you don't have a paper punch, simply fold a piece of paper in half and draw a half-heart. When you open it, you'll have a symmetrical heart. You can then use that as a template to make hearts on felt.
Take the paper heart and use it as a template to trace around it with a pencil on the felt. Cut out the heart shape (or whatever shape you are using) with sharp scissors. (This part should be done by a grownup or an older child who can use sharp scissors safely.)
Use the template to make hearts in a variety of colors. You can then use them to decorate the felt pouch.
Next, take fabric glue and glue the hearts onto the front of the felt pouch.
Here is what a heart-shape decorated felt pouch may look when it's finished. You can make more felt pouches in a variety of shapes and colors with different decorations and buttons. Let your child use her imagination to design her favorite felt pouches.
This felt pouch is a smaller version, decorated with butterflies and a flower button.
To give the front flap of the pouch a little extra pizazz, you can use a pinking shear to create a patterned and interesting zigzag edge.
Here is a perfect summer craft treat—a felt pouch that's been decorated with ice cream cones. Just find something that can help you make a paper template to make circles on felt (a paper punch or, say, the top of a glue stick) and then make a triangle about the same size. Voila! Yummy-looking felt ice cream cones in a variety of colors to adorn a felt pouch.
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21 Fun & Cool DIY Sunglasses Cases • Cool Crafts
Everyone wears some form of glasses. Whether they’re sunglasses, reading glasses or medically prescribed glasses, you need something to store and transport your fragile eyewear.
This keeps them from getting scratched, broken, or worse lost. when everything jumbles together at the bottom of your a purse and you can’t find anything you need when you need it.
Having a sunglasses case is a lifesaver in those moments. A cute one makes a lovely accessory.
Sure to grab the attention of those around you! Get creative with these 21 DIY Sunglasses Cases that are fun and practical!
Sometimes all it takes to revive an old item that’s headed for the trash is a little glue and confetti. This Confetti Covered Sunglasses Case from My Poppet could not be more adorable. Perfect for a gift or keeping for yourself!
Get your sunnies ready, it’s time to get cross stitching! This cute Cross Stitch Sunglass Case is made with your favorite fabric pattern. Just add your favorite sunnies! Full tutorial at Little Button Diaries.
The Little Studio tells you everything you need to know about making this Faux Leather DIY Sunglasses Case and throws in a FREE template too.
Cactus shaped sunglasses case from felt! Learn how to make this easy DIY Felt Sunglasses Case from A Kailo Chic Life. Great for a trip to the desert!
Keep your sunnies scratch resistant with this DIY No-Sew Sunglass Case from Twinspiration. It would make a fun gift, with a pair of sunnies!
Never lose your glasses again with this easy-to-find Crochet Pattern Case from Rescued Paw Designs.
Spending time in the sun this summer? Make a DIY Watermelon Sunglass Case to bring along! Get the step-by-step from Drawn To DIY.
Have fun challenging your embroidery creativity with this DIY No-Sew Sunglasses Case. Full tutorial at Alice and Lois.
This Pretty Printed Sunglasses Case from A Kailo Chic Life would make the perfect Mother’s Day or anytime gift. Just pick your favorite fabric and sew!
This Duct Tape Sunglasses Case from Mad in Crafts is made duct tape and felt. It’s doesn’t get sturdier than that!
The Craft Patch recycles tape to keep your sunnies safe and sound in this DIY Washi Tape Sunglasses Case.
Make your own one of a kind sunglasses case in minutes with little-to-no sewing skills required in this 5 Minute DIY Quick Sew Sunglasses Case from Revamperate.
Create your own DIY Sunglasses Drawstring Accessories Bag with just a few simple steps. Perfect for keeping in the car or your purse so you never lose anything again! Full step by step at Crafting Chicks.
Celebrate National Doughnut Day every day with your own DIY Felt Sunglasses Case. Another beautiful creation from A Kailo Chic Life!
Iron on a favorite image to a piece of cloth and turn it into a DIY Vintage Print Sunglasses Case. A fun idea from Inspirations by D!
Always Rooney shows you how to sew this super cute Leather Sunglasses Case with a strap in just a few simple steps!
Don’t throw out old jeans, recycle them into a DIY Sunglasses Case. It comes with a handy pocket too! Full tutorial at Pillar Box Blue.
Create your own accessory from a Secondhand Sunglasses Case and some vintage fabric. Nur Noch shows you how to use an old case as a pattern and sew a new one. A great way to repurpose an old favorite!
Have sunglasses that are missing a case? This easy DIY Leather Sunglasses Case from Gina Michele teaches you how to protect your shades in a fun and inexpensive way!
Grab a ball of yarn and knit an Envelope Style Sunglasses Case with chevron detail. This free pattern from Hands Occupied uses knit & purl stitches making it easy for beginners!
3 supplies and one really cool bandana is all you need to make this quick and easy No Sew Bandana Sunglasses Case from Hello Glow!
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