We received a copy of Fabulous Felt by Corinne Lapierre a few weeks ago. While flipping through the pages, I very quickly decided I’d have to make at least one of the projects.
The book contains 30 easy-to-make felt decorations including brooches, seasonal decorations and cute little critters. At the front of the book there is a helpful section that talks about the materials you need and the sewing techniques. It also gives you diagrams for some basic embroidery stitches.
There is a project page with clear instructions for each make with templates at the back of the book for you to copy and use.
I started by looking through my box of felt (yes I do have a box of the stuff!) My collection is mainly leftovers from when I had my shop, so I only have a few colours, which presented a little bit of a problem.
Corinne’s book is packed full of lovely projects, the majority of which are made with more muted, vintage shades of felt. Now I know I could go out and buy some, but it does seem slightly bonkers when I have so much.
I really love the little Racoon & Fox, but would they still be so cute in lime green and beige?
I also love the Easter Decorations, but the clue as to why I didn’t go for these is in the name. I might make some as chocolate-free gifts for next year though, so watch this space.
The Wall Hanging Organiser was another contender, but I knew I wouldn’t really have the time to make it, or the space to hang it.
So finally, I narrowed it down to either the Scandi Houses or the Scandi-Style Pillow. I’m always one for useful projects if possible so the pillow won out.
I used the coloured felt I had to hand and picked up two linen style cushion covers from Heatons (bargain for €6). I then set to work drawing around my templates and cutting out my felt.
I laid all the pieces out to make sure they were where I wanted them and then pinned them into place before starting to sew.
I’m definitely not the best at embroidery, so it’s just as well ‘rustic’ was the look I was going for 😉
Please don’t judge the wonky blanket stitch. And let’s not even talk about the French Knots.
But the overall cushion is not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
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