Tag Archives: Felt

Favourite Felt Wreath

25 Nov

In 2010 I found a tutorial for an amazing felt holiday wreath on design*sponge. I loved the simple, organic elegance of this wreath. I just had to make it!

My wreath was beautiful; it looked exactly like Kristen’s wreath (which is always satisfying when following an online tutorial). I was so pleased with this DIY project. Unfortunately this wreath was very fragile and I knew it wouldn’t travel well when I moved to Saskatoon. I gave my felt rosette wreath to my dear friend Jocelyn. I hope she enjoys it this holiday season!

Now I am settled into my new apartment, Henry, I decided to make a new wreath in fabulous, holiday red.

I love it!

I wanted this festive, felt decoration to be durable. Instead of using push pins to attach the felt rosettes to the styrofoam form, as suggested in the original tutorial, I sewed them onto a handmade wreath form made out of felt and cardboard. It was incredibly time consuming. This wreath took me twelve hours to complete! But I do love it and know I will appreciate it for years to come. It is so lovely and classic!

Visit Domestifluff.com for the full Ruffly Felt Rosette Wreath tutorial!

Happy Holidays!


Got Craft, Spool of Thread + DIY Felt Bow

11 Dec

Last week I went to my favourite Vancouver craft fair – Got Craft?. Vancouver has lots of craft fairs; it is one of the reasons why I love this amazing city so much. We have big craft fairs, small craft fairs, craft fairs with DJ’s, craft fairs with live acoustic music, craft fairs with alcohol, craft fairs with vegan/gluten-free cupcakes, craft fairs in glossy new buildings, craft fairs in well used community centers, craft fairs with how-to demonstrations, and craft fairs with DIY crafting booths. There are craft fairs for every businesswoman, homemaker, hippy, minimalist, traditionalist, and foodie out there. It doesn’t matter what your personal style, budget, or lifestyle is – when it comes to craft fairs Vancouver has you covered.

When my schedule is too busy to spend every weekend running around Vancouver to check out all the great artistic talent this rainy city has to offer and I have to choose just one craft market to attend – I always choose Got Craft?. Got Craft? is the original, indie, East Vancouver craft fair that supports all things handmade. The show is always really well curated with a good variety of local vendors and artists. It is my favourite place to find unique crafts, special gifts, DIY inspiration, and meet interesting people.

I arrived to Got Craft? later in the afternoon and it was packed. Thank goodness Spool of Thread was there with a simple (and free) craft to occupy my time while I waited for the crowd to disperse.

Photo from Spool of Thread.

Check out the super cute felt bows I made! Aren’t they darling? I think they would also make great holiday ornaments, gift toppers, or very festive hair fascinators.

Here is the tutorial for these DIY felt bows. You will need some felt, cotton fabric, needle and thread, and a safety pin to attach the bow to your sweater or coat.

If you like to sew I suggest you check out Spool of Thread.  The store is super charming and the staff are really friendly. Spool of Thread is on a great little strip of art galleries and cafes on Fraser Street (at 15th + Fraser Street) in Vancouver and is just right around the corner from the very lovely Collage Collage. Spool of Thread provides beginner and experienced sewers with the space, tools, materials and classes needed to create their next exciting sewing project. I have to admit, I am not much of a sewer. I may need to sign up for a sewing class in 2012!

Spool of Thread also has a great fabric collection. Last time I was visiting the store I spent an hour browsing their fabulous fabrics and I didn’t even have a project to work on! Spool of Thread carries modern and retro-inspired fabric from fabulous designers including Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Ross, Kona Cottons, and Michael Miller. In addition to their hard-to-find fabric collection, they also sell vintage inspired designer sewing patterns like Oliver + S and Colette Patterns.

Moral of the blog post – sewing is fun + I had a great day! Happy Crafting.

Handmade by Courtney

29 Jan

My friend Courtney has made me some fabulous gifts over the years. As I mentioned previously we always exchange handmade Christmas presents.  I posted about the crafty gifts I have made for her and would like to showcase what she has made for me! Here is a roundup of some of her genius.

1.    A beautiful quilted potholder
2.    Super cute embroidered tea towels
3.    A lovely, purple felted bowl
4.    Funky earrings – I always get compliments on the button ones!

DIY Christmas Felt Crafts

29 Nov

Some of my favourite DIY Christmas Felt Crafts

1. Winter Sweater Wreath by Design Sponge
2. Felt Christmas Ornament by Zakka Life
3. Felt Ogee Ornament by Betz White
4. Felt Trees my Thompson Family
5. Felt Trees my Wee Folk Art
6. Felt Argyle Cushion by Bugs and Fishes

Christmas Felting

24 Nov

Felt is such a great medium. I love working with felt. It is so versatile and easy to work with. I particularly like using felt for Christmas projects. Felt and Christmas is such a great combination. The perfect pre-Christmas crafternoon would include felt, hot-chocolate with baileys, friends, and a warm Christmas fire.

My first experience using felt was probably over a decade ago making Christmas stockings in my 4H craft group. My mom grew up on a ranch and was very involved with 4H as a child and won rodeo queen awards as a teen. Once my brother and I were old enough to participate in clubs my mom enrolled us in 4H. We didn’t grow up on a farm so we joined groups like Pets, Crafts, and Carpentry. At the time these groups weren’t nearly as exciting as Beef or Light Horse, but we still had fun and made some great projects. My family was involved in 4H for 10 years, which I think is a pretty impressive commitment.

Anyways, back to the topic of this post, felt. My mom was our 4H Craft leader and found the pattern for our Christmas stockings in one of her sewing magazines. I don’t know what magazine she found the pattern so I no longer have directions for these stockings. But I do remember that we used a blanket stitch to attach the felt together. I also remember what crafting supplies we used.

Supplies: 2 meters of white felt for the base of the stocking, more felt in a variety of colours depending on your design, embroidery thread, needle(s), scissors, paper and pencil to plan out your pattern, sequence, and a ribbon for hanging. A glue gun and pins can also be helpful but are not necessary.

More recently I made a beautiful felt wreath with my Crafty Ladies group. I found the instructions for Kristen’s Ruffly Felt Wreath on Design Sponge. This wreath looks gorgeous and is incredibly easy to make (but time consuming). As all the walls in my rental suite are white I choose some festive red felt. I love how bright and merry my wreath looks. It’s a great alternative to a red bow that you sometimes see on doors at Christmas.

Supplies: 12 inch styrofoam wreath form, 2 meters of felt, 100+ straight pins, scissors, paper and pencil for template, and a ribbon for hanging.

Happy felting!