Tag: felt

Hearts Afire (repost from The WonderCraft Blog)

Thought I’d share my latest project. I was sitting at my table during the Staple! show listening to my neighbor talk about how his friend modified one of those blank Munny’s by cutting out it’s chest and dangling a heart from the inside. Somehow that translated into this necklace idea.

Design Sketch

I started with a sketch. The idea for the ring around the heart was modeled after a hose clamp, like the ones you find under the hood of your car. I wanted to add texture so I thought it would be nice to make the heart out of felt.

Cutting the Silver

I had intended to use brass for the ring but couldn’t find it due to my recent move so I finally cut into the silver sheets I’ve had laying around for years. It felt good being brave enough to use it.

Forming the Ring

So I cut into the silver, drilled holes at each end, shaped it around one of my mandrels and bent the ends. I took some wire, looped it and hung some chain from the center.

Assembling the Pieces

I cut out the felt heart…

Finished Heart

… sewed the edges and stuffed it with cotton.

DIY Felt and Silver Pendant

Add some chain and there is my necklace idea pretty much how I was imagining it. Which is a rare thing, but a pleasant surprise.

Laptop Cozy

I found this project on Design*Sponge and decided to alter it a bit to suite my taste. I loved the colors they had picked out so I stuck with that. I have no sewing skills and don’t really browse around in the sewing supplies either so I had no idea what sort of fuseable interfacing to use. I picked the wrong stuff. It was too thick and when I tried to iron it the only way I could get it hot enough to stick to the felt ended up melting the felt. So, I decided to hand stitch the entire thing together then embellish it with a hand embroidered, appliqued jackalope. The melty felt parts are on the inside and I think it is still super cute. Keeps my laptop from getting too scuffed when I’m carrying it around with me and every time I look at my new laptop case I get that satisfied “I made that!” feeling. I have a whole slew of new embroidery projects I want to try. I love working with the felt because of the color and the fact that I don’t have to worry about any edges unraveling.

 

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