Felt Embroidery Tutorial!

I've really been enjoying working with felt in my embroidery projects. It's fun, looks cute and it's quick!
I thought I'd share my process for creating a felt hoop with you all!

First, here's the finished product...

I start my felt hoops by sketching out the design I want to make. Google image search is great for finding clip art outlines to use as a starting point for the sketch.

Then I trace each of the individual pieces of the sketch onto trace paper. You can see in this pic that I've broken apart each piece (ear, leg, body,etc) of the little ellie.

Next, I cut out the traced pieces along with the felt piece. When it comes to felt, I like to use "fancy felt" from the lovely Etsy shop, Giant Dwarf.

Then I put all the pieces back together again and place them on the fabric I've selected. I like putting the hoop on at this time so I make sure the design fits well within it.
I use a fabric glue stick to attach all of the felt pieces. This keeps all the tiny bits from slipping or falling off when you start stitching.

Now it's time to stitch! I use 2 strands of DMC and a whip stitch around the outside of each felt piece. I go up through the fabric and then down through the felt. This keeps the felt fuzz to a minimum.

Once you've got everything tacked down, you can embellish the design with additional stitches, buttons, stamps or whatever!

Now, all that's left to do is sit back and enjoy your new hoop framed embroidery!

I hope someone finds this useful! Let me know if there are any questions!


Troublet said...

I've never heard of a fabric glue stick. Must have! ;)

Your little elephant is adorable! I also really like the look of the stamped letters. :)

Tina said...

Thanks for the tut! I think I might have to give this a try next week.

Meredith said...

This is awesome...I've been stalling on making a hoop because I'm not very skilled at embroidery. THIS I can do. Love your stamped letters.

LimeRiot said...

Oh yeah! You can definitely do this type of project if you're not a stitching expert. I'm not very skilled at embroidery either but using felt makes you look like a pro :).

Karen said...

ditto what Meredith said. thanks so much for the clear tut!

Brenda said...

so cute M.

Amanda said...

I really love this and I can't wait to try it out. I'm imagining a mermaid dancing in waves of felt! Thank you for taking the time and effort to post such a wonderful craft.

Rachel said...

LimeRiot: "I'm not very skilled at embroidery"
dharma: falls off chair it fits of laughter

I need a fabric glue stick too!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Found you via craftgawker and love this site! I am now a follower! Yay!

Terry McClary said...

So cute! The elephant is adorable!

LimeRiot said...

Thank you all for the lovely comments!

Amy Lynn said...

Thanks for posting this tute. I bookmarked it when I found it. I'm doing a swap on Craftster and this is one of the projects I'm working on.

Katie Do said...

I found out that my best friend was pregnant shortly before I read this post. I was inspired by this tutorial and from it, I made a quilt. It took me 6 1/2 months to make. I just finished it and wanted to share with you what I came up with. http://katieseekatiedo.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog!! This project is amazing.

Anonymous said...

I love this! I am just sooo into felt right now! I might have to switch from badges to hoops!

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