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« on: November 30, 2004 07:28:08 AM »

I am totally obsessed with felt right now and I was thinking of doing some felt appliques on t-shirts for x-mas gifts... However I am worried that when washed the felt will pill/fall apart/react in some weird way. Has anyone machine-washed craft felt (not felted sweater fabric) before? Is there a special way to treat it before sewing? I'd love some advice!

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2004 04:23:58 PM »

Is it wool or acrylic?
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2004 01:28:57 PM »

sorry it took me so long to respond!

it is acrylic felt

thanks for any advice you can give!
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2004 10:13:24 PM »

acrylic felt will hold up in the wash, but it will pill up alot, and it will loose its shape.
if you use real wool felt it holds up better, but you run the risk of it shrinking if you don't wash and dry it properly.

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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2004 12:22:43 PM »

acrylic felt will hold up in the wash, but it will pill up alot, and it will loose its shape.
if you use real wool felt it holds up better, but you run the risk of it shrinking if you don't wash and dry it properly.

Sounds like it would be much safer to make felt pins rather than appliquing directly onto a t-shirt.
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