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« Reply #110 on: April 01, 2012 07:07:37 AM »

Lite weight fusible web would be another way to hold pieces in place.  I bought the lite  steam a seam 2 tape  in 1/4" x 40 yds.  It is temporary when just smashed between two pieces, but when ironed it is permanent. Cost was like $4.00 at Hancocks.  Great for small pieces.  I think it also comes in 1/2 " size.
 
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« Reply #111 on: April 01, 2012 08:22:06 AM »

That's a good idea, quaggy! I'm pretty sure I have some of that buried in my craft room. Thanks for the meow tip.
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« Reply #112 on: April 01, 2012 08:45:55 AM »

I just bought a package of magnet buttons as I am going to be making magnets out of the badges I receive!  My fridge is so excited!
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« Reply #113 on: April 01, 2012 08:47:44 AM »

The lawnmower badge is so cute!

Things I do when working with felt:

I trace my designs onto freezer paper and then iron that onto my felt.  For me, this is the easiest way to cut out shapes because the freezer paper sticks and makes it easier for me to follow the outline.  If the design has detailed edges, I rough cut the freezer paper and then iron it on the felt.  I find that makes it easier to cut the felt if there are lots of curves or sharp edges.  After the felt is cut out, just peel off the freezer paper.  I have only used this technique on wool or wool blend felts, so I don't know how this would work on acrylic felt (can acrylic felt be ironed?).

After cutting out my shapes, I use a little Roxanne's Glue Baste-It to hold them in place; just a few dots and I try to place them where I won't be stitching so that I don't have to stitch through the glue.

I use 2-3 strands of floss depending on how much I want the stitching to stand out.

Not much different than what Lime does. Smiley

My issue is coming up with fun, creative ideas.  I guess I should surf the net and see what I find.  I saw those cookies and didn't even think of making them into felt badges, though.  I need to try and look at things with crafty eyes. Smiley  I have a feeling that I will be making lots of badges in the near future; fun, fun!
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« Reply #114 on: April 01, 2012 09:31:55 AM »


I trace my designs onto freezer paper and then iron that onto my felt.  For me, this is the easiest way to cut out shapes because the freezer paper sticks and makes it easier for me to follow the outline.  If the design has detailed edges, I rough cut the freezer paper and then iron it on the felt.  I find that makes it easier to cut the felt if there are lots of curves or sharp edges.  After the felt is cut out, just peel off the freezer paper.  I have only used this technique on wool or wool blend felts, so I don't know how this would work on acrylic felt (can acrylic felt be ironed?).


I use freezer paper too.  I'm really bad at cutting freehand.  You can iron acrylic felt, you just have to keep the heat at medium at the highest or you'll melt the felt.  My iron has a good coating of melted plastic on it from accidentally melting my felt.
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« Reply #115 on: April 01, 2012 09:34:19 AM »

These are really great tips, thanks!
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« Reply #116 on: April 01, 2012 10:02:42 AM »

I decided to make a pin board for all the awesome felt things out there for inspiration, and since i can't sleep I'm gonna add all the things to it.

http://pinterest.com/audarnell/felt-badges/

I think I need a felt badge for one of my favorite memes "all the things!!"

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« Reply #117 on: April 01, 2012 10:38:48 AM »

Freezer paper! What a great idea! I'll have to try that. I think I might work on some more badges today. Maybe a cat badge Wink,
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« Reply #118 on: April 01, 2012 10:40:34 AM »

I have a pinterest board too:
http://pinterest.com/luckdragon/felt-badges/

and I have a cat badge pinned  Grin
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« Reply #119 on: April 01, 2012 11:55:39 AM »

Just noticed I have a beautiful kitty avatar today!

ANYWAY, Thanks for all the tips everyone!  I need all the tips I can get because I am new to this type of craft.  Smiley

ALSO, I just added a ton of cute felt badges to my wist!  Yay! Can't wait to get crafting!
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