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« on: May 09, 2012 02:03:13 PM »

So I love all the felt badges everyone is making, and was thinking it would be great if experienced badge makers could share some of their tips and trick for making them neat and pretty.

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012 02:15:57 PM »

Great idea to start this thread, kjlutz!

Here are a few tips I'd suggest...

If you can, use a wool or wool blend felt instead of 100% acrylic. You'll find that the wool is much easier to cut and is stronger than the usual craft felt.

If you're looking for inspiration, try googling coloring book pages. The designs and lines are usually simple and good for felt!

Use tracing paper or freezer paper to draw your design and cut it out of the felt.

Glue small pieces together using a fabric glue stick before stitching. This will help keep everything in place.

Try using sewing thread or 1 strand of DMC embroidery floss when stitching small details.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2012 07:26:03 PM »

I've been using cheap old acrylic felt LOL.  I iron little squares of a light weight iron glue like Steam-A-Seam Lite on to the felt.  You can draw directly onto the back of the glue side of the paper.  I use fine tip scissors to cut through the glue, paper and felt all at the same time.  The SASLite works as a stabilizer for the felt.  I use a cotton pressing cloth and turn the iron down to around med, no steam.  It only takes a few second for the glue to melt on to the felt. The SADL is light weight enough that my sewing machine has not too much trouble stitching it.  I go over all the edges of the felt shape with machine embroidery in a tight scribbling motion.
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2012 11:13:25 AM »

thanks these are great tips--I think my biggest problem will be keeping things neat and tidy
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2012 06:31:29 AM »



If you're looking for inspiration, try googling coloring book pages. The designs and lines are usually simple and good for felt!


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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2012 10:34:24 AM »

LimeRiot posted a link in another thread that I thought I would add here -- it's from Leslieshappyheart and is a tutorial on finishing off a blanket stitch border: http://lesliesartandsew.blogspot.com/2012/06/scissors-fobs-and-blanket-stitch.html
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2012 12:05:12 PM »

thanks for the link, that's a great tip
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