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CiJiHurley
« on: November 12, 2012 08:34:46 AM »

so...i have started looking around at what i believe are known as plushies and felt quiet books. (can you tell i've done none of this before Wink )
I am overwhelmed with what type of felt i would need to use to make either of these.
I want to make the camp set out of the book "Big Little Felt Universe" http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7t_857l_pMU/TXZqM3JhfoI/AAAAAAAAnCw/UFYsi5g5024/s1600/b1.jpg
am i able to make these with the eco fi felt or would i need the more expensive wool blend felt?  Cry

also for a felt book, which type of felt Huh ? (can you tell i'm stressed and clueless?)
i am looking at making this book: http://www.imagineourlife.com/2012/07/17/camping-quiet-book-page/

i'm sorry to be clueless... Sad
I really hope someone can lend me some advice Smiley Smiley Smiley

thanks tons of bunches! <3
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Thedashinglee
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2012 07:59:00 AM »

Hey there! Welcome aboard. WARNING: Stuffies are seriously addictive and you will get bitten by the bug.

I would start with the felt book to get your feet wet. That's basic applique and as long as you can cut out pieces you won't have a problem with it. You have a couple different choices when it comes to felt. True wool felt is super expensive, and you don't really need it. The polyester felt they sell at Joannes is machine washable and stands up to a machine wash without too much wear. You can also buy polyester felt in varying thicknesses. For your pages I would recommend a thicker felt, alternately you can use a thinner felt and make them double sided, or put batting in the center (Batting is what is used to make quilts, it's basically stuffing that's laid out in a sheetlike form.) If you were to make them double sided I would applique your pieces first, then sew the three outer edges with the outsides facing, turn that in and out, press it, and use the side that you didn't sew as the side that you're going to bind.

As for applying the shapes you have a few options there too. If you're using a machine I would set it to a zig zag stitch and change the distance between the stitches to almost nothing. This will use a lot of thread, but it will create a thick line of stitches. You'll also be able to sew so that your edge is in the middle. That will give you a project that looks like the stitches on this. You can pretty much cut out whatever you'd like to stick in your book.

The logs are going to be a bit tougher, but once you get the feel for felt it'll be easier. Do you actually have the book? I'd be happy to help you draft your own pattern, but if you have the book with instructions I don't really want to write it all out ^^ Just let me know what you need!

Lee
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donniesgirl
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012 10:08:36 AM »

You might look here: http://www.imagineourlife.com/quiet-book-patterns/

I am going to try a couple of her pages, but in addition to specific page patterns, she also has instructions on how to go about making quiet book pages in general.
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