General Purpose Felt

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Sewing With Felt - Your Guide From Spotlight!

Even though it is not the first material most people think about for crafting, felt is actually quite the popular material for a variety of crafters, this includes millinery as well as garment making. Of course, felt is not your average material, so there are lots of things to learn about felt before you start crafting with it. If you need more information about felt, be sure to read our overview below.

What Are The Properties Of Felt?

Contrary to most materials out there, felt is a non-woven material. Instead, the material is created with sheets of fibre, which are pressed together.

Felt can be produced from a variety of different materials, this includes materials such as wool, fur, cotton, rayon, and even synthetic fibres. While all felt will have a similar look and feel, some of the properties of the original fabric fibres can be transferred to felt itself.

Which Crafting Projects Can I Use Felt For?

Even if you have never worked with felt before, you will quickly discover that felt has a lot of applications in crafting. Of course, we do need to mention that the applications of your felt fabric will depend on the original fabric fibres used to make the material.

One example of felt is wool felt, this type of felt is often used for projects where a little more durability is required from the felt material. Therefore, wool felt is popular for handbags, hats, and more.

What Are The Benefits Of Working With Felt In Crafts?

Much like other fabrics, felt comes with its own range of benefits. Firstly, felt is unlikely to unravel because of the way it is produced. It is also a relatively stable material that is easy to sew with. Therefore, felt is quite suitable for beginners.

While it does have a bunch of advantages, crafters must take care when handling and maintaining felt. Firstly, it is not recommended to dry-clean the material and it can be damaged by steam. Therefore, make sure you follow the guidelines of the manufacturer when you need to maintain a fabric such as felt.

What Should I Know About Sewing With Felt?

Sewing with felt is quite straightforward, as it is one of the materials that is relatively easy to work with. That being said, there are some things to take into consideration when you work with felt. So, be sure to read on if you are working with felt for the first time.

When selecting your thread, felt reacts best to threads made from polyester and cotton. Of course, a thread made from a polyester and cotton blend will be suitable too.

Before you start sewing, many crafters prefer to press their fabric. When you press felt, remember not to use too much moisture and to use a pressing cloth. Ideally, you do not want to use any moisture at all, but sometimes this cannot be avoided.

If you are feeding your felt material through a sewing machine, always ensure that the material gently goes through the machine and that you do not push it, this could cause some unwanted tears or bumps.

When machine stitching felt, you want to use a standard presser foot. During the sewing process, don't forget that felt does not unravel, this means that you do not require a seam finish.

Why Should I Get My Felt From Spotlight?

Spotlight has one of the best ranges of felt fabrics. We provide felt in different colours and designs, and also felt made from a variety of fabric fibres. So, even if you are looking for a specific kind of felt, you are bound to find it at Spotlight.

Naturally, Spotlight does not only provide an extensive range of felt, we also provide felt for the best price in New Zealand. No wonder Spotlight is the favourite store of many crafters out there!

In addition to felt, Spotlight also provides other fabrics and materials. So, if you are looking to obtain a combination of fabrics for your future crafting projects, be sure to check out the rest of our catalogue to check out the remainder of our fabrics. Naturally, our other fabrics are also delivered at the best prices!

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