You know how I am: I make something and I start thinking about all the variations and improvements I can apply to another version. It was no different with this felt bookmark. It wasn't terribly long before I decided that I didn't make good enough use of one of the greatest facts about felt: the edges don't need any special treatment! It doesn't fray or fringe, it doesn't develop runs, and it's fairly durable. Cutout designs floating in the middle of the fabric would be the easiest thing in the world. Thus, this was born:
To make your own, you need:
- two colors of felt
- Pen and a template (or you can freehand a design)
- ruler and scissors (large and detail)
- Embroidery floss and needle (optional)
- Hot glue gun and sticks
This is really simple! Cut out your basic rectangle that will be the front of the piece. Mine measures 2.5" x 6". Then, using a template or through your powers of freehand, transfer a design that you would like to pop. I used a craft punch for this great paisley swoop. For those of you freehanding it, keep in mind that you will needs "bridges" that connect any center pieces back to another piece of felt or you will have to individually glue or sew down any center elements. Confusing? All I mean is if you draw face, you'll need a way to anchor the eyes, nose, lips, etc. An online search of stencils will provide you with a ton of inspiration of how people have handled this.
See my inked paisleys?
Now it's time to start cutting out your design. I found the easiest way for me was to cut a slash in the center of the design where I would be cutting anyway and then just use my detail scissors to cut away the excess felt. After that, I opted to gild the lily with embroidery. If you skip this step, you can make a buttload of bookmarks in no time (and have time left over to enjoy the alliteration "buttload of bookmarks). Since my design was simple, I thought it couldn't hurt to spice it up.
After that, we get on really familiar territory again. Using your hot glue, fasten the front felt to your backing felt. Be very careful since you will have some thin, flappy areas that you will probably have to touch to help it adhere to the backing felt. In my case, I wanted a flush edge, so I glued this to a slightly larger piece of backing felt, then just trimmed that down so it was flush with the front piece. Ta-da!
Now I'm thinking about other things I could make that would benefit from the use of cutouts. What springs to your mind? Let me know in the comments! Of course, while you're there, you could join the Felt February challenge with me. If you just want to keep this at a Twitter and Instagram level, be sure to add #feltfeb to your description!