Weekly Fabric News Update

Focus on Felt

When I first started selling bits and pieces of my handmade things, I used quite a lot of felt and really struggled to get hold of good quality felt sheets for my projects. It’s so different now – there are masses of options, here are the ones that I’ve bought from and can properly recommend.

Wool felt sheets from Blooming Felt

Blooming Felt sell 100% wool sheets in 2 thicknesses. The 1.5mm pieces are 8″ square, and the 4mm thick sheets are available in 10″ squares or 1 metre squares. There are masses of colours available and the quality is great.

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Organic plant dyed wool felt sheets from Handmade PresentsI have a real affection for Handmade Presents as it was the first place I managed to find some 100% wool felt. They have a large selection of different sizes and thicknesses available. They also have a very beautiful selection of organic plant dyed wool felt sheets.

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Eco-fi felt from The Felted RainbowThe lovely Jenny and Joe at The Felted Rainbow sell a great recycled felt – this fabric is made in the USA from Eco-fi, a high-quality polyester fibre made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Although it’s a distant relation to wool felt, it’s a brilliant fabric to work with. It comes in a fantastic range of colours (they have 34 in stock at the moment(, and it has a fuzzy, bouncy character that is great for crafting with or for kids, doing applique and much much more. I love using it for pincushions – like I did here in my cupcake tute – because it’s fab for sticking pins into!

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Felt Charm pack from The Eternal MakerThe Eternal Maker have a lovely wide range of good value wool-rich felt (usually about 30% wool and 70% rayon) in a lovely big variety of colours. You can buy it in 10cm increments off the bolt, which is 90cm wide. They also have some very sweet charm pack bundles in coordinating colourways, like this one.

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Other News

Celtic Fusion Fabrics giveawayLovely Gwen at Celtic Fusion Fabrics is having a great fabric giveaway. I like this one, because there’s an element of adding up skills involved! The aim of the game is to guess the value of this lovely pile of fabrics. I’m planning to devote a bit of time to working this one out a bit later. Just pop round to the CFF blog (with your calculator at the ready!) before Thursday 23 Feb to enter.

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Megan Nielsen patterns from BackstitchBackstitch continues go from strength to strength when it comes to being a brilliant source for sewing patterns. Alice is now stocking a lovely range by designer Megan Nielsen – including some very pretty maternity and nursing tops and dresses.

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My Favourite Everday Clothes from M is for MakeWhilst we’re on the subject of patterns – are you a Japanese craft book fan? When I first encountered the idea of buying books in Japanese, I admit my reaction was ‘huh??’, but after I’d bought my first I realised that a picture really does speak a 1000 words. Kate at M is for Make has a really great collection in stock, including a couple of new ones. I really love this dress on the front of My Favourite Everyday Clothes.

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Bargain hunting is a little bit more difficult at this time of the year now that the January sales are over, but Doughty’s have some Annette Tatum Soleil and Erin McMorris Weekends fabrics at £7.49/m on clearance. The Eternal Maker also still have a very healthy looking sale section, with lots of very desirable fabrics at excellent prices.

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There are so many lovely new fabrics out at the moment that I haven’t got the time or space to oooh and aaahhh over them tonight, but I’ll try and do a bit of a round up later in the week.

10 thoughts on “Weekly Fabric News Update

    1. Oh that sounds fab! I did a course a couple of years ago – very hard on the arms!! Both Handmade Presents and Blooming Felt sell the stuff you need for wet felting and needle felting. Have fun!

  1. Waaah, more wool felt! My little allergic to wool self would love to find good quality NON wool felts. Ah well, the recycled stuff looks promising…

    1. Sorry Katy – what a shame to be allergic to wool. Can you not even cope with the 30% stuff? I really recommend the Eco-fi felt – it’s not quite the same as top quality wool felt, but it is very good to work with.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing, good quality felt can be quite hard to come by! I’ll be sure to stop by the nursing top link as my sister is ready to pop 🙂 Thanks again Jen@madeinminch

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