Felt has always been one of my favorite craft mediums. You don't have to worry about unraveling edges, it can be inexpensive, and it comes in all the colors of the rainbow. You can also make projects in a variety of complexity and skill levels. For all of those reasons and more, I was thrilled to receive a copy of Felt for the Home by Kimberly Layton for review!
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The very first thing I noticed, and my favorite thing about this book, is that the author didn't shy away from color. It's bright and encouraging, with projects to suite both a modern and classic style. This cute pillow is in my top three.
I knew as soon as I opened it that I would make one of the projects as part of this review. Before I get to what I chose, this was the runner-up and is on my to-do list. She could have stopped with the succulents, but the flag banner makes it special.
The project I went with is this trio of cacti, but I made just one of them. I do like all three, but I didn't have three pots, so I chose my favorite.
Each project has its own instruction page, and then there is some more general information following those. There's also several pages of patterns, which you'll want to copy to use.
The pot I had on hand was 3" tall, rather than the 2 1/2" on the supply list, so I copied the pattern at 120% so my cactus wouldn't look too tiny.
I'll admit, when I was at this first step I was kind of wondering if this was going to work out. I understand why there aren't progress photos because the book would be much larger, but I'm visual.
I folded the pattern in half and used it as a guide to draw a line for the stitching.
See how my edges didn't match up? I was a little worried about that, but it turned out it wasn't an issue. I broke from the instructions a bit when I was sewing each section together because it suggested a backstitch, but you can see the stitches from both sides when it's finished and the back side of my backstitch is a hot mess. I used a straight stitch instead.
In the instructions it says to work from the bottom when stitching the sections together, but it also says to stuff them before you close the bottom. I'm going to assume that it should say before you close the top.
My little green football:
I didn't really care for the flower when it was flat, but pulling the center tight as instructed, then giving it some extra squishing and fluffing made a huge difference.
The instructions suggest gluing a few pebbles to the bottom for weight, but I went with one larger rock instead.
I added some extra fiberfill to the bottom of the pot so I didn't have to use so many pebbles, then stuffed the big rock into the center. It came together really well.
This was such a fun little project!
As I said, there are lots of other projects I'm anxious to make from this book. You can get it as a paperback from Leisure Arts, which is what I have, but you can also buy it as a digital download (just choose that option in the Format drop down), which I'm really becoming a fan of. They take up no space, and you always have it with you on the go.
I'll leave you with the spot where my new cactus is going to live - right next to my wild, crazy aloe plant. Only one of these requires no water or sun. My kind of plant.