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Felt holiday decor

Use affordable felt to make unique holiday decor for the festive season. In this feature we show you how to make a felt wreath and felt garland.

Make a felt wreath

 Two-toned yarn

Styrofoam wreath

Dressmaking pins

Scissors

Assorted felt flowers (see below)

Ribbon

1. Pin one end of the yarn to the back of the wreath and then wrap the yarn tightly around the form. Make sure to keep the yarn taut as you work your way around. Cut the yarn at the back of the wreath and secure the yarn tail with 2 or 3 pins.

2. Place your felt flowers at the bottom of the wreath, arranging them slightly off centre. Secure onto the form with pins.

3. Use the ribbon to hang your wreath.

Felt agapanthus

 Felt, 250 x 300mm sheet

Scissors

Fabric cutter and cutting mat

Glue gun and glue sticks

1. Cut a 50mm diameter circle from the felt.

2. Cut another piece of felt lengthwise into 6 equal strips of about 40mm wide. Fold each strip in half lengthwise and glue together on the cut edge.

3. Use scissors to make 10mm long snips along the folded edge of the felt strips every 5 to 6mm.

4. Glue the looped strips around the cut circle shape, allowing the first one to hang over the edge of the circle. Work your way to the centre of the circle with the remaining strips, making sure the loops overlap and then cut off any excess.

Felt roses

 Felt, 250 x 300mm sheet

Scissors

Fabric cutter and cutting mat

Glue gun and glue sticks

1. Cut a circle 100mm diameter and trim the outer edge of the spiral to create a scalloped effect.

2.  Working from the outside in, cut into the circle with a spiral motion, gradually moving from a thin to a thicker width as you reach the centre.

3. Roll up the felt into a small rosette. The centre of the circle of felt will create a tab that will cover the bottom of the rosette. Secure the bottom of the rosette to the tab with glue.

Felt garland

 Felt, 250 x 300mm sheet

Scissors

Fabric cutter and cutting mat

Glue gun and glue sticks

Ribbon

Twine

1. Cut as many 25mm diameter circles as possible out of the felt sheet.

2. Glue the circles to the ribbon, about 12 to 15mm apart, offsetting them on both the top and bottom edges of the ribbon for visual interest.

3. For the garland cut as many 15 x 50mm rectangles from your sheet of felt as possible. Arrange four of the rectangles side by side in front of you, leaving approximately 12 to 15mm between each. Run a line of hot glue down the centre of the four rectangles and working quickly, grasp a length of the twine and press into the glue, holding in place until the glue is set.

4. Repeat for the remaining rectangles and twine until you come to the end.

 

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