6 DIY Ideas Using Felt

HGTV Magazine shows you how to cozy up vases, clocks, and more with this versatile, fuzzy fabric.
Felt Colorwheel

Felt Colorwheel

wheel of color using felt swatches

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

By: Jodi Kahn

Punch Up Vases

DIY Felt Dot Vases

DIY Felt Dot Vases

Felt circles: Felt-fetti 1"-diameter circles, $9 for a 4-color set of 100, benziedesign.etsy.com; Vases: Pure white ceramic bottles, $19 each, westelm.com

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Felt circles: Felt-fetti 1"-diameter circles, $9 for a 4-color set of 100, benziedesign.etsy.com; Vases: Pure white ceramic bottles, $19 each, westelm.com

1. Cut off the bottom third of enough precut felt circles to wrap them around a vase.

2. Glue them in a row along the bottom of the vase with Mod Podge. Repeat with three additional rows of full felt circles. Let dry.

Add Pattern to a Clock

DIY Patchwork Felt Clock

DIY Patchwork Felt Clock

how to make a patchwork clock from felt

Photo by: Marko Metznger/Studio D

Marko Metznger/Studio D

Materials Needed

  • Felt: 6" x 6" 1-millimeter-thick wool-blend felt squares, $0.50 each, tadaastudio.com
  • Clockface: 11"-diameter pine clockface, $10, walnuthollow.com
  • Clock parts: 3/4" mini quartz clock movement, $6, and black straight clock hands, $3, both rockler.com

1. Cut 3-inch-by-3-inch-by-4-inch triangles out of felt.

2. Starting in the center of the clockface, arrange four triangles in a square. Working your way out, arrange more in a colorful pattern.

3. Once the pattern looks the way you want, glue the felt to the clock with Mod Podge. Let dry, then trim the excess felt around the edge of the clockface.

4. Attach the clock mechanism and hands.

Decorate Magnets

DIY Felt Magnets

DIY Felt Magnets

Felt circles: 1/2"-diameter, 3/4"-diameter, and 1"-diameter felt circles, $6 for a mixed set of 25, feltplanet.etsy.com; Magnets: 1"-diameter ceramic disc magnets, $2 for a set of 6, homedepot.com

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Felt circles: 1/2"-diameter, 3/4"-diameter, and 1"-diameter felt circles, $6 for a mixed set of 25, feltplanet.etsy.com; Magnets: 1"-diameter ceramic disc magnets, $2 for a set of 6, homedepot.com

1. Layer precut felt circles on round magnets, cutting some in half for a color-blocked look.

2. Hot-glue them to the magnets. Let dry. 

Fold Felt Into Trays

DIY Felt Snap Trys

DIY Felt Snap Trys

felt snap trays

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Materials Needed

  • Snaps: Size 16 capped prong rings in silver, $3.50 for a set of 10, snapsource.com
  • Snap setter: Size 16 SnapSetter tool, $9, snapsource.com
  • Felt: 18" x 18" 1-millimeter-thick wool felt squares in turquoise and bright orange, $9.50 each, purlsoho.com; 12" x 12" 2-millimeter-thick wool felt squares in lime and granite, $10 each, feltplanet.etsy.com
How to Make DIY Felt Trays

How to Make DIY Felt Trays

figure a

1. Adhere a sheet of 1-millimeter-thick felt to a sheet of 2-millimeter-thick felt using paper-backed fusible webbing, like Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold ($3.50 per yard, purlsoho.com).

Figure B

Figure B

felt project diagram

2. Cut the felt into an 8-inch square. With the thicker felt face up, use a crafts knife to score four lines, each 1 1/2 inches from the edge (Fig. A). This will be the bottom of the tray.

3. Flip the square over. Following the package instructions, use a snap setter to put snaps in each corner; snap them together (Fig. B). 

Create Coasters

DIY Green Felt Coasters

DIY Green Felt Coasters

felt drink coasters

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Materials Needed

  • Felt squares: 5-millimeter-thick wool felt coasters with rounded corners in lime and lily pad, $16 for a set of 4, feltplanet.etsy.com
  • Silk screen: Martha Stewart Crafts Glass silk screen in ferns, $13 for a mixed set of 6, michaels.com

1. Remove the backing from an adhesive silk screen and stick it onto a 5-millimeter-thick felt square.

2. Using a pouncer, fill in the silk screen with crafts paint. Remove the silk screen while the paint is still wet. Let dry.  

Stitch Pillows

DIY Felt Pillows

DIY Felt Pillows

Felt: Wool-blend felt in lichen and blue raspberry, $9.50 per yard, benziedesign.etsy.com; Pillow inserts: 20" x 20" feather pillow inserts, $18 each, potterybarn.com

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

1. Cut two pieces of felt into 19-inch squares.

2. Place the two pieces together, then sew three of the sides using a straight stitch, with the seam 3/8 inch from the edge. Sew another seam even closer to the fabric’s edge.

3. Stuff a 20-inch pillow insert into the open side, pushing it as deep into the felt cover as you can. Pin the open side together, then sew it as you did the other sides.

Crafting by Ashley Norton

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