Working With Felt
Just like other fabrics, felt has vertical and horizontal sides. The side that stretches more when pulled is the horizontal side.
Most probably you have seen this sentence in my instructions "trim off excess fabric then sew...". This is necessary not because the patterns are not accurate but different types of felt stretches differently and which side of the felt you are sewing on is also a factor.
So when cutting, be sure to match the sides, otherwise your felt may stretch and change shape when stuffed.
Do work with double strands of threads rather than single when sewing and attaching pieces of felt together as this will make the stitches stronger and cleaner.
When stitching the pieces together, take care not to pull the threads too tight or the surface will look wavy and flat instead of round when stuffed. (See example below).
Thursday, October 2, 2008
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