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Stitching Felt Die Cut Tips + GIVEAWAY

Hello there! I have been sharing on Instagram a few peeks of some felt die cutting and stitching projects I have been working on. And – boy – have I received a lot of questions! Therefore I thought it would be helpful to do a video packed full of tips to get you started. Oh – and remember that you can do these techniques with cardstock instead of felt, too.

Stitching Dies and Felt Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I am quite in love with using felt, dies and stitching to create handmade gifts for loved ones. This is something I can easily take on the go… and a great way to get more use out my paper crafting supplies.

In the video, I show a look at a lot of different projects and products and share many tips.

Stitching Dies and Felt Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

One of my favorite things to do is to create pockets on my felt creations. This is a great way to include a little gift or note. For these eggs, I use the new Simon Says Stamp Plush Easter Egg Die and Memory Box Plush Easter Egg Pocket Die. For the pink egg, I added Memory Box Plush Little Heart Die hearts and I used the smaller Simon Says Stamp Plush Button Egg die to create a sun on the blue egg. I added batting into the white egg for dimension.

Stitching Dies and Felt Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another pocket piece. This uses the Memory Box Heart Pocket die and various die cut flowers and leaves. I find it fastest to glue the flowers on instead of stitching. You can use hot glue (my favorite since it is fast and strong), felt glue, or Ranger Multi Medium.

Stitching Dies and Felt Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The new Simon Says Stamp Plush Springtime Basket Die is a favorite of mine. It is perfect for holding all kinds of goodies and fun to decorate. The middle one uses the Simon Says Stamp Plush Party Bunny Die and a bow created with the Simon Says Stamp Perfect Bow Die.

Stitching Dies and Felt Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The Taylored Expressions felts are gorgeous. Check out these colors! Oh – and I love giving Hero Arts wood stamps as gifts.

Stitching Dies and Felt Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The Simon Says Stamp Plush Party Bunny Die bunny is too cute! I added color to his cheeks with a Copic Marker and stitched his paws together (sorry – sounds painful!) so he could hold a little cash gift for my oldest daughter.

Stitching Dies and Felt Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The Memory Box Plush Liam Bunny die is also fun for creating an even larger bunny. I added a big pompom for his tail so he even stands up. He will also hold a small gift. Oh my cuteness!

Stitching Dies and Felt Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And remember – you can use any of these dies with cardstock, too! Here I used the Simon Says Stamp Plush Button Egg Dies and Simon Says Stamp Plush Easter Egg Dies to create a simple cardstock card. I added a sentiment from the new Melodys Easter Stamp Set.

Stitching Dies and Felt Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I have received lots of questions about the felt I use. Although I started by using inexpensive felts that I could find online and at craft stores, I realized the colors were very limited. So I was THRILLED when Taylored Expressions started selling felts that you can find at your favorite local craft stores or online shops. There are lots of colors available on their site… and many are at Simon Says Stamp. (I also really like the Papertrey Ink felts, but I don’t have all of the colors yet. I find them very similar. Also, Simon Says Stamp is releasing their own felt. I don’t have it yet but I hear it is delicious and I will be buying it. You can see those HERE.)

I store my felt in a Interdesign Fridge Binz Container They fit perfectly laying down but I prefer them to stand up so I can see them all. I wrap paper around the rolled felt and use Micropore Tape to keep them closed. (My Interdesign Fridge Binz Container is in a yellow basket since it matches my craft room.)

Stitching Dies and Felt Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is a look at the Taylored Expressions felt colors. They are yummy! I used a Lawn Fawn heart die to cut samples to add to my swatch book. (More on the swatch book downloads below. Click to images to see them bigger.)

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There are two types of string/floss that I like to use for stitching. The Iris floss is very inexpensive, easy to thread, and comes in great variety pack options. There is also DMC floss that has a higher price point but it comes in A LOT more colors. DMC floss also have 6 threads together, so you can split them up if you want… but this can be a pain to thread into the needle. The DMC floss is also available at large craft stores or sewing shops in individual colors. For a cheaper version of DMC floss, you can try Janlynn variety packs. I find this works just as well.

I like both of these floss options and use them both. I store my floss in inexpensive floss containers. These containers come with the little white cards to wind the floss on. Love the organization!

Stitching Dies and Felt Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Whew! That was a lot to share. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you will give this stitching a try. And remember – you can stitch any dies you have even if you the dies don’t punch the holes.

RELATED LINKS

Here is some info that may be helpful:

  • To see all stitching dies at Simon Says Stamp, head HERE. There are several great ones from SSS and Memory Box!
  • Be sure to watch THIS video that I did in December on creating felt ornaments. I show a lot more tips, including adding foil to your felt.
  • In addition to many of the dies I used here, Simon Says Stamp has released many new products today. Be sure to check them out HERE.

FREE DOWNLOAD

I created a Felt Swatch Download for the Taylored Expression felts and thought I would share it here. This download is just like my Ink Swatch Downloads – – watch THIS video to see how to use them. All you have to do is download the file BY CLICKING HERE and print on cardstock. Next, cut up the swatches,die cut a sample of the felt, and glue it on the swatch. I use coin pages to hold my 2โ€ x 2โ€ swatches and keep the pages together with ring clips.

Again, you can download the swatches HERE.

(By the way, I am working on updating my Ink Swatch Downloads. Stay tuned.)

GIVEAWAY

How would you like a three rolls of felt, a floss variety pack, and some needles to get you started stitching? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 2/24/16 telling me if you have ever tried stitching on your cards. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Prize personally donated.)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk.)


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585 thoughts on “Stitching Felt Die Cut Tips + GIVEAWAY”

  1. LOVE these bunnies, baskets and what a pretty heart w/flower garland! I have worked with PTI felt but not TE’s. I will have to get some and try it! THX for all the info, tips and inspiration, Jennifer! I have machine stitched on my cards but not hand sewn. Now I am inspired to give it a go. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. The felt stitched bunnies and baskets are adorable. I’ve only done machine stitching on cards, can’t wait to try this. Your videos give me so much inspiration!

  3. I have never tried stitching cards but I have to tell you, after watching this video and the one you did at Christmas time of the ornaments, I am placing an order for some of these dies! I love these things!! I can see using the basket for all different kinds of projects. Thanks for your recommendations on the felt. If I am going to spend time making beautiful gifts, I want to make sure the quality of the products I use is good. Again Jennifer, thanks for sharing!

  4. I have stitched on cards before. A great way to add depth and a pop of color. But, lately I have really been enjoying felt projects!!

  5. Thank you for the great video!
    I love hand stitching and have done a lot of embroidery and wool felt appliques, but the only stitching I’ve done on paper is by using sewing machine, I also machine embroidered on paper (basic running stitch and only handmade paper). I would really like to try to make these cute felt ornaments. Thanks again, Jennifer!

  6. Oh yes definitely! I love little felt stitching projects and usually have a few in the works as yearly Christmas ornaments for my children, their teachers and friends. Carrying all that stitching texture and colour to cards is only natural – border, words and stitched flowers they all look great and are so fun to do.

  7. Wow, your Spring Wishes card has me falling for felt! And as usual your organization is impeccable. Love it and I have already implemented many of your strategies. I have done some stitching on my cards and now with a new sewing machine I hope to do more!

  8. I have never did felt on cards. It looks like it would be fun, easerror cutting out with dies. But I did do felt tags as teenager

  9. Thanks for all these great ideas & tips. I have done quite a bit of stitching on cards using Amy Tangerine stitching templates – lots of fun on paper but don’t work quite as well with felt. I’ve used a few PapertreyInk stitching dies with felt -also lots of fun.

  10. I remember stitching on a paper card with strings because I didn’t have the right greeting back in high school. Love your projects with felt. Would love to receive one with a stamp since you give them as gifts. Just kidding. Happy crafting!

  11. I have tried stitching using my sewing machine but not hand sewing, these would be great Easter gifts. I also now what I’m going to give as gift baskets for my 5 year old birthday party. Thank you.

  12. I made gift card pockets for christmas after watching your earlier felt video!!! I cut the shapes out of cardstock/glitter paper and stitched them together to make a gift card pocket.

  13. I stitched felt xmas ornaments 43 years ago. Have made many cross stitched items for xmas cards 18+ years ago. When I first started rubber stamping I bought several stamps that you stitched after stamping. Only have one stamp left–it’s a large ster. Don’t recall who made it. I used DMC flower thread (discontinued). Maybe I’ll find that stamp and use again.

  14. Stitching on paper is something I do a lot but I do it with a sewing machine. Love all of those different felt colors!

  15. I love doing stitching on some of my cards. I’ve never tried stictching with fwlt before but I want to give it a try in the future. There are so many things that I want to try and hopefully I will in the near future.

  16. I have stitched on cards, but I’ve never stitched with felt. I love these little felt stitched die cuts and I’m excited to try it.

  17. I haven’t tried stitching on my cards yet, but have made some of the felt ornaments that you showed at Christmas and am going to try it on some Easter cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. The stitched projects are so cute especially the bunny money holder. I have not tried stitched items for cards but it’s a very cute look. Definitely something to put on my list of techniques to try.

  19. I did a really nice stitched card using the Simple Stories Sweater Weather collection. It featured a the Home Sweet Home saying and was the perfect background to incorporate some red floss. I loved how it turned out. Thanks for sharing this video. I am excited to get back to crafting with felt. I recall making bunnies out of felt with my mom as a child. Armed with scissors, sequins, and googly eyes, we spent time crafting together. I’ve always been a crafter since I can remember.

  20. Wow Jennifer, your projects are darling! I’ve tried making a few felt items, but haven’t done a whole lot of stitching on cards. It adds fabulous texture though, so I really should try and do it more often. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. I have been using the Stitching Dies a lot lately with felt & paper so I love your ideas. Great storage ideas for the felt & floss. Thanks Jen!

  22. What fun ideas & a great way to redeem time while traveling or watching a movie. I’ve tried stiching on cardstock a bit but with limited success. Stitching on felt seems much easier especially with the prepunched holes!

  23. I’ve done a little stitching on scrapbook pages quite some time ago, but I don’t think I’ve done any on cards. This looks fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. I’ve done lots of stitching on cards! The detailed finger-work of sewing demands too much patience but card-sized sewing is just right for me! I use paper wishes stitched dazzle & i recently bought some stitched embellishment dies. sew fun!

  25. I think this is possibly one of my favourite videos that you’ve ever done! I’ve stitched a lot of cards, but always cross-stitch, never felt!

  26. I just tried it with my mom for the first time. I definitely need more practice. I’m looking forward to working with felt on cards. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Hi Jennifer,
    I love the texture and depth of felt, and it’s great to die cut, but I usually glue it to my paper projects. I am definitely going to become a “stitcher” after seeing your video.? Thank you!

  28. I havent’t tried stitching on my cards so far. But your ester eggs, baskets and the little bunny look so cute I have to try this out. Thanks for the inspiration! ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. Oh, what adorable felt things you make!
    Yes, I’ve stitched on cards and I’ve made felt things, but the combination is a challenge I’m going for…
    Thanks for the ideas, I’m sure going to try it!

  30. Never tried stitching on cards. I don’t like to hand stitch if it’s going to show and don’t want to wreak a sewing machine needle by stitching through cardstock. I do love what you did with felt and the Simon’s bunny die plus the basket die looks like it would by very versitile. Might try it myself.

  31. Oh my word, Jennifer, these little felt creations are adorable!! I have not done too much stitching on cards, but I do like to stitch on my scrapbook layouts occasionally– I’ve done both machine stitching and hand stitching.

  32. Iยดve never tried stitching on my cards before, but I do like to stitch ornaments for our Christmas tree. This Christmas I made some heart shaped ornaments out of felt and filled them with cotton balls. Thank you for your videos!

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