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Simple Felt Flowers, Free Pattern!

Posted by Renae Bradley on 18 April, 2019 1 comment

simple felt flowers

These simple shaped flowers need no elaborate cutting, forming or fussy attaching -they are pretty (and pretty simple to make)! Grab your supplies below. 

how to make easy felt flowers

We use the Benzie felt colors Violet, Sky, Periwinkle and Blue Spruce. Either download the free pattern or buy a pack of felt-fetti

Free pattern:
PDF pattern for cutting (try our freezer paper method & favorite scissors!)
SVG file for Cricut Maker (read up on how to use!)

If you want to keep things super simple -leave the cutting to us and grab a bag or two of our precut Classic Blossoms felt-fetti! You can select any colors you would like too! 

You will also need a few small sized poms (we used Swan) and a hot glue gun

Instructions on Felt Flowers

Step 1. Once you have all your felt blossoms cut use your hot glue gun to add a spot of glue at the base of each petal. We like to use the small size blossom first.
Step 2. Fold up the blossoms to attach to the felt pom. 
Step 3. Continue to add layers by following the glue pattern used in step one! We like to add the larger blossoms next. This flower includes 3 layers total. 

Felt flowers made easy

To make the little greenery sprig fold a blossom in half -and then in half again. Glue to secure. I love positioning these on the undersides of the blossoms -they look so finished and happy that way! 

felt flower blossoms, free pattern

And repeat the process again and again to make a full bouquet of flowers. Add to hair clips, wreaths, pouches or wall hangings! 

What Felt Cutting System Should I Buy? Sizzix Big Shot verses Cricut Maker

Posted by Renae Bradley on 26 March, 2019 1 comment

Pros and cons of cutting machines

What die cutting machine is better for felt? Should you buy an electric machine like the Cricut Maker or a manual one like the Sizzix Big Shot? Both are a big investment and both offer a lot of benefits! We'll outline each one and share what we love to use them for and pass on our favorite tips!

sizzix big shot and felt

There are many different types of manual die cutting machines. These machines need additional dies to work and come in loads of fun shapes. You sandwich the dies in cutting pads and manually roll them through the machine to cut out the shapes. You can read more about how they work here. Most brands dies are completely interchangeable -but our favorite is the Sizzix Big Shot.  We have a couple different sizes at Benzie and they are work horses -lasting for hundreds and hundreds of rolls though! Check out our selection of favorite felt dies! 

There are also a few different electric cutting machines. All of these utilize a digital design that translates to a cut file (think svg). Working with the machines design program, via a computer or an ipad, you can select your file and cut out any shape you wish! For cutting felt we recommend the Cricut Maker. The rotary blade makes it a perfect match for felt. Read more about the Cricut Maker here.  

which cutting machine is best for felt

Pros + Cons of the Sizzix Big Shot

Pros of Sizzix Big Shot
-The biggest pro to owning a manual die cutter is the ease of use -there is no tricky technology to learn and even your kindergartener can help! 
-Steel rule dies are heavy duty can cut several layers of felt at a time which really increases productivity! There is nothing quicker then a manual die cut machine and a steel rule die!
-Utilizes both steel rule dies and wafer thin dies. 
-Great price point for the beginner! 
-All cuts are clean and crisp, every time. 

Cons of Sizzix Big Shot
-The shapes you can cut are limited by dies available. Die companies do offer custom service and range from $100-$200 per steel rule die. 
-Adding new dies every time you want a new shape can get expensive.
-Even though cutting pads last a long time, they will eventually crack and need to be replaced. 

 how to choose which cutting machine to buy

Pros + Cons of the Cricut Maker

Let's Start with the Cons:
-Unfortunately upfront costs are pricy on the Cricut Maker. Long term costs include the replacement of cutting pads which tend to be more often then I would like.
-As well as being a benefit -technology can come with glitches and challenges. Basic computer or app knowledge is needed -as well as owning the proper device the software needs.
-Even though the Cricut Maker can cut out most things, shapes and curves smaller then 1/2" can get little jagged on felt -but I suggest trying out your design as it could be just what you need! 
-Because this is a electronic cutting machine, it does require some time to allow the blade to do it's cutting. No rushing things here, you set up the files now sit back and watch it work! 

Pros of Cricut Maker
-Don't let that long list of cons sway you because the Cricut Maker offers the ultimate dream in crafting machines: The ability to cut any shape your heart desires! You can purchase design files, get them for free (Benzie offers several on our blog! Check out our ivy plant here)... or even design your own. There are no limits = maker magic! 

using the cricut to cut felt 
Ask yourself what sort of crafter you are -are you one that wants to just make a ton of one thing? Or are you more of a dabbler and want to try out a lot of things? The Sizzix Big Shot is better for those who are cutting out a large volume of similar shapes. Just make daisy crowns? Or have your narrowed in on coffee cozies? Even though it will give your arm a workout -you'll get it done quick and neatly with the Sizzix.

If your tastes are varied and bulk makes you bored you will have more fun with the Cricut Maker -and can try every new design that comes your way! Don't forget that both machines work super well with felt... but also other materials as well. Don't limit yourself to just one machine; start with the one that appeals to you the most -and work up to the one you don't have. Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite and why! 

Read more about manual die cutters like the Sizzix Big Shot here
Read more about electronic cutters like the Cricut Maker here

Easy Llama and Cactus Garland

Posted by Renae Bradley on 19 March, 2019 1 comment

Llama and Cactus Craft

Using stitch dies in partnership with Neat and Tangled you can easily create llama and cactus crafts! If you are new to die cutting -read up on how to do it and if you are new to stitching read up on how to stitch up these dies! 

Felt llama

Here are all the supplies you need to make a festive garland: 

-Stitch Dies -grab the llama and the cactus dies made in collaboration with Neat and Tangled. 
-Benzie Felt -we love the bright colors of the Tropical Palette with the addition of Linen for the the llama. 
-For extra sparkle -add in sequins and glitter felt! We used black seed beads for the llamas eyes!
-Assorted felt poms in extra small and small. We used the colors Tangerine, Magenta, Aqua and Leaf. 
-Bright colored embroidery floss -don't forget the linen colored floss to stitch up the llama! 
-Polyfil & a stuffing stick

felt cactus craft

1.) First cut out your shapes using the cactus and llama die. You will need two shapes per side. Reference this blog post to find out more about die cutting! 
2.) Grab coordinating or contrasting floss -we used 3 strands and the running stitch to stitch our friends up. If you are new to stitching or stitch dies -read up on your options! Don't forget to leave a space to add in polyfil! You'll find the stuffing tool useful in getting into small spaces! 
3.) embellish with pom, sequins and tassels! It's a fiesta! Quick tip -use this special glue to attach the sequins! 

llama crafts

Make a garland by sewing the cactus and llama with embroidery floss and small size wool poms. 

cinco de mayo garland

Or make a diorama and put the cactus in a pot

llama and cactus felt

Create our other stitch dies crafts:

Unicorn Mobile
Snowflake Ornaments
Ugly Sweater Gift Topper

Felt + Cutting Machines

Posted by Renae Bradley on 11 February, 2019 2 comments

Cutting Felt with Cricut Maker

Looking for the best die cutting tool to cut felt? There are a lot of great options available (we talk about our favorite manual die cut machine here) but today we are going to talk about electronic cutting machines. Many machines available will cut felt but only with some sort of trick such as applying stabilizer to the felt or only using stiff felt. The only fool proof model we have had great success with is the Cricut Maker -the key change to this model is the inclusion of the rotary blade -it rolls over the felt to cut the shapes -cutting the felt seamlessly! We will talk about the pros and cons of each model but the most exciting benefit of the Cricut Maker is that you can cut absolutely ANY shape you wish! A creative couldn't wish for anything more! We'll give you a brief overview on how to get started cutting out our ivy pattern to make a your own potted plant -for more detailed instructions we suggest visiting the Cricut website.

diy felt plant

Supplies:
Cricut Maker + cutting mat
SVG pattern for Ivy
Wool blend felt in Geranium (3 9x12" sheets) + Emerald (2 9x12" sheets) 
Ink in Deep Green
Wire Stems, 20 gauge
Hot Glue Gun -you'll want the detail tip in this glue gun! 
Pot or vase to display your felt plant in
 cutting machines and felt

The Cricut Maker utilizes the cloud based program "Cricut Design Space" to set up your files. This program can be used on your phone, tablet or computer and will print wirelessly to your Cricut Maker. Benzie offers many svg files right on our blog for free! Save our ivy pattern here then upload it to the Cricut Design Place. The final step will ask you what material you are using (felt!) and allow you to select the rotary blade option -this is the key to success! When it is done printing -you can just peel off the felt shapes, toss on another piece of felt and cut again! For this potted plant we used 4 9x12" sheets of Geranium and 2 9x12" sheet of Emerald

cricut machine and felt

There are several different cutting mats you can use with the Cricut Maker -from a Light to a Standard Grip. I'm using the Fabric Grip but I usually just grab what I have available and have found they all work great! They also come in two different sizes, a 12x12" and a 12x18" size. The larger size is a perfect fit for Benzie's 12x18" sheets of felt! After a while the mats will get super fuzzy from the felt and they need to be cleaned off -I either use packaging tape to remove the fuzzies or wash the mat with soap and water. 

diy felt ivy plant

After the Cricut Maker has done all the hard work, you can get to crafting!
1.) Stack up your leaves and ink the edges. I love how the dark ink makes the leaves come alive! 2.) Then start by folding the leaves in half around the wire stem -attaching with just a bit of glue along the base. To give more body to the plant we pinched and glued the base of some of the leaves. Leaves are spaced anywhere from 1 to 3 inches apart.

We made 3 different styled stems: 3.) This is the longest ivy tail -it just hangs of the edge of the pot. 4.) This 'w' shaped stem is the base of the plant, we made 4 total. 5.) And we finished it off with a few of these hanging guys. Bend the wires to fill in an form a realistic plant! 
 felt plants

 I used all the 'w' shaped wires to first fill in the pot. 

felt plants

And then added the rest to make it look like a natural flowing ivy plant! Add in a macrame hanger for the full diy experience!

Looking for other svg files? Browse our blog for more free patterns! 
Read more about manual die cutting machines here.

Needle Felted Gnome

Posted by Renae Bradley on 12 December, 2018 1 comment

make a felt gnome

Keep this gnome friend around to bestow holiday magic (and maybe just wrap a gift or two!). Never needle felt before? Read up on the basics -you can do it! 

needle felting supplies

Grab the supplies:
Roving in Peacock, Crimson + Latte (or your choice of skin color). 
Bits of roving in Black and White
White curls roving
Needle felting needle -the 'refill' pack is all you need!
Needle felting foam (always needle felt on foam + keep an eye out on your fingers!)

You can make our gnome friend -even if you have never felted before! You'll find it helpful to read up on the basics of felting first (you want to keep those fingers safe!) 

needle felt shapes

1. You can make your gnome any size you would like -ours are about 6-7" tall. First take a 10" strip of your base color (we used Peacock), wind tightly around a thin dowel or pencil. Gently pull off of pencil and needle felt in place. You can see from the photo the start and how you would like your finished body to look. Pro tip: Don't forget to felt in the top and bottom of your gnome body or you will end up will a super tall and skinny gnome! 

make a gnome hat

2. Then take a 10" strip of your hat color (we used Crimson) and thin out the top (you will do this by pulling out roving) to form an angle (as shown). This will help form the cone of your hat. 

felted gnome hat

3. Wind the crimson roving around the thin dowel into a cone shape and felt into place. Add in details of the hat folds. You can see the beginning felting stages on the left and the finished hat on the right. Feel free to add in more roving to obtain the desired shape. 

easy needle felt body

4. Needle felt a sphere shaped head, needle felt to gnome base. Tip, to be speedy we used a Medium Latte felt pom

roving hair

5. Needle felt just a bit of white roving into the back of the head -it's the gnomes hair!  

needle felted gnome hat

6. After the hat is attached to the head take extra Crimson roving and wrap around base of hat and head, needle felt till firm. 

needle felted gnome

7. Roll a small ball of skin colored roving (we used Latte) into a ball, needle felt until firm and attach to face, lining up right under the base of the hat.

curly roving for beards

8. Add the curls! Gently place the curls just where you would like your gnomes face to be. If needed, arrange and fold curls where you would like felting into place. 

how to needle felt a gnome

9. Take the tiniest wisp of black roving (much smaller then the photo shows!), roll between fingers to form into a small ball and felt eyes into place. 

needle felt gnome

gnome ornament

You can give so much personality to your gnomes just by adjusting the side and folds of the hat -or even how big you make his gnomes! A gnome friend will always leave good cheer! 

Merry Berry Christmas Garland DIY

Posted by Renae Bradley on 13 November, 2018 1 comment

felt ball christmas garland diy

Felt ball garlands are so easy to make -and a great way to add cheer to any holiday! In this specific garland we mix in some berry sprigs and wood beads (20mm) to make a festive christmas garland. 

Felt Berry Sprig

Let's get started on the cranberry sprigs -first grab your supplies:
-Wool felt in Evergreen, Meadow and Pistachio (also available in Benzie's Cranberry Felt Palette). 
-Felt ball berries in Cranberry, Foxglove, and Peony. We used a mix of extra small and medium size. Also available in our Cranberry Pom Palette
-20 gauge wire and wire cutters
-florist tape
-hot glue
-brown roving and felting needle (optional)
-leaf pattern, pdf or svg

how to make a felt berry hairclip

Step 1. Cut out leaves out of your favorite green felt from Benzie, it's super easy to freehand cut the leaves (use my favorite scissors!) or use our pdf or svg files as a guide.
Step 2. Cut wire to about 4" long.
Step 3. Using a glue gun to attach greenery on each end of the wire. To make the leaves more realistic I placed a small bit of glue on the top center of the leaf, pinch until cooled and trimmed the point with a scissors. 
Step 4. Fold wire in half and twist into place. 
Step 5. Cover wire with florist tape. 
Step 6. Make the berries! To make them more realistic we needle felted a little bit of brown roving into the tops. Read this if you are new to needle felting. 
Step 7. Hot glue berries in place. 

how to string a felt ball garland

Once you have the berry sprigs made you can start stringing your garland. Basic items to make a felt ball garland are poms, floss + needle kit. Our favorite needle is a basic darning needle -it's perfect in every way for garland making! Once you string your needle -just slide it right through the poms. Some poms are little more felted and you may need to use a bit more force but most just glide through the needle! I've left some tips below on how we like to start and finish our garlands. 

how to make a felt ball garland

How to start and finish your garland:
1. Take a strand of floss the length of what you would like your finished garland to be. Fold last two inches or so of floss over and tie in knot like shown in the photo. String with felt poms. 
2. Using an awl, pierce the pom where the string comes out, making a dimple in the felt pom.
3. Pull knot down into the dimple. 
4. Trim tail. 

 felt ball garlands

Here is an example of the Cranberry Felt Pom palette used two different ways -one using just our medium sized poms and the second mixed with wood beads (20mm) and berry sprigs. 

berry sprig garland

 Happy Holidays from Team Benzie! 

Ugly Sweater Ornament DIY

Posted by Renae Bradley on 09 November, 2018 0 comments

ugly sweater ornament diy

We collaborated with Neat & Tangled and designed the perfect die for holiday crafting -the ugly sweater! Embellish and decorate with all our favorite holiday things! 

winter mint felt palette

Grab all your supplies! We used a variety of wool felt + floss colors from Benzie's Winter Mint palette, bits of glitter and metallic felt, Beads and sequins, Embroidery Floss and tacky glue. Most importantly -you'll need our Sweater Die

ugly sweater die cut

If you are new to die cutting or stitching skip down the the bottom of the page -we have included some helpful links to get you started! The first step is to cut out all your shapes -it's fun selecting your favorite 'ugly' accents! To make the wreath sweater we cut out one sweater with stitch marks and one without, a wreath shape, two cuffs, one bow, one sweater hem and one sweater collar. 

ugly sweater ornament how to

Place the embellishments on the sweater and stitch them in place using 4 strands of embroidery floss. You can be creative in how you stitch the pieces on, here we stitched zigzags and crosses. I would love to see a sweater just using straight stitches to emulate cuffs of a shirt too! The pieces are little so if you are having problems just use a touch of tacky glue to hold in place. Add glitter felt, beads and sequins to make it even more ugly! To finish it off, lightly tacky glue the back of the sweater on -this will hide all your stitches!

stuffed sweater ornament

We stuffed this ornament by using two strands of floss and polyfil. Follow this tutorial to use a paperclip to make a hanger! You'll find this tool handy! 

ugly sweater ornaments

ugly sweater craft

Here is a few of our favorite blog posts for the beginner crafter and stitcher! Let us know if you have any questions at all! 
Introduction to die cutting.
Beginner embroidery for stitch dies.
Stitching with beads + sequins. 

Snowflake Ornaments using Stitched Dies

Posted by Renae Bradley on 09 November, 2018 0 comments

felt snowflake ornament diy

We collaborated with Neat & Tangled and designed a stitchable Snowflake die with the capabilities to be simple or elaborate -using any combination of the 4 shapes included in the die! In our specific design we added a bit of our metallic felt + sequins to make a beautiful decoration for your tree, a gift topper or even a special gift. The added shimmer from the metallics and sequins makes them sparkle like snow! 

supplies for christmas ornaments

Grab your supplies:

-Snowflake Die
-Benzie's wool felt colors Silver, Icicle, Blush and Aqua
-Metallic felt in Silver and Blush
-Sequins in Silver and Beads in Silver Iridescent
-Divisible Embroidery Floss in Parchment and Blush
-Beading Needle
-Metallic floss (for ornament hanger), we used Silver
-Tacky glue

die cutting ornaments

If you are new to die cutting, read up on this post. All of Benzie's Neat & Tangled dies are wafer thin dies and will need a platform to cut on. Concerning cutting, some find it helpful to run the dies through your cutter one extra time to get a clean edge -other then that they will cut just like paper (even the metallic felt)! Start cutting out snowflakes and play around with the layers! 

snowflake ornaments

Here is an example of how we layered one of the snowflakes. The best part of the die is that all the stitch holes are designed to be interchangeable with each other -so layer and twist however you wish and it will still line up to make a beautiful ornament!

Once you have found how you want to layer your snowflake -thread your needle. We used 3 strands of floss for most of our snowflakes. We added beads and sequins last with one strand of floss. Don't forget you will need a beading needle for this! Read up more on stitching with beads + sequins here! To finish the ornament off, we lightly tacky glued a second snowflake to the back and including a metallic floss hanger. This hides our stitching mess too! 

snowflake ornaments to make

We love the different varieties that we were able to make with just 4 colors of felt -the additional two shades of metallic just make it shine! All were stitched with just one color of Parchment DMC floss

embroidery snowflake ornament

Here is a more simple snowflake that highlights the embroidery -adding some sequins makes it so delicate and pretty! We used 4 strands of DMC floss in Blush for the embroidery and just one strand to stitch on the beads and sequins. 

snowflake christmas ornaments

handstitched snowflakes

Have a happy winter! 

Stitched Dies, Unicorn Mobile

Posted by Renae Bradley on 14 September, 2018 3 comments

Unicorn mobile diy


We are so excited to partner with Neat & Tangled to develop a set of stitchable dies! What is so special about these dies is that the stitch marks are etched right in the die -making stitching a total breeze! All your embroidery will be perfectly spaced and just gorgeous! These are great for children and adults just getting into felt crafts or embroidery. But the experienced hand sewer will love how everything is cut out with one swift roll of the die cutter!  

rainbow unicorn crafts

I wanted to pass on a couple of resources you may find helpful! For those new to die cutting read this blog post. All of Neat & Tangled dies are wafer thin dies and will need a platform to cut on. Concerning cutting, some find it helpful to run the dies through your cutter one extra time to get a clean edge -other then that they will cut just like paper! Also, if you are new to stitching we talk about 3 different ways you can stitch up these dies! 

Where to buy wool felt

Supplies (all available at www.benziedesign.com):

  • Stitchable dies by Neat & Tangled + Benzie! We used two sets to make this mobile, the unicorn and the cloud set. 
  • Benzie Felt, we used the colors Peony, Coral, Peach, Guava, Mint, Julep, Sky and Periwinkle. We love how our 6x9" sheets fit perfectly in our die cut machine!
  • Embroidery Floss in coordinating felt colors. This floss divides into six strands; we used three strands for this project.
  • Iridescent 4mm Sequins: We used Amethyst, Citron, Jade and Rose Quartz.
  • Seed Beads: We used coordinating beads to the sequins and also black for eyes! 
  • Ink, we used the color Rose Coral, Splash and Chambray
  • Needles (if you are using beads make sure you utilize a beading needle), here is a great basic needle and here is our favorite

Wafer thin dies with felt

Here is a close up of the dies -can see all the little stitch holes?! After you pick out all your favorite felt colors -get to cutting out your pieces! Don't forget to cut a front and back piece for the unicorn and clouds! Read more about die cutting here. 

die cut clouds for felt

The cloud die is a great die for the beginner stitcher. After you have cut out all the pieces, thread your needle. We used 3 strands of coordinating floss, lined up the front and the back felt pieces and used the running stitch. You can read more about the running stitch here! We also added some fun shading to our clouds -with ink! Lightly tap the ink pad over the areas you would like added color! 

unicorn crafts with dies

For the unicorn we like to stitch on all embellishments first with just 1-2 strands of floss: cheeks, eyes (we used a seed bead), sequins and felt accents. Read more about stitching with beads and sequins here! Then match up both sides of the unicorn together using the running stitch with 3 strands of floss. Don't forget to stitch in the tail or mane! As I stitched, I filled up the unicorn with polyfil using a stuffing stick (or a small pointed scissors) to help fill the small crevices such as the legs! 

Unicorn horns out of felt

There are a couple of different ways to finish off the magical horn! The front one is bedazzled with sequins and beads, the middle one has floss wound around the horn and the last one is just left alone! You can also use some tacky glue to secure.

Unicorn mobile

diy unicorn mobile 

Unicorn and Cloud diy decor

String your cloud and unicorn together! Then hang from a mobile, dowel or embroidery hoop, it's magical! 

Sewing with Stitchable Dies

Posted by Renae Bradley on 04 September, 2018 2 comments

how to use stitch dies

Have you used stitchable die cuts yet? Traditionally used by paper crafters; these wafer thin dies include holes for stitching, ensuring that each creation is sewn evenly and neatly! Perfect for beginners or kids -but fun enough for advanced stitchers too! And we love how wool felt seems to be made for these sort of dies -sew stuffies, ornaments and appliqués super easily! Just roll them through your die cutter and start stitching. If you are new to die cutting we suggest catching up on our tutorial first where we explain the differences between dies and how to use them

Stitch Dies

We are going to introduce you to three different stitches you can use: Whip Stitch, Running Stitch and the Blanket Stitch. But first gather your supplies: favorite stitching die (we love Neat & Tangled!), Benzie wool blend felt, embroidery floss (we love classic DMC floss) and an embroidery needle 1/5. DMC floss is a divisible floss, meaning that it can be split into 6 parts. In this particular cloud die, we liked how all 6 strands pop on the cloud! If you are looking for a more subtle look use just 3 strands. Let's get started on the easiest stitch first, the whip stitch!

How to Whip Stitch

how to easily stitch felt

Whip Stitch
Step 1: Thread your needle and knot the end of your floss. Begin by bringing your needle in between the layers of felt. Stitch through the top layer of felt, the knot will remain hidden between the two layers of felt. 
Step 2: Line your layers of felt together -it will be easy to see the premade holes this way! Bring your needle to the back of the felt and stitch through the next set of holes, bringing up the needle to the front of the design. 
Step 3: Continue stitching, whipping the thread around the edge of the felt, always starting the stitch from the underside and ending on the top. The premade holes help to keep your stitches nice and even! 
Step 4: You will begin to see a succession of angled stitches, finish up the design by hiding the knot in between the layers of felt. 

how to blanket stitch

Blanket stitch for felt

Blanket Stitch
The Blanket Stitch builds on what you learned in the Whip Stitch but in addition to 'whipping' the floss from back to the front you stitch through the previous stitch before you head back around -this adds a more decorative edge to your finished piece.
Step 1: First thread your needle and knot the end of the floss. Start by bringing your needle in between the layers of felt nestling the knot underneath the top layer. 
Step 2: The blanket stitch uses a one time 'start stitch'. Just take your needle and stitch a loop around the felt; come back through the same place the knot is nesting in. It will be easy to locate the prepunched holes when the felt is lined up to each other.
Step 3: To finish the 'start stitch', go back through the floss loop you just made. This will position your thread just right for the blanket stitch!
Step 4: Bring your needle through the back of the felt and stitch through the next set of holes. 
Step 5: Right before tightening up the stitch from step four -run you needle through the loop you just made. You have made your first Blanket Stitch! 
Step 6: Continue to bring your needle from the back to the front.
Step 7: Don't forget to stitch through the previous loop! Gently pull to shape before moving on to the next stitch
Step 8: Continue to stitch, you will see the Blanket Stitch coming together soon! Finish by knotting floss around your first stitch and hiding the thread end between the felt layers.

Running Stitch and Felt

Basic stitches for stitching dies

Running Stitch
Both the Whip Stitch and the Blanket Stitch wrap floss around the edge of your felt  -but the Running Stitch stays on the felt and can end up looking like the more fancy Back Stitch -but simpler for beginners! 
Step 1: First thread your needle and knot the end of the floss. Start your first stitch in between the two layers of felt, hide your knot in the top layer of felt. Then line up your layers of felt so you can easily locate the holes.
Step 2: Stitch down into the the next hole. This completes your first stitch. 
Step 3: Bring your needle back up through the next hole. 
Step 4: Continue to 'run' to the next hole, stitching down then up chasing each hole in succession. You can finish your feltie just like this or go for round 2! See the next step! 

how to stitch felt with stitch dies

Step 5 & 6:
You can also choose to keep on stitching, just continue your up and down motion, this time filling in the spaces that were left. This gives your design a continuous floss border that resembles the Back Stitch but fully finished on both sides of the felt.

Additional Tips:
-Use all six strands of your floss -or just use a few! We like using just one to three strands when stitching on embellishments. If it's easier -just use tacky glue! 
-Line up the layers of felt to clearly identify prepunched holes - if you are still having problems identifying the holes use the eye the needle to clear the holes of any felt that did not come out during the die cut process.
-When making stuffies -don't forget to leave a couple of inches open to fill with polyfil. Once filled, finish stitching. 
-Be gentle with your stitches, if you pull too tightly the felt will ruffle! 
-Embellish! Use variegated floss, glitter floss or add beads and sequins (just make sure to get a beading needle!)

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